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Cambridge trainer Sean McCaffrey has not given up on the New Zealand Cup meeting with the forgotten horse of open-class trotting, Sovereignty. The Cambridge trotter missed most of the 2009-2010 harness racing season when a mystery soreness saw him lose form over the summer.

Star squaregaiter Sovereignty is back in work and making solid progress under the guidance of his Cambridge harness racing trainer Sean McCaffrey. Raced by harness racing legend Charlie Hunter (ONZM) in partnership with wife Annette, the well performed 5yo was suffering badly at the hands of a mysterious ailment during his last campaign.

Recently crowned 2008-2009 North Island Trotter-of-the-Year and former New Zealand Trotter-of-the-Year - Sovereignty - is back and primed for a big harness racing season after an impressive first-up win at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday).

The New Zealand's elite trotting ranks are getting a bit thin with last year's 'Trotter-of-the-Year' Sovereignty joining superstar Stig and the Tim Butt and Phil Anderson trained Ray on the injured list. The Sean McCaffrey trained 4-year-old gelding is out for the rest season after being diagnosed with an injury in his front right pastern. Ray has been operated on and is also out for the rest of the season.

Cambridge trotting star Sovereignty (Monarchy- Lockerup ), resumed his four year old campaign at the Saturday morning workouts at Cambridge Raceway.

The 2009 Harness Jewels finals might be still four months away but already the favourites for the eight Group One and one Group Two events are starting to sort themselves out, and it comes as no surprise that last year's Horse of the Year, Auckland Reactor, and Trotter of the Year, Sovereignty spearhead their respective stakes winning list.

Brilliant Waikato trotter Sovereignty could back up at Cambridge Raceway on January 2, just a couple of days after lining up in the Group One $100,000 Lindauer Trot at Alexandra Park on New Year's Eve.

2008 Harness Jewels champions Sovereignty and Lauraella look set for big things in 2009 after both were convincing winners at Alexandra Park tonight (Dec 05). The same could also be said of Tennis Ball and La Femme D'Argent, who also caught the eye when winning their respective 2700m standing start events.

Visiting trainer Sean McCaffrey seems to have star trotter Sovereignty at the top of his game as Cup Week racing at Addington looms next week. A rising star on the trotting horizon, Sovereignty was as sharp as a tack when he underlined his readiness for the opening event worth $20,000 at Addington on Tuesday with an accomplished trials win on the course today Wednesday 5 November.

Charlie and Annette Hunter rode a wave of success last season with their exciting, then three year, old gelding Sovereignty (Monarchy- Lockerup) who raced twelve times for eight wins and two seconds.

Sovereignty and He's My Hero are in for big seasons if their runs at the Franklin Trotting Club's Trials at Pukekohe today (Tuesday October 14) are anything to go by.

Unbeaten entire Auckland Reactor scooped every award he was eligible for at the annual Harness Racing New Zealand Awards dinner at Alexandra Park in Greenlane, Auckland, this evening.

Superstar trotter Sovereignty affirmed his status as the country's best three-year-old square-gaiter and next superstar of New Zealand trotting scene with a faultless 5 1/2 length win NZ record win in the $100,000 Manukau Trotting Club Ruby (mile) at Cambridge on Saturday (May 31).

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