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Harness Racing trainer Cran Dalgety might have left last week for his Australian campaign with Christen Me, before heading off on holiday. But that won’t stop the West Melton trainer picking up a win or two at Addington Raceway tonight. Dalgety will line up talented 2yo On The Rantan, who was smashed in by punters on debut to start a short price when beating Motu Meteor at Rangiora. Since then the Bettor’s Delight gelding has impressed at the trials On The Rantan's recent trial Once again to be driven by the country’s leading reins man Dexter Dunn, On The Rantan will start from barrier 4 in race 3. Currently a $1.55 Fixed Odds favourite, he should give Dalgety his first winner for the night. Safely through that assignment, Dunn & Dalgety combine in Race 4 with first starter Rapid Flight who was seen making up good late ground in her recent trial. The 2yo Bettor’s Delight filly owned by Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd will start from barrier 6 in a handy fillies and mares mobile pace over 1950m. Rapid Flight Her main danger looks to be the Greg & Nina Hope trained Dalness Mac, who stormed home at Ashburton after being locked away on the markers. With a good trip, she certainly has the speed to boom right past them. Hope will also line up Harrysul and Phil’s Gift in the feature trot of the night. Harrysul is first up since November last year, while Phil’s Gift steps back significantly in class for tonight’s assignment. His run two starts back for 4th behind Le Reveur is great form, considering that runner came out and won at Alexandra Park last weekend. Phil's Gift, 4th behind Le Reveur Andrew Fitzgerald

The future participants of New Zealand's Harness Racing industry completed in the annual Cadet of the Year competition at Addington Raceway today. Today was the 3rd runner of the competition which is run by the Natalie Gameson and the Education department of Harness Racing New Zealand involves: A time trial (without a watch) Name the gear. Name the feed. Points of the horse. General knowledge test. Confirmation Name the face First Aid Poisonous Plants Farrier Gear The response from everyone involved was positive and there were plenty who were looking forward to finding out if they had qualified for the Grand Final to be held in Christchurch on the 6th of July. Heats have been or are to be run in Invercargill and Auckland. “It was a great afternoon and some of the events were quite challenging. It was fun to drive around Addington Raceway for the first time” said Mikayla Lewis. “I think it's a great idea and puts us out of our comfort zone which is a big plus” said Shaun McNaulty “It was a great day and I really enjoyed it. The time trial was my highlight” said Ashleigh Royal Andrew Fitzgerald

The rain kept coming and so did the winners for Kaiapoi based Harness Racing Driver/Trainer Gavin Smith. For the past few days Smith has watched his good mates Robert and John Dunn's team dominate. The Dunn's picked up trebles at Forbury on Thursday, Nelson on Friday and Auckland on Friday night. Not to be out done, Smith also picked up a double on the first day of Nelson Harness Racing Club's annual two day winter meeting with his own runner Alison Stokke and the Bruce Hutton trained Ideal Arden. And by the end on of racing on Sunday, there was only one person people on course were talking about, and that was Smith. After dominating the 9 card meeting with 4 driving win's which included 2 training wins. Alison Stokke, a 3yo Bettor's Delight filly, put the writing on the wall for Friday's maiden victory with a strong 2nd at Ashburton 5 days earlier. Making a flying from the tapes, Smith had the filly who is owned by his wife Sara and J Chin, out front and running along nicely before handing up to Sam Ottley and 2nd favourite Glenferrie Classic with 1400m to run. It all nearly turned to disaster though when Glenferrie Classic galloped in front, causing Alison Stokke to break for several strides before Smith was able to get her back down into a pace. With the galloper safely negotiated, Gavin asked his charge for a full effort and cleared out to win by 1 ½ lengths over Bobby M (Robbie Close) and Cullen's Bardon (Stephen McNally). Although it was the drives on Ideal Arden in the Nelson Winter Cup Prelude and Cup that had most people impressed. Using the American Ideal gelding's stand start speed to lead out on both occasions, Smith then handed up to the Robert Dunn trained Highview Freddy, who is well known as a front runner. From there on it was just a matter of Smith extracting the Bruce Hutton trained 6yo to either the inside or the outside of the leading and zipping away. Ideal Arden was the only runner to record a win on both days of the meeting. Smith started off his Sunday morning with a well deserved win aboard It's How You Use It who is trained by former stable employee Lawrence McCormick. The 5yo mare by Diedre Don recorded her maiden victory at start number 18 for owners, J T Morrison, A J Morrison, M J Gallagher, A Palmer, Mrs J E Lowe and Lawrence himself. Smith also recorded wins with pacer Melanie Ohara, who galloped on the first day but thanks to a change in bit was a strong maiden winner. While He's Like The Wind put up a improved performance after galloping late on day one to record win number three of his career. Andrew Fitzgerald

Harness Racing Trainer Cran Dalgety has a big chance to pick up another Nelson Pine Industries Nelson Winter Cup with his runner Fifth Edition. The 6yo Mach Three gelding won the 2014 edition and is having just his 3rd run back from close to 18 months off the race track. Starting off the back mark of 40m in the prelude on Friday, Fifth Edition made a quick beginning for driver Dexter Dunn and had soon caught up with the pack. Dunn made a smart move to sneak up the pegs with a lap to run, finding himself four back coming to the 800, he was able to push his way out to a spot 3 wide with cover. angled to the outside of the track at the top of the straight, Fifth Edition only went down by ½ a neck to eventual winner Ideal Arden. The 3000m trip today wouldn't hold any concerns for the Dalgety trained gelding, and even off his 40m back mark, he looks a massive chance to go one better. Dalgety rates his runners on this website each week and said the following about Fifth Edition. “I was rapt with him the first day. It was a big run off 40m behind over 2400m and he's backed up good in the past. He won his race a couple of years ago so we're looking to fulfill again” First day winner Joey Maguire is a new edition to the cup field and has drawn well in barrier 2 for co owner and driver Ross Houghton. He was a dominate winner of a C2 event on Friday and also finished 2nd in last year's cup, so the distance won't affect the Robert Dunn trained gelding. While the Greg & Nina Hope trained Bettor Buy It, who started a short price in the prelude will be better for his first up run. Andrew Fitzgerald

Harness Racing Driver Sam Ottley is enjoying the best week of her career at the moment. After her win with Rocker Band in the 4yo Diamond on Jewels day last Saturday, Ottley hasn't looked back and went on to record a treble at today's Nelson Harness Racing Club's meeting. It was three wins in the space of four races for the Woodend based reins women, which included a double for her employer Mark Jones. Although it all started with the upset of the day in Race 4, when Ottley reined home Feel Real for Kaiapoi trainer Glenn Scott paying a whopping $44.40 and $7.00. With the favourite galloping early, Sam had the 3yo Real Desire filly straight into the trail, behind the Jones driven, Southbrook. From there on it was just a small matter of having to get past Southbrook and first starter Regal Grin, who was ultra brave on debut for Ken Barron and the goHarness Buy, Race and Sell Syndicate. In the next it was Kowhai Monarch who got the chocolates for Ottley and Jones. The 4yo gelding by Monarchy is owned by J G & Mrs D J Hartnell and recorded his 3rd career victory when winning by 1 ¾ lengths over Clifden Clowers (John Morrison) and ¾ lengths to Yankee Commando (Murray Edmonds) in 3rd. Ottley left the best for last with her drive on Croft Bay, who was drawn awkwardly on the back row. Sitting near last with a lap to run, Ottley was off and gone to sit parked before being able to out toughen the rest of the field and recording a neck victory over Ardent Lustre (Blair Orange). All three runners will back up tomorrow for the 2nd day of the meeting, with Kowhai Monarch looking Sam's best chance to double up. Andrew Fitzgerald

It was business as usual for Team Dunn at the Nelson Harness Racing Meeting today. Backing up from a treble at last nights Forbury Park Trotting Meeting, the Dunn team started their late season charge towards closing the premiership gap between themselves and the All Stars team. Sitting on 97 wins coming into todays meeting, that was soon 98 when maiden trotter Bourbon And Dry won the first of the day. Purchased at the late Carl Middleton's dispersal sale by the Neumann family, Bourbon And Dry was having his 2nd run from a spell when he beat 40 start maiden South Coaster, trained by Brad Mowbray at Yaldhurst, was will be forced to come back on Sunday to try and break his maiden status. Fast forward to race 6 and smart 3yo pacer Letspendanighttogetha was a dominate winner and brought up win number 99 for the season for trainer Robert Dunn and also win 99 for driver John Dunn. Away well from barrier one, the Washington VC gelding was shuffled back along the fence, before storming up the passing lane to win by ½ length to a super brave Ultimate Fella in 2nd. It took until the last race in the day for Team Dunn to bring up season win 100 and what a way to do it. Driver Ross Houghton, who is John Dunn's right hand man at their Woodend operation, was successful on Joey Maguire who he also part owns. It was a masterful drive by Houghton, who also brought up his 50th Career driving win, to find the front early on after drawing badly on the second row. After being allowed to dictate the race in front, Ross was off and gone at the top of the straight with 29.2 final quarter on a slushy Nelson track. Houghton was obviously stoked with the win, shown by his large salute to the crowd as he went over the line. Todays treble closed the gap in the premiership down to just 20 wins with a little over 6 weeks left to go in the season. John will look to pick up his 100th Season driving win on Sunday. Bourban And Dry Letspendanighttogetha Joey Maguire Andrew Fitzgerald

Maybe there is one last plot twist in the harness racing national trainers’ premiership after all. A hat-trick of wins at Forbury Park on Thursday night set the ball rolling for the weekend that could make or break Robert Dunn’s chances of winning the national title. Still 23 wins behind the Purdon/Rasmussen stable, Dunn has a bit of ground to make up - but has the luxury of a strong and plentiful winter racing team which will take him deep into July. The All Stars on the other hand are expected to start to slow their operation down, but with a number of Breeders Crown heats to be contested as well as the odd winter racing proposition they will still be out and about. Dunn made the call to push for the premiership earlier in the year when things were close. He’s had to watch as his stable ran a string of unlucky placings over the last month while the All Stars have kicked right into gear. But last night’s treble, including the first driving win for Craig Smith, might have been the boost needed to get things moving and with 14 more chances over the course of the weekend - especially considering one venue is Nelson could really set things alight. The stable has eight runners engaged on the opening day of the Nelson Harness Racing Club’s Winter meeting and there are a number of strong winning chances amongst them. Those who race today at Nelson will also race there again on Sunday giving the stable two bites of the cherry. Leading the charge is promising 3-year-old, Letspendanitetogetha. The Washington VC gelding, who has placed behind; GI Joe, Major Ben and Mr Mojito in his last three starts gets the coveted ace barrier draw against a tidy field of pacers and will give his owners; Reg Storer and Terry McDonald a great shot at the second win of his career. Yukon Cloud, who was a very handy runner-up behind Anny Ivy when last produced also has the one marble and will be hard to beat from there for Ross Houghton. An in-form Highview Freddy and the consistent Joey Maguire look like other leading chances of success for the barn at Richmond Park. In Auckland, five runners will do business - spearheaded by talented trotter, Natural and Bevan’s Cullen was very good last week at Alexandra Park. Matt Markham

Canterbury based Harness Racing Junior Driver Craig Smith's past month in the sport have involved one of the worst days, and now the best day of his career so far. 3 weeks ago, Ohoka Benson who was part owned by Smith, sustained a life ended injury at Timaru. The loss of his good mate 'Ben' hit him hard but the stable rallied around Craig, and soon he was back to the smiling and laughing Craig Smith everyone knows. "The support from everyone after losing Ben was awesome and Nigel Armstrong gifted me a 50% share in Vanhalem, so that's the reason I'm driving him. I owe this win to him and the rest of the Syndicate members" said Smith. Smith picked up his first driving success from just the 29 career drives aboard the Robert Dunn trained Vanhalem at Forbury Park tonight. Shuffled back early after the start from barrier 1, Smith soon had the 5yo Santanna Blue Chip gelding off the pegs and into the 1x1 position before again being shuffled back. Down the back Craig was able to push out and get a lovely drag into the race behind Blair Orange and Really Desirable, before just being able to hold on from a fast finishing Jessica Young and Real Raider. Vanhalem is owned by the Westview Racing No 15 Syndicate, which is run by Nigel Armstrong, who is a large supporter of the Robert Dunn barn and Craig. From just the 4 drives behind Vanhalem, Smith has recorded a 3rd, a 10th, a 2nd and now a win. Not having any family involved in Harness Racing didn't stop Craig getting involved in the industry. “I went along to the races one day with a bunch of school mates and liked what I saw, so I looked up some stables and asked around.  Most people told me Robert & John were some of the best, so I rang up and asked for a job” said Smith. "I wasn't too worried about how long it took to get my first win, being out there and gaining experience was what I was after" "I'd love to thank everyone over the last few years who have given me advice, especially John. Being able to learn off John and Dexter each day has been a huge help to my driving". Craig has been employed by Dunn for approximately 3 years and has had stints with the satellite stable up in Auckland, but is currently in charge of a team of 7-8 runners based out of Martin Denton's property in Mosgiel. "Marty has been great, the team are going super at the moment, I just hope it continues" Dunn also picked up another two wins with Music and Mr Meddle saluting the judge, both were driven by son Dexter. With the support of John & Robert Dunn this certainly won't be Craig's last winner, we look forward to following him over the following seasons. Andrew Fitzgerald

Brent and Sheree McIntyre from Macca Lodge, Riversdale, Northern Southland will have overall naming rights to all Trained South of the Waitaki Races held at Addington this year. Their Trained South Of The Waitaki Winter Warmer Series will consist of three heats to be held at NZMTC on 8, 15, 22, and the final on 29 July, for total stake money of $35,000. To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a: Trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May 2016. The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to C1 as at the closing of nominations for heat one. The first three place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the Final. Macca Lodge Trained South of the Waitaki River Show Day Race This will be the second year Macca Lodge will be sponsoring this race on Show Day for 3YO and older C1/C2 pacers. It will be run over 1950 metres, with a mobile gate start for a stake of $20,000. Information about Macca Lodge can be found at maccalodge.com. Full details and conditions of the up and coming Macca Lodge Trained South of the Waitaki Winter Warmer Series can be found under the Racing - Promotions and Incentives section at addington.co.nz or contact Brian Rabbitt or Richard Bromley at the Addington Racing Department on (03) 338 9094. Keryn McElroy Business & Marketing Manager Addington

The Harness Racing team of Graeme Anderson and Rory Mcllwrick have a huge chance of picking up four winners at today's Forbury Park Trotting Club's meeting. Starting off in race 3 with 4yo Gotta Go Cullect gelding, Hunters Collect, who was recently purchased by Rory, out of the Murray Brown stable. Hunters Collect galloped behind the mobile gate last Monday, and was subsequently pulled up. He draws a handy in barrier 3 and has been put up as a $6.00 FF chance with the NZ Tab. With Anderson's record of turning horses around, you would think this fella will be breaking maidens in the coming weeks. Fast forward to Race 7, and Anderson lines up smart 4yo Panspacificflight gelding Arden's Concord, who was seen powering home last start. He recently switched back to the Anderson barn, after winning 3 races for West Plains based trainer Matt Saunders. The Tab have him as a $2.20 FF favourite, while recent Rangiora winner Parramatta is at $3.30 for driver/co-trainer Terry Chmiel. Even from a tricky barrier, he still looks tough to beat and could be a possible anchor for pick 6 players. In race 9, 5yo Four Starzzz Shark gelding Four Starzz Shiraz will look to make it back to back win after he darted up the lane to record his 6th career victory. His massive early speed negates his wide barrier and you should see another short priced Anderson runner, salute the judge. Currently $3.00 FF With everything going to plan earlier on, junior driver Rory Mcllwrick and trainer Graeme Anderson could be looking at four winners for the night if Elusive Flight was to capture heat 2 of the Forbury Park claimers series. A $9,000.00 claimer, the 7yo Elsu gelding Elusive Flight is owned by Charlotte Purvis, A D Gow, S R Pulley and R Chalklin and is another runner who has drawn tricky in barrier 9. He is currently $2.20 FF, while a former Anderson trained runner Laughing Cavalier, who was claimed last week, will start for the first time for new connections and new trainer/driver Andrew Armour. Andrew Fitzgerald

Two days of racing fire into action with the start of the Nelson Harness Racing Club's Winter Cup Festival tomorrow. The festival attracts over 2,500 people to the course over the two days - with 10 to 12 harness races held each day. Racing starts around 11am. But it's not all about the horses. The festival offers corporate hospitality packages in the member's stand which include prime seating and viewing, gourmet platters or meals, beverages and snacks. Hospitality packages can be booked online at nhrc.co.nz. Entry to the lucky losing ticket competition is open to all over the age of 18 who don't walk away smiling from the course tote.  Winners will receive a family return trip to Wellington (including your vehicle). Simply fill out your name and phone number on the back and place in the Car Company entry box at the course for your chance to win. A major prize wil be awarded each race day there will be . Punters must be on course to win the prize. There will also be live music on both days and a host of free children's entertainment on Sunday, including movies in Redwood Hall. Tasman Makos players will be on course on Sunday to entertain the children with a race to be held on the track between children and Makos players .   Entry is free to the racing which will be held at Richmond Park Racecourse  tomorrow and Sunday. Gates open at 9.30am and racebooks are $2. Parking is available at  the racecourse and Club Waimea. Visit: nhrc.co.nz for full race times, events and prize information. ​Stuff

Invercargill harness racing winner Real Love is no world beater but with claiming races coming on stream as the season goes into Winter mode Allan Beck thinks she can be nicely placed in the next month or two.   "We've mainly targeted the claimer with her where the opposition is not so strong. In saying that she did go a good race at Winton last week in that mile going 1-57 on a wet track so she's probably a bit better than a maiden," said Beck.   From gate seven Beck worked the five year old Real Desire mare to the lead and stayed there for the whole trip holding on to beat a late charge from Vera Mac who got within a neck of the winner.    "She felt good out there today. She got a breather and didn't have to go too hard. She was probably battling a bit at the finish but she was holding them."   Real Love started her career with Canterbury trainer Ray Jenkins and from three starts for Beck has now won twice and finished second in her only other start for the Winton trainer.  Bruce Stewart www.southlandharness.co.nz    

Life's a beach for Southland harness racing trainer Paul 'Tank' Ellis.   He's enjoying training a small team at Pitt Road near Oreti Beach and says the horses are enjoying it too.   One of his team, Christian Cullen mare Caballa Blanco, seems to be benefitting from the regime as well, recording a good win at Ascot Park today.     "The beach has got her happening, she's enjoying her racing and is showing a bit of speed again. At her first few starts I thought she didn't have any speed but she's got it back lately. I've always liked the beach and I'm given Ox (Wayne McEwan) a hand. We have half a dozen at any one time. We've only been going a few months. I'd like to think we could get a few more (horses) and get going a bit," said Ellis.    In today's Anchorage Café Mobile Pace driver Brent Barclay pushed her forward early before handing up to favourite Thunda Down Unda.   It was just a matter of waiting for the passing lane to arrive for Barclay and when it did the diminutive filly went into top gear and came away to win impressively by a length and a quarter.    "Brent was pretty happy with her. The thing he liked the most was the last 50 metres. She really was doing her best work then. He said she could follow any speed."   She was bred by Alan and Gail Paisley along with Liz and Allan Sloan and is out of the one win Holmes Hanover mare Love The Look.   Love The Look has a good record as a broodmare. Her first foal Got The Look (Courage Under Fire) has won twelve races in Australia. Other winners from the mare have been Love To Win (Riverboat King - five wins), Extreme Times (Extreme Three - eight wins) and Just A Delight (Bettor's Delight - nine wins).     "She's part owned by a mate of mine Scott Mortimer - a Makarewa boy who lives in America. He comes home once a year around Cup time. I think he'd like to keep her as a broodmare."   Caballo Blanco (which means White Horse) started her career with Findlay Road trainer Wayne Adams but was transferred to Ellis two months ago.     Runner up Tuas Delight, who was having his first start since January, should gain value out of today's effort.    Bruce Stewart www.southlandharness.co.nz

He was regarded as a certainty beat on debut after breaking but today after a safe getaway Takenoprisoners did exactly that.   The three year old gelding by Monarchy was made a $1-40 favourite at Ascot Park today and trainer driver Nathan Williamson allowed him to settle in fifth place early. He followed up Spur Wing up with 1800 metres to run. At the 1500 metre mark Williamson took the lead and he wasn't extended to beat Jackofdiamonds by a length and a quarter.   "I was a bit more cautious with him over that first bit because the other day he went a 100 - 150 metres and had a gallop," said Williamson.   Takenoprisoners was purchased by Williamson at the 2014 Sale for the Stars for $18,000 and is out of seven win Sundon mare Del's Hoof N It. She ran third in the Group Three Canterbury Park Trotting Cup behind Stig and Houdini Star.   "He's a big bugger so he's taken a bit of time. He's had a few preparations as a two and three year old. He was ready to go to the qualifying trials with my early ones last time but because he was so big and was lighting up in condition we put him aside which was the best thing for him."   Williamson said the gelding will be given a few more starts so he can learn the trade.    "He doesn't show a lot at home but he does when I take him off the place. If he keeps improving he'll have a nice future. He'll do a wee bit of racing over the winter. When the spring grass comes he can go out for a good break."   Meanwhile Williamson is unsure of the future of Tas Man Bromac. The class four gelding which has won nine races finished his season with a gallant fifth on Saturday in the Four Year Old Emerald at the Harness Jewels at Cambridge.    "He went a nice good honest race. We just needed a bit more luck on the day but it didn't eventuate. We haven't decided whether he stays here or not. He'll either be sold or having a break."     Bruce Stewart -www.southlandharness.co.nz

For the 100th time, someone at Addington Raceway tonight is going to go home $7,500 better off win, lose or draw. The Met Multiplier, a bonus based incentive that rewards horses who have raced at harness headquarters 15 times in a 12 month period and secured at least one victory, tonight will reward it’s 100th recipient. The bonus carries a purse of $7,500 with $5,000 going to the owner and $2,500 to the trainer. Introduced in August of 2012, the Met Multiplier has proved a popular foil in attracting horses to Addington week in, and week out and has undoubtedly helped with their numbers during leaner times. Tonight, Arran Chief is likely to get the honour of becoming the 100th winner of the Multiplier – meaning $750,000 has been handed to owners and trainers in the past four years for just racing at Addington Raceway. He’s had 14 starts at Addington in the last 12 months and picked up a victory. That victory incidentally came in the Darren DeFilippi Memorial Handicap Trot last year when he was handled to perfection by Jessica Young to win by the narrowest of margins. The Andrew Faulks trained square-gaiter goes around in the fifth race at tonight’s meeting – but there is a chance by the time he steps out onto the track that the 100th Met Multiplier may have already been paid out. A number of horses have completed the required number of starts but are missing the required victory. The Bruce Hutton trained, Gunpowder can snare the prize by winning the opening race of the night – a task made difficult by the inclusion of the exciting Mr Mojito from the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable. Aveross Brachole can do the same a but later on for David Pearce too. In the same race as Arran Chief, Clover Mac is also in line for the Multiplier if he is able to win. The Colin DeFilippi trained runner is a model of consistency and isn’t without a big chance of winning the fifth event. Here We Go Again and Donegal Jimmy Dave are others who can pick up the prize if they are successful tonight. Brian Rabbitt, head of the racing department at Addington, said the Met Multiplier had been a wonderful incentive for him when it has come to doing his fields. “It’s really been quite incredible,” he said. “And while there might not have been a lot of notable horses who have picked it up over the years there have been a lot of horses who have shown up week in and week out and it’s a nice way to reward them for doing that. “Tonight is an interesting one just because of the all the different things that could happen. We have never had a meeting where there could be potentially five winners of the Multiplier on the same evening. “It could be an expensive night,” he quipped. Matt Markham

Wyndham based junior driver Craig Ferguson ventured into the unknown on Sunday at Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting when he lined up his first two starters as a trainer. Whilst it wasn’t the dream result of two winners, it wasn’t far behind with both of Ferguson’s runners placing 2nd. Harnesslink sat down with Craig to talk about his runners & future plans. A maiden on debut named No More Change was Craig’s first starter in Race 4. The mare was given to Ferguson’s good mate Jamie Campbell by his relation Ivy Keenan. “Ivy Keenan was nice enough to give us the mare on the condition that we take her out for a meal and a bit of a party if we were to win a race,” said Craig. Jamie organised a bunch of owners, including several first time owners, who were seen to be loudly cheering their charge home. “The highlight for me was not only the horses performing so well, but seeing the excitement of all the owners. They were over the moon. I can’t wait to see what they are like when we win a race!” Beaten only ½ a length by Happy Lou (Trained by Malcolm Hunter), No More Change looks to be one worth following over the next few weeks. Coincidentally the driver of Happy Lou, Brendon McLellan was Craig’s first boss and the previous trainer of his starter in Race 5 Havinaravup. Starting from an awkward barrier, Havinaravup was able to punch through from the second line before finding himself in the 1-1 down the back, when extricated to the outside by Ferguson, the 7yo Washington VC gelding charged home for a smart 2nd to Hank Bromac (Trained by Murray Brown) driven by Craig’s partner Sheree Tomlinson. “Sheree beating me home wasn’t part of the plan; it’s safe to say she has the bragging rights for a few days” Craig actually won on Havinaravup back in June of 2014 and jumped at the chance to lease him when he became available. “I always thought he was capable of winning more. My good friend Rory McCall came in with me and I also gave Mum a share for all her help”. Rory is so keen he has even taken shares in a few others with Ferguson. With the use of a swimming pool, grass track and Sheree’s riding ability, Craig is able to offer something different for all sorts of horses. “Sheree helps me with the team, and Jamie pops in when he gets time away from teaching, also Mum and Dad are a huge help” ‘I haven’t made too many plans for the future. I’ll just take it one step at a time”. Side note: Known as one of the leading junior drivers in the country, Ferguson is currently sitting 3rd on the Premiership table with 23 wins for the season- (31) wins behind tear away leader Brad Williamson with Kyle Marshall (29 wins) in 2nd. Andrew Fitzgerald    

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