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Giant pacer Ultimate Art is back in Brisbane. With the 2017 Queensland winter carnival wrapping up this weekend, Ultimate Art has arrived and will campaign in the Sunshine State in the coming months for trainers Shannon Price and Scott Miller. Originally, the Modern Art gelding was being considered for the open class features in recent weeks but he didn’t find his best form and connections felt the trip wasn’t warranted. Last year, when previously under the care of Price/Miller, Ultimate Art won 9 of his 14 starts which included 8 in a row at Albion Park. The multiple feature race winner is raced by Mick and Kirsty Formosa. ********************************************************************************** The bulk of the visiting stars of the winter carnival have returned to their respective homes. But My Field Marshal has remained in the Sunshine State. The last start Blacks A Fake runner-up behind Hectorjayjay will spend the next two weeks in the winter warmth of Brisbane having a well-earned break before heading south for his next campaign. Trainer Tim Butt is eyeing the Victoria Cup and Inter Dominion series in Perth later this year. *********************************************************************************** Millionaire pacer Bling It On will be available to breeders in the upcoming breeding season. The American Ideal entire will stand at Cobbitty Equine Farm in New South Wales and will command a fee of $3000. Bling It On has been sidelined following a crash at Albion Park in the Lucky Creed Pace on June 17 as a result of interference and immediately ended his winter carnival campaign. The half-brother to Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling heads to stud with a record of 42 wins and 17 placings from 77 starts for earnings of $1,591,076. ************************************************************************************ A notable omission from Friday’s Listed $25,000 Chris Garrard Patrons Purse at Redcliffe is the richly talented Mattgregor. Prepared by Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, the Rob Roy Mattgregor gelding was sent straight to the spelling following his 5th placing behind Hectorjayjay in the Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park on July 8. A winner of 10 races from 22 starts, connections are looking at heading interstate again next season. Mattgregor is being aimed at the $75,000 4 & 5yo Championship at TABCORP Park, Melton on November 11. McMullen has withdrawn his appeal against a three-week driving suspension he incurred from the Lucky Creed race fall at Albion Park on June 17. ************************************************************************************* Connections of classy fillies Shartin and My Casino Belle are looking at options before seasons end. Both fillies were gallant when filling the minor placing’s behind The More The Better in last week’s Queensland Derby. Trainer Dean Braun is keen to start Shartin again given how well she has come through her Brisbane campaign while trainer Brad Hewitt is keen to push on with My Casino Belle in the coming weeks. Shartin is not eligible for the Australasian Breeders Crown series while My Casino Belle was placed in last year’s 2yo Final behind Partyon and Petacular. ************************************************************************************** Leading Queensland trainer Grant Dixon is heading to Melbourne next month with his exciting prospect Colt Thirty One for the Australasian Breeders Crown series. Fresh from his demolition of his rivals in last week’s Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final at Albion Park in 1:53.9, connections are keen to test their rising star against the best. Unbeaten in Queensland from six starts, his only defeats came earlier this season at Menangle during the Australian Pacing Gold series. The Mach Three colt is drawing comparisons with former freakish juvenile Majestic Mach, also prepared by Dixon. Making the trip with Colt Thirty One is feature race winning filly Red Charmer. The winner of the Wayne Wilson Memorial Paleface Adios earlier this season, Red Charmer finished 7th behind Arts Treasure last week in the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Fillies Final. **************************************************************************************** Inter Dominion winning horseman James Rattray has remained in Brisbane. Last week, Rattray claimed the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final with Arts Treasure and will focus on another feature before seasons end. Up next for the Roll With Joe filly is the Gr.1 $100,000 Australian Pacing Gold Brisbane Graduates series starting on August 4, the final is scheduled for August 12. Rattray will start last start Rising Stars Championship winner The Bettormack at Albion Park this weekend. ***************************************************************************************** Last start feature race juvenile Lucky Unlucky arrives back in Brisbane today (Thursday) for a well-earned break. Lucky Unlucky proved successful in last week’s Gr.2 $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Blue Final at TABCORP Park, Menangle in a time of 1:54.0. Owned by Vicki Rasmussen, the Roll With Joe youngster has campaigned in Sydney in recent months for trainer Craig Cross. Lucky Unlucky won twice from 11 starts during his rookie term while banking close to $50,000 in stakes. ****************************************************************************************** Leonard Cain makes his Saturday night debut this weekend. The fresh-faced rising star has enjoyed considerable success during his first season of race driving which has netted him 49 winners to date. A third generation horseman, Cain is a key member of the Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham stable. ****************************************************************************************** Redcliffe curator Greg Franklin will finish his role with the bayside club next week. The talented horseman retires from his role with the club and will spend more time with his small team of pacers from Knight Street for the time being. Franklin has enjoyed considerable success with the likes of African Violet and Motor Parade while his current performer is the classy Remember Them. ****************************************************************************************** Gold Coast trainer Graeme Gavin has sent around his final runners. Last Friday night at Albion Park, Gavin prepared Mickey McRooney and Hotshot Anvil before sending them home with different trainers. Formerly from New South Wales, Gavin has been based on the Gold Coast for a number of years and enjoyed good success with the likes of Cracka Stride, Real Magic, Jack Starzzz, Black Shiraz, Therufusonfire, Nash Street Matt, Scarecrow and Intense Gold among many others. Gavin trained close to 300 winners. Happy retirement Graeme. ******************************************************************************************* And that’s a wrap for the 2017 Queensland winter carnival…..until next year. Chris Barsby

The lush paddocks of home are often considered, one of the great strengths of New Zealand racing --- but not for pacing star My Field Marshal. Because trainer Tim Butt says getting away from home, has been a crucial step in managing his Group One star back to his best form, and transforming him into a winning chance in tonight’s A$200,000 Blacks A Fake in Brisbane. My Field Marshal has always had the speed of a top horse, the turn of foot, the best stock of his sire Art Major are blessed with the crossed ability of his open class dam Foreal. But two wind operations have left the multiple Group One winner with an unusual problem. “His wind operation have been a success but they left him with some side effects,” Butt said. “When he eats too much too quickly, some of it now goes down the wrong passage and ends up in his lungs. “So back home, where the paddocks have so much grass, he was eating way too much when we put him out, as stallions often do, and it was causing him all sorts of problems with his lungs. “But over here in Australia that isn’t a problem because you don’t have that much grass in the paddocks. “We have also changed the way we feed him, in that he gets fed smaller amounts more often and it stops him overeating.” The improvement has been dramatic, with feature race wins at Melton and Menangle, the latest in the Group One Len Smith Mile where he beat tonight’s major race rivals Lennytheshark, Tiger Tara and Hectorjayjay. He faces a second line draw tonight, and Butt is hoping a hot pace will enable his brother Anthony to weave his big-race magic. “I leave that up to him, nobody researches and sums up these big races better than Ants. “But now he is back to his best, I think this horse ranks in the top five in Australasia on recent form and he will stay over here for the rest of the year.” Anthony will need to produce another perfect drive to win tonight’s 2680m Group One, especially as Albion Park tends to favour leaders and rejuvenated former Kiwi pacer Tiger Tara could assume that role and be very hard to catch. Also playing the chasing game tonight could be NZ three-year-old The More The Better, hot favourite for the A$75,000 Queensland Derby even off the second line. He meets a moderate bunch of locals, boosted by the surprise inclusion of his former stablemate Motu Meteor, who looks the biggest danger from the ace. Watching on live at Albion Park will be one of the legends of harness racing, with the patriarch of the Purdon family Roy making a rare trip to Brisbane as he owns a share in The More The Better. Michael Guerin

Westwood trainer Graeme Anderson reached a personal best training tally of 33, for this season in a solo capacity, with the wins of Azalea and Sweet As at Forbury Park on Thursday night. He is the top strike rate trainer in New Zealand with a UDR of .4747. His small team has raced 99 times this season. Azalea and Sweet As are among 16 individual winners during the season for Anderson, spearheaded by Eamon Maguire, who won seven races and $81,455. Anderson won 35 races with Amber Hoffman as a partnership in the 2010/11 season. His previous best on his own was 31 last season. Azalea was having her fourth start for the stable after being purchased six weeks ago by the Sue Ping, Bratk and High Hopes Racing syndicates. The four-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight and In Bloom had twice minor placed in four starts for trainer Jamie Gameson. In Bloom is the dam of winners Noddy, Blue Mint and Brindy, her three other foals to race. In Bloom is a daughter of In The Pocket and the great mare Blossom Lady, the dam of Mister D G. Sweet As joined Anderson after finishing fourth in a claiming race at Forbury Park a week earlier. She won two for Templeton trainer Peter Robertson and two for Southland trainer Alan Paisley. “She (Sweet As) just loves the place,” said Anderson referring to his beach training facility. Hoffman produced To Ri Alby to win in his first race for 13 months. “He has had three surgeries on his near front leg after he tore a tendon," said Hoffman, who trains on the beach at Waikouaiti. The surgery was carried out by veterinarian Peter Gillespie, a member of the In The Black syndicate, who lease To Ri Alby. Gerald Cayford, president of the Forbury Park club; Tony Gow, a committee member, track manager Ken McFarlane and Michelle Scarf are also in the syndicate. To Ri Alby, now a six-year-old, had two third placings in three starts before he went amiss. He is by Badlands Hanover from Carmel Maria, whose four progeny to race have been winners. They include Second Wind (10 wins) and Precious Mach (nine). Alan Clark, the Washdyke trainer-driver broke a drought when the two-year-old trotter Imperial Whiz was successful at his 24th start. Clark had not won a race since The Fiery Ginga was successful at Addington in October, 2014. Clark and his wife, Fiona bred Imperial Whiz, a half-brother by Imperial Count to Anothersuperstar (seven wins). Rocknroll Magic returned to Mosgiel with his owners Syd and Shona Brown after an eight and a half length win. The half-brother by Rocknroll Hanover to Len Smith Mile winner Field Marshal, will now be spelled. Trained by Tim Butt, Rocknroll Magic has won three of his nine starts. “Field Marshal has travelled well and settled at the Gold Coast stable of Shannon Price," said Syd Brown. His next start in the $50,000 Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park on July 8. Pat Campbell led through the $10,000 Final of the Sprint Series (1200m) in the hands of Jessica Young. Jackalack Sue won the final of the claiming series with the favourite Elusive Flight out of contention after breaking a hopple early in the race. Paul’s Verdict, trained 800km away at Blenheim by Sandra Mounce, led for most of the way to post his fifth win. “We came down for the Marlborough meeting at Addington on Sunday and decided to continue to Dunedin," said Sandra’s husband, John, the owner who accompanied Paul’s Verdict. The Mounces operate the One Tree Lodge motel and sponsored a race at the Marlborough meeting. Blazing Under Fire was back to his best with a dashing win. His trainer Phil Williamson has won 42 races for trotters this season. Springbank Eden has been sold out of the stable and he will do his immediate racing at Menangle. He won 10 races for owners Alistair and Denise Smith. Tayler Strong

Tim Butt has fond memories of Queensland. On previous trips, the Christchurch based trainer claimed the biggest events in the southern hemisphere – the 2001 Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Final with Take A Moment at Albion Park while returning in 2009 with former North American star Mr Feelgood to win the Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final when staged at the Gold Coast. And the world champion horseman is heading back to the Sunshine State with his last start Gr.1 $100,000 Len Smith Mile winner My Field Marshal, fresh from his success yesterday (Sunday) at TABCORP Park, Menangle. The richly talented five-year-old powered down the outside of the spacious Sydney track to snatch victory from a game Mach Doro and race favourites Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay in a time of 1:50.2. “He raced great and finished off superbly, he thrives on this style of racing and Brisbane is the next stop. In fact, he’s already on the road and will next start in the Sunshine Sprint followed by the Blacks A Fake, both races have been on his radar for some time.” Butt said. The Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint is scheduled for July 8 at Albion Park followed by the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake the following week. My Field Marshal is expected to renew his battles with Mach Doro, Lennytheshark, Hectorjayjay, Tiger Tara, Major Crocker and Ultimate Art while the local talent is spearheaded by triple Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova. My Field Marshal has thrived during his Australian stint to date and appears to be getting better as his campaign runs deeper. It was his third success at his past four starts with other victories including the Gr.2 $75,000 Four & Five Championship at Melton on May 20 followed by his triumph in the $20,000 Golden Reign FFA the following week. The Art Major – Foreal entire has now won four Group One events. “I’ve always held him in very high regard but we’ve been patient with him and haven’t chased every race possible and now he’s really matured and developed into a lovely racehorse. I think the next twelve to eighteen months should be his best so it’s rather exciting. “The Brisbane campaign has always been the target and the style of racing should suit him nicely, they race hard and fast and that’s his style. Obviously the draws play a big role but he just needs the little bit of luck or no bad luck to play a role in the finish of his races. “We’re staying with Shannon (Price) and Scott (Miller) and they’ve got him on the truck headed north as we speak with their three-year-old (Three Of The Best).” Understandably, Butt is hoping to add to his list of memories in the coming weeks. The Albion Park winter carnival officially starts this weekend before reaching its climax on July 15. Chris Barsby

The harness racing fans turned out in force to see what was hailed as a match-race. But feature-race specialists Tim Butt and Anthony Butt spoiled the party when five-year-old My Field Marshall scored a race-record win in today's $100,000 Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The son of former champion mare Foreal, by Art Major scored an amazing win in the Group One feature, nailing another surprise packet Mach Doro near the line to score in 1:50.2, breaking Hectorjayjay's race record set last year. The plucky Lennytheshark raced outside the leader Hectorjayjay and held on manfully to take third place, but had no answer to the sprint of the first two placegetters in the straight. Part-owner of My Field Marshall Syd Brown said he had looked at the list of previous winners including the likes of Smoken Up (four times), Changeover, Beautide, Smolda and Hectorjayjay and said he dreamt of just having a horse good enough to compete against the Grand Circuit stars. The rest was left to the Butt brothers . . trainer Tim has been in Sydney for almost a month preparing the Christchurch pacer for his shot at glory while Anthony, who is now domiciled in Melbourne, he has become one of that state's leading reinsman with a string of winners. But Anthony admitted this might be his biggest win on the Menangle circuit and was certainly something special against some of the best horses in Australasia. Hectorjayjay (Josh Aiken) showed his normal extraordinary turn of foot to easily find the front in the 1609m sprint while Lennytheshark (Chris Alford) never shirked the task and gradually made his way around the field to sit outside of his stablemate for most of the race. Turning for home it became obvious 'Hector' couldn't shake off his stablemate, but that didn't matter as first Mach Doro and then My Field Marshall made their moves out wide. Butt had something in hand as he easily picked up his rivals to score in 1:50.2 after sectionals of 26.9s, 29.4s, 26.8 and home in 27.1 for a win that stunned most of those present - except the Butts, who knew they had a horse that was up to the task. . . . and one whose name will look quite at home in the record books beside some of the greats of the sport. Amanda Zammit  

An ultra-impressive My Field Marshall mowed down some of Victoria’s best harness racing front runners to land another blow for those from the south-east of the Tasman. Just when the locals thought it was safe to return to the Tabcorp Park Melton straight after The Orange Agent's earth-scorching three weeks concluded, Kiwi trainer Tim Butt’s My Field Marshall nosed out Maximan and Major Crocker to claim tonight’s TAB.com.au Golden Reign Free For All. “He’s a beautiful horse, very adaptable, so he’s lovely to drive, hopefully he’s got a big couple of years ahead,” driver Anthony Butt said after My Field Marshall won for a second time in as many weeks, coming on the back of his TAB 4YO & 5YO Championship win. Butt showed intent from the outset tonight, working forward from gate six and advancing to the breeze to sit outside leader Stormfortheboys amid a 43.4-second lead time. Cover came when Guaranteed and then Major Crocker claimed the chair, with the frontrunners finding little time to reclaim their breath amid a sequence of sub-30 quarters. Come the final turn Kate Gath guided Maximan from the box seat and set foot after Major Crocker who had grabbed a length, with My Field Marshall taking the last crack at them. Butt timed it a treat, with My Field Marshall nosing ahead of Maximan on the line, while Major Crocker and fast finishing Milly Perez were just 1.4m back in third and fourth. “It was a really good run tonight, probably a step up on the field from last week but he felt really good and he was sharp,” Butt said. “He came out (of the gates) good tonight. He’s not blazing, but he can get out pretty good when you want him to. “When I came out on the corner he really sprinted, so he’s really going great. Last week he sort of outstayed them but (tonight) he really showed his speed.” It’s timely form, with My Field Marshall’s campaign geared towards the June 25 $106,000 Group 1 at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “He’s going to go to the Len Smith Mile, it’s just a matter of whether he stays here for a race in two weeks or the Golden Mile at Menangle in two weeks,” Butt said. “That will be up to Tim, but the way he’s going he’s fitted in really good down here, he seems to like the track so I will be pushing for him to stay here for the two weeks and then go to the Len Smith Mile later. Tim will decide that.” My Field Marshall The Fuel Fast Pace, an M1 to M2, also went the way of a visitor, with South Australian trainer Greg Norman taking the honours when his six-year-old grey Adam Cartwright produced a withering burst. Driver Greg Sugars said the trainer deserved all credit. “Anyone who knows anything about South Australian harness racing knows the history of the Norman family, one thing they are for sure is great horseman and Greg is no exception,” Sugars said. “He does a very good job. “(Adam Cartwright) just needed an ounce of luck. It was a reasonable lead time and then the breaks came my way when it was time to get off and the horse did the rest.” The night also featured the Own The Moment Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Pace heats, with Jason Lee grabbing a break at the turn to guide Keayang Ebonyrose to victory ahead of favourite Rocknroll Magic in the second heat and trainer-driver Rodney Petroff winning the first heat with Brocks Territory. They will return for the $30,000 final on June 3. Of the trotters, Conon Bridge won a competitive $14,000 Aldebaran Park Monte Championship by a length from Vics Cheval and debutant K D Muscles, and Fabrication was impressive again in winning the Haras Des Trotteurs Trot, to the delight of driver David Murphy. “As a two, three, four-year-old he was probably a rung below the better ones but I always felt like he would get up to them and he’s making the transition into open age racing really well,” Murphy said. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Tim Butt has his sights set on Australia's best pacers with My Field Marshall. Butt arrived in Sydney a few weeks back with those ambitious plans, but had to rethink after My Field Marshall's Newcastle Mile flop. But the five-year-old made a lie of that run when he stormed home to beat a hot field in the Group 2 4&5YO Championship at Melton last night (Saturday). "Newcastle left me wondering," Butt said. "He ran such a top race behind Lennytheshark in the Bulli Cup in that quick time and I thought he'd be even better at Newcastle. "As it turns out, I think he didn't back-up after the big run in fast time behind Lenny. "I nearly scratched him from the Bulli Cup because he'd had a virus back home and I wasn't totally happy with him on the day of the Bulli Cup. I ended-up running him and he ran a huge race. "I was so confident going to Newcastle after that because I thought he'd improve again. "Looking back, the big Bulli Cup run when he wasn't quite right must have flattened him." Butt said all the signs were great again heading to the Melton feature, but he wanted to see a big showing. He got that and more. In a frantically run 2240m race where the pace never slackened after a blazing lead time, My Field Marshall sat backed and then sustained a long, strong finishing burst around the field to win impressively. "Ants (driver Anthony Butt) told me we'd need the pace on all the way to get into the back and thankfully we got that," Tim Butt said. "Still he had to go super to win. He really just outstayed them in the end." My Field Marshall beat a super brave NSW raider Mattgregor by 1.9m with Harness Jewels-bound Mr Mojito in third spot in a very slick 1min54.9sec mile rate for 2240m. Mattgregor's run to do so much work at the front of the field, look beaten rounding the last bend, but lift again late was simply amazing. My Field Marshall now returns Sydney for a clash with Lennytheshark in the Golden Mile at Menangle in June 10. The comes the Group 1 Len Smith Mile also at Menangle on June 25.  "If he goes well in both of those we will head up to the big Queensland winter races with him as well," Butt said. Adam Hamilton

Field Marshal is due to begin an Australian campaign in the $50,000 Bulli Cup (one mile) at Menangle on April 29. “He is on a flight from Christchurch on April 28. It is not ideal racing the next day but it was the only flight available. I have done it before with horses,” said Tim Butt, his West Melton trainer. “ He (Field Marshal) will then go to the Newcastle Mile and could be in Australia for two or three months.’’ Butt is targeting the $150,000 Breeders Challenge for colts and geldings at Menangle on June 25 with Let It Ride, who has won four of his five starts and finished sixth in the New Zealand Derby. A triple Group One winner in New Zealand as a 4-year-old last season, Field Marshal finished fifth behind Lazarus in a Free-For-All at Addington on March 31 when resuming from a four and a half month break. “We were delighted with his run. We timed him to run his last half in 53,” said owner Syd Brown. Field Marshal raced in Australia at two and three, winning twice at Menangle and once at Yarra Valley. He won the Group Three Simpson Memorial at Menangle  in 1.55.1 and another mile race there in 1.54. He ran 1.53.1 in the Harness Jewels at Cambridge. Syd and Shona Brown and Butt won a race at Rangiora on Sunday with Rocknroll Magic, a 4-year-old half brother by Rocknroll Hanover to Field Marshal. He is the third winner from as many foals to race out of Foreal, who is also the dam of Madiba Magic (1.51.4). Stablemate Lady Chatto appears to have taken no harm from a fall in the Pink Bonnet at Menangle on Saturday. Winner of the Group Three Leonard Memorial at Addington; a heat of the Bathurst Gold Tiara and second in the Final from the Butt stable, she is due to have a quiet trial today (Tuesday) as a prelude to returning to New Zealand later in the day for the $110,000 Caduceus Club Classic in Auckland on April 21. She will trial at Cambridge if a trial tomorrow is ruled out. “She did not even have a graze and ate her supper that night,” said Tom Richardson, her Dunedin owner. “We think she dropped the tongue tie when she got fired up and veered to the inside of the track and went down. “I was watching the race on television with about 100 others at a function in Invercargill and it looked horrific.”   Tayler Strong

Tom Richardson, a standardbred breeder and owner for 41 years is being rewarded for perseverance with the filly Lady Chatto, the New Zealand-trained representative in the $A104,000 final of the Gold Tiara at Bathurst on Saturday night. The 2-year-old pacing filly is unbeaten in two starts—the  group three $24,000 Leonard Memorial Stakes at Addington and a heat of the Gold Tiara at Bathurst on March 15. ‘’Potentially she is the best I have bred,’’ said Richardson (74), a semi-retired property developer. The Tim Butt-trained Lady Chatto is in the Final with  the barrier draw (six) in her favour to down My Sweetchilliphilly. Lady Chatto won the fifth of six heats by 21.6m in a 1.57.5 mile rate for the 1730m (mobile) which was overshadowed by My Sweetchilliphilly winning the final heat by 22.3m in a 1.55.3 rate. The 1064m Bathurst track with a 186m straight has been in use since 2014 when it was built on a new location. Richardson and his wife, Loretta, of Saddle Hill (near Dunedin) are in Bathurst for the series. “We are here for the fortnight to attend the functions. It was pretty tough competition in the heats (six) and 15 horses had won races,” said Richardson. “Tim  Butt talked us into making the trip with Lady Chatto when were faced with a late entry payment of $15,000 for the Sires’ Stakes in NZ.” Lady Chatto had been staked for the Bathurst Crown series as a foal  and NZ Sires’ Stakes when consideration was given to entering her for the premier yearling sale. “We were up for $15,000 to start in the Sires’ Stakes when we missed a payment and I think it is a better system in Australia where they assume you are remaining in a series unless you withdraw,’’ he said. The NZ Sires’ Stakes Board took legal advice to set up their system as they are not a governing body able to enforce payments. The Pink Bonnet at Menangle and Breeders Crown are other opportunities for Lady Chatto in Australia. Richardson bred Lady Chatto from a mating of American Ideal and Lady Lozza (Mach Three – Be Reasonable) who won him races at Invercargill and Omakau  when trained  at Ocean View by Stu Campbell. Lady Chatto was foaled when the Richardsons lived in Central Otago for two years after buying the  former Chatto Creek golf course. Lady Lozza died after foaling Lady Chatto, her third foal.  Kim Taylor, of Mosgiel, bred the first two, both fillies by Big Jim who are yet to be registered. “Lady Lozza died in a freak accident last year with a broken leg. She was nine months in foal to American Ideal,’’ said Richardson. Richardson began breeding from the family in 1976  with Cheer Leader (Smooth Hanover – Granny). “Lady Chatto is the fifth generation from her branch of the Regina family,’’ he said. Cheer Leader left Cruising, who won him two races  raced in partnership with Invercargill trainer Roy Henley before being sold to North America. “Cruising ran fifth in a NZ Derby (1983, won by Mighty Me) after locking wheels. He should have run third. We sold him later that year for $50,000 which was big money.” Richardson, as a member of the Fleetfoot syndicate, had his first win with the pacer Bonny Saga at Gore in 1976. The Tempest Hanover – Raven’s Whisper mare won three races when trained by Clarrie Woodward at Edendale. Bonny Saga left the minor winners Pilgrim and Meteorite. Richardson paid $90,000 for the American – bred filly by No Nukes – Emerald Breeze at the National Bloodstock International yearling sale in Auckland in 1987. He was then living in Invercargill and raced the filly, Nukes Emerald  as a member of the Neither Confirm Nor Deny syndicate. Trained by Jack Smolenski, the filly foaled in March, 1986, won first up at Invercargill when a mere 23 months old, She then finished second to Diplomacy (trained by Roy and Barry Purdon and driven by Mark Purdon) in  the $120,000 International Classic, a sale race for her age group in Auckland. The syndicate returned Nukes Emerald to North America and she won 17 races and $139,000 there, taking a record of 1.56.8. She perished in a stable fire in Ontario in 1992. My Sweetchilliphilly, trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton and driven by Chris Geary, is also unbeaten in two starts. The daughter of Betterthancheddar – Tact Philly was bred at Ashburton by Melissa Tapp and exported unraced to Australia in January. The Bathurst Gold Crown series has been staged by the Bathurst Harness Racing Club since 1987. New Zealand trainers have won  the Final for colts and geldings with Master Musician (1990, Robert Dunn and driven by Robert Mitchell) and Another Party (Mark Purdon and Tony Herlihy). Lady Chatto will be driven by Butt’s brother, Anthony. The filly was taken to Australia by Anthony’s daughter, Kimberly and she returned to NZ on Tuesday when Tim was back to oversee Lady Chatto. Tayler Strong

The big Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival might not just be all about Shane and Lauren Tritton. For the past two weeks, all the Bathurst talk has been about the Tritton’s star duo – filly My Sweetchillphilly and colt Divine State. On what we’ve seen so far, whatever beats them will win their respective finals. My Sweetchillyphilly is the first of them to step-out in the heats of the Gold Tiara for two-year-old fillies at Bathurst on Wednesday night. The daughter of Betterthancheddar won her only start at Bathurst on February 19 by a staggering 59.7m … and rated a blistering 1min55.3sec mile rate for 1730m. Just for good measure, the filly she beat, Now Eye See, bolted in at Parkes at her only run since. My Sweetchilliphilly should work to the front from gate six and win her heat (race nine) on Wednesday night. Excitingly, Kiwi trainer Tim Butt’s decision to whisk impressive debut winner Lady Chatto across the Tasman to Bathurst has added another dimension to the series. Lady Chatto won her only start at Addington last Sunday week by almost three lengths at Addington and clocked a solid 2min0.5sec mile rate for 2000m. Butt, renowned to travelling and taking on challenges, is well aware of the buzz around My Sweetchillphilly and not afraid to take her on. Lady Chatto has drawn the pole and will dominate betting in race five on Wednesday night. The other Tiara runner with Kiwi interest is Passions Delight, who is trained by Nicole Molander, driven by Chris Alford and owned by the US-based Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks. As exciting as My Sweetchilliphilly looks, the hype around the Trittons’ colt Divine State is even bigger. And you can see why when he won by almost 20m on debut at Menangle in a 1min52.8sec mile on January 31. He then raised the bar against the best babies seen so far this season when he strolled home by 12.8m and broke the Australasian two-year-old mile race record with a 1min51.6sec dash again at Menangle on February 18. Fans will have to wait until next Saturday night to see him in action in the heats of the Gold Crown. Adam Hamilton

Michael Palermo waited 10 years for Friday night.  So, when his maiden trotter, Rum In The Sun, dished up a trotting masterclass in the maiden trot at Addington, the highly-regarded horseman was more the justified in being over the moon.  The win gave Palermo his first tick in the win column as a trainer. “I’ve been waiting a while for it, so it’s good to finally have it off the back,” Palermo said.  “Hopefully the second one doesn’t take quite as long.” From limited opportunities, Palermo has had a horse in work when time has allowed, while also balancing his work at the Premier Stables of Tim Butt where he has been a senior staff member for more than a decade.  Palermo travelled with and looked after Mr Feelgood at the 2009 Interdominions on the Gold Coast which the former American pacer won.  Despite gaining enough satisfaction out of watching horses he has had an involvement with at the Butt stables be successful, the drive has always been there to train a winner on his own accord.  And even with Rum In The Sun it hasn’t been easy.  “I’ve always rated him a bit, he trotted a quarter in 30 seconds as a yearling. “But we couldn’t quite get the trotting business sorted out.” In his first six starts, the best offered up was an encouraging fourth mixed in between some gallops.  “Jonny Cox always said if we could get the trotting thing sorted we would have some fun.  “Then we discovered his bone chips so we had them removed and ever since then he’s been spot on.” Palermo took the son of Bacardi Lindy into Friday night without a workout or a trial but it never showed as the powerful trotter left his rivals gasping after sitting off of a hot speed and joining in before running away with the race.  “I knew he was ready, we just needed them to trot a long a bit and they did so it all worked out pretty well.” The 1:58 mile rate, and an overall time of 2:23.8 put into some context would translate to Rum In The Sun winning seven of the eight editions of the Summer Trotting Free-For-All.  Rum In The Sun is owned by Palermo’s wife, Kylie, who is the daughter of Hororata trainer David Moore who tasted success recently with Carter Michael.  Moore’s other daughter, Tania was the one who pointed Palermo towards Rum In The Sun while she was working at Roydon Lodge.  “She rang and said she had found me a horse and that it was pretty well bred.  “We went out to have a look and Kylie spotted one she liked in the paddock and it turned out to be the horse we were out there to see so we took him home with us.” Raced on lease from Keith Gibson, Rum In The Sun most definitely has some breeding on his side.  His grand-dam, Simone Roydon was a half-sister to the brilliant Sundon and the gelding’s blood traces back through to many outstanding trotters over the years.  Palermo said he would look to return to the races in a fortnight with the five-year-old.

While the heavy-hitters strut their stuff at Alexandra Park, the pressure is on New Zealand Derby aspirant, The Bachelor to show some form at Addington tonight. The Tim Butt trained runner is the sole representative of the nominations for the Derby at the Addington meeting with a hoard of starters up in Auckland preparing for the Great Northern Derby next weekend. Unsighted since running fourth behind All You Need Is Faith back at the end of September, the son of Art Major will be without doubt in need of a run as he heads to headquarters tonight. But a solid trial a fortnight ago, in behind two other classy three-year-olds in Pacing Major and More The Better, will see the gelding strip a lot fitter than what many might expect him to. Also in his favour is the current form of Butt, who has really hit the ground running in 2017. He’s trained eight winners in the two months of the year as he slowly begins to rebuild to an impressive looking racing team. He will have a double pronged attack on the seventh race tonight with The Bachelor joined by stablemate, Mt Hutt Harry who will be looking to make it back-to-back wins after a strong maiden victory last time. Purchased out of the Methven stable of Danny McKendry for a modest amount after just one workout on the grass at Methven the son of Vintage Master looks to have plenty of scope, and a rather big future. He will start from the pole spot in the mobile event with Kim Butt in the sulky while Craig Thornley will wear the Syd and Shona Brown colours on The Bachelor. When the second round of withdrawals closed this week for the $200,000 Group One event, The Bachelor’s named was joined by 21 others who are still in the mix for the race. The market is being dominated by the All Stars classy three-year-olds Vincent and Ultimate Machete with Tiger Thompson and More The Bettor the only other runners in single figures in the fixed odds market. That could change at Alexandra Park tonight with some quality three-year-olds, including Tiger Thompson doing battle ahead of the Great Northern Derby. The Brad Mowbray trained runner will take on fellow Derby aspirants; Jack’s Legend, Rakapuka Ruler, Stars Align, Pacing Major, Alta Intrigue, Billy Badger and Mongolian Hero while More The Bettor will take on the older horses in the most tightly assessed pace of the night. Addington Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Eja Patron, Sweet Loress, Handlebar Hank, Illegal Immigrant Race 2: Over The Love, Reign On Me, Rum In The Sun, Ruthless Kayla Race 3: Clarendon’s Last, Bella Jones, Selena Franco, Tahlia Franco Race 4: Run Riot, Supreme Banner, Sky City King, Asset Control Race 5: Queen Bee Bardon, A G’s Whitesocks, Star Fantasy, Sparkling Delight Race 6: Gunpowder, Benji Mara, Rah De Rah, Real South Race 7: The Bachelor, Bailey’s Knight, Mt Hutt Harry, Micky Gee Race 8: All Settled Down, Ace Commander, Kingdom Come, Tehoro Dazzle Race 9: Real Obsession, Debnita Rose, Pretty Janice, Scotlyn Made Race 10: Born Again Delight, Blue Chip Lad, Elite Excuse, Got A Beauty Best Bet: Run Riot (Race 4) Value: All Settled Down (Race 8)

Canterbury junior reinsman Matt Anderson has become a regular visitor to Southland and it's proving to be a rewarding exercise as six of his ten winning drives so far this harness racing season have been in Southland. At last weekends Wyndham meeting he scored a back to back double driving The Best Beg and Don Domingo to win.  Anderson took The Best Beg to the front with just over a lap to run after being in the open for a short time and from there the result was never in doubt. "He warmed up nice so we were always in with a bit of a show. When one of Tim Butt's horses travel to Wyndham you have to have a good level of confidence," he said. The Love You five year old went down to the line winning easily by three and a quarter lengths from Pyramid Mustang who ran home late.  Stretching out at the finish for an easy win          - Photo Bruce Stewart "I never asked for an effort so it was very encouraging." The Best Beg is out of the CR Commando mare Lough Beg. Her second dam Kahu Del left Harnett's Creek (13 wins), Swan Creek (8) and Cullen's Creek (9). Butt trained Swan Creek and Cullen's Creek. It's also the same family as champion trotter Lyal Creek. In the next race Anderson got hot favourite Don Domingo home in the Marshalls Garage 2005 Limited Junior Drivers Mobile Pace. The four year old by American Ideal has now won three of his five starts for West Melton trainer Ken and Tony Barron.  "He's a lovely horse coming through the grades. Ken,Tony and Blair (regular driver Blair Orange) have a good opinion of him. He's a horse going places."  The four year sat parked for most of the trip with Roxy Dale setting a solid pace. He was up challenging the leader at the 300 metres and held out a late charge from Don Sebastian to win by three quarters of a length. Don Domingo (2) holding out Don Sebastion (3)       - Photo Bruce Stewart. "He just shut off in the last little bit but when I asked for an effort I got a response. He's very green but he's good enough to sit parked and win on raw ability at this stage." His winning time for the 2400 metre mobile was 2-57.6 Don Domingo is out of the nine win In The Pocket mare Ohoka Moon and was bred by Cavalla Bloodstock. He stems from an old Southland family developed by the late Colin Baynes. His fifth dam is Donna Charles.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Tim Butt has described Daryl Boko an unlucky little horse whom he termed an opportunist who can go on and win a Group One trotting event either here or in Australia this season. The brown Majestic Son - Insider Trade gelding notched up his first New Zealand Group win at Cambridge Raceway last Friday night. Driven by Dexter Dunn, the 7-year-old had too much class in the Group Three Harcourts Te Awamutu Trotters Flying Stakes. They trotted the 1700m mobile in 2:03.4 (mile rate 1:56.8) and home in 58.1 and 28.7. He had three lengths and a length to spare over Sunny Ruby and favourite Quite A Moment. It was his first New Zealand win since arriving from Sweden, Finland and then Australia in November 2015. “He’s a great little stayer who hasn’t had much luck in the running this season. I think he’s got a Group One win in him, but in saying that he’s not up there with Lyell Creek and Take A Moment,” Butt said. Butt said he was delighted with Daryl Boko’s Group Three win. “He had a nice draw this time (one) and was helped that some of the good ones weren’t there ans some of the others had already had a tough season. “He’s a lot better than what he’s shown so far and he goes well fresh. That was his first race since mid December,” Butt said. He said Daryl Boko would next race Ballarat in a fortnight and then have his races spaced out between that race and the Great Southern Star on March 11. “We will then stay on in Melbourne for a month and take on the Australian Grand Prix. Spacing his races seems to work for him,” Butt said. Most of Butt's loyal owners who had shares in another Swedish trotter he trained – Peak – have come in on Daryl Boko, with a few newcomers as well, Butt said. They are G A Ayers, S J Gormley, R C Johnson, Miss J H Cole, The Fab Fin Syndicate, Clearwater Syndicate, S M Ellis, and J L Scott. All-up Daryl Boko has raced 48 times for 10 wins, 11 placings and $183,444 in stakes. He was Bred by Boko Stables in Holland. Duane Ranger

The lion’s share of the $50,000 stake on offer would be nice, but for a few contenders in Monday’s Ashburton Flying Stakes there’s a little more riding on the race than just stake monies.  With the New Zealand Trotting Cup just around the corner, there’s plenty of ground to be both won and lost in the Ashburton feature and a couple of starters will be looking to shape up, or ship right on out.  Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s assault on the race was reduced from three to two on Friday when Methven Cup winner, Smolda was withdrawn due to irregular bloods.  “It’s nothing to serious, they were just out a wee bit and we would rather be safe than sorry,” Purdon said.  “At this stage he will head to Kaikoura which wasn’t our initial plan.” Purdon said his remaining chances, Lazarus and Have Faith In Me had both trained on well from their Canterbury Classic runs.  “They’re both really well and should be pretty strong this week.  “Obviously there is a bit of pressure on Have Faith In Me to step away well after not quite getting it right, but Natalie believes he will eventually get there.  “But you would really want to see him getting away this week against a small field.” Christen Me joins the All Stars duo after the late decision was made to start him after the race was initially off the radar.  There’s also Field Marshal. He’s not a Cup nominee, but is being aimed towards the New Zealand Free-For-All on Show Day so a good showing against a small shadow field of the Cup will be a good pointer toward his chances.  Tim Butt never had this race on the radar, but was keen to find out exactly where he was at and the only way he could do that was by heading to the races.  “We could keep going to the trials and running home in fast last halves, but you never really know until you go to the races,” Butt said.  “So we will have a look and see what transpires. He will obviously need the run, but you have to start somewhere.” Probably the horse with the most pressure on him though is Tiger Tara.  A lacklustre, by his usual high standards, fifth when last produced left Geoff Dunn not completely happy so he backed right off last year’s New Zealand Free-For-All winner with a view to freshening him up for this assignment.  So there’s a bit of pressure on him to get back to somewhere near his best this weekend too.  Half an hour after the Flying Stakes the attention will turn to the Trotters’ Flying Mile and the resumption of Monbet.  The reigning Horse of the Year will kick off his bid to the Dominion Handicap from barrier seven.  Second at the workouts on Tuesday at Ashburton, Greg and Nina Hope and also Ricky May were all pleased with the effort and know that whatever the son of Love You produces this weekend, he will improve on.  His biggest danger, Marcoola has drawn on the second line which has left Clint Ford relying on a little luck.  “We will just have to see how things unfold, hopefully we can get a nice run through,” Ford said.  The race was robbed of Habibti yesterday after she was withdrawn due to a foot infection.   Super Selector  - By Matt Markham  Race 1: Vincent, Pay Me Interest, Boults On Fire, Pirate Bay Race 2: Mr Mojito, Kotare Yael, Usain Colt, Ears Burning Race 3: Kingdom Come, Jean Sebastien, The Fox, Ella Abbe Race 4: You Gotta Have Faith, Sparkling Delight, Cmeerock, Mr Woodlea Race 5: Royal Shine, Lothario, All Star Angus, All Lit Up Race 6: Piccadilly Princess, Dream About Me, Little Rascal, Quick As A Trick Race 7: Lazarus, Have Faith In Me, Field Marshal, Christen Me Race 8: Monbet, Marcoola, Sunny Ruby, Harriet Of Mot Race 9: Crackared, Dalness Xchange, Gupta’s Cullen, Beyond Belief Race 10: Superfecta, Christopher Banner, Chapter One, Well Armed Best Bet: You Gotta Have Faith (Race 4) Value: Crackared (Race 9)

There’s a long term goal so at the moment anything else is a bonus with The Bachelor. And with Tim Butt at the helm you just know the promising pacer is going to get every chance to put his best hoof forward when the opportunity presents itself. Off the back of an eye-catching fourth last time out behind You Gotta Have Faith the three-year-old returns to Addington tonight to contest another heat of the Sires’ Stakes Series with Butt hopeful of maybe doing enough to sneak his way into the final. “He’s going to be a better horse in time, he’s really got the makings of a Derby horse I think,” Butt said. “What he’s doing now, he’s doing on raw potential. He went from having not been off the place a while back to running fourth in a Sires’ Stakes heat and I know he can only get better. “I think we might be a little bit short this week, he will definitely improve with the run but it doesn’t put him out of it. “Hopefully we can settle a little closer to the speed and get our chance.” It’s a very good Sires’ Stakes field with More The Better, King Solomon and On The Rantan leading the contenders list. Butt takes four horses to Addington tonight with four chances. Maiden pacer Rocknroll Magic has let the punters down so far but there is some promise there. “He’s probably been a little over-hyped so far, there is ability there but he might take some time to come to it.” New stable recruit Joey Maguire has impressed his new boss in a short time at West Melton since leaving the Robert Dunn stable. “He’s a great wee horse, I found this race for him a while ago because I thought he got into quite well so we will just see what happens. “He’s going to be a nice horse to have running around over the summer circuit I think, that’s his real go.” Butt’s final chance of the night is Beg Hall – a talented , but sometimes erratic, trotter, who will take on a very good junior drivers’ field with Kim Butt in the bike. “I’ve always had a bit of time for him but you just never know with him. “If he does everything right I think he will be right there, but fresh up and in a junior drivers race anything could happen.” Once tonight is out of the way, the focus will shift to Ashburton for Butt with Field Marshal stepping out of his comfort zone to tackle the Ashburton Flying Stakes. The race jumped onto the radar when it became apparent there would be low numbers and Butt is also keen to get a good mark on where the five-year-old is at in his preparation for the New Zealand Free-For-All. “There’s only one way to find out and that’s to take them on. “I’m really happy with everything he’s done, but it’s just a case of getting some racing into him now.” Blair Orange will handle the driving duties with Dexter Dunn sticking with Christen Me.   Matt Markham

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