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New Zealand's greatest harness race is set to be an Aussie-free zone with early favourite Smoken Up to miss the New Zealand Cup. His absence is in no small way because of the prolonged inquiry into his positive drug test after winning the Interdominion title in Auckland in April.

The time taken to set down a date for the hearing on a positive swab returned by harness racing pacer Smoken Up has been labelled farcical by many in the industry.

Former Kiwi 4-Y-0 Tinted Cloud/Raid The Pantry gelding Nonetheless landed a massive plunge to take out the Schweppes Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres at the Shepparton harness racing fixture held on Monday May 30.

A trip to North America with super-pacer Smoken Up is a possibility says the gelding's harness racing trainer Lance Justice. The Melton horseman was approached by administrator Andrew Kelly with a proposal that would see the son of Tinted Cloud race at Woodbine in around five months time.

Lance Justice and Smoken Up stuns the harness racing world winning easily in 1:48.6 (tenths) in the $100,000 Len Smith Mile tonight April 30th, at Tabcorp's Menangle Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Two former teenage buddies who lost touch with each other, but were reunited by sheer chance more than 25 years later through their love of harness racing stood, teary-eyed, in the winner's circle at Alexandra Park on Friday night, celebrating Smoken Up's brave Interdominion Grand Final pacing win.

"I'm never lost for words but right now I'm speechless. I just don't know what to say, I'm absolutely stunned," said brilliant Victoria harness racing trainer and driver Lance Justice after his wonder horse Smoken Up claimed the 2011 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship at Alexandra Park tonight(Friday April 8).

The widow of one of New Zealand's greatest ever harness racing pedigree analysts is getting a bit desperate. When Kevin Coutts passed away on January 16 he left his wife Pam a Tight Connection mare named Tight's Sight. Now Pam has been forced to virtually give the 15-year-old mare away.

If a back-row draw was meant to hinder Smoken Up's chances in Friday night's (April 8) Inter Dominion Pacing Championship Grand Final, someone forgot to tell his harness racing trainer-driver Lance Justice.

"It's a conspiracy," joked the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's chief executive officer, Shane Gloury. The former Aussie made that light hearted comment to Harnesslink after all of the Australians - barring four time champion Blacks A Fake - copped bad draws at the 2011 Inter Dominion barrier draw harness racing function held at Alexandra Park tonight (Monday April 4).

Victorian harness racing sensation Smoken Up not only won the fourth pacing heat of the 2011 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday April 1) - he blasted his nine opponents off the tracking going within 0.1 of a second of the New Zealand 2200m mobile record.

Australian harness racing stars Mr Feelgood and Smoken Up are all but guaranteed to dominate the second night of the Interdominion Pacers Heats this Friday (April 1) at Alexandra Park. Both have drawn the ace pole position from behind the mobile and should be untroubled to establish early control over the shorter distance of 2200 metres.

Kiwis beware - Victorian harness racing giant Smoken Up is smoking - and his trainer-driver Lance Justice is confident his 8-year-old gelding can go even better after winning the $40,000 first pacing heat at the 2011 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday March 25).

The Inter Dominion picture is coming together nicely for Victoria's leading pacer, Smoken Up. His harness racing trainer/driver Lance Justice received his first slice of good news when the star of his Melton stable drew a front-row barrier (six) for Friday night's first heat at Auckland's Alexandra Park with nominal favourite Mr Feelgood outside the second line in 11.

"He felt bloody great. Just the hit-out he needed." Those were the emphatic words of Victorian harness racing trainer and driver Lance Justice when assessing 2011 Inter dominion $7 fourth favourite Smoken Up's final hit-out at Alexandra Park this morning (Tuesday March 22).

Anders Bluestone was at the top of his game wining the $26,000 Open trot on Wednesday, March 16 at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Ron Pierce continued with a hot hand driving five winners giving him 17 wins since Sunday.

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