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By Joshua Smith    Lightly raced four-year-old Rocknroll Max will be looking to snare his first cup success when he contests the Ngaire Townrow Kawatiri Cup (2600m) at Westport on Friday. It will be the second cup tilt for the Laurence Hanrahan-trained gelding after he finished runner-up to Shadow Minister last start in the Waikouaiti Cup (3000m). “The horse in front of us, Queen Bee Bardon, stopped a little bit which possibly could have cost us the win,” Hanrahan said. Rocknroll Max has recorded two wins and three placings in his five starts this preparation and Hanrahan is hoping he can add another victory to his tally on Friday. “He has been in very good form,” Hanrahan said. “He has been lucky enough to have some pretty good runs, but he makes his own luck by beginning so well.” Rocknroll Max had just the two starts as a three-year-old last season and Hanrahan said he has matured a lot, both mentally and physically, since then. “Last year he was doing all sorts of things wrong and the three or four months he had out during the winter did him well, he came back a different horse this time in.” The son of A Rocknroll Dance has drawn four on the front line and driver Jim Curtin will be looking to take advantage of his impeccable standing start manners. Hanrahan is looking forward to Friday and believes his gelding will be very competitive in the feature race on the card. “I believe he has got a show,” he said. “But there are some other nice horses in there. Rocknroll Rod and Norman Richards are both nice horses and you have got to respect Pay Me Visa, he is the winner of 12 races and he is only off 10m.” Hanrahan will also line-up last start winner Ultimate Rocker in the Buller Refrigeration & Electrical Pace (2000m). The four-year-old gelding posted his second career victory when winning over 2000m at Waikouaiti last week and Hanrahan was relieved to get the result after two previous unplaced runs in junior driver events. “It took three goes for Sarah (O’Reilly, junior driver) and I tried to get it right, but we finally got there,” Hanrahan quipped. “That was really good to get a penalty free race with him.” Ultimate Rocker has drawn three on the frontline and Hanrahan is confident he will begin well from that mark for driver Jim Curtin. “He is in a stand this time,” Hanrahan said. “He is a good beginner, but not as good as what Rocknroll Max is. “He is better off saved for one run, working into the race late, and that is how he will be driven.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Westport TC - 8 March - All female race in teal pants is race 9 - Westport TC will donate $200 to the cause instead of $100 for the female driver race winner - Punters Club lucky number draws - drawn after every race. Winners receive 2x $50 bets. 1 for themselves and 1 for Team Teal. - Spot prizes for best dressed in Teal.   Northern Southland – 9 March MORE THAN A TOUCH OF TEAL AT THE TROTS The Northern Southland Trotting Club is well underway with preparations for their March race meeting which will also be the final meeting in the Southern Harness region as part of the Teal Pants Campaign which raises money for the fight against Ovarian Cancer. The Teal Pants campaign sees $600 donated every time a female driver wins a race between 1 February and 10 March 2019. Each time a female driver is the first to greet the judge in the region Harness Racing NZ donates $200, the club at whose meeting the victory takes place gives $100, Woodlands Stud $100, Aldebaran Park $100 and Southern Harness Racing $100. The Teal Pants branding refers to the colour of driving pants worn by lady drivers during the promotion. Southern harness clubs are fully behind the campaign with meetings at Wyndham and Gore already having raised funds with meetings to follow at Winton, Invercargill and then the Northern Southland meeting.  The Caduceus Club Of Southland and Southern Bred Southern Reared have contributed $500 each to the cause and the Ascot Park Hotel are also assisting with a prize on the day.  To round off the campaign in the south the Northern Southland meeting on Saturday 9 March will see a big day of activity with competitions, merchandise and the opportunity to contribute to this worthy cause. It is a major day for the club with three Group 3 races - the Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Trotting Cup, the Prydes Easifeed Southern Lights Handicap Trot and the Caduceus Club Of Southland /Alabar Fillies Classic plus the Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks. While the racing action will be of quality there are plenty of fun activities being held to help raise money for the cause – the fight against Ovarian Cancer. ‘Wear Teal and Win’ will give on course patrons the opportunity to win spot prizes such as betting vouchers, bottles of wine and more just by wearing teal –even just a splash of teal in your outfit will put you in line for some prizes. If you have nothing teal in your wardrobe, it is not a problem as there will be teal   merchandise on sale on the day with ties, ribbons and wristbands so while you are purchasing merchandise and supporting the cause you can also put yourself in line to win some great prizes.  There will also be teal labelled collection buckets taken around the course for donations. Teal will definitely be the order of the day with teal driver caps set to be used in other promotions while each dress rug presented on the day will be emblazoned with the Ovarian Cancer Teal ribbon logo. Meanwhile the club will also continue their season long promotions at the meeting with a losing ticket draw after Race 6 which will net a lucky punter a $1000 betting voucher while an Owners Prize draw will culminate with the announcement of the three prizewinners who will take one of three prizes – first a trip for two people to the Rowe Cup in Auckland in April with accommodation, rental car and a tour of Alabar Stud courtesy of House Of Travel Lakers and Alabar, second an afternoon hosted at Macca Lodge followed by an evening meal and accommodation in the motel at the Waikaia Hotel and third one night accommodation at the Ascot Park Hotel courtesy of the ILT. Two members will also be drawn prior to the meeting to receive a $100 betting voucher each. Admission to the course on the day will be free!   Reefton Trotting Club - 10 March - All female race in teal pants to finish the Teal Pants Campaign for 2019 - Wear Teal & Win Competition - Wear something teal and enter the draw to win $1500 worth of prizes. Let's cover the whole racecourse in teal for the final day.   Wanganui Trotting Club –  12 March  Wanganui Trotting Club are conducting our Annual Raceday at Manawatu Raceway, Pioneer Highway, Palmerston North. We will be offering the Ag Challenge Wanganui Cup and seven other races including a Handicap Trot. Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to change from our traditional venue on the grass at Wanganui Racecourse. However we are mindful of the benefit to Trainers with travel costs and in this respect we feel being a part of a two day meeting at the Manawatu will be beneficial. Manawatu Harness Racing Club has very good facilities for the general public and industry participants. We look forward to welcoming our supporters to an enjoyable afternoon of Harness Racing. Wanganui Trotting Club Inc Oldest Established Harness Racing Club in New Zealand (established 1881)   Methven Trotting Club - 31 March  The Methven Trotting Club is well underway with preparations for our final Autumn meeting on Sunday March 31 the big feature on the day being the Woodlands Mt Hutt Country Cup over the 3,000m distance. Recent rain has improved the track which was starting to feel  the effects of a dry 6 weeks. A big focus on the day will be an attempt to assist Pete Davis and Margo Nyhan with the club encouraging a gold coin donation the proceeds of which will be added to by the Methven Club and given to the pair in whichever means would be of most assistance. Go well and lots of love  Pete and Margo friend to so many in our local  harness community. Kudos to committeeman Nigel Armstrong for all his efforts in this cause. The club has arranged for former local Maurice McKendry to be guest driver and with  Morrie in the twilight of his career it may well be the last chance for locals to see this very popular and talented horseman in action. Maurice is the winner of 3239 races and stakes of $28,474,507 and the club is very serious about getting Maurice driving in every race and hoping to set something up through the T.A.B. whereby he goes head to head with our other local horseman Ricky May the winner of 2901 races and $31,357,872 in stakes. Anyone who can help us with an opportunity for Maurice please ring Richard Bromley 021888900 or Mike Heenan 0272999604. See you under the mountains on the 31st Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club   Addington Raceway and Events Centre  IRT HARNESS JEWELS  - ALL DETAILS ABOUT THE WELCOME DINNER, GOLF DAY & HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE BELOW Welcome Pre Function Dinner – Thursday 30 May 6.00pm Silks & Satin Lounge, Level 2 Metropolitan Stand Hosted by Greg O’Connor and Michael Guerin, this special evening will celebrate the history of this wonderful event.  Included in the festivities will be the IRT Harness Jewels commentators Tony Lee, Mark McNamara and Aaron White who through their commentaries, will highlight this special race series.  As part of this night HRNZ will present the IRT Harness Jewels colours to the leading set of connections in each category. Evening includes; Three course plated dinner Cash bar facilities available $70 per person $650 for a table of 10 To book or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or   IRT in association with TAB Harness Jewels Golf Day – Friday 31 May This is a Four Ball Best Ball Stableford event to be held at the Templeton Golf Club.  The day will start with a pre-game BBQ from 10.30am with teams teeing off from 11.30am.  There will be a prize giving post game. Individual $50 per player Sponsorship $250+GST per hold including a team of 4 To book or for more information please contact Greg O’Connor at greg.o’   IRT Harness Jewels – Hospitality Packages – Saturday 1 June Ruby Lounge Located on level 3 of the Metropolitan Stand, enjoy panoramic views over the track in a lounge setting with casual seating.   Ideal for groups of friends wanting the best views, in a more relaxed atmosphere where you can mix and mingle with other racing enthusiasts. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Ruby Lounge · Complimentary drink on arrival · Stand-up grazing stations with an array of antipasto and seafood platters, fresh salads, carvery meats, fresh breads, hot vegetables, and a dessert selection · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $195 per person   Silks & Satin Lounge Soak up the atmosphere and excitement in one of our largest lounges on course. Located on level 2 of the Metropolitan Stand with uninterrupted views of the winning post, this is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after positions for those wanting the complete hospitality experience. Allocated seating is at shared tables of 10 people. Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to the Silks & Satin Lounge · Three course buffet lunch, including cold meats, seafood and salads, hot dishes, carvery, and mouth-watering desserts · All beverages included – premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Live entertainment · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $295 per person   Spectators Punters Lounge This is the perfect place for racing enthusiasts wanting a relaxed and casual place to mix and mingle. Enjoy the comfort of lounge facilities with access to the front of the Lindauer Lawn to watch all the trackside action. Spectators also offers a large screen, bar leaners and casual seating. (No allocated seating) Package Includes: · Course admission, racebooks and access to Spectators Punters Lounge · Continuous spit roast grazing stations including fresh vegetables, seasonal salads, pork, Canterbury lamb and sweet treats · A cash bar offering a selection of premium wines, NZ premium and standard beers, house spirits and non-alcoholic beverages (beverage tabs can be arranged on the day) · Barista coffee and tea available throughout the day · Private TAB facilities and Trackside TV’s · Racing Master of Ceremonies $125 per person       For hospitality bookings or for more information please contact Joanne McMaster on 339 7908 or All details and booking forms are also on our website –   We look forward to hosting you all. Have a great week. From the Addington Team   HRNZ Marketing

There is nowhere Nicky Chilcott would rather be than the West Coast this weekend.  Because while there is a premier meeting at Alexandra Park on Friday night,  Chilcott says the two Team Teal Lady Drivers Challenge races starting at Westport on Friday mean more to her.  And for a very personal reason.  Chilcott is one of the three ambassadors who have helped fly the teal flag during the Teal Pants campaign, which has been running in harness racing since February 1 and raise funds for the fight against Ovarian cancer.  With $400 being donated every time a female drivers wearing the teal pants wins a New Zealand race, $24,000 has already been raised with a goal of $30,000 by Sunday’s end of the campaign.  The fundraising has been widely embraced by the harness racing industry but finishes with a high this weekend with female-drivers only races in which all drivers will wear the teal pants at both Westport and Reefton.  And Chilcott wouldn’t miss it for the world.  “My mother (Lyn) is a cervical cancer survivor so it is a subject very close to my heart,” says Chilcott.  “So I am proud to go down there and drive alongside all the other women.  “I’ll be honest, we are a bit short of staff at the moment and it is a tricky time to be away but this is more important than that. I wish I could have done more to help.” Then with her trademark cheeky chuckle Chilcott admits to a small bonus to her West Coast trip.  “I think I have driven at most of the tracks around the country but never Westport or Reefton so that will be a great experience.  “That and all the people you meet. I find that any time you travel you meet new people make new contacts.  “So to do all that, with the other female drivers and for such a great cause it is going to be a special weekend.” The Westport club will double the usual club donation of $100 per Teal pants win at their meeting to $200 and every race will have a punters club draw where the winner gets two $50 bets, one for themselves and one for the campaign. Reefton will end the campaign with a blaze of teal on Sunday with any patron who wears teal going into the draw to win $1500 worth of prizes. Michael Guerin

The Westport and Reefton Trotting Clubs will each be holding a Ladies only race in support of Team Teal at their March meetings. We encourage trainers to support this race as part of the Teal Pants Campaign which finishes on the 10th March at Reefton. Please see the conditions for both races below.   Westport 8th March and Reefton 10th March.   6 - 4YO & OLDER R40 TO R55 MOBILE PACE INV.DRV              Distance: 2600m 'TEAM TEAL' LADY DRIVERS CHALLENGE. Of $9000 ($5000, $1200, $650, $350, others $180). For R40 to R55 4yo-&-older pacers. This race is for Invited Lady Drivers only. Rating Penalty Free Race. ­For more information see Special Condition 4. PLEASE NOTE: any Nomination for this race must be accompanied by one of the eligible Lady Drivers included in Special Condition 4.­   Special Condition… 4. TEAM TEAL LADY DRIVERS' CHALLENGE:  Race 6 on this Programme is a Rating Penalty Free Invited Lady Drivers Race. A horse's Nomination for this race must be accompanied by notification of a Lady Driver. The following list are drivers that have declared themselves available to be invited to drive in these races: Nicky Chilcott (Team Teal Ambassador) Ellie Barron (Team Teal Ambassador) Samantha Ottley (Team Teal Ambassador) Ashleigh Stewart Hayley Clarke Sarah O'Reilly Amanda Tomlinson Kerryn Tomlinson Sheree Tomlinson Kendra Gill Kimberly Butt Jessica Young Loren Lester Oliva Thornley Mikayla Lewis Maria Perriton If any other lady drivers are intending on driving in these races please let Courtney at Harness Racing New Zealand know so you can be added to the above list of drivers that are able to drive in the ladies races. If your name is not on the list you will not be eligible to drive in the ladies races. Courtney Clarke - or 027 636 4355   HRNZ Marketing

The death occurred in early March, after a long illness, of D.R.  (Royce) Cleal. Royce trained and drove many horses in a long career notching up many winners from a limited number of drives each season. His first win was with Star Raider at the Hokitika races in 1955. He trained Intercede (Smokey Hanover-Caprice) for Digger Hartigan and Peter Phibbs. She was the winner of four races before being sold to America. Black Pan (Jerry Adios -Garrison Lady ) won four races as did  Braeburn (Brahman -Direct Approach.) He had a great day at Methven in February 1979 when he reined in two winners. The first was behind Greymouth’s Len and Rosie Goodall trained Karleda Maid (Port Boxer-Viva Lady) who paid $34 for a win. In the next leg of the treble he drove the Westport Wonder, Canny Tina (Canny Scott-New Tina) to victory. She was trained at Westport by Paddy O’Toole and paid $31.  Thurber’s Command won the last leg of the treble but there were no live tickets on him so the treble pool ($92,000) was shared by the two ticket holders on the second horse. One was Bob Dayne from Greymouth and the other was Royce’s brother-in-law, Max Walsh. Max and Royce headed to the Yearling sales with the winnings (well some of them) and purchased an H.T Luca –Sly Imp yearling filly they named Lady Luca. Royce trained and drove Lady Luca throughout her career for Max and wife Jeanette. She only had 32 starts for 3 wins, 7 seconds and three thirds. Lady Luca ran second in the 1982 Westport Cup to the well performed Ansett (her next start was in the NZ Breeders Cup in which she finished 5th to Bonnies Chance and Armalight.) The winning margin for Ansett was half a head with four lengths back to the third horse. Royce drove many horses for local trainers and among the ones he reined home first were: Stoney Cold for K.J. Beveridge, Omanu and Neveles Own for FP Higgins, King Turk for T.A. Craddock, Rosewood Lady for C.R. Woodcock, and Ailsa Hanover for W.N Forsyth. With limited opportunities he was chosen as a reserve for the Drivers’ Championship in 1980. The other reserve drivers were Pat O’Reilly, Kevin Townley and Trevor Thomas so he was in pretty good company. Royce drove well over seventy winners from limited opportunities with his final winner being at Nelson at the ripe old age of 69. Today his nephew, Trevor Walsh carries on the family tradition training at Patterson Park and driving on race days.   Courtesy of Dan Moloney Westport Trotting Club  

Westport harness racing fixed odds movers as at 1:10pm Race 1 - Getarattleon $2.50 is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.   Race 2 - The only early win money is for the debut runner Shadow Minister $2.90 & Change Is Good $10.50 - $8.00.   Race 3 - Red Hot Rocket $4.00 - $3.40 easily leads win betting with the largest early bets $1,000 & $500 at $4.00.   Race 4 - Immortal Change $1.65 dominates multi betting.   Race 5 - A very quiet win 'book' early but as in the previous race the $2.30 favourite Skipperland easily leads multi betting.   Race 6 - Corena Lea $13.00 leads win betting over Take After Me $9.80.   Race 7 - Pradas Ideal Dahling $14.00 leads win betting over Franco Tristram $8.00.   Race 8 - Bobby T $7.50 is the best backed runner in multi betting.   Race 9 - Nurburgring $3.20 leads multi betting over Scelta Uno $16.00 who leads early win betting over Swap Over $4.20.   Race 10 - Scallywag Sam $4.80 - $4.20 easily leads win betting over Jerry Garcia $15.00.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Trackside Coverage - 5 March – 11 March (please note the following is subject to change) Wednesday Cambridge (TS2) 8.30pm The Box Seat (TS1) – on the show this week The Auckland Carnival is in full swing - we check out the winners from Friday and some potentials for this week. Plus we also recognise some significant Harness racing milestones.  Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Forbury (TS1) Friday Westport (TS1) Alexandra Park (TS1) Saturday Invercargill (TS2) Sunday Reefton (TS1)   Cambridge – Wednesday 7 March An eight race card starting at 5.31pm. Entry to the course is free.   Forbury Park TC – Thursday 8 March An 11 race card featuring a $25,000 Pick Six. First race starts at 5.27pm. Entry is free and there are multiple dining options available at the Forbury Park Sports Bar and Bistro oncourse.   Westport TC – Friday 9 March Following the recent Cyclones Fehi and Gita the Westport Trotting Club are thrilled to announce that their racing surface for their meeting on Friday 9 March has bounced back in great order. Following Cyclone Fehi, which hit the West Coast hard in early February, the track was inundated with sea water from a large surge caused by the storm. “It wasn’t the rain so much that hurt us there,” said Club President Dan Moloney. “But the wind that caused the surge and brought sea water on to the racing surface and grounds.” The sea water caused damage to the grass, with a patchy surface appearing after the water subsided. But Moloney was quick to praise the Club’s members and the swift efforts involved to resurrect the track.  “We applied gypsum and ammonium sulfate and are amazed at how well the track has recovered. We are pleased that we are going to have a very good racing surface next week.” “Luckily following Gita we only had a tree fall at the racecourse. But no actual damage to the racing surface itself.” The Club is looking forward to welcoming racing connections back to Patterson Park, and there is one regular in particular that will take sentimental focus. “We understand that Margo Nyhan and Peter Davis will bring Sarah Palin here as part of her farewell tour,” said Moloney. “Sarah Palin her first two races here during March meetings in her career, and we are thrilled that she will be here for one last Westport appearance.” Sarah Palin is in foal and is currently on a ‘farewell tour’ as dubbed by her connections. She recently won her tenth career race, and has remarkably placed a further fifty times during her career. Entry to the course is free, and there will be a BBQ and live music after the last with two TAB windows remaining open for those who wish to wager on the Auckland meeting.    Friday 9th March Premier Night Derby Night For the lovers of the harness-racing action, The Top of the Park and the Tasman will be open with deluxe Derby Night packages and a fantastic view. Derby Night at the Top of the Park and the Tasman Room | Packages Include: · Delicious gourmet buffet dinner · Premium Beverage Package OR Cash Bar · Private betting facilities within the room · Race book for each guest Prices from $60- $120.00 Book online at or e-mail   Northern Southland – Saturday 10 March It will be quite a day at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Saturday. The meeting features three Group 3 races, the Yaldhurst Hotel Northern Southland Cup, the Prydes Easi-Feeds Southern Lights Handicap Trot and the Alabar NZ / Caduceus Club Of Southland 2yo Fillies Mobile Pace. In addition the programme also includes the Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks and the Caduceus Club Of Southland Super Nugget Final. As well as some premier racing the day will also bring to a conclusion the Northern Southland Trotting Club’s season long competition. One more lucky winner will be found on Saturday from a draw of all losing tote tickets and they will join Brian Pitcher and Isla Palmer, winners at the club’s earlier meetings, in the final draw to win one of three great prizes. The major prize is a trip to the Easter Cup at Addington on Saturday 31 March courtesy of the Yaldhurst Hotel, second a trip for two to Stewart Island with airfares, accommodation and breakfast courtesy of Stewart Island Flights while the third placegetter will receive a two night stay at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau.  Owners are welcome to join the club in the Alabar NZ Owners Room on the day.   The first race is timed to start at 12.00 noon and admission is free.   Reefton Trotting Club – Sunday 11 March Entry is free to this meeting and will see the very last race meeting for Team Teal 2018 in New Zealand. Wear teal and go into the draw to win great prizes oncourse on the day!   Addington Raceway & Events Centre March Racemeetings There is great racing at Addington over the next few weeks with over $500,000 in Stakes up for grabs.  We would love to host you.  Please see below some fabulous dining options for you to consider. Friday 16 March – Mediaworks Race Night Four-Star Race Meeting Friday 23 March – 5-Star Race Meeting Easter Saturday 31 March – 4-Star Race Meeting   Trackside Dining Options Are you needing to entertain clients or organize staff functions? Add a unique Trackside Dining Experience. You can choose from our fabulous Gold, Silver or Bronze packages. Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. $93 + GST per person. 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. Spectators Open till Late! Our fabulous array of pizzas and delicious burger options will be available for all to enjoy. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). $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. BULLS – Friday 23 March – 7.35PM – Hot off the Press - Spectators is now offering an amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as the 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, visit   Heading to an event at Horncastle Arena or AMI Stadium? - 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 SAAC Course at Addington -The next Stabling Area Awareness Course for kids is 23 March at 5pm. For more information please visit   Hawera Easter Family Fun Meeting – 31 March, 2 April The Hawera Harness Racing Club invites you to be a part of their Easter Family Fun Meeting to be held on Saturday 31 March and Monday 2 April (Easter Monday). Club President Brendan Towers describes the meeting as a ‘trainer’s weekend away’ and explains that the club are there to make the meeting an enjoyable one for all who attend. “We will be holding dinner and entertainment for connections that are at the meeting on the Friday and Saturday nights, and are also here to assist with anything needed for horses and those connected with them,” said Towers. “We can help you find the right hotel or accommodation option, just get in touch and we will happily help.” The grass track meeting features the Hawera Cup and will be focused on family entertainment too, with free entry on both days and bouncy castles and plenty to keep the kids amused. For more information please get in contact with Brendan Towers 027 236 0016 or email   Methven Owners’ Day and Expo - Sunday 15 April The Methven Trotting Club will hold an Owners Day at their April race meeting to be held at Mt Harding Racecourse on Sunday 15 April. The club warmly invites industry merchants and also fellow club administrators to attend the event and be a part of their owner’s experience and expo at the meeting. This will provide an opportunity to promote products or clubs to owners present on the day. The club wishes to reward owners with a horse in at their meeting by hosting them in the Mt Hutt Lounge oncourse. They will also invite owners from the region to attend and offer special catering options on the day for them, and encourage non owners to come along and find out how they can become a part of the action. Those with ownership opportunities are welcome to contact the club in terms of potential options to promote ownership to potential new clients. For more information on how you can be a part of this special event please contact Nigel Armstrong on 027 328 2206 or email   Friday April 20th Premier Night American Night Our phenomenally popular American Night is back for 2018! We’ll have the stars and stripes rolled back out from the Top of the Park to The Alex, and be serving up the very best of the US with another fantastic US-inspired all-you-can-eat buffet menu sure to satisfy – and of course we’ll be sure to get some top-class entertainment on board once again! Book your American Night table ASAP as this night is sure to sell out fast! American Night in the Tasman Room or Top of the Park  From $60pp | Buffet only From $125pp | Full beverage package including specialty US beer Vintage Cars, Pin up girls and amazing entertainment!!!   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc      

Following the recent Cyclones Fehi and Gita the Westport Trotting Club are thrilled to announce that their racing surface for their meeting on Friday 9 March has bounced back in great order.   Following Cyclone Fehi, which hit the West Coast hard in early February, the track was inundated with sea water from a large surge caused by the storm.   “It wasn’t the rain so much that hurt us there,” said Club President Dan Moloney. “But the wind that caused the surge and brought sea water on to the racing surface and grounds.”   The sea water caused damage to the grass, with a patchy surface appearing after the water subsided. But Moloney was quick to praise the Club’s members and the swift efforts involved to resurrect the track.   “We applied gypsum and ammonium sulfate and are amazed at how well the track has recovered. We are pleased that we are going to have a very good racing surface next week.”   “Luckily following Gita we only had a tree fall at the racecourse. But no actual damage to the racing surface itself.”   The Club is looking forward to welcoming racing connections back to Patterson Park, and there is one regular in particular that will take sentimental focus.   “We understand that Margo Nyhan and Peter Davis will bring Sarah Palin here as part of her farewell tour,” said Moloney. “Sarah Palin her first two races here during March meetings in her career, and we are thrilled that she will be here for one last Westport appearance.”   Sarah Palin is in foal and is currently on a ‘farewell tour’ as dubbed by her connections. She recently won her tenth career race, and has remarkably placed a further fifty times during her career.   For more information regarding the Westport Trotting Club Meeting please contact the club on 027-656-9409.   Jess Smith

Westport harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - Asset Control $1.50 - $1.35 is the only runner wanted in multi betting with Diamond Eyre $10.00 leading win betting over Azza $20.00.   Race 2 - Scallywag Sam $3.60 easily leads win and multi betting.   Race 3 - Pine Cone $7.80 - $4.50 is the big mover early and also leads multi betting over Olde Oak Ellie $4.80.    Race 4 - Nurburgring $1.75 easily leads multi betting with Julie Johnston $10.50 leading win betting over Clarendon Falcon $5.00.   Race 5 - Pay Me Change is the $1.55 favourite and is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 6 - The impressive first day winner Pats Dragon $1.80 - $1.70 easily leads win and multi betting.   Race 7 - Another very impressive first day winner My Wee man $1.35 is racing away in multi betting with little support for any of his rivals.   Race 8 - A very even market for the first three favourites Terrier $3.60, The Kaik $4.00 and Cindy Bromac and at this stage The Kaik leads multi betting over Cindy Bromac.   Race 9 - Baileys Knight $3.10 - $2.30 is the big mover early and he is the only runner wanted in win and multi betting.   Race 10 - Sheemon $3.60 leads multi betting over the first day longshot winner Jean Sebastian $6.00.   The best backed runner at the meeting in win betting early is Baileys Knight in race 9.   The three best backed multi runners in order are: R1 - Asset Control $1.35  R6 - Pats Dragon $1.70  R7 - My Wee Man $1.35   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of TAB

Harness racing fixed odds early movers for Westport today as at 2:10pm Race 1 - Supreme Banner $2.30 leads win betting over Rainy River $9.00.   Race 2 - Westar Bella $4.00 - $2.40 is the biggest early win mover on the card.   Race 3 - Forgot To Remember $3.20 leads win betting over Idealagain $10.   Race 4 - Got A Beauty $4.50 is best backed over Freak Like Me $20 - $16.    Race 5 - Forgotten Highway $1.40 is all punters want to be on in multi betting.   Race 6 - Take After Me $6.20 - $5.50 is easily the best backed on the win book over The Valiant $3.20.   Race 7 - Johnny Eyre $3.40 - $3.00 is best backed over Clasina Maria $4.80.   Race 8 - Mr Asia $4.50 leads win betting over Star In The Future $8.80.   Race 9 - Eastwood Chieftain $4.80 - $4.40 is best backed over Distinctive Del $3.40.   Race 10 - Daiquiri $2.70 - $2.90 easily leads win & multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Mitchell Kerr will play multiple roles at today’s Westport Trotting Club meeting. The former successful junior driver, who is now trying his hand out at the training caper, will also be in charge of the driving duties for the Robert Dunn stable with John up in Auckland for tonight’s premier meeting. Kerr will have two of his own runners engaged at the meeting, including the unbeaten three-year-old Forgotten Highway who still holds a nomination for the Group One New Zealand Derby. The Bettor’s Delight gelding hasn’t raced since winning at Methven back in September but has looked very good in his workouts and trials ahead of his resumption today. A big bonus too is the Methven victory which gives the indication that he should have no problems in handling the track at Patterson Park. Kerr also have Supreme Banner engaged who, after a string of placings, looks a good chance to break the maiden status at either today’s meeting or at Reefton for the second day on Sunday. From the Dunn stable he has three drives, Kotare Mist, Cimarron and Bevan’s Cullen., The latter will start in the Kawatiri Cup off a 20 metre handicap following on from a big win at Geraldine a fortnight ago and then a bold second behind Motu Premier at the Hororata meeting at Methven. That form has been franked with Motu Premier then stepping out to win last weekend’s Cheviot Cup. The back mark will make things difficult, especially with the racing pattern at Westport, but form carries horses a long way and Bevan’s Cullen is most definitely a horse in form. Johnny Eyre, who won the Reefton Cup back in December and placed at Westport, will provide his biggest challenge considering his impeccable stand start manners and love of a grass track surface. Clasina Maria is also highly credentialed on the green tops while Karanga Red Fantasy and Precious Sara are also noted grass track performers.   Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Supreme Banner, Born Again Delight, Magic Blaze, Rainy River Race 2: Westar Bella, Deva Jones, Majestic Moment, Tehoro Tease Race 3: Motu Bettor Be Quick, Master Jordy, Lets Rock N Roll, Idealagain Race 4: Rockon Styx, Scoob Operator, My Nikayla, Green Fingers Race 5: Forgotten Highway, Garry’s Legacy, Lolita Franco, Markim Race 6: Alantic, Take After Me, Shadow Rider, The Valiant Race 7: Johnny Eyre, Bevan’s Cullen, Clasina Maria, Karanga Red Fantasy Race 8: English Rose, Novak, Buckeye, Star In The Future Race 9: Distinctive Del, Indie, Mogul, Midfrew Tarpediem Race 10: Destiny Jones, Arditi, Tehoro Dazzle, Beg Hall Best Bet: Forgotten Highway (Race 5) Value: Alantic (Race 6)

The harness racing ringaround had a good week last week with several short priced winners and a number of placings. The highest winning dividend last week went to Mark Jones whose selection Arannalea won at Winton. This week there are five meetings with one in the North and four in the South. Thursday is Forbury Park. Auckland is on Friday night at Alexandra Park along with Westport (grass), while the weekend sees Invercargill on Saturday. On Sunday Reefton have a grass meeting and we also have a selection for Melton in Australia on Saturday night. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Forbury on Thursday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks Sounds Like A Gem is a good chance at Forbury in Race 3 Geoff Knight - Geoff says his best chance this week is Silver Dale also in Race 3 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Blazer S as his best chance at Forbury in Race 4 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Brads Kenny as his best this week in Race 8 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks his best chance is Man Of Steel at Forbury in Race 9 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Motu Speedy Star in Race 10   Westport (Grass) on Friday Ricky May - Ricky is opting for Westar Bella as his best drive at Westport in Race 2 John Curtin - John thinks Master Jordy is a good chance at Westport in Race 3 Mark Jones - Mark thinks Johnny Eyre would be a good chance at Westport in Race 7 Harnesslink Reporter - says Mogul is a good chance fresh up in Race 9   Auckland on Friday Scott Phelan - Scott says his best drive would be Il Pirata at Auckland in Race 1 Tony Herlihy - Tony is going for Gold Orchid as his best chance this week in Race 6 Stephen Richardson (TAB) - thinks Waikiki Beach is a good chance at Auckland in Race 8 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Whitecliff Chapel as his best chance this week in Race 9 Maurice Mckendry - Maurice says his best drive is Eclipse Me also in Race 9 at Auckland Todd Mcfarlane - Todd thinks Heavyweight Hero would be his best drive this week in Race 10   Invercargill on Saturday Kirk Larsen - Kirk thinks his best chance this week is Yankee Diva in Race 1 Andrew Suddaby - says Ask Me Major  would be his best chance in Race 2 Brad Williamson - is going for Delight My Soul as his best drive this week also in Race 2 Shane Walkinshaw - thinks his best drive this week is Shawami Lass in Race 6 Brent Barclay - Brent says his best drive would be Young Conqueror in Race 7 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Mongolian Storm as his best chance this week in Race 11   Tabcorp Park Melton (Australia) Saturday night Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Great Things Happen as his best chance this week in Race 8   Harnesslink Media  

John Dunn gave up being surprised by Graduate Under Fire a long time ago. So when the old marvel grabbed the 11th win of his career on the opening day of the West Coast circuit on Boxing Day, Dunn wasn’t at all shocked. “It was a bit of a drop in class for him and I thought he would go pretty close,” Dunn said. “But he’s a great old horse to do anything with and it’s a pleasure to take him to the races.” The eight-year-old son of Courage Under Fire began this campaign with his co-owner Ray Beale but was transferred to the Dunn stable for the Coast circuit and it resulted in instant success - with all 11 of his winners coming while in the stable. It was fitting that his latest win came at Westport as that is where he won his first race back in 2013. In seven starts at Westport he’s won twice and placed on four occasions. Today he’s back in action but faces a stiffer task than that which he did on Boxing Day as he steps back up into the grade with those who contested the Westport Cup including Buster Brady and Bronze Over. His stablemate, Say My Name, won’t be there though after finishing down the track on Monday. “I’m going to put that one down to a bad drive on my part,” Dunn said. “He will head to Reefton now and hopefully we can get a better result. I was going to take him down to Central Otago, but I’ve canned that Idea.” The opening of the West Coast circuit was a good day for Dunn as he drove four winners. Two came from the stable of Dean Hunter who produced trotters, Arditi and Destiny Jones to both win while he also saluted the judge after winning with Dream To Reality for his father, Robert. Of the team racing today though it was Returntorocknroll who Dunn rated as his best chance of the day. “He went really good on the first day, hopefully we can get the right run and he should be hard to beat.” Greg and Nina Hope, who produced three winners on the opening day along with stable driver, Ricky May, also have an imposing looking team engaged as they keep within distance of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen on the trainers’ premiership. Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Returntorocknroll, Highview Justice, Samarias Falcon, Supreme Harmony Race 2: Reign On Me, Zoned Scarlett, Ronald J, Michelle Race 3: Lolita Franco, American Alice, Bobby M, Franco Lamar Race 4: Medusa, Destiny Jones, My Amour, Sarah Palin Race 5: JJ’s Delight, Franco Tmick, Scoob Operator, Rebel Richie Race 6: Garry’s Legacy, Helena Ideal, Li Na, Cherokee Red Race 7: Buster Brady, Bronze Over, Johnny Eyre, Karanga Red Fantasy Race 8: Knockmanaugh, Precious Sara, Sails, Rocknroll Nevin Race 9: Glenisthebettor, Bettor To Be Smooth, Wobbegong, Onedin’s Delight Race 10: Midfrew Tarpediem, Indie, Shark Attack, Dana Dawn   Best Bet: Returntorocknroll (Race 1) Value: Medua (Race 4)  

Two of New Zealand’s leading harness racing stables have cast their nets far and wide this Boxing Day - nearly 373 kilometres to be exact. Woodend Beach trainers, who currently sit second and third on the national trainers’ premiership, have a big number of horses racing today across both the harness meetings on offer at Ashburton and Westport. There’s 12 horses in total wearing the distinctive double blue colours of Greg and Nina Hope while their neighbours, Robert Dunn beat them by one with a team of 13 across the two meetings. Incidentally both stables have chances in the two features of the day, the Ashburton and Westport Cups. Mossdale Conner flies the flag for Team Hope on the eastern side of the Island as he continues to look win his second race in almost two years. An improved third behind the in-form Ears Burning last time out showed we might not be too far away from seeing the best version of the former New Zealand Trotting Cup placegetter. With Ricky May heading to Westport to handle the team over there, the Hopes have tried to keep things as familiar as possible for their Ashburton time by engaging the services of another gold capped driver in Matty Williamson to drive their three chances. Williamson drove Mossdale Conner last time out and will also pick up the drive on Emily Blunt who he won on at Addington at her last start and also debutant, Gold Sovereign - a full brother to outstanding open class trotter, Sovereignty. On the Coast, the Hope stable looks particularly strong. They have two chances in the Westport Cup in Ranfurly Rulz and Burn Off. The former has local ownership connections, so a win would be a popular result. The Dunn stable have a leading contender in the race in Say My Name who returns from an enforced layoff after showing plenty of promise in his last campaign. He also meets the talented Buster Brady who returns off the back of his strong Geraldine victory fresh up. Dexter Dunn will drive the four-year-old with Blair Orange staying to drive in Ashburton. Alta Orlando will fly the stable flag at Ashburton in the small, but select Ashburton Cup field with Ross Houghton doing the driving. There is currently one win separating the two stables with the Hope stable on 34 wins for the season to the Dunn’s 33 winners. Super Selector - Ashburton - By Matt Markham Race 1: Ace Commander, Beg For Chevron, Gold Sovereign, Izmok Race 2: Chloe, Pay Me Interest, Patanjali, Nicky Anew Race 3: Boults On Fire, Playingintheshadows, I Am Yours, Nearis Green Race 4: Bailey’s Rock, Culley Backy, Pradas Ideal Dahling, The Valiant Race 5: Runaway Three, Hilarious Magic, Cullenz Diamond, Lets Rock N Roll Race 6: Franco Saxon, Christopher Banner, Eh Ef El, Torrid Bromac Race 7: Maverick, Mossdale Conner, Classie Brigade, Ears Burning Race 8: American Tart, Miss Daisy, Emily Blunt, RR Sand Dollar Race 9: Beg Hall, Jean Sebastien, All Lit Up, Don’t Look Back Race 10: Stars Align, Cable Beach, Nolan Sackett, Pay Me Way Best Bet: Chloe (Race 2) Value: Maverick (Race 7)   Super Selector - Westport - By Matt Markham Race 1  Returntorocknroll, Dali’s Masterpeice, Indie, Supreme Harmony Race 2: Lord Roydon, War Spirit, Ronald J, Michelle Race 3: Warloch, Smooth Mara, Shark Attack, Samarias Falcon Race 4: Franco Tmick, Franco Lamar, Dream To Reality, JJ’s Delight Race 5: Helena Ideal, Garry’s Legacy, Li Na, Master Jordy Race 6: Jonty James, Precious Sara, Midfrew Tarpediem, Monet Grace Race 7: Buster Brady, Say My Name, Johnny Eyre, Ranfurly Rulz Race 8: Sarah Palin, Medusa, Royal Shine, My Armour Race 9: Earthquake, Wobbegong, Young Mister Grace, Danse Macabre Race 10: Sails, Knockmanaugh, Extreme Spark, Lottie Franco   Best Bet: Lord Roydon (Best Bet) Value: Sails (Race 10)

The local harness racing scene in Westport is supported by a number of local enthusiasts enjoying success on the racetrack and also in the breeding industry.   A Westport Breed A long established Westport breed continue to make their mark on the New Zealand Standardbred scene. Already this season Ranfurly Rulz and Lis Rulz have won a race each with both these horses out of Victoria Rulz. Victoria Rulz is a daughter of Rule Zona and traces back on her maternal side through May Rule, Ima Rule to Golden Rule who was the foundation mare for the Reedy dynasty. Golden Rule herself was out of Envy who was out of Marie Scott who was a U Scott-Whispering Grass mare bred by the late Bill Craddock. Both Ranfurly Rulz and Lis Rulz are trained by Greg and Nina Hope at Woodend but both are partly owned and raced by local connections. For Ranfurly Rulz a group of Carters Beach residents share in the racing under the Ranfurly Inn Syndicate banner while Lis Rulz includes in her ownership  the Double YouTeeCee Syndicate  representing a group mainly made up of stewards of the Westport Trotting Club. The two time West Coast Horse of the Year Jason Rulz (owned by Richard Dellaca, Jason Yang and Greg & Nina Hope) is by Rule Zona, a daughter of May Rule, out of Ima Rule out of Golden Rule who was a daughter of Envy. Envy was Marie Scott’s first foal. Golden Rule became the foundation mare for the Reedy family with her progeny winning races in New Zealand, Australia and America. The next of this breed, due to race as a late two year old, is named Ben Hope Rulz. His breeding? Courage Under Fire by Victoria Rulz out of Rule Zona out of May Rule out of Ima Rule out of Golden Rule out of Envy out of Marie Scott. He is a three quarter brother to Jason Rulz. He is to be raced by Greg and Nina Hope, Richard Dellaca and the DoubleYou Tee Cee Syndicate. Incidentally Rule Zona was good enough to run second in the 1996 Westport Cup which was won by Happy Asset who went on to win the 1999 Auckland Cup. Ranfurly Rulz has won six races with Lis Rulz successful twice. Both horses are likely to race on Boxing Day at Westport. Lis Rulz is a possible  candidate for the 3200m Westport Cup and would be a popular winner if she could return at the head of the field. Racecourse patrons will need to be prepared for the roar from the Stewards Stand if Liz hits the front and carries off this most coveted of trophies.  Champion Two Year Old Enghien is well known in Europe as a racecourse just outside of Paris but in New Zealand harness racing circles Enghien is the name of a promising three year old trotter raced by Richard Dellaca and Greg Hope and trained at Woodend Beach by Greg and Nina Hope. Enghien is by the French stallion Love You (Coktail Jet-Guilty of Love) from Another Starlet (Sundon-Lilly the Pink.) Love You has left 55 winners in New Zealand including the Champion Monbet. Enghien won four races last season and was crowned New Zealand 2 year old Trotter of the Year at the New Zealand Harness Racing Awards. He returned to the race track on December 8th winning a mobile 1950m trot at Addington. His three year old career will be worth watching as he is in form and likely to be kept to age group racing. Other Horses To Watch Richard Dellaca and Jason Yang have an interest in a Love you –Doli gelding named My Amour. This trotter is showing plenty of promise and has already won this season and looks to have a bright future.Lolita Franco (  Lis Mara-Liadian Franco) was placed last season and is trained at Patterson Park by Rodney Dickson. She is raced by Phil, Jill and Noel Beveridge and her return to the race track is awaited with interest.  Local identities Johnny Reedy Junior and Dean Phibbs  have an interest in JJs Delight (Bettors Delight-Nessey Bromac) that is trained at Cust by Craig Kennedy. JJs Delight ran a fourth at Westport last year and then was second at Reefton. Bob Higgins has made a welcome return to Patterson Park and has already had a win this season with RocknRoll Nevin (RocknRoll  Heaven-Mary Nevin.) She is raced by the Patsy Marie Syndicate. RocknRoll Niven traces back through the female line to Patsy McReedy (3 wins) and Patsy Marie (3 wins.) Tim Jellyman has two horses in work, Miranda Cullen (Gotta Go Cullen-La Rouge) and Little Miss (Now Another Look-Enthuse) with both due to resume racing on Boxing Day. The Reedy stable has four pacers in work, Tom Rule (Four Starzzz Shark-West Texas Rule), the well-bred You Bettor Rule (Bettors Delight-Deb’s Rule), Olde Oak Ellie (Magic Rule- Exceptional Rule) and Old Oake Emma (Bettors Delight-Exceptional Star.) Paul Reedy is working a 6 yr old gelding by Charles Bronson out of Rosey's Rule named The Outlaw's Rule. Trevor Walsh is working an American Ideal–TK Swift 2year old filly for Graeme and Katrina Walsh that is showing promise and could well be racing after Christmas. The Breeding Scene There is a horse running around on Western Australia called Major Reality (Art Major-Reality Check) that has had 27 starts for 16 wins and 9 placings. Among her wins has been the Western Australian Oaks. Her stake earnings to date are in excess of $300k. She was foaled on Abattoir Road on the property of Graeme and Katrina Walsh and sold through the yearling Sales. A half-brother by Bettor’s Delight out of Reality Check was purchased for the Purdon/Rasmussen stable and has had 11 starts for 5 wins including the big three year old race at Addington on Cup Day. His name is Ultimate Machete and he is currently the number one ranked three year old in this country. He is also the current fixed odds favourite for the New Zealand Derby and the Victorian Derby. Reality Check has only had two foals to the races and both are Group one winners. Reality Check foaled a full brother to Major Reality last week. It is interesting to note that the paddock in which these horses were born is the same paddock that the mighty Durban Chief grazed while being prepared for his assaults on the New Zealand Trotting scene on the late 1950s. Two further foals, a 2 year old filly by American Ideal and a Bettors Delight yearling colt are being prepared for sale. Given the success of the family the yearling colt will be sought after at the Yearling sales.  Other yearlings the Walsh’s are preparing for the sales include one by Rock’n Roll Dance out of TK Swift and another by Art Major out of Time Flies. Rodney Dickson also has three yearlings being prepared for the sales. They are a colt by A Rocknroll Dance out of Cantina, a filly by A Rocknroll Dance out of Mozart Lace, and a filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Rejoicing. West Coast Harness Horse of the Year While the season is only a few months old the title of West Coast Horse of the Year for 2016/17 looks like being a seriously contested event. With some stables not even having  a horse to the races at this stage of the season,  Enghien, My Amour, Lis Rulz, Ranfurly Rulz and RocknRoll Nevin have recorded a win for local owners so the remainder of 2016/17 season looks an exciting one for all those involved in Harness Racing in the Buller.   By Dan Moloney

Harness racing driver Ricky May is never one to rate a horse unless he is very confident in its ability. When we were doing the Harnesslink ringaround prior to Christmas, Ricky had a lot of handy drives at Westport the first day but settled on Seel The Deal. He was adament that if you could just hold him up for one run, Seel The Deal had a blinding burst of speed which not many on the coast would be able to deal with. The first day just didn't pan out at all with Seel The Deal getting all the wrong breaks and ending up an unlucky fifth. Yesterday Ricky had Seel The Deal away well to trail the talented Idealindiamonds but then ended up three back when Living Legend took up the lead. Seel The Deal was still three back on the inner as they turned for home and his chances didn't look great but when Idealindiamonds which had moved into the passing lane ran out a touch, Ricky and Seel The Deal were through in an instant and but for a rough stride eighty metres out would have won by a lot more than three quarters of a length. Ricky had that told you so look on his face post race when speaking to Harnesslink. " If he can get a run like that, he has a devastating sprint" " I didn't think the gap was going to open at first but Idealindiamonds ran out a touch half way up the straight. " It was a tight gap and I was just about through when I had to check him off Idealindiamonds when he was really flying which is why he put that rough stride in. " Otherwise I think he would have won by several lengths the way he was going," Ricky said. The trainer Grant McStay has had a lot of luck with this family over a long time especially on the grass track circuits. The result of the race was a great advertisement for the Woodlands stallion American Ideal who produced the trifecta in Seel The Deal, Idealindiamonds and Star Of Dionysis. Harnesslink Media   

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