Day At The Track
Carter Dalgety

Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety

Millwood Bonnie wins her second North American start at Yonkers Racway in impressive fashion. She came from last at the 400 meter mark and paced around the half mile (800m) track in 1:53.3 for driver Jordan Stratton and trainer Lance Hudson. The lightly raced daughter of Bettor's Delight looks to have an exciting future as she plans to excel through the grades in the US. The 4yo mare was bred and raced by Canterbury breeder Katie Carville, where she was the impressive winner of her last two down under starts. She is the daughter of top class mare Millwood Meg, who was the winner of 19 races and earned over $415,000 while racing in New Zealand and Australia. The former Malcolm Shinn trained six-year-old mare Seaswift Joy N (Bettor's Delight - Swift Belle - Christian Cullen), driven by Tim Tetrick, wet a super good race in the $250,000 Milton Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway on Saturday running third to Caviat Ally, driven by the former Australian Andrew McCarthy, in 1:48.3. Seaswift Joy N has had 24 starts for 10 wins 5 seconds and 2 thirds for just on $300,000 to date. Seaswift Joy N running third in the $250,000 Milton Stakes Dexter Dunn Update. New Zealand’s very own ten time winning national premiership driver Dexter Dunn is really smashing all expectations in his North American and Canadian driving career. Currently in North America during 2019 Dunn has driven in 1989 races, of those he has won 300 races, placed second in 275 races, and third in 253 starts. A remarkable feat for a man driving in their first season in a foreign country. With that he has earned over $7.7 million in stake earnings to date. Dexter Dunn's key highlights have being driving the top 3yo Bettors Wish 1:47.4 ($1,517,532) and top trotter Millie’s Possesion 1:51.1 ($475,517) 11 starts for 10 wins, plus many more quality racehorses. Monday 16th September   Harrington Raceway DE Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $12,500 Late Mail N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,500 Te Kawau N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $8,500 Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $11,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Millwood Bonnie N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $16,000   Tuesday 17th September   Harrington Raceway DE Anytime N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $12,500 Mischeif Maker N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $11,000   Monticello Raceway NY Northern Assassin N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,900   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Imprincessgemma A – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $14,000   Wednesday 18th September   Batavia Downs NY Classic America N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $4,900 Lightning Raider N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $6,500   Harrington Raceway DE Stella A – Time: 2:03.0, Stake: $20,000   Thursday 19th September   Monticello Raceway NY Wynberg Courage N – Time: 1:58.3, Stake: $2,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Brookies Prince N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $15,750 Don Domingo – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $20,000   Delaware OH Celestial Arden N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $5,250   Friday 20th September   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Gold Class N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $23,000   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Mary Catherine A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $7,000   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Lion Rock N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $10,000   Northfield Park OH Zenolas Art N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $4,000   Tioga Downs NY Motown N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $5,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $20,000 Glenferrie Blade A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $22,000 Down Under First 5 – 2nd Rockin The Boys A, 3rd Slick Artist A, 4th Kotare Yarra N, Shezza Gnp N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $20,000 Down Under First 5 – 2nd  Shes Pukka N, 3rd January A, 4th Patanjali N, 5th Islay N Kaitlyn N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $27,000     Saturday 21st September   Batavia Downs NY Mr Euroman N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $10,000   Freehold Raceway NJ Amrcanbootscoota A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $7,700   Saratoga Harness NY Lord Willoughby A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $12,500 Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $15,000 Epaulette A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $10,000 Lifeonthebeach A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $7,300   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Torrid Bromac N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $11,000 Seel The Deal N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,500 Bravo Tex N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $12,500   The Meadows PA Fiery Lustre N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $9,900   Vernon Downs NY Mister Livan N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $3,300   Yonkers Raceway NY Kimani N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $22,000   Farmington ME Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $10,000   Sunday 15th September   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Quick Fun N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $15,000 Texican N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $15,000 Soho Wallstreet A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $12,500   Saratoga Harness NY Mr Cool Seaeyre A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $8,500 The Great Buzz N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $7,250   Previous weeks 17th Sep 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 11th Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 3rd Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 27th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 20th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 12th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 5th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 29 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 24 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety Carter Dalgety

The New Zealand Cup Trophy and The Dominion Trophy,Harness racing

Latest NZ Cup and Dominion Trot rankings

Despite the Hannon being run last week, along with several other relevant races the Cup & Dominion Rankings have been reasonably quiet. Among the Cup nominees Bettorstartdreaming’s connections might be able to do just that after his win in Auckland last week. Both he and runner-up The Devil’s Own have enjoyed moderate bumps to 26th  and 25th in the Rankings, respectively. While the only Rankings action to come out of the Hannon on Sunday saw Ultimate Sniper, nudge up a place to eighth, displacing A G’s White Socks. Among the trotters, two lower-ranked winners were the key movers. Oscar Bonavena and CK Spur won their respective races and improved eight places to 26th and 27th, respectively. Oscar Bonavena keeps his nose ahead of CK Spur by virtue of downing more highly ranked fellow Dominion nominees Winterfell, Valloria and Monty Python at Oamaru last Sunday. For his effort behind Oscar, Winterfell improved two spots to 15th, while Theodosia’s gritty fourth in the same race was enough for her to improve a place, to 35th. The action continues to warm up from here on in. We’ll see five Cup contenders clash in a near-capacity Spring Cup in Auckland on Friday. Auckland will also see some big guns back on deck in the trotting ranks. Lemond, Massive Metro and Pres The Belle will butt heads with the fit, in-form CK Spur, who could make a serious move should he down his more vaunted opponents.  The Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup will be a key stepping stone for many Dominion aspirants at Motukarara on Sunday and several lower-ranked or fringe dwellers will ply their trade in the faster-calls trot at Addington on Friday night. We are anticipating seeing some Australian contenders step out this week, with many Cup contenders looking to build towards the Victoria Cup on October 12 as the ultimate litmus test before a trip to New Zealand in November. View the full rankings here Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Harness Half Hour Podcast

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week’s Harness Half Hour features Ned Hodkinson, Ohio based trainer of Kiwi bred Celestial Arden, who last week defeated Wiggle It Jiggle It on Little Brown Jug Day; Garry Tippett of the Setarip Syndicate who celebrated 50 years recently; and Kim Walsh of Alexandra Park talks about hospitality options around the Interdominions. Plus Bookie Richard Wilson is back for his update.   Jess Smith

World first Harness E-Sport Championship,Harness racing

World first Harness E-Sport Championship

An amazing trip for two to Mooloolaba is up for grabs this Friday at Addington Raceway in the world’s first Harness Racing E-Sport Catch Driver Championship.   Catch Driver is a harness racing game where players can race live against other players from all over the world by using their touchscreen mobile phone or device.   Catch Driver is now live in its new 3D version, which means players will be able to get closer to the action than ever be- fore, and it’s all at your fingertips on your smart phone.   Following the recent trials at Addington Raceway, Catch Driver will be holding the world’s first E-Sport Harness Racing Championship this Friday oncourse with three heats and final to be held between races.   Run in conjunction with Addington Raceway and Harness Racing New Zealand, the Catch Driver team have finalized a live coverage of the game which will broadcast this Friday’s heats and finals.   Contenders play in special and exclusive Addington ‘game events’ via their phone, while the race is broadcast live on the Big Screen on the infield, and also on selected television screens around the track.   Three heats of nine players will be held this Friday, with the first three in each heat home through to the final to be held later in the evening.   The fantastic prizes in the Addington Catch Driver Championship Grand Final are:   First place – A trip for two to Mooloolaba, Queensland Australia. Accommodation at the stunning Peninsular Beachfront Resort, Mooloolaba for three nights thanks to Addington Raceway. With a $1,000 travel voucher towards travel costs, thanks to Westview Racing.   Second Place – Two tickets to the Lindauer Lawn on Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day thanks to Addington Raceway.   Third Place – 2,500 Catch Driver Horse Shoes thanks to the Catch Driver team in Canada. Players can register their interest by emailing Jess Smith at HRNZ – jess@hrnz.co.nz Space is very limited for this exciting event and successful entrants into the heats will be contacted directly and sent an entry form to complete.   Please note entrants must check in at the registration desk next to the Lanson Lawn by the birdcage area at least 30 min- utes before their heat is run. Should they fail to do so their space will be taken by the next person on the waiting list.   It is also the responsibility of the player to ensure they have enough ‘Catch Driver Cards’ to compete in the heat or final. Finalized times for the heats and finals will be made available very soon.   We are thrilled to present this Championship as an introduction to the Catch Driver game, giving the Harness Racing in- dustry a world first and the game will be a regular part of the Addington oncourse entertainment options for race goers.   To download the game visit: http://onelink.to/p9zknf   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

By Jonny Turner Miracle Mile winner Spankem confirmed his New Zealand Cup favouritism when equalling the Oamaru track record during his win of the Hannon Memorial on Sunday.  The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained 5yr-old never gave his rivals a hope of catching him when he produced a stunning 53.3sec last 800m in his front-running victory. Spankem stopped the clock at 3:14.4 for the 2600m standing start event to equal Classic Cullen's 2010 track record. The flawless performance again confirmed Purdon's comments earlier this season that Spankem has returned in even better order than he was in during his impressive Miracle Mile-winning 4yr-old season. The scary news for his New Zealand Cup opponents - and the good news for his fans - is there is more to come, as Spankem builds towards peak fitness for the second Tuesday in November. ''It was a nice run and another step up for him - he went really well,'' Purdon said. Purdon took no risks when driving Spankem by taking the favourite to the front at the 1600m after he made a fair beginning and settled midfield. That early position meant the reinsman had to move forward and try to take the front before it was too late. ''I was going to be in a position where I was going to be forced to go,'' Purdon said. ''If I had waited, it was going to be too late in the race and I was probably going to be forced to sit in the death, and he could have over-raced in that situation.'' After a brief tussle for the lead, Spankem controlled the pace before reeling off his stunning finish. His closing 400m of 26.4sec was even enough to impress his champion trainer-driver. ''He is a very fast horse - he is incredibly fast,'' Purdon said. Classie Brigade got his manners back in check and boosted his New Zealand Cup hopes when running into second. The Robert Dunn-trained pacer put his horror beginning in the New Brighton Cup behind him by going straight to the lead in yesterday's feature. Classie Brigade comfortably held second from Ultimate Sniper, who ran into third after racing three back on the markers. Purdon confirmed last season's New Zealand Derby winner was still in need of racing to get back to his best after his recovery from a knee operation. ''He was off the scene for such a long time - this time will improve him again.'' Chase Auckland arguably produced the run of the race outside of the winner, even though he missed a top-three placing. The 5yr-old looked to be in a headstrong mood when he arrived at Oamaru, and he was not on his best behaviour when galloping with a lap to run. After regaining his composure, Chase Auckland produced an incredible finish to run into fourth placing from last placing before the home turn. The performance confirmed the pacer's winning debut in open class in the New Brighton Cup was no fluke, and that he was a genuine New Zealand Cup contender. His chances in the great race may depend on what mood he is in on the day, as he is prone to getting fizzed up on occasions. ''He has got that nature about him, he is just a horse that you have got to catch him in the right mood on the day,'' Purdon said. A G's White Socks effectively had no winning chance when coming wide on the home bend as Spankem produced his scintillating final sectionals. Though his effort was sound, the pacer has made his third consecutive poor beginning to a spring campaign. The first five horses home in the Hannon Memorial are all expected to race in next month's Canterbury Classic at Addington. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Plans for Turn It Up to resume in the New Year have had a setback after his recovery programme was interrupted last week -and it could be ongoing depending on his immediate progress. “He was doing well. He had finished his schedule of being boxed after his knee operation and was set to do month on the water walker” co-owner and trainer Mark Purdon said. “But after a week they weren’t that happy with his progress and he has gone back to box rest. They are still concerned about how it looks and so a lot will depend on what happens next” Last season’s Auckland Cup, Easter Cup and Harness Jewels winner was a star of the season with 11 wins and four seconds in 15 career starts. The decision was made to bypass any chance of a NZ Cup preparation so as not to take any risks with his knees and his racing plans were aimed at Australia in the New Year with targets like the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile .Those plans are now under threat. “It is really bad luck and after we took the path of lesser risk after the Jewels” a disappointed Mark said “We will just have to see how it develops but it was news we didn’t need at this stage”   Courtesy of All Stars Stables. http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/

By Jonny Turner Taking his first horse to Ascot Park in almost a decade paid off for trainer Jim Curtin when Emmersyn Lee scored a front-running victory on Saturday. The inexperienced 3yr-old took her step towards qualifying for the Southland Oaks Final when winning comfortable in maiden company. Curtain said it would be scary to think how long ago it had been since he had taken a horse from his own stable to race in Southland. The records books show it was almost a decade ago – when Slash And Burn ran third in the Northern Southland Cup in 2009. Curtin will not wait nearly as long to line up his next runner in the deep south. Emmersyn Lee is likely to return south to race in Gore, next month, to complete her mandatory two starts for Southland Oaks qualification. Curtin is not getting ahead of himself with the filly, but is hopeful she could develop in to a contender for the race. “We are hoping she can develop in to a nice filly.” “The Oaks would be a long range goal if she kept improving.” Emmersyn Lee showed she had plenty to learn about the racing game when taking a good look at the Ascot Park scenery at different stages of her 2200m win. Curtin said the filly is far from the complete package. “She is still pretty inexperienced, she has got a bit to learn.” “We just hope she keeps improving.” Curtin and wife, Sandi, bred the Bettarthancheddar filly from their American Ideal mare, Crystal Bromac. The couple race Emmersyn Lee with David Aitken, of Canterbury. Saturday’s race looked Emmersyn Lee’s for the keeping soon after the start when the favourite, Kickupyaheels, galloped. The Robin Swain trained filly caught the eye with a big performance to collect herself and run fifth. Emmersyn Lee was one of four Canterbury trained winners at Saturday’s meeting. Three wins went to Otago trained horses and two wins went to hometown trainers.  Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Some say the older you get, the wiser you get, but that does not appear to be the case for Hannon Memorial contender A G’s White Socks. The Greg And Nina Hope trained 6yr-old will attempt to go one better than his runner-up effort behind Dream About Me, in this year’s race, at Oamaru on Sunday. Twelve months ago, A G’s White Socks pinged away from the standing start tapes to lead, before just going down in an action-packed finish. The chances of the pacer making the same kind of beginning, this year, look bleak if his recent manners are anything to go by. The formerly brilliant beginner has developed a habit of putting in some rough strides after stepping off the mark. And it is not only giving his driver, Ricky May, a headache. It is giving away a major advantage to his rivals. That was evident when A G’s White Socks began quickly, before putting in some rough steps, and had to settle three back on the markers in Chase Auckland’s New Brighton Cup. “At the start he made flyer actually, he was in front and then he put some skips in,” May said. “It sort of cost him leading really, the other horse [Chase Auckland] headed me off.” “If he had have been in front it would have been a different story.” A G’s White Socks was effectively out of play when Chase Auckland paced his last 800m in 54 5sec from the front to win. Though he only looked to battle in to fourth, A G’s White Socks’ was timed to pace exactly the same final last split as the winner did. That effort backed up the 6yr-old’s 54.2sec last 800m in his first start for the season behind Classie Brigade in the Maurice Holmes Vase. The pacer’s fast finishes and the feel he has given his driver have May convinced the horse is thriving. “I still feel as though he has been going good and he went real good in his first start back, as well.” “He has got a lot of speed and he proved that at the end of last season.” “He is not far away, he has just go to stop putting a few rough steps at the start.” “It is a bit disappointing, really, we just hope he gets through it.” A G’s White Socks trailed the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained trio of Chase Auckland, Spankem and Ultimate Sniper home in the New Brighton Cup. Spankem produced even more impressive sectionals, when speeding home wide on the track to grab second placing in the event. Like, A G’s White Socks, the Miracle Mile winner was a stride slow to begin and settled back in the field, while Chase Auckland had control of the race in front. If Spankem repeats the sizzling 54.0sec last 800m and 25.3sec last 800m he produced at Addington he must be the horse to beat in the Hannon Memorial. Chase Auckland boosted New Zealand Cup claims in what was effectively his first taste of open class racing against older horses with his good win in the New Brighton Cup. A repeat of that effort, including the standing start manners he showed, will make him highly competitive again. Ultimate Sniper could not match Chase Auckland or Spankem after having a good run in the trail when they clashed at Addington. The horse was presented in bigger condition than his stablemates and could be the biggest improver of the trio at Oamaru. The Hannon Memorial has been robbed of one of its most interesting talking points by the scratching of Southland sensation U May Cullect The Kirstin Barclay and Paul Ellis trained pacer was found to be suffering from a stone bruise on Saturday morning. Barclay said though the problem was only a minor one, but there was no sense in racing the horse. If U May Cullect’s hoof heals as expected, he will head to Addington for next month’s Canterbury Classic. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Garrick Knight Cop that! Brilliant win from unpolished colt He’s far from the finished product, but Copy That showed just why Ray Green rates him as good as stablemate Line Up when recording a sensational win at Alexandra Park on Friday night. He went rough and galloped twice in the 2200-metre event, including at the 400-metre point, but still managed to regather his momentum and storm home to win in the hands of Zachary Butcher. Initial indications were final sectionals of 54.9 and 26.9 coming very wide on the track. Butcher reported to Green as expected – the bends are still an issue, but he’s like a Rolls Royce on the straights. “Zac said it was the corners that he was having trouble with, but once he got round them he was all business,” said Green. The Sires Stakes heat at Cambridge on October 3 is the next aim and then, hopefully, a trip to Christchurch for the $170,000 Final on New Zealand Cup Day. Having won the race in 2009 with Sir Lincoln and run second with King Of Swing two years ago, Green knows the type of horse it takes to be competitive in the Spring feature for three-year-olds. “In my opinion he’s up to the best horses and will be very competitive in a race like that. “That’s the main mission at this point, and it’s a matter of managing him through to there. “We took him to Cambridge last Saturday for a workout and he never put a foot wrong. “He’s possibly better left-handed so that’s a good line, at least with a view to the Sires Stakes.” Copy That was purchased by Green and wife Debbie as a weanling before they on-sold him three months ago to Australian stable clients, Merv and Meg Butterworth, for a handsome profit.   American sale possible for C K Spur Arna Donnelly reckons she might have found the key to training after preparing another winning double. Both Donnelly and stable junior Alicia Harrison spent four days in Samoa to start the week, returning just in time to see both C K Spur and Young Conqueror get the chocolates. “It’s pretty easy, this training business,” she joked shortly after her second success of the night. C K Spur has turned in to a real money machine for his owners, Karen De Jongh-Kennedy and Kevin Foley, and his $25,000 race win took his lifetime stakes over the $120,000. That will soon be boosted further when he earns a promoted win from a recent placing due to a swabbing issue. It means he has shot up the ratings and there has been plenty of interest in him from overseas as a result. “Someone in Perth was keen on buying him but there is also a bit of talk about a sale to America,” said Donnelly. “Nothing has come of it yet, but I was told they were keen to try and get him on a flight next week.” If that doesn’t materialize, Donnelly reckons she might have a crack at one of the country’s two biggest trots. “I know we won’t beat Johnny Dunn’s good horse (Sundees Son), but I reckon he will love the two miles of the Dominion.” Young Conqueror made it two in a row when winning the R53-64 pace earlier in the night in the hands of Scott Phelan. “I’m really pleased for the owner, Robert Symon,” said Donnelly. “He puts a lot in to the game and has been a good supporter of mine.”   Down The Hatch continues dam’s excellent record The brilliant record of broodmare gem Slangevar continued when Down The Hatch cleared maidens for Steve Telfer. The daughter of Mach Three delivered on strong tote support with a commanding all-the-way win in the hands of Benjamin Butcher. Telfer says she’s only really become a racehorse in the last month after battling wayward tendencies as a juvenile. “She was always very lazy and green. “It’s only been in the last month that she has switched on; she’s really come ahead in leaps and bounds. “I was actually a bit surprised Ben led on her, because I wouldn’t even do that at home. “She’s always looking at things and switching off. “But she travelled the whole way, which was great to see.” Down The Hatch is the sixth foal, and fifth winner, out of Slangevar, a one-win mare by Cameleon, following on from First Home (9 wins), Cheers Kathy (14 wins), Prince Of Pops (21 wins) and current stable star for Telfer, Triple Eight (8 wins). “She’s been a wonderful producer,” said Telfer. “And the funny thing is, they have all been different types and different sizes. “Physically, she (Down The Hatch) looks like Triple Eight, but she’s a lot nicer pacer.” The next foal out of Slangevar is a Rock N Roll Heaven two-year-old filly called Little Suzie. “Brent Donnelly broke her in for us and the reports were all good.” Telfer recorded a double on the card, classy mare Ivana Flybye returning to form with a dominant win in the first race on the card, run in an electric 2.38.8 (1.56.1 MR). Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner Administrator Barry Dent was recognised for his service to the industry at the Canterbury Harness Racing Awards at Addington on Saturday night. The long serving member of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club board member was presented with this year’s Outstanding Contribution To Canterbury Harness Racing award. Dent was not the only Canterbury administrator honoured on Saturday night. Amberley Trotting Club stalwart Ross Rennie was presented with the volunteer of the year award. The rising star award was taken out by rookie trainer Nicole Harris. Star pacers Spankem and Ultimate Sniper helped their breeders each take home trophies from the awards on Saturday night. Spankem’s breeders, Robin and Gwenda Wah, were crowned pacing breeders of the year. Reality Check, whose progeny include Ultimate Sniper and Ultimate Machete, won the pacing broodmare of the year award. The Armbro Operative mare, who is owned by Katrina and Graeme Walsh, is due to foal a full brother to Ultimate Sniper and Ultimate Machete soon. Ultimate Sniper’s part owner, Gavin Douglas, was crowned the pacing owner of the year. Ken Ford won the trotting owner of the year award and Trevor Casey won the overall owner of the year title. Dominion favourite Sundees Son helped his owners Colin and Nancy Hair take home two trophies. The couple were crowned trotting breeders of the year. Sundees Son’s dam, Stardon, won the broodmare of the year award. The Canterbury awards’ trainers’ award was won by Woodend Beach trainer Regan Todd. Tim Williams took the driver’s awards and Kimberly Butt won the junior driver’s award.    Full Results   Owners Association Trotting Owner Of The Year                         Ken Ford                                                                    Breeders Association Pacing Breeders of the Year                                   Robin & Gwenda Wah                                                                      Horseman’s Association Junior Driver's Award                             Kimberley Butt                                                                      Owners Association Pacing Owner Of The Year                            Gavin Douglas                                                                        Breeders Association Pacing Broodmare of the Year                                Reality Check                                                                                     Horseman’s Association Driver's Award                              Tim Williams                           Owners Association Owner of the Year                              Trevor Casey                           Breeders Association Trotting Breeders of the Year                                 Colin & Nancy Hair                                                                Horseman’s Association Trainer's Award                           Regan Todd                                                               Breeders Association Trotting Broodmare of the Year                             Stardon (dam of Sundees Son)                                                                   Rising Star                              Nicole Thomas                                                                       Volunteer Award                               Ross Rennie                                                               Woodlands Stud Outstanding Contribution to Canterbury Harness Racing 2019 Barry Dent  

The Robert Dunn trained Carlos Bromac capitalised on a perfect sit behind leader Onesmartfella to win the Macca Lodge Mobile Pace at the Invercargill Harness Racing meeting at Ascot Park today (Saturday). “I drew one, got a nice trail all the way so that helped but he did it quite nice,” said driver John Dunn after the win. The winning margin was a length and a half from a brave Onesmartfella who was worked over twice in the lead. Carlos Bromac was bought by Robert and John Dunn for $33,000 at the Christchurch Yearling Sales. He’s out of the unraced Art Major mare Cha Cha Bromac and is closely related to Attorney General, Cullen Bromac and a host of other winners. “At two he wasn’t the best of pacers but his gait’s got a lot better now. We still have a wee bit to work on.” Dunn says the horse will stay down in Southland for Thursday’s Winton meeting. “If he goes nice there we’ll leave him down for the Nuggets (Nuggets Final) then take him home and regroup. He’s paid up for the Sires Stakes so hopefully he improves enough for that.” The three year old Bettor’s Delight gelding is part-owned by Southlander Charlie Templeton. “He loves it old Charlie. It’s good to bring a horse down here because he flies up (to Christchurch) all the time and watches his horses go.” Templeton has owned a few horses over the years and currently races the three win Mach Three mare Nakuru and her unraced two year old half-sister Shanika out of the Dunn stable. John Dunn was also successful early in the day when he drove the Shannon Armour trained gelding Dalness Arizona to win at odds of 20 to 1. Dalness Arizona holds on to beat Hans Ideal                          – Photo Bruce Stewart Other winners on the day included Emmersyn Lee for Canterbury trainer Jim Curtin, Winning Bones which won after a daring drive by Brent Barclay and the Brad Mowbray trained Kingmaker.   Bruce Stewart

Unfortunately boom Southland pacer U May Cullect won’t line up in tomorrow’s Hannon Memorial. “It’s not a big deal. He got a stone bruise yesterday. We just didn’t want to go up there and do something silly. It’s not his bad leg, it’s the other one and if he favours it, it might put some pressure on the other one,” said co-trainer Tank Ellis. Ellis said the horse will have the weekend off, do plenty of wading in the salt water at Oreti Beach and will probably head up to Addington in a fortnight. “It not the end of the world to us, it’s just a wee hiccup.”   Bruce Stewart  

By Jonny Turner Team Bagrie will complete a perfect week if Belmont Major is able to salute at Ascot Park on Saturday. Father and son trainers Peter and Tom Bagrie had their best night at the races when they produced the winners of the first three races at Addington on Thursday. Tom started their winning run when The Governor took out race 1 and Eye Of The Tiger won race 2. Peter kept up the Bagries’ good form when producing The General to win race 3.  “It was our best night at the races by far, it all came together and the stars aligned,” Tom said. Tom helped reward his former school mate, Hoani Matenga, for his patience when Eye Of The Tiger scored her maiden victory. The Bay Of Plenty Steamers rugby player and former bassist for the band Six60 bought in to the mare when she was a yearling. And he has had to wait until she was 5yrs-old to see her in the winner’s circle. “He came down to the races one night, it must have been four years ago now, and he ended up buying a share in her after the sales,” Bagrie said. “It is his first ever horse and he has been patient and he was rapt to get the job done.” Eye Of The Tiger has been limited to just three career starts because of weakness. “She has just been a bit weak in behind,” Bagrie said. “She's always had a lot of speed.” “They always say trotters need a few miles and a bit of time.” “She was a cheapie we got from the sales and because we have got a farm it was pretty easy to leave her in a paddock for a long period of time just to let her mature.” Patience was also rewarded when The Governor won his first race since January of 2017 when he scored in amateur drivers company for Sheldon Murtha. The pacer broke a pedal bone after winning twice and placing three times in five starts as a 3yr-old. The Governor had initially raced consistently after his return, but he had not shown much enthusiasm for racing, recently. So, Bagrie started mixing his work up. “His drivers would comment and say sort of felt alright, but they asked him for something he didn't have much more,” the trainer said. “He just keep plugging on.” “We've just done a few things differently with this training and he seems to be enjoying it.” “He’s been a bit of a heat scratcher, really, because he has a lot of ability.” “We thought a lot of them until he broke down as a three year old.” More patience was rewarded when The General completed the Bagrie hat-trick at Addington. Peter waited until the half brother to Bettor Heart was a 4yr-old to step him at the races and the trainer was instantly rewarded when The General scored in a 2600m maiden event. Progressive 3yr-old Belmont Major could complete a perfect week for Team Bagrie if he can win for Tom at Ascot Park. The pacer should be very hard to beat if he is able to step away in his first standing start attempt in the rating 40-55 event. “The stand is a bit of a question mark, I suppose, but he has been good at the trials and he seems good at home,” Tom said.     “I am expecting him to go pretty good.”

By Garrick Knight What a difference a week can make. Eight days ago, John and Joshua Dickie late-scratched their entire team as a precaution against a potential contamination issue. Last night at Alexandra Park, the father-and-son training partnership prepared four winners at Alexandra Park and only a brilliant performance stood between them and five. “It’s been a good turn around and it was nice to get that winning feeling back,” Joshua Dickie told HRNZ. “We had a nice team in and you sort of hope they’ll race well but it never usually works out like that.” The wins of Kay Cee, Bettorstartdreaming, Brydon Earl and Callie’s Delight matched the four winners the pair produced at a meeting in September of 2016. Bettorstartdreaming won the night’s $25,000 main pace, a 2200m standing start, redeeming himself from the tapes after a misstep in the Te Awamutu Cup when last produced. “Cambridge was a disaster and wasn’t really his fault. “He’s a versatile sort of horse and from the front line we had to take advantage if he stepped away.” After settling second, Bettorstartdreaming was pushed back to third so Dickie made a concerted effort for the lead, but eventually settled for the trail behind Kotare Cullen. “I wanted to keep him handy and I knew what he was capable of.” Despite a strong late dig from race favourite The Devils Own, Dickie always had things in control with the New Zealand Cup-nominated pacer. Star pacer Star Galleria made an early error from his 30-metre handicap and was one hundred metres behind the field thereafter, along with Dance Time. Next week’s Spring Cup is firmly on the agenda for Bettorstartdreaming, before the Dickies start to look south. “We really want to get him to the Sales race at Kaikoura and we’ve also nom’d for the Cup. “You’ve got to have goals. “He’s a lovely stayer in the making and will definitely make an open class horse one day. “He’s got the speed and stamina to be a factor in most races.” Dickie says a taxing run back in March spelt a premature end to what was a promising three-year-old campaign. “He worked too hard in the Derby trying to cross Ultimate Sniper and it undid him. “So, we backed off him, turned him out and he has come back a lot stronger. “I definitely think he’ll win a nice race somewhere down the track.” Kay Cee had run four seconds in his last five starts so no-one was begrudging the five-year-old son of Majestic Son a win in the R47-55 trot. But Dickie thinks it might be time to ease up and reset for next year. “He’s had a few issues so has really come a long way from where he was. “We’ll probably just back off him now because there are a couple of things we need to sort out. “He’s fast and does have a bit of stamina. Next year will be his time – I think he’ll make a decent trotter eventually.” All the talk was for West Auckland pacer Cloud Break in the night’s male maiden pace after a super performance over the mile last week. Bookies opened him at $1.50 and never flinched but a lack of ringcraft saw him get bested by the Dickie-trained Brydon Earl in the hands of Zachary Butcher. The five-year-old son of Art Official was the second-last horse bred by the late Bryan Newberry, whose family race him in his memory. He looked handy in five races last season but really showed a nice turn of foot to win his resuming run last night. “He’s been a bit unlucky; he got crook and a few little things haven’t gone his way,” said Dickie. “But his trials have been really good over the last month and I think he’s turned the corner. “Zac said he won well tonight and felt good.” Rounding out a memorable night was Callie’s Delight, who showed too much speed for main rival M T Pockets in the first South of the Bombay series races. “I was pretty confident because her trials had been great and her first up run a Cambridge was good without much luck. “She’s another that has turned the corner and just gotten that little bit stronger. “She has that real high speed and in a field like that, it’s always going to be really potent.” The Paua Diver nearly made it five for the night, but he got monstered late by Copy That, who had to run a sub-55 second half to reel him. “He’s just run in to a good horse on the night, but I was really happy with his run, too.” The Dickies are hoping to capitalise on this kick-starting of their season by rolling out some quality horseflesh in the next few weeks. “We’ve got a couple of nice maidens there, including one that had a couple of starts for ‘Coaster’ Howe up here last season. “There’s also a good bunch of two-year-olds and, while it’s hard to know with any certainty, we are pretty excited about what they’ll do going forward.”

Only those who follow Natalie Rasmussen show a profit at the end of the season! Everyone who has studied it knows that following one rider/driver all season is a licence to lose money. Yes, there may be some good days but there will be a lot of bad ones and you have to forget all those to convince yourself this is a betting ploy that works.What is worse,if you claim you are ahead your betting mates know different. They have done the sums. The greatest of jockeys will make at the most a 30 per cent winning strike rate in a season. Not many professional drivers get even close to that. That means for 70 times out of a hundred you can only get a place dividend. Not enough folks. Not nearly enough. Natalie Rasmussen is different. Year after year she has returned her followers a profit. That is because a high strike rate and a relatively low number of drives make following her a winning proposition. And note that even she missed paying a dividend in 25 per cent of her drives. The profit this past season did not equal some former years, chiefly because Natalie’s following increased every year and longer odds winners are getting few and far between. But still her fans are winners. This past season in NZ Natalie had just 70 drives which makes her a realistic betting proposition since some have close to or more than 1000. That can get expensive. Very expensive. She paid a dividend in 51 of those drives. Late in the season she reached a return of over $700 based on a $10 each way bet on all her drives and finished close to that at the end -$690 to be exact. But we are doing this properly and if we key in the 19 losing drives that reduces the profit to $310. If you can find another horseman driving every month of the season who is close to that, good luck. This was not actually Nat’s best season. At times since coming to New Zealand she could show double that profit but her army has grown in recent times. Only one winning drive this season (A Bettor Act) topped a $200 return with a $10 each way bet whereas there were likely to be several in earlier seasons. Natalie has a remarkable strike rate and not just because she gets a nice pick of drives in the leading stable. Go back 10 years when she drove on a large scale in a Queensland season (over 600 races in at least two seasons) she still managed a win place ratio of close to 50 per cent. So if you are starting with a clean sheet and out to make a buck this season-stick with Natalie. She’s the Queen of the Silver Dollar!   Courtesy of All Stars Stables. http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/

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Millwood Bonnie wins her second North American start at Yonkers Racway in impressive fashion. She came from last at the 400 meter mark and paced around the half mile (800m) track in 1:53.3 for driver Jordan Stratton and trainer Lance Hudson. The lightly raced daughter of Bettor's Delight looks to have an exciting future as she plans to excel through the grades in the US. The 4yo mare was bred and raced by Canterbury breeder Katie Carville, where she was the impressive winner of her last two down under starts. She is the daughter of top class mare Millwood Meg, who was the winner of 19 races and earned over $415,000 while racing in New Zealand and Australia. The former Malcolm Shinn trained six-year-old mare Seaswift Joy N (Bettor's Delight - Swift Belle - Christian Cullen), driven by Tim Tetrick, wet a super good race in the $250,000 Milton Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway on Saturday running third to Caviat Ally, driven by the former Australian Andrew McCarthy, in 1:48.3. Seaswift Joy N has had 24 starts for 10 wins 5 seconds and 2 thirds for just on $300,000 to date. Seaswift Joy N running third in the $250,000 Milton Stakes Dexter Dunn Update. New Zealand’s very own ten time winning national premiership driver Dexter Dunn is really smashing all expectations in his North American and Canadian driving career. Currently in North America during 2019 Dunn has driven in 1989 races, of those he has won 300 races, placed second in 275 races, and third in 253 starts. A remarkable feat for a man driving in their first season in a foreign country. With that he has earned over $7.7 million in stake earnings to date. Dexter Dunn's key highlights have being driving the top 3yo Bettors Wish 1:47.4 ($1,517,532) and top trotter Millie’s Possesion 1:51.1 ($475,517) 11 starts for 10 wins, plus many more quality racehorses. Monday 16th September   Harrington Raceway DE Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $12,500 Late Mail N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,500 Te Kawau N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $8,500 Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $11,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Millwood Bonnie N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $16,000   Tuesday 17th September   Harrington Raceway DE Anytime N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $12,500 Mischeif Maker N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $11,000   Monticello Raceway NY Northern Assassin N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $5,900   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Imprincessgemma A – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $14,000   Wednesday 18th September   Batavia Downs NY Classic America N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $4,900 Lightning Raider N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $6,500   Harrington Raceway DE Stella A – Time: 2:03.0, Stake: $20,000   Thursday 19th September   Monticello Raceway NY Wynberg Courage N – Time: 1:58.3, Stake: $2,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Brookies Prince N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $15,750 Don Domingo – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $20,000   Delaware OH Celestial Arden N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $5,250   Friday 20th September   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Gold Class N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $23,000   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Mary Catherine A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $7,000   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Lion Rock N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $10,000   Northfield Park OH Zenolas Art N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $4,000   Tioga Downs NY Motown N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $5,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Nerve Of Steel N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $20,000 Glenferrie Blade A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $22,000 Down Under First 5 – 2nd Rockin The Boys A, 3rd Slick Artist A, 4th Kotare Yarra N, Shezza Gnp N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $20,000 Down Under First 5 – 2nd  Shes Pukka N, 3rd January A, 4th Patanjali N, 5th Islay N Kaitlyn N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $27,000     Saturday 21st September   Batavia Downs NY Mr Euroman N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $10,000   Freehold Raceway NJ Amrcanbootscoota A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $7,700   Saratoga Harness NY Lord Willoughby A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $12,500 Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $15,000 Epaulette A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $10,000 Lifeonthebeach A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $7,300   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Torrid Bromac N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $11,000 Seel The Deal N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,500 Bravo Tex N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $12,500   The Meadows PA Fiery Lustre N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $9,900   Vernon Downs NY Mister Livan N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $3,300   Yonkers Raceway NY Kimani N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $22,000   Farmington ME Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $10,000   Sunday 15th September   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Quick Fun N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $15,000 Texican N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $15,000 Soho Wallstreet A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $12,500   Saratoga Harness NY Mr Cool Seaeyre A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $8,500 The Great Buzz N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $7,250   Previous weeks 17th Sep 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 11th Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 3rd Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 27th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 20th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 12th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 5th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 29 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 24 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety Carter Dalgety
Despite the Hannon being run last week, along with several other relevant races the Cup & Dominion Rankings have been reasonably quiet. Among the Cup nominees Bettorstartdreaming’s connections might be able to do just that after his win in Auckland last week. Both he and runner-up The Devil’s Own have enjoyed moderate bumps to 26th  and 25th in the Rankings, respectively. While the only Rankings action to come out of the Hannon on Sunday saw Ultimate Sniper, nudge up a place to eighth, displacing A G’s White Socks. Among the trotters, two lower-ranked winners were the key movers. Oscar Bonavena and CK Spur won their respective races and improved eight places to 26th and 27th, respectively. Oscar Bonavena keeps his nose ahead of CK Spur by virtue of downing more highly ranked fellow Dominion nominees Winterfell, Valloria and Monty Python at Oamaru last Sunday. For his effort behind Oscar, Winterfell improved two spots to 15th, while Theodosia’s gritty fourth in the same race was enough for her to improve a place, to 35th. The action continues to warm up from here on in. We’ll see five Cup contenders clash in a near-capacity Spring Cup in Auckland on Friday. Auckland will also see some big guns back on deck in the trotting ranks. Lemond, Massive Metro and Pres The Belle will butt heads with the fit, in-form CK Spur, who could make a serious move should he down his more vaunted opponents.  The Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup will be a key stepping stone for many Dominion aspirants at Motukarara on Sunday and several lower-ranked or fringe dwellers will ply their trade in the faster-calls trot at Addington on Friday night. We are anticipating seeing some Australian contenders step out this week, with many Cup contenders looking to build towards the Victoria Cup on October 12 as the ultimate litmus test before a trip to New Zealand in November. View the full rankings here Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc
Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week’s Harness Half Hour features Ned Hodkinson, Ohio based trainer of Kiwi bred Celestial Arden, who last week defeated Wiggle It Jiggle It on Little Brown Jug Day; Garry Tippett of the Setarip Syndicate who celebrated 50 years recently; and Kim Walsh of Alexandra Park talks about hospitality options around the Interdominions. Plus Bookie Richard Wilson is back for his update.   Jess Smith
An amazing trip for two to Mooloolaba is up for grabs this Friday at Addington Raceway in the world’s first Harness Racing E-Sport Catch Driver Championship.   Catch Driver is a harness racing game where players can race live against other players from all over the world by using their touchscreen mobile phone or device.   Catch Driver is now live in its new 3D version, which means players will be able to get closer to the action than ever be- fore, and it’s all at your fingertips on your smart phone.   Following the recent trials at Addington Raceway, Catch Driver will be holding the world’s first E-Sport Harness Racing Championship this Friday oncourse with three heats and final to be held between races.   Run in conjunction with Addington Raceway and Harness Racing New Zealand, the Catch Driver team have finalized a live coverage of the game which will broadcast this Friday’s heats and finals.   Contenders play in special and exclusive Addington ‘game events’ via their phone, while the race is broadcast live on the Big Screen on the infield, and also on selected television screens around the track.   Three heats of nine players will be held this Friday, with the first three in each heat home through to the final to be held later in the evening.   The fantastic prizes in the Addington Catch Driver Championship Grand Final are:   First place – A trip for two to Mooloolaba, Queensland Australia. Accommodation at the stunning Peninsular Beachfront Resort, Mooloolaba for three nights thanks to Addington Raceway. With a $1,000 travel voucher towards travel costs, thanks to Westview Racing.   Second Place – Two tickets to the Lindauer Lawn on Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day thanks to Addington Raceway.   Third Place – 2,500 Catch Driver Horse Shoes thanks to the Catch Driver team in Canada. Players can register their interest by emailing Jess Smith at HRNZ – jess@hrnz.co.nz Space is very limited for this exciting event and successful entrants into the heats will be contacted directly and sent an entry form to complete.   Please note entrants must check in at the registration desk next to the Lanson Lawn by the birdcage area at least 30 min- utes before their heat is run. Should they fail to do so their space will be taken by the next person on the waiting list.   It is also the responsibility of the player to ensure they have enough ‘Catch Driver Cards’ to compete in the heat or final. Finalized times for the heats and finals will be made available very soon.   We are thrilled to present this Championship as an introduction to the Catch Driver game, giving the Harness Racing in- dustry a world first and the game will be a regular part of the Addington oncourse entertainment options for race goers.   To download the game visit: http://onelink.to/p9zknf   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc
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