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Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Winton today with an eleven race program starting at 12:33pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Winton. Winton Thursday 24th September 2020 Race 1 Madrik manners have not been up to scratch his last few races but mobile will help. Big on ability and top selection.…… Count Eyre tidy second two starts ago and likely early leader. Can win if he gets his own way in front.… Only One Way out of form but the conditions of the race suit. Include…….. Kiwi Crusher tricky draw but stable/driver combo have a good record and dropping out of better fields. Needed Selections:  Madrik (7),   Kiwi Crusher (6),   Count Eyre (3),    Only One Way (5)   Race 2 Mighty George building up a tidy formline and best draw for some time. Good winning claims……. Swift Robyn has ability and forgive last start effort in a stronger field. Will be hard to beat with a good run in transit …… Kagee VC has been slightly disappointing on raceday but getting fitter. Place claims here with and likely early leader…… Man I'm Good always a place chance with a good run doing no work. Place chances best at good money Selections:  Mighty George (1),   Swift Robyn (12),   Kagee VC (4),   Man I'm Good (2)   Race 3 Dress Code tricky draw but first two runs have been ok .Could upset at good odds if she can get handy before the home turn….. Insarchatwist been racing ok in strong fields and drawn handy. Has to be a good chance here at nice odds….. Allabout Time stable has a good record with first starters and workouts tidy on this one. Might start favourite…. Adhara tricky draw but in a winnable race. Been very good at trials and can win fresh up Selections:   Adhara (10),   Insarchatwist (3),   Dress Code (11),   Allabout Time (5)   Race 4 Mach Quillan beaten by a nice type last start and can go one better here. Top selection….. New York Man could get a cosy trip from the draw and has been finishing ok at trials. Good winning claims at big odds….. Shards Fury mobile will suit and he has some ability. Liked at good odds…. The Kingsman Butterworth owned pacer who comfortably beat race winners at the workouts. Opened $34.00. Give me some of that! Selections:   The Kingsman (2),   Mach Quillan (3),   Shards Fury (10),   New York Man (4)   Race 5 Glenledi Captain he ran some big races last season and has trialled up well. Top selection…… Racing Minister disappointing last start but drawn well. Should be in or near the top three here… Leconte drawn to get a cosy run on the fence. Can run into the placings if close enough on the home turn… Her Majesty good second last start and can upset although place chances best. Selections:  Glenledi Captain (4),   Racing Minister (1),   Leconte (9),   Her Majesty (2)   Race 6 Bardot in top form and getting fitter. No reason she won’t be in the top three again here. Liked at good odds even from the draw….. Swell Time getting better with racing and likely leader early. Can run top three and likely favourite…… Star Of Timpany only fair at last start but stronger now and coming out of Addington form races.  Place hopes at nice money.… American Eyretime form is impeccable and has gate speed. Should be hard to beat Selections:  Swell Time (3),   Bardot (7),   American Eyretime (6),   Star Of Timpany (4)   Race 7 The Peaky Blinder good form prior to last start failure. Allow another chance here and can.……. Cody Banner going ok but up in grade. Could surprise at good money but place chances look best.… Jannah Jaccka has been going well in similar races. Can win with a good run in transit ….. Maudarchy getting fitter and has run some good races recently. Should be thereabouts in this field Selections:  The Peaky Blinder (9),   Cody Banner (10),  Maudarchy (8),  Jannah Jaccka (2)   Race 8 Franco Santino tidy run in the Hannon last weekend and huge drop in grade. Looks the one to beat here……. Pearl Harbour coming in fresh but has speed to burn. Could worry the favourite if she got a good run in transit ….. Nemera Franco another with a good finishing burst. A top three finish looks on the cards if she can have one last run at them….. Bridesdale Robyn she has good form over the sprint trips but some of these look too strong. Place chances best Selections:  Franco Santino (8),   Pearl Harbour (6),   Nemera Franco (2)    Bridesdale Robyn (5)   Race 9 Airwaves huge run to win two starts ago and draw suits. Can upset at big odds with a similar effort……. I'm Trouble likely to go on with it now he is back in form. One of the better chances in the race..… Franco Huntington has been solid in similar races and big track suits. Has claims if he goes forward early….. Toby O'Gara likely to geta soft fence run here and had excuses last start. Place chances best Selections:  Airwaves (5),   I'm Trouble (12),   Franco Huntington (2)    Toby O'Gara (1)   Race 10 Rydgemont Son has been racing top Addington fields and this is easier. Should be very hard to roll  and top selection……. Tweedledee good win last start but this is harder. With manners a top four finish is on the cards...… Chloe Rose big on ability and down from Canterbury. Include in combinations….. Humble Ladd conditions of the race should suit and he is a major player in this field Selections:  Rydgemont Son (6),   Humble Ladd (7),   Tweedledee (4)    Chloe Rose (3)   Race 11 Dynamite drawn to get a good run in transit. Should be hard to beat and top selection……. Opawa Mach good finish last start and a chance again at good odds with a similar effort in this field...… Dangerous tricky draw but he is getting fitter and has ability. Include in combinations….. The Night Watchman conditions of the race should suit and he could get a soft run on the fence. Place chance from there Selections:  Dynamite (1),   Opawa Mach (10),   Dangerous (14)    The Night Watchman (9)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    New Zealand Cup contender Franco Santino heads a strong book of drives at Winton on Thursday for Nathan Williamson. The 6yr-old drops back in class after chasing home Classie Brigade in last weekend’s Hannon Memorial. Franco Santino blew the start of the group 3 feature and was left at the back of the field as the winner reeled off a scintillating 54sec last 800m. Williamson hopes the pacer can reproduce the kind of run that saw him set the Winton mile (1609m) track record at 1.52.0 when he starts from behind the mobile in race 8. “If he is going to go to the cup you would want to see him pretty hard to beat on Thursday,” the trainer-driver said. “Once he missed away at Oamaru he was never going to catch Classie Brigade running a 54sec half [800m].” “He had a good blow afterwards – we had a pretty tough week of weather before the race and I am not making any excuses – but should be better for the run.” Williamson needs to get a good line on his horse ahead of the New Zealand Cup and he will he should get one when he puts Franco Santino right in Thursday’s race. “He has got good gate speed, but it will depend on what the others are doing inside me are doing.” “Either way he will be going forward at some stage.” Mach Quillan looks a strong chance in race 4 for Williamson following his second placing behind smart winner R K Finn at Winton earlier this month. The 4yr-old takes on the Jonny Cox trained and driven first starter, Sportscam, who looks to be the Matt Brinsdon trained 4yr-old’s biggest threat. “I was pretty happy with the way he went first up, he just peaked on his run,” Williamson said. “I imagine he has improved off that and he should be hard to beat.” Williamson will pair with trainer Chelsea Faithful’s pairing of Tartan Roxy and Toby O’Gara on Thursday. Toby O’Gara, who starts from barrier 1 in race 9, suffered a heart fibrillation in his last start but the reports about his recovery have been good. “Chelsea has been rapt with his work and he has come up with a good marble,” Williamson said. “His form before his last start was great, so going on that he should be a good chance.” Tartan Roxy was won and run second in her two workout appearances ahead of her first start from Faithful’s stable. Williamson thinks the 6yr-old, who starts from barrier 8 in race 5, can go a cheeky race despite having been away from the races since April of last year. “Chelsea has had hers since lockdown and has really put a good base in to her.” “She won her workout pretty easy, she led them up and won nice.” “From her draw she is probably going to have to go back, but I thought if she could get on the [three-wide] train at the right time she could be a winner.” Williamson also drives a pair of horses for trainer Lyndon Bond in The Peaky Blinder (race 7) and Tweedledee (race 10). The Peaky Blinder disappointed in his last start after going agonisingly close to winning his prior run at Ascot Park. “Bondy said he has been quite happy with the horse and he has trained on good after his last run.” “He is best with one run, so we will try to hide him away.” Tweedledee was a good winner of his last start, but faces a tougher test when clashing with Chloe Rose, Rydgemont Son and Humble Ladd on Thursday. Williamson also drives outside hopes Major Menace in race 2, Bardot in race 6 and Dangerous in race 11. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Pembrook Playboys win today has cemented trainer Nathan Williamson’s desire to race in the time honoured Hannon Memorial at Oamaru in ten days times. The Bettor’s Delight colt began well and settled four back on the inside as Canterbury visitor Memphis Tennessee made the early pace. With 1000 metres to run Williamson came off the inside to sit parked. Once balanced, Pembrook Playboy let down nicely with a powerful sprint to win easing down. Williamson had time to look over his shoulder to see that the opposition was well and truly covered. The winning margin was a length and three quarters with Pembrook Play running the 2400 metres post to post in 3-03.8 with the last 800 metres in 56.5. “He felt comfortable all the way,” said his trainer driver. Owned by Chris Alcock of Invercargill Pembrook Playboy last raced at Wyndham in March and came into today’s pacing feature with a trial and a workout under his belt. “We’re rapt with that first up. He only had two soft trials but I’ve been pretty happy with the way he went and has trained on since.” It was Pembrook Playboys fifth win from just ten starts. Williamson realised his potential early and looked after him last season knowing he’d develop into a nice four year old. “I just wanted to be sure he had a good break and he’s developed in that time.” Of the beaten runners, Memphis Tennessee was brave, running second. He’s been away from racing for nearly seven months, while third place getter Spirit Of St Louis lost lengths at the start and didn’t appear to quicken on the slushy track as well as he probably can. U May Cullect finished last, eight lengths from the winner, but he should be better for the run.   Bruce Stewart

Rookie trainer Maria Murrell comes from a thoroughbred racing and equestrian background but today at Winton she trained her first Standardbred winner when Bardot won a fillies and mares race. Murrell worked for the late Kelly Thompson for a number of years and had a few race day rides. She was also the original owner and operator of the popular Make N Bake bakery in partnership with her sister Angela. She took on another venture when last season she became a licensed trainer, after Bardot was sent south by Canterbury trained Brendon ‘Bennie’ Hill. “She’s had problems with ulcers, was a bit nervy and lost a lot of condition so Bennie thought the Southland grass would be good for her,” Murrell said. Bardot looked really promising when winning her first start as a three year old in the Listed Harness 5000 in February 2018 at Addington. Murrell, who lives at Mona Bush, has used both Young Quinn Raceway and Ascot Park to train Bardot. “She’s been a bit nervous but is settling down. It’s been a bit of a learning curve and a bit different for me. There’s a lot more gear. Gordon Lee, who had less horses to work, showed me how to put on the hopples and things. He’s been really good.” Bardot is owned by Murrell, her ‘stable foreman’ Andrew Patterson, Bruce Martin and John Higgins. Higgins raced her dam Hemisphere which won three races, two as a two year old including the Group Three Nevele R Stakes at the Cheviot meeting. Andrew Patterson, Maria Murrell, Bardot and Brent Barclay – Photo Bruce Stewart. “We tried to get her (Hemisphere) in foal to Christian Cullen but she wouldn’t take so we sent her to Stunin Cullen.” Unfortunately Higgins hasn’t had much luck in breeding from the daughter of Badlands Hanover. Two of her foals have died, while in 2019 she didn’t get in foal to Sweet Lou. Her only other foal Hepburn – a five year old Bettor’s Delight mare qualified recently and has had one start for Murrell.   Bruce Stewart

By Jonny Turner    The wait is finally over, southern sensation U May Cullect is back. The freak from Oreti beach will start at Winton on Thursday for the first time since a tendon injury forced him in to a lengthy rehabilitation following his only defeat race day defeat over a year ago. U May Cullect’s resumption culminates a long road back to the races which started with his owner Tom Kilkelly giving the horse more than eight months walking to strengthen the troublesome tendon. The seven-yhear-old’s rise from obscurity to win his first eight starts made U May Cullect a pin up horse known across Australasia and something of an equine cult hero. Kilkelly admitted the interest in the horse’s progress back to the races has been incredible and almost overwhelming. “You take a maiden to the races and it goes alright – who cares – it’s no big deal,” the owner said. “But with this horse it is more for other people than just me.” “There are so many people across Southland and New Zealand looking forward to the horse going, and going good, that you feel like you are letting people down if he doesn’t go good.” U May Cullect will not be at peak fitness when he steps away from the 20m back mark in race 10 on Thursday. The pacer has not had a trial or a workout to prepare him for his return with Barclay and Ellis wanting to limit the stress on the horse’s body ahead of his ultimate goal, the New Zealand Cup. “The plan is – Kirstin and Tank are doing it – is to just give the horse a few starts and get him ready for the cup,” Kilkelly said. “He is such a natural athlete that you don’t have to go out and grind and go to all the race meetings to get him fit.” “You are better off not having all those starts.” It has been a case of so far, so good with U May Cullect’s tendon injury leading in to his new campaign. “The tendons are all good, we were a wee bit concerned, so we took him to [vet] Brendon Bell and he scanned him, as well as x-rayed him.” “And he said if I was having to sign this horse off for export overseas I would be happy to sign the docket.” U May Cullect tasted his only career defeat in the corresponding race at the same Winton meeting last year when getting well back on a good speed. The pacer is likely to be back in the running again on Thursday as Kilkelly said Barclay has advised stewards she intends to drive the horse with one late run in the 2400m handicap. That gives U May Cullect’s rivals an opportunity to pinch a break and set him an almost impossible task to win, as they did last year. Punters should expect the seven-year-old’s main rival, Spirit Of St Louis, to be trying to do exactly that and turn the 2400m handicap into a test of stamina. The Graeme Anderson and Mike Love trained pacer goes in to the event with the benefit of three post-lockdown starts, including a creditable sixth placing behind Self Assured in the Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington. U May Cullect’s resumption is set to be a scintillating contest as he also clashes with Pembrook Playboy, Franco Santino, Jazzy Star and Memphis Tennessee. Franco Santino won last year’s edition of the race, handing U May Cullet his first defeat. His stablemate, Pembrook Playboy, was brilliant in Southland last season before lockdown ended his New Zealand Derby tilt. Jazzy Star ran on strongly in his first up assignment at Addington and should thrive on the roomy Winton track. Memphis Tennessee has trialled strongly in Canterbury and looks back to his best after a troubled last campaign. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Winton today with an eleven race program starting at 12:09pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Winton.   Winton  Thursday 10th  September 2020   Race 1 Leconte Going to get a good run on the fence here. Well placed here and can win.…… Petrea Bromac disappointing last start but give another chance from the good draw. Winning claims.… Sweet Chilli has been ok at his last few but tricky draw to overcome. One to boost exotics... Mr Clooney running on ok last start and top driver booked. Can upset with a good run in transit Selections:  Leconte (1),   Petrea Bromac (2),   Mr Clooney (9),    Sweet Chilli (7)   Race 2 Mighty George has been good last couple of races and nice draw. Top selection here……. Annie Fitz didn’t want to score up last start but in top form prior. Place chances best here…… Maahes  goes the odd good race and back in the draw this week.Likely to be running on when the others are stopping. Chance at odds…… Frank The Tank has a bit of ability and drawn to get a run through early. Can run top three with a soft trip in transit. Selections:  Mighty George (2),   Annie Fitz (6),   Maahes  (5),   Frank The Tank (9)   Race 3 Matrika big finish last start and Orange on board. Major player in this field.….. Opawa Mach getting better with racing and lands a draw she likes. Good upset chance in this ….. Iwanadancewitsumbody running good races without a lot of luck. Can win if she can clear traffic in the straight…. Hampton big late finish last start and well placed in this field. Draw the only concern Selections:  Hampton (7),   Matrika (4),   Opawa Mach (1),  Iwanadancewitsumbody (9)   Race 4 Cody Banner has some decent Addington form that will stack up well here. Can win with manners….. Flyin Sid blowing the start but has ability. One for longer odds and a good winning chance if he steps cleanly….. Galleons Future built up some good form last campaign and coming in fresh. Should be hard to beat…. American Viking making mistakes in his races but would go close to winning if he did everything right. Include. Selections:   Galleons Future (2),   Cody Banner (3),   American Viking (8),    Flyin Sid (1)   Race 5 Dress Code coming in fresh and top driver booked. Likely to run in the top three here …… Roll With Eunice below average run last start but give another chance.Top three player … Mary Robyn another who will appreciate the mobile and draw. No surprise to another good showing here… Von Art ok last start and well drawn but place hopes only here. Selections:  Dress Code (8),   Mary Robyn (3),   Roll With Eunice (5),   Von Art (2)   Race 6 The Peaky Blinder running some tidy races and will be fitter now. Can win and top selection….. Sage Trouble big second two starts ago and good chance to go one better. Needed…… Jaguar Bay getting fitter and form is good. Winning claims in this field… Postgrad Success going ok but hard to see him winning. Can place Selections:  The Peaky Blinder (7),   Sage Trouble (5),   Jaguar Bay (10),    Postgrad Success (6)   Race 7 Sweet Lizzie easy win last start and top driver booked. Top selection in this field who should win.……. Bunter's Dream gets into a winnable race and good third last start. One for longer odds who can win.… B K Swy draw suits and up to taking this out with a good run in transit. Include….. Tulsa Jaccka getting fitter but place chances look best in this field. Selections:  Sweet Lizzie (7),   Tulsa Jaccka (6),   Bunter's Dream (3),  B K Swy (1)   Race 8 Airwaves drawn to lead and last start win was good. Winning claims here and should appreciate the bigger track again……. Ivana Legacy coming in fresh off the back of some big efforts last month. Good winning claims if she can get handy from the second row draw.… Tres Chic keeps improving but stepping up in grade. Good winning claims….. Dangerous taking a while to come back into form but has ability. Place chance from good draw. Selections:  Airwaves (4),   Ivana Legacy (10),   Tres Chic (7),  Dangerous (1)   Race 9 Fanny Hill big on ability and has been unlucky. Liked today and should be hard to beat……. Get Lucky Was making good ground last start and conditions suit here. Good chance of running in top three again..… Humble Ladd big on ability but handicap the problem. Can finish into the placings if they go slow up front….. King Cassidy going ok and will go forward as a bit one paced. Can place at good odds. Selections:  Fanny Hill (4),   Get Lucky (8),   Humble Ladd (10)    King Cassidy (7)   Race 10 U May Cullect fresh up after a long break. Will be driven cold but has the speed to win this……. Spirit Of St Louis decent effort in the best class last start. Should run top three here.… Jazzy Star stand a worry but sectionals last start were fantastic. Include….. Pembrook Playboy gets a head start on the best horses and has a motor. One for longer odds. Selections:  U May Cullect (8),   Spirit Of St Louis (9),   Jazzy Star (7)    Pembrook Playboy (5)   Race 11 R K Finn trial form is tidy and drawn to lead. Top selection and good winning chance……. Mach Quillan freshened and drawn to get a good run in transit. Can run top three here.… Lynryd Skynryd tough horse with gate speed who could push the accelerator early. Needed….. Jonique racing well and draw is ok. One for longer odds who can win. Selections:  R K Finn (2),   Lynryd Skynryd (6),   Mach Quillan (1)    Jonique (4)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Trainer-driver Jonny Cox shored up his place in his family’s good books with a winning double at Winton on Thursday. Wins with In Chevron We Trust and Folklore made the long haul from Canterbury to his former home track worthwhile and it also lead to a quick return for a group of his stable owners. Folklore scored a deserved win for Cox’s aunty and uncle, Ian and Nola Wilson, when she zipped home to win race 10. And the 5yr-old showed some versatility in doing it. “The race suited her after running in to Robert Dunn’s two fillies [Spellbound and Need You Now] a couple of times at Addington,” Cox said. “I had to use her a bit to get to the front, which is not normally her go, and that was good.” “But, once she got to outside the leader she got to the top easy enough and to be honest she only really had to run a quarter [400m] to win.” Folklore dashed her last 400m in 27.6sec to score by a length and a quarter over Maximus Prost in her 2400m mobile victory. Cox used vastly different circumstances behind In Chevron We Trust over the same trip in race 4. But, it ended in the same result and also scored another win for one of the trainer-driver’s family members. There were no mid race moves and no zipping home when a hot pace set up a sizzling time for rating 40-48 pacers in 2-56.8. With a patient drive, Cox gave In Chevron We Trust a cold shot at the leaders and the 4yr-old delivered with a half-length to spare on runner-up Petrea Bromac. “There was a lot of speed on and everything worked out for him really well,” Cox said. “The last quarter [400m] was about the slowest of the race.” “But he still had to be good enough to do it and it was a nice effort.” The win came after Cox chanced his arm to buy the horse out of Ken Barron’s stable. “I was just at Addington one night and the horse had run down the track and I wandered over to Ken and asked if he was for sale.” “He was meant to be sold, but that deal fell through and we managed to get him.” In Chevron We Trust is now raced by Cox’s sister, Jo Nicholas, alongside Andrew Fitzgerald and Ollie O’Connor. Another Canterbury pacer made the trip to Winton worthwhile on Thursday. Burlington started his season in style when winning race 9 for trainer Brent White and driver Stephen McNally. McNally managed to find the trail for the 5yr-old after blasting him out of barrier 8. Burlington dashed has last 400m in 27.3sec to score over Rocknroll King, who had to settle for his fourth consecutive second placing. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

The marvellous run of Otago’s latest harness racing training partnership, that of Graeme Anderson and Mike Love, rolled on at the Central Southland Raceway today. Anderson and Love who train at Westwood Beach, has only been in action since the beginning of the new season. From just eight runners they’ve produced four winners and there looks to be more in store for the pair and their stable driver Matty Williamson. Who’s Smokin got the wheels spinning in Race Seven today by blasting the mobile arm from gate eight to take up the running. From there Williamson controlled the tempo and after being passed by Foregone Conclusion half way down the straight, she came back to win by a head. “Very good run from her. She’s a big dumb filly who’s just starting to work things out. She’s got great gate speed and she travelled really nicely today. Coxies one (Foregone Conclusion) put half a length on her but she fought back and won it. There’s enough ability there,” said Williamson after the run. Who’s Smokin is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Who’s The Bird which won two races for Kevin Court. Her best foal Smokin Bird won ten races including the 2015 Group Two Southland Oaks. Another one of the mare’s foals High Courage won eighteen races in Australia before being exported to America. In the next race the Anderson/Love colours struck again when Tres Chic took the next step and won her second race in seven days. Horses often find it hard to win their second race as they’re pitted against harder one and two win horses. But not Tres Chic. “Being up a grade, it was a hell of a good effort to stick on the way she did,” Williamson said. Williamson pushed the Mach Three mare through from the outside of the second row and ended up following favourite Tulsa Jaccka through in the outside running line. But Tres Chic was carted three wide before reaching the lead with a lap to run. “Even though we were following them out she had to do her fair share of work in that first bit.” The challenges came like a cavalry charge as the field straightened with some runners coming six wide but Tres Chic showed a good level of toughness to outstay them all, winning by three quarters of a length from Tulsa Jaccka. Tres Chic is owned locally by Stewie Gillan in partnership with Anderson, and has continuing improvement has impressed Williamson. “She looked quite good at the trials before her first start but had a few minor gear changes. She got her head down and went a bit rough in those first starts. They’ve put an over check on her and that seems to be the key. She’s just got better and better. Mike thinks she’ll turn into a nice stayer and she’s got a good turn of foot to go with it too.” Meanwhile the stable’s tightest assessed horse Spirit Of St Louis will head to Addington for the Maurice Holmes Vase on the 28th August.   Bruce Stewart

Gore harness racing trainer Lyndon Bond was surprised at the odds placed on his trotter Tweedledee which won at Winton today. “He was very stiff last week at Invercargill. Sam (Ottley) came back and was rapt with the way he went. I thought the Big Fish (tipster Craig ‘The Whale’ Thompson) may have spotted him. We’ve got a good divvy today at seven bucks with Get Lucky in the race. Good result,” he said. In today’s Elite Racing Products Handicap Trot driver Samantha Ottley settled the five year old gelding three back on the inside as the field raced in single file. When King Cassidy popped out inside the last 1000 metres Tweedledee hopped onto his back. At the top of the lane, King Cassidy and Tweedledee set down to fight out the finish with the Bond trained square gaiter prevailing by three quarters of a length. “Another year on him he’ll be a nice wee horse.” Tweedledee is by Superfast Stuart out of the Dr Ronarail mare Tyron’s Doctor who is from a good Southland trotting family. Tweedledee has Cilla’s Pride and Sure Mart high up on his dam side. “Dad (Jimmy) was a good mate of Michael Heenan who told him he had a mare he was giving away for free. We put her in foal to Superfast Stuart and he’s the resulting foal. She’s back in foal to Superfast Stuart.” Bonds other runner in todays main trot Crusher Collins was once again disappointing, finishing sixth seven lengths away from her stablemate. “She’s not a hundred percent. She’s been in for a long time and won the Southland Trotter of the Year so she can go out for a spell.”   Bruce Stewart

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Winton today with a ten race program starting at 12:00pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Winton.   Winton  Thursday 20th August 2020   Race 1 Jaguar Bay has ability and showing it for new trainer. Will be very hard to beat here.…… Smokin Bandar coming in fresh and only needs manners to go close to winning this. Stepped ok at trials…… Midnight Memories  fairly reliable and he should be in or near the lead early. Can win if the favs make mistakes….. Jannah Jaccka galloped last start but prior form excellent good place chance here. Selections:  Jaguar Bay (8),   Smokin Bandar (11),   Midnight Memories  (6),    Jannah Jaccka (3)   Race 2 Sweet Lizzie got out late but finished well last start in a strong field. Top selection here……. Wattlebank Lass another going ok with a good draw and dropping into a winnable race. Should run first or second…… Roll With Eunice ok at Canterbury trials and workouts. Can run in three with luck…… Von Art has a bit of ability but tough field here. Can run top three from the inside draw. Selections:  Sweet Lizzie (7),   Wattlebank Lass (3),   Roll With Eunice (5),   Von Art (1)   Race 3 Airwaves has not had a lot of luck in his last few starts and draw ok today. One for longer odds in this field and our top selection…… Annie Fitz good second last start and drawn ok. Needs a good run in transit but not the worst.…. Rosinupthebow coming in fresh and drawn well. Upset chance at longer odds …… Man I'm Good running on last start and can place here with a good run in transit. Selections   Airwaves (2),   Annie Fitz (5),  Rosinupthebow (1),  Man I'm Good (4)   Race 4 In Chevron We Trust has been ok in strong Addington fields. Change of stable and  and top selection here….. Mac Attack some tidy runs from the new stable and good draw. Top three player for sure at longer odds….. Racing Minister hard to catch but over the odds here. Should get a run through from the draw and winning chance…. Sweet Annie has run some decent races and getting fitter. Place chances best. Selections:  In Chevron We Trust (8),   Mac Attack (1),   Racing Minister (9),    Sweet Annie (3)   Race 5 Madrik still growing and manners a concern but big track will help. Don’t mind him today, top selection….. Rydgemont Milly has a lot of ability and ok last start. Can handle this field and winning claims here…        Miss Moppet unlucky last start and will be fitter. Good inside  draw and no surprise to see her in the money here….. Miss Jessica runs have been better than they look on paper. Not the worst and a place chance at bolters odds. Selections:  Madrik (4),   Rydgemont Milly (10),   Miss Moppet (1),   Miss Jessica (8)   Race 6 Get Lucky classy trotter at best and has been good at workouts. Should run top three and top selection here ….. Fanny Hill tidy third against a strong field at Oamaru. Can run in the money again here with manners.…… King Cassidy getting fitter after racing in good form in his latest few runs. Needed here.… Tweedledee running good races and drawn well only needs a good trip in transit to be a place chance here. Selections:  Get Lucky (7),   Fanny Hill (1),   Tweedledee (3),    King Cassidy (4)   Race 7 Foregone Conclusion Addington form should stack up well here. Will go close to winning this with a peak effort……. Dare To Defy thought his trial form was good and he could lob a place here at longer odds .… Jonique racing well in strong fields. Drawn for a soft run and winning claims….. Who's Smokin has been in ok form and change of driver here. Can win even from the tricky draw. Selections:  Foregone Conclusion (11),   Dare To Defy (2),   Jonique (9),    Who's Smokin (8)   Race 8 Tres Chic needs to bring her manners but this fields suits. Winning claims if she can get handy before the home turn……. Tulsa Jaccka has been freshened and trials good. Has a big finish with a run close to the pace and good  winning claims.… Ultimate Sassenach nice draw and not the worst here after his Addington run last start. One for longer odds….. Dream Of Glory has been disappointing his last couple but give another chance. Include here Selections:  Tres Chic (13),   Tulsa Jaccka (5),   Ultimate Sassenach (4),  Dream Of Glory (10)   Race 9 Burlington Has been very good at recent trials and would win this on his best form. Should run top three……. Rocknroll King in a purple patch of from. Winning claims with a run close to the pace..… Nota Bene Denario will be better for the last start run. Has raced well in similar fields in the past and he will be running on. Needed….. Prodigal Guinness tricky draw but good last start. Place hopes best Selections:  Burlington (8),   Rocknroll King (5),   Nota Bene Denario (7)    Prodigal Guinness (9)   Race 10 Folklore Has been impressive at Addington and would win this on his best form. Should run top three here with the draw the only question mark……. Betterthanbrie good third two starts ago and top driver booked. Winning claims with a run close to the pace..… Yankee Shard coming in fresh and draw not great but he is a place hope at big odds if fit enough….. Ideal Glacier conditions suit and she will be running on late. Place claims at longer odds Selections:  Folklore (7),   Betterthanbrie (3),   Yankee Shard (6)    Ideal Glacier (2)     Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Trainers Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis will roll out a big team packed with winning chances at Winton on Thursday. The training partners have nine runners spread across seven races at the first meeting Southland meeting away from Ascot Park since lockdown. Few of Barclay and Ellis’ team deserve a win more than Rocknroll King, who clashes with Burlington and Prodigal Guinness on the back of three second placings. The way the former Canterbury pacer has worked leading in to race 9 suggests there is no reason he can not put in another big effort. “He is just going good honest races, there are a couple of Canterbury ones in there, but he will go a good race again,” Barclay said. “We don’t do much with him, we just try to keep him happy.” “And whatever we are doing seems to be working, so we are not changing anything.” Barclay and Ellis have a three-pronged attack on race 10 with Betterthanbrie, Cab Calloway and Lite Percussion. Barclay said there was little between the trio, who clash with Robyns Shadow, Maximus Prost and Folklore. “To be honest I couldn’t actually split them - it depends on who gets what run.” “Betterthanbrie needs to be on the pace doing it, so [barrier] 2 should suit her.” “Lite Percussion has drawn 8, so he is going to have to go back in and look for a trip.” “And Cab Calloway – it is his first start for quite a while – but I was really happy with his run at the workouts the other day.” “So they are all very capable, but it will just come down to the kind of run they get.” Impressive first up winner Madrik will attempt to bounce back to form after doing things wrong in his last two starts. Going by his work, the horse is taking the right attitude in to race 5. “He seems really good, I was really happy with him at the workouts the other day,” Barclay said. “He is growing, so if it goes wrong we might look to give him a spell.” “I sort of get a surprise every time I take his cover off it looks like he has popped up again.” “He has got all the ability in the world, he might just need more time.” Madrik’s older half brother, Smokin Bander, starts for Barclay and Ellis in race 1. The 5yr-old beat home his sibling in a Winton workout last week, which looks strong form going in to a maiden race. “I really love that horse, but last season he was a bugger for pacing off the mark.” “Touch wood – he trotted off the mark really well at the workouts – but race day pressure is always a little bit different.” “If he could trot away and do things right I think he is a really strong show.” Barclay must negotiate barrier 1 on the second row when she drives Ride In A Concorde in race 2 and Hampton in race 8. The usually tricky draw is not necessarily bad news for the latter. “I think that is a good draw for Hampton, because he does have a good turn of foot.” Ride In A Concorde was very unlucky in her last start at Ascot Park, going to the line hard held when seventh behind Rock Legend. “She is a funny wee thing to drive, she was a bit flat before the bend and then when she went to the line she had heaps left in the tank,” Barclay said. “She has worked well since then, but it will depend on what kind of runs she gets from the draw.” Mac Attack has one of the best draws among the Barclay and Ellis team in barrier 1 in race 4. The 4yr-old looks to have an excellent opportunity to put notch the first placing of his short career from the ace alley. “I was really happy with him at the workouts last week, he did a few things wrong but he finished off really well – probably the best he ever has,” Barclay said. “He ran a half [800m] in 57sec and still had a bit left in the tank.” “I think it is a good draw for him, hopefully he doesn’t end up too far back along the inside.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner    Winton trainer Des Baynes will step out a small team packed with winning chances on his home track at today’s Wairio mile day.   Baynes has produced brilliantly consistent results this season with a win and ten placings from just 21 starts. Naturally, Baynes would have liked to have converted more of his run of placings in to wins. “I joked with some of the boys that I might have to start training a Kidz Kartz pony so that I can get a win,” the trainer said.  “But, I am not too worried about it, so long as the horses all go good honest races I will be happy.” The trainer’s highly talented two pronged attack on race 8 with smart pacers Slate and See Ya Write looks best chances of upping his winning strike rate today.  Baynes has Slate just ahead of his stablemate as his leading chance in the race. “Slate is a 5yr-old and a little bit older and tougher, so I would lean towards him.” “See Ya Write is a nice little horse and he has been going some good races.” “I am just not sure where he might end up from his draw. See Ya Write starts from barrier 5, with Slate inside him in barrier 4. Slainte and See Ya Write are two of several smart types that will do battle in race 8. Pocket Watch steps up in class after dealing to inferior opposition in his last start at Forbury Park. The 3yr-old and Stringray Tara, who has produced consistent form in strong fields recently, will both give away a draw advantage to the Baynes pair when they start on the outside of the front line. Baynes had thrown his maiden mare, Might Be Me, in the deep end in one of today’s features. The runner-up in her last three starts will take on seasoned, race winning mares in a Southern Belle Speed Series heat. “This is the last heat of this series, so I was keen to get her in to get some points,” Baynes said.  “This is probably the weakest heat and without wanting to disrespect the opposition, she should be up to them.” Amore Lancôme looks the toughest horse for Might Be Me to beat. The 4yr-old was third in a stronger mares event behind Cheezel and Yankee Party, at Winton two starts ago. Baynes will also step out Dress Code for her debut in race 6. The 3yr-old comes in to her mile (1609m) assignment after finishing in the first two in her last five trials and workouts. “She is a nice filly – she is Slate’s half brother – she  has gone well at the workouts and trials,” Baynes said.  “It’s her first start, so you don’t know what might happen, but she should go a good race.” A patchy form line and a tricky draw make Saint Tropez in race 10 the roughie among the Baynes team.  The 3yr-old will start from barrier one on the second row of the mobile in a capacity field. “He didn’t go too bad in his last start at Wyndham,” Baynes said.  “From where he is drawn it will depend how many times the lead changes in front of him.” Today’s Winton meetings is the first in Southland to be run under new rules excluding spectators and owners in response to the covid19 pandemic.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

The Regan Todd trained mare Cheezel won the Robin Dundee Club Mobile Pace at Winton today. Regan is currently in Auckland looking over yearlings for tomorrow’s Auckland Sales at Karaka, he wasn’t on course, and left Cheezel in the care of his father Barry who brought her south yesterday. Todd has had the mare since November and has now won three races with her. She was previously trained by her part-owner Brian Fahey. The other owner is Trevor Casey. “He just sent her out here for a bit a change of scenery. We’ll give her one or two more races before she hits the breeding paddock. She’s done a good job,” Regan Todd said. Driver Blair Orange was three wide early after chasing Cheezel out of the gate. After the first 400 metres he was in front. He eased up on the speed, but things started to heat up when Amore Lancome moved up beside her on the outside, and the two went head to head between the 800 and the top of the straight. Cheezel shook Amore Lancome off but had to withstand the challenge of Yankee Party which had enjoyed a cosy run behind the leader. Cheezel held on to beat Yankee Party by half a length with Amore Lancome another half-length back in third. The mile was run in 1-57.8 with the last 800 metres run in a slick 56.1. “We had a scare a couple of weeks ago. She had a heart fibrillation at Addington so I’ve had to be a bit easy on her, but she’s bounced back.” Todd indicated that Cheezel could be back for the last heat of the Southern Belle Speed Series at Wairio on 21st March. In other races on the card Carnegie Hall lived up to her international breeding and cleared maiden ranks in the Lamb and Cattle Grazier Trot. The four year old trained by Bob Butt was sent south to Lauren Pearson’s Winton barn and was driven by her partner Brent Barclay. The Andover Hall mare trailed early before Barclay went to the front with 1300 metres to run. The winning margin was a length from T Bone Rawhide. Long shot Targaryen made the most of an economical trip on the inside to come up the passing lane and beat second favourite Croesus by three quarters of a length. The Big Jim gelding owned by Michelle Larsen and trained and driven by husband Kirk was at odds of 53-1. Favourite Triple VC appreciated the drop in class when he won the Regent Car Court Pace. The winner of four races was up against primarily one win horses. He was patiently handled by Sheree Tomlinson who settled the six year old at the back of the field before bringing him down the outside to win by three quarters of a length. The Washington VC gelding is owned by local breeder Cleland Murdoch and The Fanny Allen Family Trust. He’s trained at Ascot Park by Murray Brown. The Interceptor completed a profitable weekend for Kenny Baynes. The Mach Three gelding trained by Brett Gray, driven by Jonny Cox and owned by Baynes Bloodstock Limited (Kenny and sister in-law Penny Baynes) lead all the way to win easily by five lengths. The Interceptor was having his ninth start today and looked comfortable in front. At Addington on Friday Miss Mucho owned by Kenny upset at odds of 54-1. The well-bred The Optimist won her first race for Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis. Out of the twelve win Armbro Operative mare Special Ops and by Christian Cullen the five year old was in the one one early before Barclay took her to the lead. She held out Sunset Red and Rakarippa. Barclay and Ellis have just recently taken on the training of The Optimist and have started her four times.  She was previously trained by Jack Harrington. The day ended with Lilac Becky winning for Southland Ambassador for Team Teal, Ellie Barron. It was one of two winning drives for her.   This will be the third running of the Team Teal campaign in New Zealand. Founded by Duncan McPherson in Victoria in 2014, the campaign was started to help raise awareness and funds for research of ovarian cancer. McPherson lost his wife to ovarian cancer. He vowed to continue her fight, and has grown the movement from Victoria, to nationwide Australia and now New Zealand. Every female driver in New Zealand wore the Teal Pants during February and March 2019, with each win receiving $400 in donations, $200 from Harness Racing New Zealand, $100 from Woodlands Stud and $100 from the respective Club. Other female drivers Kirstin Barclay (The Optimist) and Sheree Tomlinson (Triple VC) contributed to this great cause today as well.   Bruce Stewart

Monkey Bones mare Seekie Monkey was back in the winners circle at Winton today after recording a handful of placings in her last six starts. Owned by Kevin Strong and Trevor Little the five year old began well from the fifteen metre handicap and settled sixth early. With a lap to run trainer driver Nathan Williamson moved her off the running line to sit parked. At the 800 leader Whatwillbewillbee galloped, leaving Seekie Monkey in front. “I was quite happy to sit parked but when that horse broke. It left me in front which turned out okay,” said Williamson. Just after turning in, he pulled the ear plugs on Seekie Monkey and she let down nicely to hold out Chloe Rose and Full Noise. “She’s a lovely mare and did it all right today.” The winning margin was one and a half lengths and the time for the 2400 metres was 3-04.3 with the last 800 metres run in 58.4. “She got beaten last start by a pretty nice horse (Cuchulainn) but I wasn’t 100% happy with her. Since then we’ve changed a few things so we came here today confident that she was right on track. She had a bit of vet work done which has made a big difference. We also altered her shoeing slightly so I’ll have to give Franksie (farrier Brendan Franks) a bit of a plug.” Kevin Strong and Trevor Little with Seekie Monkey and Nathan Williamson    -Bruce Stewart photo Williamson said Seekie Monkey will continue to race through the Southland handicap grades. It was the Branxholme trainer’s sixteenth win of the season and he currently leads the Southland Trainers Premiership.   Bruce Stewart

By Garrick Knight    It’s been a long, hard few years for Winton horsewoman Tracie McGrannachan and unfortunately, it’s not about to get any easier. A botched surgery and ongoing health problems were compounded by a serious accident involving her daughter. So, the win of Dangerous on her hometrack yesterday was a welcome relief from what has been and is to come. The five-year-old has his fair share of talent but has proved a problem horse the last 18 months and McGrannachan is happy to seem back to something like his best. “His bloods were all sorts of wrong last year and we just couldn’t get on top of it. “We tried injecting his hocks and he ran fourth the start after that. “He was still a stallion at that point and was very easy to handle. Good around mares and that sort of thing. “Then he reared up, tore his shoe off and it took half of his foot away. “We decided it was the right time to geld him since he was going to be out a fair while recovering.” After a long spell, Dangerous resumed last month at Wyndham, but he broke mid race and tailed the field home. It’s not uncommon for him and the fact he wears spreaders lends itself to that. “He’s always sort of cross-fired and goes close to a knee. He’s very narrow in front.” McGrannachan had to come up to Auckland earlier this month to milk her daughters’ dairy cow herd while she was in hospital and that meant Dangerous was entrusted to her Winton neighbor, Chelsea Faithful. “Two years ago, my daughter fell off her quad bike during a flood and broke her leg. “She’s just had her fifth – and hopefully last – operation to fix it so I come up and look after the cows for her. “Chelsea used to lease my stables from me when I was in a partnership with John Cox. “Now she has her own barn and I am back at mine as John and I no longer train together.” She paid credit to Faithful and her horse instincts as well as a high capacity for hard work. “She can read a horse so well, it’s a real skill. “And she works so hard. She gets up at 5am and does her team then goes and works full time for Nathan Williamson. “Once she finishes up there, she goes back and finishes up her own ones as well at night. “A real hard worker.” McGrannachan heads home just in time for Christmas and her team of three pacers. But she’s got a another big challenge dawning on the horizon after being diagnosed with a serious illness recently. “I start treatment on the 24th and might have to have surgery at the beginning of next year, I don’t know just yet. “They actually noticed something two years ago when I was having a follow up scan after a botched gall blader surgery. “But it was never followed up and now I find myself in a potentially far worse situation.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

It was a training feat for Alister Black yesterday when Vintage Cheddar won a Country Cups Series race at his first start since the beginning of June. All credit must go to the conditioning skills of Black and his team of helpers, who were all on course when the son of Betterthancheddar just got up to beat Franco Santino in yesterday’s Wairio Cup. Black had given Vintage Cheddar two workouts, running fourth in the first, before winning his second against moderate opposite. The judge’s call seemed to take an eternity but the cheers of delight from in front of the north stand said it all. Black, who has an excellent UDR rating, had three runners in the Cup and the win by Vintage Cheddar didn’t surprise him. “No. He won fresh up last year. He trialed up nice at his last workout and trained well this week. He was pretty ready for today’s assignment,” he said. Franco Santino was very brave, sitting parked (which is not really his forte) and just getting nabbed by a nose. He too was in a fresh state. Vintage Cheddar’s driver Blair Orange wasn’t sure whether he’d won but close to the line you can see him having great delight in telling Nathan Williamson  he thought he had. The winning time of 2-56.8 was a new race record. The previous race record of 2-57.2 was recorded by Jamie in 2006. The time was also a new track and Southland record for four year old and older entires or geldings. Black said the five year old will have his next start in the Omakau Cup at the Central Otago Meeting on the 2nd January. “The long term goal this season is the Easter Cup. That’s why I didn’t worry too much about the New Zealand Cup meeting this year. The next Cup meeting will be right up his alley whether it’s in the Junior Free For All or the actual Cup. Vintage Cheddar is owned by Lindsay and Ian Thomson who have now provided Black with 53 of his 66 winners. Black trains from a property the brothers own. Vintage Cheddar with Sheree Black, Alister Black, Lindsay Thomson, Riley Black , Ian Thomson, Shirley Leckie and Tony Leckie                – Photo Bruce Stewart. Lindsay and Ian bred Vintage Cheddar from their Grinfromeartoear mare Howfarnow which is out of the ten win mare Whanau. “He’s just an awesome horse to have around. He was a bit of a hard thing when he was a young horse but plenty of repetition and hard work and he’s come right.”   Bruce Stewart

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