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Ohoka Arizona and Sunset Star were dazzling winners for the powerful Purdon and Payne barn at Addington Raceway this evening. New Zealand's champion 2 Year Old two seasons back, Ohoka Arizona unwound a scintillating late burst to justify hot favouritism in the $13,000 Lis Mara Pace (2600 metres).

As Ian Dobson would say "Luck is a wonderful thing. The harder a person works, the more of it he seems to have". Ian says: "in my view luck is good planning, carefully executed, some people are luckier with cards than with horses, thats because they can't shuffle the horses."

Monkey Bones, who finished in the first three 13 times from 22 starts in USA and won $237,280 in stakes, is an interesting addition to the growing ranks of trotting sires in Canterbury this season.

Some of New Zealand's major breeding concerns are getting behind the Canterbury Standardbred Breeders to promote and conduct an informative and entertaining function on Monday 8 September.

Klondike Kid, who finished in the first three in 75 of his 115 USA starts and won almost $500,000 in stakes is a well credentialed and interesting new sire acquisition for Canterbury.

Peruvian Hanover’s owner Ian Dobson must have that luck of the Irish, first there was Christian Cullen, and now it looks like his second stallion Peruvian Hanover is also on the way to becoming a proven sire on the track.

Four-year-old heavyweights Changeover and Gotta Go Cullen topped off their preparations for the season-ending Harness Jewels at Cambridge Raceway in just over a fortnight’s time, with a quinella on the same track this evening Thursday, May 15th.

Stunin Cullen laid strong claims to being the country's best juvenile pacer when he scored a trades manlike all the way success in the $220,000 PGG Wrightson Sales Series Open Pace (1950 metres) at Addington today.

There was potential excitement-galore riding on the result of the Harrington Electrical Mobile pace at Invercargill today (5 April) insofar as Woodlands (near Invercargill) couple Allan and Anne Chamberlain were concerned.

Club president Robin Wilson and his wife Geraldine went within a half head of fulfilling a 30 year ambition at the Rangiora meeting at Addington today Tuesday 5 February.

Eleven days after achieving the perfect result, when he lined up two juveniles in Southland’s first 2-year-old contest of the season, Invercargill trainer Murray Brown hopes to do it again.

Leading trainers Mark Purdon and Grant Payne now have six 3 Year Old pacers qualified for the final of the Gr 1 NRM Sires’ Stakes Final (13 starters) on 13 November at Addington after racing there tonight Friday 2 November.

A decision on which race Roman Gladiator will contest at Addington on November 13 is not likely to be made until he has raced at Gore on Sunday (4 November).

Stig is the best and most exciting trotter in New Zealand and Auckland Reactor has earned favouritism for the NRM Sires Stakes Final at Addington on 13 November after racing at Kaikoura today Monday 29 October.

Although Cran Dalgety’s rising star West Coast Anvil upstaged his representatives, leading trainer Mark Purdon still produced Sires’ Stakes Final qualifiers Ohoka Utah and Steve McQueen in the fourth heat at Addington tonight Friday 26 October.

Tim Butt has enjoyed his share of memorable days in harness racing but today’s Ashburton fixture was certainly one out of the box for him with three training wins and another success as a part owner.

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