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By Jonny Turner    Canterbury trainers Cran Dalgety, Nathan Purdon and Ken Barron will attempt to continue their good Auckland form in their home province on Sunday.  The horsemen produced wins at the last meeting ahead of the Inter Dominion carnival at Alexandra Park with smart 3yr-olds Chevron Action and Gliding Away on Friday night.  The Dalgety and Purdon trained Chevron Action capitalised on been given a perfect run in the trail by driver Blair Orange to score a comfortable maiden victory. “She probably should have won with the trip she got, but it is nice to get away and get some good stake money,” Dalgety said. “She is only a baby, being a 3yr-old filly, but with the trip away I am sure she will bloom and hopefully she can pay for some more expenses.” Beaudiene Hustler will step out in race 7 at Timaru after having a far from perfect run in transit in his last start in the maiden event on New Zealand Cup day. Drawing barrier 16 made the race mission impossible for the 3yr-old, who ran in to ninth behind the winner Sugar Loaf. “He did really well in his first start – he just got beaten at the Kaikoura Cup meeting and run a super second,” Dalgety said. “But, then he basically didn’t get any chance to get in to it at Addington. “So, we will just pretend that didn’t happen.” “He has drawn 2 at Timaru, so he should get every chance to make amends.” Beaudiene Hustler was beaten by the Barron trained Navagio, who scored a gritty and impressive debut win at Kaikoura. Navagio looks the horse to beat in race 9 at Timaru. The Barron stable has already notched a good win with a 3yr-old this week after Gliding Away won at Alexandra Park on Friday night. The pacer did a decent amount of early work to find the lead, before going on to score in a smart 2.42.3 time for 2200m.  Navagio will attempt to continue the stable’s good form when he clashes with the Dalgety and Purdon trained Pink Flamingo Run. Dalgety admitted Navagio looked the horse to beat in race 9, but said Pink Flamingo run would be a genuine each way chance. “She is racing well, but she is just hard to place in a straight 3yr-old fillies race, so she has to race the boys.” “She has drawn out in barrier 8, which is a little bit against her, but she should still go a good race.” Dalgety and Purdon start Woman In Gold in race 11. The 3yr-old was hampered in the straight in her last start at Ashburton, but still managed to hit the line strongly for seventh. Drawing barrier 1 on the second row of the mobile could see her run in to tight spots again. However, if she is able to find clear air she should go a big race with Orange in the sulky.  “She is racing good and she is in a good zone,” Dalgety said. “With just one other horse on the second row beside us, so hopefully Blair can work his magic and get her in to the clear.” Change Is Good looks the horse to beat in today’s Timaru Cup. The Mitchell Kerr trained pacer ran a strong second behind smart northern mare Wainui Creek in her last start at Addington on Show Day. Kerr produced Smokin By to run third behind Nandolo and Heisenberg in Saturday’s Geraldine Cup.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight The money was on him at Phar Lap Raceway yesterday and debuting trotter B D Yasothon delivered in style for his many supporters. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall displayed perfect manners in the hands of driver Matt Anderson to lead within half a lap and never give his opponents a look in thereafter. It confirmed the high opinion held of him by his Flaxton trainer Philip Iggo. “He’s got quite a lot of ability, this horse. “He can be a funny wee fellow at the start – he reaches for the bit and plays with his mouth so you can’t just get him to walk up and stand there. “But fortunately, because he’s so well-gaited he will move in to a trot quickly. “And once he’s underway, he’s got the ability to make his own luck.” Iggo and his wife, Martine, race B D Yasothon with his breeder, Brent Smith, who recently moved from North Canterbury to Otautau in Western Southland. “Brent is a very good friend of ours and the ‘B D’ prefix is made up of the B from his name and the D from his late son, Dallas, who died tragically at just eight years’ old. “Yasothon is a town in Bangkok, Thailand, that we once rented a house and stayed at. “BD Khaosan, his half-brother, was named for the same reason.” Next up for will be a junior drivers’ race at Addington on October 18 as Iggo tries to manage his horse to get in to a $25,000 race on New Zealand Cup day in five weeks’ time. “The race for him is a rating 48-60 so if he wins another race that will put him over the limit. “So, we have to look to a junior drivers’ race to keep him within that band.” The win of B D Yasothon continued the brilliant start to the season for Anderson, who sits a clear third on the drivers’ premiership, with 18 wins, behind only Blair Orange and John Dunn. “Matt drove him perfectly,” said Iggo. “I think he thought he had the best horse in the race and got him in to the best position to capitalize. “We are all seeing lately just what a good driver he is.” Anderson has also partnered Iggo’s stable star Bordeaux in three of his four recent trials as he makes a comeback from injury. He’ll keep the drive on race night, which looks like being the $15,000 mobile free for all at Addington next Friday night. “He’s had four runs now and is creeping closer and closer to full fitness. “The shorter trip is not his obvious preference but he’s got to get underway and he has won over the 1950 metres before. “We’ll head to Kaikoura after that. “Of course, we are hoping to avoid Sundees Son and Oscar Bonavena, but I think most are.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight A technique honed over more than 60 years of training horses has helped transform Majestic Sunset, a winner at Phar Lap Raceway in Timaru on Sunday. The four-year-old trotter was a freebie for his 86-year-old Christchurch trainer, Ivan Schwamm, who says he thinks his charge can go right through the grades. “I got him for nothing off Bruce Negus. Bruce bred him, and trained him, but didn’t really like him. “So, he sent him to Bruce Hutton, who put him on the jogging machine for five or six weeks, but he sent then it home saying it was going to take a long time to get him going. “I had a great association with Bruce Negus’ late father, Bob, and that’s what prompted him to offer me the horse. “He said he thought it might come right for me after working down the roadside and he was right.” Schwamm, who turns 87 later this week, says he finds the benefits of training on the roadside similar to that of another common training method. “The straight-line training is just like they do on the beach. I do it on one of the side roads in Springston, on the grass verge. “This horse has actually been quite well-mannered since I got him, he was just very fat and used to blow like hell. “He couldn’t really get around the corners in his first few races so I worked away at that and got him sorted. “But as I’ve worked him down, he’s changed in to a new horse. “I never put him on a track or work him with anyone other horses and he seems to like it that way.: Jimmy Curtin did the driving for Schwamm yesterday and despite sitting parked, he nursed the horse home with expert poise in a close finish. “I’ve known Jimmy since he was a 10-year-old boy. “He’s an excellent horseman and did the right thing by the horse today. “He could have asked him to go at the two furlongs and taken the ‘lick’ out of him, but he never really asked him until short of the line.” Schwamm gifted a half share in Majestic Sunset to Burnham couple, Phil and Ginge Silcock as a gesture for them letting him stable the horse at their property. “They are such nice people to me that I thought it was the right thing to do. “When you get to my age, it’s lovely to have good friends because you look around and many of them aren’t there anymore. “Some have passed away and others just can’t do anything and it gets to the stage that you lose contact with people.” Which is part of the reason Schwamm continues to train horses when most his age are in retirement homes. “It was so great at the races today, the number of people that called out to me, owners, trainers, drivers – many of them I’ve known for years and years. “It’s a fellowship and I love it.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Blueblood 3yr-old Laver is set to serve up more excitement at Timaru on Sunday. The Geoff Dunn trained pacer turned heads and set up a track record breaking pace when leading by a big margin and holding on to run third by promising All Stars Italian Lad in his last start. Italian Lad took 1.3sec off the all comers 2000m track record at Oamaru courtesy of the sizzling speed set up by Laver. Driver Gerard O’Reilly’s front-running tactics on the son of Bettor’s Delight and Venus Serena were no fluke, or a result of the horse over-racing. Dunn had a plan for the horse to roll along in front and it will not be any different when he races again on Sunday. “We just felt that that he lacks a little bit of speed, but he just keeps on going, so we had a plan to keep rolling,” the trainer said.  “He probably rolled too fast, but it was the right idea.” Laver has clearly not been the early running type his star dam was. But, the 3yr-old is making up for that and is improving all the time. “We have sussed him out with what gear he needs to wear and how he is gaited up,” Dunn said.   “He is getting better and better all the time and he is starting to feel really good.” “I run him around as a 2yr-old and he was always jogging, but he didn’t sprint up that well.” “We thought he just needed more time, but actually we hadn’t worked out that he just keeps going.” Laver is not the only handy 3yr-old in Sunday’s 2000m mobile event. El Dorado returns for his first run, this term, after running in strong 2yr-old for trainer Nigel McGrath. The in form Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon stable have Invaluable and Alta Endeavor in the race. The Greg and Nina Hope trained Rockntommy Rulz adds depth to an intriguing contest. The Dunn stable also start Doctor Tim in Sunday’s rating 53-60 event. The 6yr-old has been moderate form, but Dunn is hopeful the pacer will soon turn that around. “He has not been himself – he has not been finding the line as we as he had.” “But, I just think he is starting to get better.” Doctor Tim will need to be at his best as he is taking on a strong line up in Sunday’s race. The Purdon and Dalgety stable again have two strong chances in impressive debut winner Chevron Flies and Pocket Watch. North Otago raider Standout and Naholo, who returns after an Auckland campaign add to the event. Former star reinswoman, Jo Herbert, will drive in her second race after a decade away from the track in the event. Herbert will steer Virginia Cool, for her employer Steven Boyd. The reinswoman will have her first start back in the sulky behind Dametoro for Boyd in an earlier race. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

The annual Timaru Mother’s Day race meeting on Sunday 13 May will see the fifth edition of the club’s lady drivers races held at Phar Lap Raceway. Two penalty free lady driver races are programmed to be held at the race meeting, which will be sponsored once again by FLAIR and Brosnan’s Transport. Club President Elizabeth Shand is thrilled with the interest Canterbury female drivers have shown in the event. She says it’s important to the club to celebrate the achievements and support of all females in the harness racing community. “The aim of the day is to highlight women in our industry. We want to recognize and promote not just the female drivers but also the trainers, owners, stablehands and partners that are dedicated to harness racing and are great role models for the next generation,” said Shand. This year’s driving lineup features Kirstin Barclay, Kim Butt, Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young and Glenys Chmiel. The mother and daughter combination of Amanda and Sheree Tomlinson will once again add to the spectacle on Mother’s Day, as has been seen in the past between Denise and Sam Ottley. “We would also like to particularly thank trainers Bruce Negus and Robbie Holmes who have been huge supporters of these races of the years in providing horses for these races on a regular basis,” noted Shand. The club will be providing a 'Ladies Meet and Greet' tent on the day where all female race goers can register on the day for competitions and find out about how they can become a part of the industry. “We will also have a number of female harness racing ambassadors there to help celebrate and respect the diversity and culture of our industry. We will offer information on education, careers and ownership and let people know what is available to them,” said Shand. Activities on the day include the annual Mother’s Day Quiz, a novelty race and prize draws will run throughout the day including the opportunity to win in the Ron Brown Jewellers Gold Watch Sweep. Children will be kept happy on the day too with activities including colouring competitions and the kids’ lucky number competition. HRNZ Marketing

Forbury Park  – Thursday 9 May Nine race card starting off at 4.36pm. Don’t forget to check out our oncourse dining options in our Sports Bar and Bistro!   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone It is all go this week at Addington. There is definitely something for everyone, whether it is enjoying the excitement of the races on Friday, cheering on the Crusaders on Saturday and/or shouting your fabulous mother to Spectators on Mother’s Day.  Enjoy reading everything that we have on offer, and we look forward to hosting you again soon.   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters  11 May (5-star Race Meeting) We are excited to welcome the Rt Hon Winston Peters this Friday.  It is fantastic Addington is able to host the Minister for Racing at one of our 5-star Race Meetings.  It is definitely going to be a great night of racing with nearly $400,000 of stakes on offer. Good luck to all the connections and happy punting everyone! NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. WARATAHS –SATURDAY 12 MAY. Be sure to enjoy Spectators amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL AT SPECTATORS SUNDAY 13 MAY – For every fabulous mum who dines in Spectators on Mother’s Day will receive a small treat from our chef.  They will also be lucky enough to go in the draw to win a Piazza Doro Hamper.  Please visit; http://www.spectators.co.nz/ for further details.  Please note our ‘Kids Eat Free on Sunday’ offer still applies.  With our sumptuous new menu on offer, there will be something for everyone.  For further information about our mouth-watering dishes, please visit;   http://www.spectators.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spectators-All-Day-Menu-Autumn-Winter-2018.pdf. Pre-bookings highly recommended.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 18 & 26 MAY RACE NIGHTS!   TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES (Friday 29 June and 27 July) Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.    Become a Member, or renew your Membership Special Offer - 15 months for the price of 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 15 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/   Race Meeting Date Changes We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 25 May transferred to Saturday 26 May. Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July.   ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS from Friday 4 May Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit; https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/results/050432rs.htm . MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/   UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051832pg.htm  May 18 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/052632pg.htm  May 26 To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Alexandra Park – Friday 4 May Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Mexican Night is back again Friday May 4th Join us for a fiesta of fun, food and racing action this May! Our annual favourite Mexican Night is back for 2018, and this year we’ve moved to the best seats in the house so you can enjoy an amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican feast, plus traditional entertainment and more, Dining with clients or colleagues? Upgrade to our corporate experience package! with the best view in the house. MEXICAN NIGHT – PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120pp Top level viewing $110pp MEXICAN NIGHT – BUFFET ONLY Prime Viewing $70pp Top level Viewing $60pp   French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Winton – Saturday 12 May FINAL WINTON HARNESS RACING CLUB MEETING ON SATURDAY The final meeting of the season for the Winton Harness Racing Club takes place at Central Southland Raceway in Winton this Saturday (12 May) with a ten race programme scheduled from 11.25am. Highlights include the $12,000 Ryal Bush Transport Ltd Nugget Final over 2400m and the Murray Gray Memorial Trot. Admission to the course will be free and on course patrons can also be in to win with two lucky losing ticket draws courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen of Nightcaps after Race 6 on the day.    Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day Meeting 13 May The annual Timaru Mother’s Day race meeting on Sunday 13 May will see the fifth edition of the club’s lady drivers races held at Phar Lap Raceway. Two penalty free lady driver races are programmed to be held at the race meeting, which will be sponsored once again by FLAIR and Brosnan’s Transport. Club President Elizabeth Shand is thrilled with the interest Canterbury female drivers have shown in the event. She says it’s important to the club to celebrate the achievements and support of all females in the harness racing community. “The aim of the day is to highlight women in our industry. We want to recognize and promote not just the female drivers but also the trainers, owners, stablehands and partners that are dedicated to harness racing and are great role models for the next generation,” said Shand. This year’s driving lineup features Kim Butt, Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young and Glenys Chmiel. The mother and daughter combination of Amanda and Sheree Tomlinson will once again add to the spectacle on Mother’s Day, as has been seen in the past between Denise and Sam Ottley.  “We would also like to particularly thank trainers Bruce Negus and Robbie Holmes who have been huge supporters of these races of the years in providing horses for these races on a regular basis,” noted Shand. The club will be providing a 'Ladies Meet and Greet' tent on the day where all female race goers can register on the day for competitions and find out about how they can become a part of the industry. “We will also have a number of female harness racing ambassadors there to help celebrate and respect the diversity and culture of our industry. We will offer information on education, careers and ownership and let people know what is available to them,” said Shand. Activities on the day include the annual Mother’s Day Quiz, a novelty race and prize draws will run throughout the day including the opportunity to win in the Ron Brown Jewellers Gold Watch Sweep. Children will be kept happy on the day too with activities including colouring competitions and the kids’ lucky number competition. Mother’s Day catering will be available oncourse for those who wish to make bookings to bring their family along to enjoy the atmosphere in the Grey Way Lounge. Just contact the club on 03-684-3400.   Important Information for Harness Jewels connections Please find below important information for Owners and Licence Holders with connections to horses competing at the 2018 Harness Jewels   OWNERS: Entry Tickets Each named owner will be issued with two (2) General Admission tickets via email on Friday 25th May after the final fields are announced. This includes all named syndicate members, who are officially named in a Syndicate that is registered with HRNZ The email address they will be sent to is the email address registered with HRNZ. If HRNZ doesn’t have your email, please send a message to admin@hrnz.co.nz with the horse they are connected to.  Entry Owners are to enter through the main entry off Taylor Street or via the Stables, float park if arriving with horses.  Racebooks will be given out upon entry. Owners are to go to the Info Marquee, located adjacent to the public village, to collect their owners ribbon and drinks voucher for the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar. Owners Ribbons and privileges are also able to be collected between 10am and 4pm Monday 25th May to Friday 1st June from the Cambridge Raceway Office. Privileges Each named owner will receive a drink voucher which can be redeemed in the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar The club have made an entire lounge in the main stand available for Owners, Members and industry participants.  This is located on Level One of the Main Stand. Here, a subsidised cash bar will operate and food options will be available. Owners are also welcome to bring up food from the Public Village Food Trucks. Access is via Owner Ribbon, WBOP Members Badge and HRNZ Licence only This lounge has access to the main grandstand where there will be owners reserved seating in the seating bowl. Access to the Stables Minors All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the stables complex. Security will be under instructions to not allow unaccompanied minors to enter. They must remain under the supervision of an authorised adult at all times Owners Owners are reminded to take care when entering the stable complex due to unpredictable nature of horses. All Owners that enter the stables do so at their own risk and agree that they will adhere to any instructions or requests made by the Clerk of the Course, Cambridge Raceway Staff and or members of the RIU.   LICENCE HOLDERS Licence holders are reminded to bring their official HRNZ Licence to ensure they gain entry to the course and stabling area. Access to the stables will be via HRNZ Licence, official Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Stable Pass only. Those industry persons who are attending the day in an official working capacity, who are not licenced with HRNZ, may get an official Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass upon entry to the stables via the float park off the Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee representative. Those entering via the stables who are not eligible for a stable pass or who are not HRNZ Licenced or an official owner on the day will be required to purchase a General Admission ticket at the entry to the stables. Purchased online in advance these are $25. There will be no access to the stables from the Grandstand Side unless a driver is in his or her gear, or without showing security an HRNZ Licence, Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass. No exceptions.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

This week's edition of Club News, including the coverage on Trackside.   This Week on Trackside – please note this is subject to change Wednesday Cambridge (TS2) 9.30pm The Box Seat (TS1) The focus is well and truly on Alexandra Park as the Group racing continues. We analyse the Taylor Mile, ANZAC Cup amongst others plus look ahead to this weeks racing action. #GIANThand Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Addington (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Saturday Ashburton (TS2) Sunday Invercargill (TS1)   Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness - Wednesday 25 April A ten race card starting at 5.20pm. Entry is free.   Timaru HRC – Thursday 26 April Join the Timaru HRC club at Addington Raceway for a night of racing and socialising. Its school holidays so bring the family up to Level 2 Silks Lounge for a meal and desert and watch the racing in comfort. The Mayfield Lions, Timaru South Cosmopolitan Club and the Wilson Family Group are joining us for the evening. Thursday 26 April First race starts at 5.26pm Free entry and free racebook, see you there!  Please see below also further information about our special Mother’s Day meeting on May 13.   100 Years of the Rowe Cup! - Reharvest Rowe Cup Night Friday 27th April Friday 27th April 2018 With $150,000 on the line this year the stakes have never been higher as we celebrate 100 years of the Reharvest Rowe Cup. Enjoy a delicious dinner with a fantastic view of the racing action. Top of the Park is the premier restaurant situated on the 5th floor at Alexandra Park. With floor to ceiling windows you will be amazed with the spectacular views over the track and towards Auckland City. Our tiered balconies give you the option of dining in either the prime or lounge viewing sections of the restaurant. If you want a night of exhilarating harness racing action while wining and dining in the best seats in the house, then Top of the Park restaurant is the right choice for you! PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $125 pp | Top level Viewing $115 pp PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $75 pp | Top level Viewing $65 pp   The Hobson Room Join us for the Reharvest Rowe Cup and enjoy one of our delicious all-you-can-eat buffets for only $50pp! The Hobson Room has floor to ceiling windows offering a fantastic view of the track. This room also features private balconies and everything you need is within the room; from betting facilities to a fully stocked bar. Bring along family, friends or colleagues and enjoy a night of first class harness racing at Alexandra Park. PARK BUFFET – ONLY $50pp (children under 12 are half price).   The Blues Clubhouse in the Alex Bar and Eatery Eatery in the only official Blues Clubhouse this season! The Our Official Blues Clubhouse is back in action, and we will have delicious Game Night dinner & drink specials (check the blackboard when you arrive for the week's offering!), spot prizes to be won, and best of our super-sized screen for your viewing pleasure. The team is in Japan at the moment with their game against the Sunwolves on Saturday 14th of April. Catch the game at the Alex Bar and Eatery at 15.05pm   The Alex Bar & Eatery Blues Quiz Night is on at The Alex Bar & Eatery on Thursday 26th April from 6.30pm - 9.30pm. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs on the night, (including signed Blues merchandise!) and the chance to meet and get a selfie or two with some of the boys in Blue. There's also the opportunity for you and 2 mates to WIN the chance to be on the Blues Quiz Team! Rub shoulders with some of your favourite players as you battle it out for Quiz Champions. All you have to do to enter is LIKE and SHARE the competition post (which can be found on our main FB page!), and then comment to TAG the 2 True Blue Buddies that would be on the team with you if you won. EASY! The competition will be drawn on Monday 23rd April. It's going to be a busy night, so make sure you book a table for your team if you want to enter the quiz - it's FREE! Call us on 09 630 9714 to book a team in!    Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Mexican Night is back again Friday May 4th Join us for a fiesta of fun, food and racing action this May! Our annual favourite Mexican Night is back for 2018, and this year we’ve moved to the best seats in the house so you can enjoy an amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican feast, plus traditional entertainment and more, Dining with clients or colleagues? Upgrade to our corporate experience package! with the best view in the house. MEXICAN NIGHT – PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120pp Top level viewing $110pp MEXICAN NIGHT – BUFFET ONLY Prime Viewing $70pp Top level Viewing $60pp   French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Ashburton Trotting Club  – Saturday 28 April The Ashburton Trotting Club is racing this Saturday with the first race scheduled for 11.50am. It is our sponsor’s promotion day which is run each year. If any owners that are attending they are welcome to come to the race day office and get an owners ribbon which entitles them entry to the stand and stabling area. Plus they receive 20 percent discount on any refreshments.   Southern Harness Diamonds Day – 29 April One of the big days on the Southern Harness Racing calendar – Diamonds Day -  is set to shine again at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Sunday - 29 April. The event is the culmination of several of the major harness race series in the south with feature events including the finals of the Macca Lodge/Nevele R Stud Southland Oaks and the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes, both races run over 2700m for a stake of $45,000. The bMAC Sheetmetal Southern Country Cups Handicap Pace also over 2700m for a stake of $25,000 is another feature as is the Group 3 Diamond Creek Farm 2yo Classic raced for a stake of $45,000 over 2200m. Good fields abound throughout the day so this is the race meeting to be trackside for high class harness racing. On course patrons also have the opportunity to win in several competitions on course. Included among these is the Level One Restaurant & Bar Lucky Losing Ticket draw after Race 6 where a lucky losing ticket will win a $50 meal voucher from the sponsor, a horseshoe pitching competition and a quiz. The children are not left out as they will receive a free bag of lollies after Race 6. Eleven high quality harness races are programmed with the first scheduled for 11.30am. Admission to the course is free. Other dates for the Invercargill Harness Racing Club before the season ends include Saturday 5 May, 26 May and 9 June as well as Queens Birthday Monday 4 June.   Wairarapa Harness Racing Club – 1 May The Wairarapa Harness Racing Club would like to invite all owners to join their committee for some free hospitality throughout the afternoon of their meeting on Tuesday 1 May. An email will be sent to all owners with a horse in at the meeting to present on the day to gain their owners privileges.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone.  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters will be at Addington on Friday 11 May (5-star Race Meeting) Enjoy our Trackside Dining package, our ultimate race event experience with our guest speaker Rt Hon Winston Peters. This promises to be a fabulous night so make sure you secure your booking for this special event. Price $80 + GST per person and includes: Premium beverage package which includes wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Platters on arrival with gourmet buffet dinner. Allocated table seating. TAB facilities, trackside TV’s and racebooks.  Contact us on 03 338 9094, or email info@addington.co.nz to reserve your spot for a fun and memorable night out at the races! MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL AT SPECTATORS SUNDAY 13 MAY – For every fabulous mum who dines in Spectators on Mother’s Day will receive a small treat from our chef.  They will also be lucky enough to go in the draw to win a Piazza Doro Hamper.  Please visit; http://www.spectators.co.nz/ for further details.  Please note our ‘Kids Eat Free on Sunday’ offer still applies.  With our sumptuous new menu on offer, there will be something for everyone.  For further information about our mouth-watering dishes, please visit;   http://www.spectators.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spectators-All-Day-Menu-Autumn-Winter-2018.pdf. Pre-bookings highly recommended.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 4, 11 & 18 MAY RACE NIGHTS! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. $93 + GST per person (minimum numbers apply). Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. WARATAHS –SATURDAY 12 MAY. Spectators is offering an amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES (Friday, 4 May, 29 June and 27 July) Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.  ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS from Friday 20 April. Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit; https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/results/042032rs.htm. MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/050432pg.htm  May 4 (4 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051132pg.htm  May 11 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051832pg.htm  May 18 (5 Star Meeting) We look forward to hosting you soon. To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care and travel safe. From the Addington Team.   Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day Meeting 13 May The Timaru HRC is thrilled to advise that the following female drivers will take part in their annual Mother’s Day female driver races on May 13: Kirstin Barclay, Kimberley Butt , Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young. Emergency: Glenys Chmiel The drivers contacted have been very excited about being involved, especially the young new horsewomen coming through the ranks. It is also pleasing to highlight our experienced women drivers who are having a good driving season e.g. Amber Lethaby, Katie Cox, Sam Ottley.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.  Trials are scheduled for Tuesday 24 April.  HRNZ Marketing

Timaru fixed odds movers as at 12:30pm Race 1 - Skyline $2.70 leads win & multi betting over the $2.60 favourite One Over Da Skye.    Race 2 - Chromozone $5.00 - $3.90 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' over Lets Hustle $3.80 who does lead multi betting.   Race 3 - Cullens Joy $6.00 leads multi betting over Katies Nightmare $6.50.   Race 4 - One Over Da Stars $4.20 is best backed on the win 'book' with the largest bet $1,500 at $4.20. Whatasista $6.00 leads multi betting.   Race 5 - The Dream Maker $1.45 is the only runner wanted here with the largest bets $3,333 at $1.60 & $4,000 at $1.50.    Race 6 - Cindy Bromac $3.50 leads win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Trouble Giero $6.50 - $5.50 is the best backed runner with the largest bet $1,818 at $6.50. Castlereagh $3.20 easily leads multi betting.   Race 8 - Gypsy's Choice $6.00 is best backed on the win 'book' over Back In Black $9.50.   Race 9 - Boomer Bailey $9.50, Acuto $3.60 & Mighty American $4.20 are all well backed in multi betting. Boomer Bailey leads win betting.    Race 10 - Linton Shard $5.20 - $3.80 is best backed on the win 'book'but is unwanted in multi betting. Burning Rubber $3.80 leads multi betting over Stompem $10.00.   Race 11 - Some Legend $2.40 is easily best backed on the win 'book' and is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Timaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 1:20pm Race 1 -Show Gait $3.90 - $3.40 is easily the best backed in win & multi betting with some win money also coming for Beat The Heat $5.00.    Race 2 - Mega Watt $12.00 - $8.50 is best backed on the win 'book' with the $2.30 favourite Homebush Lad $2.30 clearly leading multi betting.   Race 3 - Going To California $5.20 - $4.50 leads win betting with the $4.00 favourite Sky City King leading multi betting over Maninthemirror $7.00.   Race 4 - Mr Majestic $9.20 leads win betting over Fira $4.40.   Race 5 - Diamond Life $2.70 is a last start winner and also won at this meeting last year and is easily best backed in win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Ask Me Art $5.00 leads win & multi betting over Enchantee $5.00.   Race 7 - Castlereagh $3.80 is the only runner wanted in early win betting and also easily leads multi betting.    Race 8 - Gore Bay $4.50 - $3.90 is best backed in multi betting over Doitson $2.50.   Race 9 - Scotlynn Mach $11.00 - $9.00 leads win & multi betting over Boomer Bailey $14.00.   Race 10 - De Lancome $5.00 - $4.60 leads win & multi betting over the $2.90 favourite Glenledi Angel $2.90.     Best backed runner at the meeting early on the win 'book' race 1 Show Gait $3.90 - $3.40.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Timaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:00pm   Race 1 - Rebel Kibbybones $3.60 - $3.00 is best backed runner in win betting with Grand Princess also taking some money early and she is leading multis.   Race 2 - Stunnin Type leads multi betting only just from Make Us Grin. Some support also for Matau Gem   Race 3 - Muscles Galore is the $2.40 favourite over Agatha Tyrone and is going 3 to 1 in multi ticket sales over the latter runner. Tijuana Taxi has had some early support   Race 4 - Enchantee $6.20 - $4.80 leads win & multi betting over Petite's Blue Chip and Elmers Image.   Race 5 - The $3.80 shot Martin John leads early win betting over Living Legend and Man Of Steel.   Race 6 - Daimond Eyre leads Nui Ba Den in both win and multi betting in this race. Some Support for Like Ya More $41.00 to $21.00   Race 7 - Articulite $5.80 - $5.00 has taken some early money and clearly leads win & multi betting from Blue Blazer $2.90   Race 8 - Mongolian Hero $3.80 leads win betting over Mickey Gee and Rocknroll Magic.   Race 9 - Pat Cambell is best backed and leading early FF win betting and multi-betting from Laytons Lass.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

There is some great harness racing action again this week, with the highlight being the Sires Stakes Heat at Addington on Friday night along with some great supporting races. Sheree Tomlinson had the best winning dividend last week when Sundons Wish won at Invercargill and paid $5.10 and $1.40 on the tote. Now only 12 days until Cup day at Addington for 2017.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Manawatu on Thursday Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive tonight at Manawatu could be Sunny Bill in Race 1   Auckland on Friday night Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Madam Secretary would be his best chance this week in Race 2 Maurice McKendry - Maurice is going for Express Play as his best chance this week in also in Race 2 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance would be Caitlyn Clarke at Auckland also in Race 2 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Triple Eight will be hard to beat in Race 7 John Curtin - John thinks Our Rosa will go close to winning at Alexandra Park in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is going for No Fears as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 3 Bob Butt - Bob says that his best drive this week is Ronald J at Addington in Race 9 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Pat Stanley as his best chance this week at Addington in Race 11 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks Pat Stanley is a good winning chance in Race 11 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Burst Out Laughing as his best drive this week also in Race 11   Timaru on Saturday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Agatha Tyrone can go close to winning at Timaru in Race 3 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Joey Maguire as his best chance this week at Timaru in Race 9   Riverton on Sunday Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks that Gotta Good Looker would be his best drive this week at Riverton in Race 1 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week is​ Father Christmas at Ascot Park in Race 4 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Larch as his best bet this week at Ascot park in Race 6 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Grace O'Malley at also in Race 6 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best chance this week is Lite Percussion at Riverton in Race 7 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree is going for Triple VC as her best drive this week in Race 10 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive would be The High Achiever this week at Riverton in Race 11 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Rakarover as his best drive this week also in Race 11   Harnesslink Media

Timaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:40am Race 1 - The O'Reilly trained No Fears $2.20 is the leader in multi betting early but overall there hasn't been a lot of early action. Race 2 -  Frankie Jones $8.80 in to $3.00 is the best backed runner today and is easily the leader in multi betting.   Race 3 - Opawa Mach $33.00 in to $21.00 is the best backed in this race. Loydin Magic is leader in the  multis.   Race 4 - Baileys Knight is the best backed runner on the win 'book' and is the only horse wanted in multi ticket sales.   Race 5 - The Court trained runner Mongolian Mars is the best backed runner early and he leads multi betting followed Maahes and Mororing Major.   Race 6 - Sheza Trendy Monarch is the best backed in this race in what is a quiet market early. Some money also for the Dexter Dunn driven Belmonts Greatest.    Race 7 - The best backed runner early here has been Elmers Image who easily is leading multis from Laytons Lass   Race 8- Vandanta is well backed in this race and he leads multis from Vintage Beach    Race 9- The best backed runner early has been Lintons Shard $5.00 - $4.00. Some early money for Leading The Way $35.00 in to $18.00     Harnesslink Media     

A decision to be patient back in October looks like it’s going to pay big dividends for Leo O’Reilly. The Rakaia horseman could have been easily forgiven for getting a little excited 10 months ago by the prospect of the exciting pacer James Dean, but he knew full well back then that what the son of Santanna Blue Chip was showing was just the tip of the iceberg and better things were in store down the track. So when he bolted in against a good field on the grass at Methven and then ran third behind a couple of smart types at Kaikoura, O’Reilly made the decision to turn James Dean out to the paddock rather than chase the three-year-old riches. “He’s always been pretty smart in my opinion,” O’Reilly said. “And I always thought that time was going to be really good for him and that’s why we went for the break when we did with him.” With a record now of three wins and four placings in his eight career starts, there are only positive signs ahead and if Sunday’s win at Timaru is anything to go by then O’Reilly can start getting really excited. Despite being a three-year-old taking on the older horses, James Dean raced like a hardened stayer as he ran his rivals into the dirt over the 2600 metres. “I was a bit worried when we had Donegal Carrickfin sitting up outside because he’s such a good stayer, but to my guys credit he just kept fighting and was pretty impressive. “We need to pick and choose out battles with him a bit now but a race like the Rangiora Winter Cup looks a good option, as does the Kurow Cup too. “And he should still get better because he hasn’t really done a lot when you look at it.” A half-brother to the well-performed pacers, Alexis, Jackaroozy and Alex who all did good jobs here before heading to Australia, O’Reilly has a half-brother by Bettor’s Delight at home too who he is currently breaking in. With eight horses in work, O’Reilly’s race team is currently limited to James Dean and former pacer Jerry Garcia who is starting to get the hang of the trotting game now. “He’s going great I reckon. For six years all he has ever done is pace and now in six months we are asking him to trot and it’s taking a bit of time to get him sorted.” “But each time he races, he gets a bit better. I think he will win a few races trotting,” he said. He’ll have to do a pretty big job to catch up to James Dean though with O’Reilly a big fan of the horse. “He makes getting out of bed in the mornings a little easier, that’s for sure.” Matt Markham

Timaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:05pm Race 1 - Best backed on the win 'book' has been She Aint No Angel $5.50 - $5.00 with Breenys Cullen $3.20 leading multi betting.   Race 2 - All Nuts N Bolts $4.40 leads multi betting.   Race 3 - Mikey Maguire $1.90 - $1.80 is easily the best backed runner in both win & multi betting.   Race 4 - Bettor Under Fire $4.80 - $4.40 leads win betting with Time Traveller $2.00 easily leading multi betting.   Race 5 - Spooky $3.60 - $3.20 is best backed in win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Sharknado $4.20 - $3.40 is best backed in win betting with Divinia Bellezza $2.60 clearly the best backed in multi betting.   Race 7 - Thisismylastflight $4.20 is best backed on the win 'book' with James Dan $3.80 leading multi betting.    Race 8 - She's Allthe Craze $5.50 leads win betting with Goodtime Gamble $4.60 leading multi betting.   Race 9 - Master Moonlite the debut runner from the Cran Dalgety stable & to be driven by Dexter Dunn has been heavily backed & is into $1.70 from his opening odds of $3.10.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

Who do you beat when you’re already the best?  If you’re Dexter Dunn the answer is simple, you beat yourself.  And as we enter into the final month of the harness racing season, the current world driving champion is on the cusp of further his own greatness with a new personal best win tally for 12 months of racing.  Three winners on Friday at Addington followed a brace at Forbury on Thursday night and all of a sudden Dunn’s magical mark of 220 – which he set as a junior driver back in the 2010 and 2011 season – is in serious jeopardy.  He currently sits on 215, one win shy of his second best ever tally of 216, a mark which he should, by the laws of averages, meet at today’s Timaru Harness Racing Club meeting at Phar Lap Raceway. Incidentally though, the six wins that Dunn requires to break new ground is exactly how many wins he also needs to bring up his 2000th New Zealand driving success – a feat he in which he will become both the fastest and the youngest to achieve.  Today’s meeting will give Dunn the perfect opportunity to really hammer home towards the target with a strong book of drives.  Traditionally the Timaru track hasn’t been a wonderful one for him with just 61 of career wins coming on the surface which pales in comparison to some of the other Canterbury tracks.  Debutant, Master Moonlite, in the final race of the day looks one of his best chances.  The Cran Dalgety trained two-year-old by Art Major from the Breeders Crown winning mare, Miss Moonlite has shown plenty of Mum’s ability in his workouts and trials and is expected to go close on debut despite his inside of the second line draw.  Dunn’s first drive of the day is also a leading prospect.  The Fred Fletcher trained, Mikey Maguire, showed plenty of promise early on in his career and looked right on song for a big return to the track from a spell with an eye-catching performance at the Rangiora trials last week.  The big pacer has a huge motor and with Dunn in the bike he’s expected to start a dominant favourite in a big maiden field today.  Dunn’s other drive’s for the day include good chances in; Time Traveller, Born Again Delight, Cullens Joy, Boomer Bailey and Goodtime Gamble.  All are more than capable of winning, which leaves Dunn in a very good position to reach even higher ground.   Matt Markham’s Timaru Selections Race 1: Jerry Garcia, She Aint No Angel, Breenys Cullen, Nathan D Race 2: As Kiwi As, Mr Midnight, All Nuts N Bolts, Alexy Race 3: Mikey Maguire, Christmas Toyboy, Princess Holly, Jungle Gem Race 4: She’s A Tricky Bridge, Bettor Under Fire, Scotlyn Jack, Time Traveller Race 5: Chloe, Clarendon’s Last, Midfrew Tarpediem, No More Change Race 6: Sharknado, Cullens Joy, Jemima Franco, Clarendon Falcon Race 7: James Dean, Donegal Carrickfin, Boomer Bailey, The Valiant Race 8: He’s Like The Wind, Jean Sebastien, She’s All The Craze, One Over Da Stars Race 9: Master Moonlite, Royal Tribute, Tara Tutaia, Sharnae Best Bet: Mikey Maguire (Race 3) Value: Sharknado (Race 6)

More winter racing awaits this week for the harness racing ringaround and it possibly going to be a wet one with rain forcast for the two Canterbury meetings on Friday and Saturday. It was a good week last week for the ringaround with several winners selected again with a number of placings as well. Mark Jones had the best dividend last week when Bettor Under Fire won at Addington on Saturday and paid a healthy $6.90 and $2.50 on the tote. This week we again have a Forbury meeting on Thursday with Alexandra Park and Addington Friday. Timaru hold their Winter Cup at Phar Lap Raceway on Sunday.   Forbury on Thursday Night Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree is going for Motu Speedy Star as her best drive at Forbury in Race 6 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Lorretta Franco as his best drive this week in Race 8 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Lausanne Lass also in Race 8 Andrew Suddaby - Is opting for Newmans Jet  as his best drive this week in Race 9 Geoff Knight - Geoff is picking Idealistic Lass as his best chance this week in Race 11 Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks his best drive this week would be Pyramid Magic in Race 12 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - agrees and thinks Pyramid Magic is a good winning chance in Race 12 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is opting for Pyramid Monarch as his best drive at Forbury also in Race 12   Alexandra Park on Friday night Maurice McKendry - Maurice is going with Shandance as his best chance in Race 2 Todd MacFarlane - Todd thinks Kaitlin would be his best chance this week in Race 3 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Sky Diamond as his best drive this week in Race 5 Tony Herlihy - says that Commander Paris would be a chance this week in Race 8 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Rainbow Wiri as his best chance this week in Race 9   Addington on Friday night Gavin Smith - Gavin says his best chance this week is Di'z Luck in Race 1 John Morrison - John is picking Black Art as his best drive this week in Race 5 John Curtin - John thinks Billy Badger is a good winning chance in Race 6 Ricky May - Ricky says his best chance is Unico Legend in Race 7 Harnesslink reporter - thinks Pine Cone would be a chance at Addington in Race 9   Timaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks Breenys Cullen is a good winning chance in Race 1 Mark Jones - Mark thinks his best chance this week is Spooky at Timaru in Race 5 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Divinia Bellezza as his best drive this week in Race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Tijuana Taxi would be his best chance this week in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

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