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By Jonny Turner    With grass track form on the board, trainer Brad Mowbray’s team is ready to make an impact at Oamaru on Saturday. Mowbray will start recent turf winners Spicy Girl Becqui and She’s Tough alongside maiden Bombolla. She’s Tough looks a key player in race 8, a heat of the Family Feud Drivers Series. The four-year-old comes into race 7 for driver Dylan Ferguson with three starts for two wins on grass and following an excellent last start effort at Ashburton. “She seems to pace a bit better on the grass,” Mowbray said. “She was a bit scratchy at the start as Ashburton and then before that at Oamaru she was horrible around the south corner.” “But she was really good when she won on the grass at Methven, so hopefully she can do the same at Oamaru.” “She seems fit and well within herself, so fingers crossed she should be a good chance.” In a handy middle-grade field Standout and She’s Tough’s regular driver Matthew Williamson look the toughest pair for the Ferguson and the Mowbray trained mare to hold out. The John Morrison trained pacer ran a good third in the final event on New Zealand Cup Day behind Riveered in his last start. Spicy Girl Becqui looks another strong chance for Mowbray in race 7, another heat of the Family Feud Drivers Series. Another grass track specialist, the mare should get every chance for driver Jay Abernethy from barrier 1. “I am hoping that one might get across and she might be able to trail or even if she was three-back she would be pretty hard to roll if she had a pretty sweet trip and got home.” “For some reason, she is a little bit better on the grass, she seems to let down better.” “If she is ever going to go really good, it is always on the grass.” B K Swy also comes out of Riveered’s win on New Zealand Cup and looks one of the hardest horses for Spicy Girl Bequi to beat. Jay Abernethy will combine with the Brent White trained mare. Bombolla gets an excellent chance to break his maiden with Matthew Williamson in the cart in race 3, an event outside the Family Feud series. The four-year-old went sound races in his last two starts before a short spell when slow away from the mobile and then making up good ground. Bombolla left the gate well in a recent Ashburton trial, where he ran third behind race rival Not Over. “I was really happy with his trial, he hasn’t got a lot of speed,” Mowbray said. “They ran home in 25.7sec (400m), so I was rapt.” “He is a good stayer, so he should love going up the hill at Oamaru.” “In that field, he should have a good show.” “He has been missing away and going pretty good races.” “The horse that beat him at the trials is in there, but they are not going to run home in that time on the grass at Oamaru.” “It will be a totally different kind of race.” Santeria looks the main threat to both Bombolla and Not Over on Saturday. The five-year-old has produced good thirds in much stronger fields in her last two starts. 

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    The Maroon Marauder has placed in his last three starts and trainer Brad Mowbray is hoping he can continue his good run of form in the IRT. Your Trusted Airfreight Co. Handicap Pace (2600m) at Addington Raceway on Sunday. “He seems pretty bright,” Mowbray said. “He raced well the other day (when finishing third). “He got a pretty good trip and we were rapt with him. He is a pretty happy old horse, he doesn’t worry about much.” The son of Washington VC will start from behind the 10m mark and Mowbray is confident the eight-year-old will step away well. “He has been beginning pretty well, so I would like to think he will do the same on Sunday,” he said. “Usually it depends on how the race is run for how Matty (Williamson) will drive him.” Mowbray is relatively confident with his charge and labelled him as his stable’s best chance of the day. “He has got to be a chance in that field,” he said. Stablemates Might Reactor and Spicy Girl Becqui will contest the IRT. World Leaders In Equine Airfreight Mobile Pace (2600m). Mighty Reactor pleased Mowbray with his last start win, while Spicy Girl Becqui has not had a lot of luck of late. “I was really pleased with Might Reactor last start,” Mowbray said. “He had half an excuse around the corner when the leader came back on him, but he got off his back and ran up the straight really well. “He seems to have come through the run well. It is a step up in grade, but he has got a nice draw (1). “Spicy Girl Becqui broke a hopple last Sunday. 2600m and drawing wide (8) is not her cup of tea, so she will go back on Sunday and hopefully she will get a bit of luck and run home well.” Mowbray’s final runner of the day, West Wing, has been struggling to find form and Mowbray said he will need plenty of luck in the IRT. Supporters Of Harness Racing Mobile Pace (1980m). “He galloped away and took no part last Sunday,” Mowbray said. “It’s hard to get a line on him, but he’s back to the mobile with a handy draw (3), so it will be just take him on trust.”

After his talented horse Tiger Thompson has been sold overseas from his stable, harness racing trainer Brad Mowbray will be looking for a replacement pacer to go through to the top grades.  Kingmaker might be that horse and he is a leading chance in the third leg of pick six at the New Zealand Metropoliton meeting tonight at Addington. The son of Mach Three has won his first two races in succession with the last win in 1-58.7 mile rate with a quick last half in better than 57 seconds.  Driver Matthew Williamson will have plenty of options on Kingmaker from gate two and he looks a good chance to make it a hat trick of wins tonight. Kingmaker is currently a $2.70 Fixed Odds win favourite with the New Zealand TAB. Tonight the pick six is on Races 4-9 inclusive guaranteed to $25,000 if struck.   Leg 1     Race 4 [7:10pm] A big finisher from last week Bettor Getta Lover has drawn badly again in tonights race but has the class to overcome the draw. Chatty Man from the in form Paul Court stable has run two good seconds at his previous two starts and is also a great winning chance. Pocket Call was well supported last start and was a good winner at recent trials and is another worth including in the first leg. A R Rose has also been ok at recent workouts.   Leg 2     Race 5 [7:40pm] There look to be several winning chances in the second leg of pick six.  Rogie Falls is the top chance and TAB favourite who draws the ace in the mobile 1950m race. He is needed along with Kapai who had good support at his first race day start. The mobile will suit Kapai and also Midnight Memories who was good running home late last start. Zeddie Marit is a bit of an unknown but the TAB bookies have kept him safe and he did win his qualifying trial and is also needed.   Leg 3     Race 6 [8:10pm] Kingmaker has won his first two races and does look to have a bit of a motor but this is a decent step up so no good thing. De Lancome should get a good run from the ace draw and could swoop late if the pace is on. Spare a thought for Nurburgring who was unlucky last start and draws ok in barrier three. Franco Texas has the gate speed and could lead but has not been finishing off his races like he can but is needed. Sails also ran home well last start and if she got a cart into the race before the turn could upset them.   Leg 4     Race 7 [8:39pm] A tricky leg of pick six here with a stand start affair over the 2000m stand. Prestonpans gets his chance from the ace if he can begin quickly and keep handy.  You really need as many horses as the budget allows in this leg but we favour Huey lewis, Hit The Sky, Flamboyant and Hercules Morse as the best of the rest in this race.   Leg 5     Race 8 [9:09pm] An even field of rated 40 to 50 trotters from the mobile. Tehoro Tease is probably the pick of them and she could lead again with Robbie Holmes in the sulky. Amabede needs to be driven with a sit but is dangerous with one run at them and Lady Beatrix Bourbon will appreciate the mobile and has drawn ok in Barrier three.   Leg 6     Race 9 [9:34pm]  The final leg is an even go and there are many chances. One Direction has been racing well and has drawn to race handy and he looks the pick of them. Others needed are Motoring Major who is racing ok and Just Dance who has been disappointing but can lob up when in the right mood.   Suggested Pick Six   ($30.00 for 10%) Leg 1     3,11,12 Leg 2     1,12 Leg 3     1,2,3,4,10 Leg 4     1,4,7,10,13 Leg 5     3,5 Leg 6     3,8   Harnesslink Media

Fortune favours the brave as they say. And that’s how best to describe the success Kiwi trainer Brad Mowbray is having in Sydney with his exciting mare Delishka. Beating the All Stars’ barn at home in NZ is hard enough and so many Kiwis now don’t even bother travelling to Aussie to try take on the best here plus the All Stars’ raiders. Mowbray took-up the challenge and with stunning results so far. Next stop is the big dance, the Group 1 Ladyship Mile at Menangle on February 24. Delishka opened her Aussie campaign with a sound but luckless seventh in the Ladyship Cup in Melbourne, but hasn’t looked back since. She backed-up a week later to win in a 1min52.8sec mile at Menangle, then went to another level courtesy of a superb Blake Fitzpatrick drive to win the Sibelia Stakes in a 1min51.1sec mile last Saturday night. Delishka beat reigning Ladyship Mile winner, the All Stars’ A Piccadilly Princess, in the process. A Piccadilly Princess was given the run of the race in the one-by-one trail by Luke McCarthy, but couldn’t match Delishka’s “ping” once Fitzpatrick got her clear of the leader’s back. It was a hotly run race with Partyon leading and copping plenty of pressure from Shane Tritton’s tough grey mare My Rona Gold, who fought on well for fourth. Partyon wilted under the pressure and finished last. ________________________________________________________________________________________ LAZARUS didn’t even need to race at Menangle last Saturday night for us to be reminded how good he is. Just a week after Tiger Tara was crushed into submission by Lazarus in the Hunter Cup, he did the same to a solid but weaker field in the free-for-all at Menangle. It was a win which ranked up with Tiger Tara’s best. He drew the outside over a mile, worked forward to sit parked and kept the pressure on throughout in a blistering 1min50.2sec mile. Classy sit-sprinter Mach Doro trailed the leader, got an inside run to draw level with Tiger Tara, but Kevin Pizzuto’s warhorse was simply too strong. His splits for the mile were 26.9, 28.0, 27.6 and 27.7sec. Next stop is another possible clash with Lazarus in one of the two Miracle Mile qualifying sprints at Menangle next Saturday night. ________________________________________________________________________________________ SHANE Tritton is planning to have four runners in the two Miracle Mile qualifying sprints at Menangle next Saturday night. Former top class Kiwi pacer Franco Nelson, who went like a jet winning at Menangle last Saturday week, looks his top seed. “We’re also going to run Yayas Hot Spot, My Alpha Rock and Anything For Love,” he said. Anything For Love made it five wins from his past six starts when he led and sparkled in a 1min50.4sec mile at Menangle last Saturday night. ________________________________________________________________________________________ IT was like the good old days for Kerryn Manning at Melton last Friday night. There was a time, when driving was basically her sole focus, when Manning would regularly dominate race meetings. She did just that, winning four of the eight races at Melton, including the fast-class race with her outstanding former Kiwi mare Our Golden Goddess. Our Golden Goddess has now won all six starts for Manning this campaign and heads to Sydney nominal favourite for the Group 1 Ladyship Mile on Saturday week. Last Friday she led from the pole and scored in a very slick 1min54.8sec mile rate for 2240m. Manning’s four driving wins came for four different trainers. While he trains Our Golden Goddess, it would have been especially pleasing to win a feature juvenile race, the Premiere Stakes, aboard Scheu Creek for her father, Peter. Scheu Creek, who led throughout and won easily in a 1min56.8sec mile rate for 1720m, provided an early and important win for his sire, former Hunter Cup and Chariots of Fire winner Caribbean Blaster. Manning’s other wins came aboard Lance Justice’s Love Ina Chevy, best known as the pacer who cheated death for many days after a snake bite, and Graham Lee’s trotter Illcryifhewinds. Just for good measure, Manning’s win all at to the growing “Teal Pants” promotion booty. She, Kate Gath and Jodi Quinlan are the Victorian representatives for the cause. Manning’s success rolled-on to Echuca last Saturday night when she won the Group 3 Echuca Cup with classy former Kiwi pacer Motu Meteor. The gelding wouldn’t have been out of place in the Chariots of Fire on the same night, but didn’t qualify. So Manning took him to Echuca instead where he led from gate two and won comfortably in a 1min59.9sec mile rate for 2560m. ________________________________________________________________________________________ KYLE Harper keeps marvelling at his classy old pacer Bettors Fire. The nine-year-old is still good enough to upstage WA’s best with the right draw, so he was a moral when he drew one and led a moderate free-for-all field at Gloucester Park last Friday night. Harper led the gelding slide along in a 1min54.7sec and burned down the back in 27.2sec before holding-off a late surge from Our Jimmy Johnstone to win well. It was back on December 29 when he led and upset Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull in the Village Kid Sprint. Bettors Fire’s now raced 90 times for 34 wins, 20 placings and earned close to $700,000. The other Gloucester Park feature, the $50,000 Group 2 Daintys Daughter Classic (2130m), went to father-son team Gary Hall Sr and Gary Jr in an upset with Art Major filly Slick Artist. She overcame a back row draw to comfortably beat WA’s best fillies in a key indicator race for the upcoming WA Oaks. ________________________________________________________________________________________ MUCH-TRAVELLED veteran Our Jericho snared another feature win in his new home state last Saturday night. Now trained in South Australia by Les Harding, the eight-year-old narrowly but impressively won the Gawler Cup. Our Jericho started his career in NZ, had long stints in Victoria and WA before returning briefly to Victoria and now to SA. He’s now raced 73 times for 16 wins, 14 placings and earned over $220,000.   Adam Hamilton

Hornby trainer Brad Mowbray was 'King Of Cups' for the Central Otago race meetings, winning all three cups on the circuit which wrapped up today(Sunday) at the Wyndham HRC meeting at Cromwell. Never before has a trainer won all three cups; Central Otago, Roxburgh and Cromwell in one year. A remarkable feat spread over just five days.  The winning spree began at Omakau on Tuesday when Tiger Thompson won the Group Three Central Otago Cup. He's a quality son of Big Jim and from a limited career he's now won five of his eighteen starts. Last season as a three year old he was just below the best in his age group, but had some wayward tendencies and Mowbray says he was always going to get better with age. "He starting to string a few together. We think he's maturing but I'm not going to nail my colours to the mast. All these trips away to Wyndham and Central Otago are really going to help him."  There has been some talk about taking Tiger Thompson to Auckland to tackle some of the big four year old races but Mowbray hasn't got any set plans. "I haven't decided with him. I think we might be able to do enough round here (South Island) and then worry about things when we get a bit older. He needs a little bit of nurturing as much as he needs toughening up. He's a pretty headstrong horse. You need the right people to handle him and you can't send the kid out to put him in the paddock. He's in charge. He starts misbehaving a bit more when he gets to the races. He's like a little kid at Christmas." The second Cup in the prize cabinet was the Roxburgh Cup won on Thursday by quality four year old mare Delishka. She showed her toughness when under a hard drive by Matty Williamson she held out a spirited challenge to beat Royal Bengal by a head. It was the mare's first race from a standing start.   "She's probably a bit underrated. It didn't surprise me that she won. I was really pleased she stepped because it was her first ever try." Although there's some very good mares races like the Group Two Mares Championship and the Group One New Zealand Breeders Stakes coming up at Addington in February, Mowbray says he's looking to head across to Australia to race for some big money.  "I think we're going to send her to Aussie. There's some pretty big mares races over there. Over a month there's about $400,000 in stakes she can run for just against the mares. Mel (Brad's wife) will go over with her. The Jewels is our main aim once she gets back." Seven year old gelding Four Starzzz Shiraz completed the three cup wins when at odds of 57-1 he won the Cromwell Cup on the Cromwell grass track today.  "He's an older horse who's done a few miles and he was always going to be a bit happier on something a bit softer. We just brought him down because we were bringing all the others but we thought he'd be half a show. I thought he'd go a good race today because he wasn't far away from a handy field on Tuesday (Central Otago Cup) and with the class difference I thought he won't be too far away." The Four Starzzz Shark gelding was well handled by first season junior driver Charlotte Purvis. It was her third career win and first driving a pacer. "She drove him one night at Addington for us and got on really well so we thought we'd give her another go." Mowbray shares in the ownership with Christine Maynard, wife of amateur driver Mike Maynard.  "We'll just potter way and might have another start in the Country Cups so we can get into the final. I didn't have any money on him and Mike only had five a place." Four Starzzz Shiraz was bought by Mowbray and Maynard primarily as a horse to race in amateur driver races. He's been with the stable since July last year but had only had four starts for the stable prior to today's win. It was the gelding's ninth win in a sixty five start career. Over the space of five days the three pacers banked the stable $33,000.   "It'll be good if it was the Coast. We'd be getting a bit more," Mowbray said when reminded that the three race meeting circuit in Central didn't carry any bonuses unlike the one run on the West Coast.                          Maybe this is something the Clubs could look at for next year. In the meantime Mowbray's pretty happy with his haul.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing Tiger Thompson winning the Central Otago Cup   Deliska winning the Roxburgh Cup    Four Starzzz Shiraz winning the Cromwell Cup

The Woodlands Stud 2017 Canterbury Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Drivers Association’s Harness Racing Awards were held in Christchurch last Saturday night in front of a large audience.  Results from the awards were: New Zealand Cup Golf Week Trotting Owner of the Year: Ken Ford (Marcoola). Canterbury Standardbred Breeders Association Pacing Breeder of the Year: Gavin Chin and Brian West (Lazarus). Junior Driver-of-the-Year: Sheree Tomlinson. NZ Cup Golf Week Pacing Owner of the Year: Terry McDonald. Canterbury Standardbred Breeders Association Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Back In The USSR (Don Bates). Canterbury Trainers & Drivers Association Drivers Award: Dexter Dunn. NZ Cup Golf Week Owner of the Year: Greg Hope. Canterbury Standardbred Breeders Association Trotting Breeder of the Year: Darryl Brown (Eyre I Come). Natalie Rasmussen & Mark Purdon Trainer's Award: Brad Mowbray. Canterbury Standardbred Breeders Association Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Juliana (dam of Dark Horse). Woodlands Stud Accomplishment Award: Julie De Filippi. Woodlands Stud Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing: Reg Storer Harnesslink

Four Starzzz Shiraz has joined the Christchurch stable of Brad Mowbray after being claimed at Rangiora on Sunday. Four Starzzz Shiraz, who finished third to Alexy and Bevan’s Cullen, was claimed for $5000 and the rising seven-year-old will continue his racing career in the ownership of Mowbray and Christine Maynard. The winner of eight races, Four Starzzz Shiraz has been entered for the Addington meeting on Friday night. It was the third time Four Starzzz Shiraz has been claimed. He was claimed for $10,000 out of the stable of Graeme Anderson, after winning at Forbury Park in June last year, and won at his next start when trained by Brian Norman for Shane Forgie. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding was subsequently claimed for $7500 by Gerald Cayford, and transferred to Billy Heads and then Amber Hoffman. Mowbray has enjoyed his best season as a trainer with 20 wins. The three-year-old filly Delishka has won four; Ultimate Desire four and Tiger Thompson three. Delishka was spelled after finishing sixth in the Harness Jewels, and she is due back in work next week. Her West Melton co-breeder Ernie Knight, who raced her with Mowbray, his father-in-law, died last week. Delishka is the first foal to race out of Balishka, who won seven races for Knight and Mowbray. Knight bred Mister Zion (Red River Hanover – Cross Lady), who won at Group One level as a pacer (2010 South Australian Cup) and trotter (2013 Australian Trotting Championship Final). He had won two races as a pacer in New Zealand as Zion when trained by Jim Curtin. Ultimate Desire is back with her Blenheim part-owner Brent Weaver. “She is out spelling and I will bring her up for the Country Cups and then send her to Queensland,’’ said Weaver. Ultimate Desire (seven wins) was prepared initially by Weaver for two wins at Forbury Park and Ashburton. Mowbray said Tiger Thompson, winner of the listed $40,000 Sires’ Stakes Harness 5000 for three-year-olds at Addington in February, will remain in the spelling paddock until the end of August. Tayler Strong

Torrid Bromac, who is awaiting a flight to the United States after a change of ownership last week, won for caretaker trainer Gavin Smith at Oamaru on Sunday. “I have only had him (Torrid Bromac) a week so I can’t take much of the credit,’’ said the Kaiapoi (north Canterbury) – based Smith. “I bought him for Mike Casalino in America. He asked me to keep the horse fit as there is not a flight out until June 30.” The New Jersey-based Casalino has purchased other New Zealand pacers recently in Sir Richie, Hezabluechipboy, Media Queen and Nerida Franco. Sir Richie won four races when trained by Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins and latterly three for Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick. Hezabluechipboy won two for Jason and Megan Teaz; Media Queen three for Cran Dalgety and Nerida Franco three for Steven McRae. Casalino earlier bought Kotare Yael and Carrickmannon. Torrid Bromac, a 4-year-old entire by Courage Under Fire – Tanisa Bromac, won five races when trained by Steven McRae and later two for Regan Todd when raced by Max Taylor, of Halswell. Torrid Bromac set a track record of 3.11.8 (1.58.7 mile rate) for 2600m (mobile) at Oamaru in May last year. He ran 3.15.8 from a stand on Sunday and won by two and quarter lengths. He has rated 1.56.7 for 2000m (mobile) at Omakau. Torrid Bromac raced in the open for much of the way and out finished the favourite Ultimate Desire. Brad Mowbray, the trainer of Ultimate Desire, won with Gypsy’s Choice and Speedy Mach, taking his tally for the season to 19 wins. His previous best was nine in nine seasons as a public trainer. Gypsy’s Choice was having her second start for Mowbray after being leased two months ago by a group of owners. The 4-year-old Live Or Die mare had won from the stable of John Hay at Methven in September. Speedy Mach, who had not raced for four months, led for most of the way over 2000m. One Over Da Stars, a half-sister to One Over Da Moon, finished boldly to notch her first win as a trotter. She is a 3-year-old filly by Love You from two-time Rowe Cup winner One Over Kenny raced by Waimate breeders Lex and Heather Williams and their son, Brad, of Palmerston. One over Da Stars is the first horse raced by Brad. The filly is trained by Brent White. One Over Da Moon has won 22 races but he went off stride at Melton on Saturday night. Tijuana Taxi was impressive in her second win as a trotter. She came from tenth at the 400m to score by two and a half lengths. Tayler Strong  

There's more questions lurking about the place than there is potential answers ahead of another premier night of harness racing tonight at Addington, but by the end of the night at least a few of them should have been answered, once and for all.  Who will take the crown as the best 2-year-old male pacer in the land, can Master Lavros shoot himself into contention for the Rowe Cup and which 2-year-old will stand up and claim some authority in what has been a very even crop thus far? The most pertinent of the above is, of course, the Group One New Zealand Derby.  Ultimate Machete, the Sires' Stakes King, against the excitement machine of Vincent and a plethora of other up and coming pacing stars, with $200,000 on the line.  From the outset this season Natalie Rasmussen has held a burning desire to run Ultimate Machete over 2600 metres.  "He's just going to love a Derby over a bit of distance," she has enthused.  "There's all the makings there of a quality stayer and he will relish a really tough run race." She gets her chance tonight, but will have to pull some of that magic out of her hat if she is to hold up from the ace alley and look to dominate from the top. With gate speed outside her, the pressure will be on and how Rasmussen reacts will hold a massive bearing on the race.  She will be keeping a close eye on Vincent too.  He was phenomenal last week after a tough run and Mark Purdon could not have been happier with him. "He kept coming and he kept fighting," Purdon said.  "That was what I was probably most pleased with, it was a good test run ahead of the Derby." Purdon will have options, he can press the go button early and try to dash to the top, or he can stay out of all the early fireworks and work into the race when it suits him.  Tiger Thompson's appearance will add a bit of spark to the race with his ability, undoubted.  The Brad Mowbray trained pacer hasn't been since his Auckland trip where nothing went right and he's hoping a freshen up and a return to the familiar Addington might do the trick.  "Because he tends to take so much out of himself in his races, backing him up isn't a great idea I don't think," Mowbray said.  "So we are going in to the Derby with one trial, some might say that's mad, but we're just happy to be there." If there is to be a sleeper in the race, in could be Jack's Legend. The Barry Purdon trained runner hasn't had an awful lot of luck in major races this season but could get it tonight if he can hold the back of Ultimate Machete early.  On record the Fred Shaw Memorial Trotting Championship should be a formality, but Master Lavros doesn't do much normal these days.  The two-time Dominion Handicap winner has a perfect chance to get his Rowe Cup campaign on track in the Group One although he will have to deal with the young legs of the likes of Everybody Knows, Wilma's Mate and Quite A Moment.  Enghien will start incredibly short in the New Zealand Trotting Derby on his efforts to date as he looks to do what his champion stablemate, Monbet, couldn't do and that's win a Group One at three.    Selections - By Matt Markham  Race 1: Curlimore, Mac Almighty, Bettor To Be Tricky, Sacred Angel Race 2: Tornado Valley, The Foot Tapper, Destiny Jones, Royal Shine Race 3: Volatile Lavra, Shesa Tricky Bridge, Gunpowder, Donegal Carrickfinn Race 4: Spankem, Major Shard, Aloka, The Brooklyn Brawler Race 5: Enghien, President Roydon, Heavyweight Hero, CK Spur Race 6: Lazarus, Waikiki Beach, Classie Brigade, Locharburn  Race 7: Quite A Moment, Master Lavros, Wilma's Mate, Everybody Knows Race 8: Ultimate Machete, Vincent, Let It Ride, Jack's Legend Race 9: Riccardo, Whittaker, Queen Bee Bardon, Shineonyoucrazydiamond Race 10: Sparkling Delight, Clasina Maria, Late Mail, Glentoro Best Bet: Sparkling Delight (Race 10) Value: Tornado Valley (Race 2)

While the heavy-hitters strut their stuff at Alexandra Park, the pressure is on New Zealand Derby aspirant, The Bachelor to show some form at Addington tonight. The Tim Butt trained runner is the sole representative of the nominations for the Derby at the Addington meeting with a hoard of starters up in Auckland preparing for the Great Northern Derby next weekend. Unsighted since running fourth behind All You Need Is Faith back at the end of September, the son of Art Major will be without doubt in need of a run as he heads to headquarters tonight. But a solid trial a fortnight ago, in behind two other classy three-year-olds in Pacing Major and More The Better, will see the gelding strip a lot fitter than what many might expect him to. Also in his favour is the current form of Butt, who has really hit the ground running in 2017. He’s trained eight winners in the two months of the year as he slowly begins to rebuild to an impressive looking racing team. He will have a double pronged attack on the seventh race tonight with The Bachelor joined by stablemate, Mt Hutt Harry who will be looking to make it back-to-back wins after a strong maiden victory last time. Purchased out of the Methven stable of Danny McKendry for a modest amount after just one workout on the grass at Methven the son of Vintage Master looks to have plenty of scope, and a rather big future. He will start from the pole spot in the mobile event with Kim Butt in the sulky while Craig Thornley will wear the Syd and Shona Brown colours on The Bachelor. When the second round of withdrawals closed this week for the $200,000 Group One event, The Bachelor’s named was joined by 21 others who are still in the mix for the race. The market is being dominated by the All Stars classy three-year-olds Vincent and Ultimate Machete with Tiger Thompson and More The Bettor the only other runners in single figures in the fixed odds market. That could change at Alexandra Park tonight with some quality three-year-olds, including Tiger Thompson doing battle ahead of the Great Northern Derby. The Brad Mowbray trained runner will take on fellow Derby aspirants; Jack’s Legend, Rakapuka Ruler, Stars Align, Pacing Major, Alta Intrigue, Billy Badger and Mongolian Hero while More The Bettor will take on the older horses in the most tightly assessed pace of the night. Addington Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Eja Patron, Sweet Loress, Handlebar Hank, Illegal Immigrant Race 2: Over The Love, Reign On Me, Rum In The Sun, Ruthless Kayla Race 3: Clarendon’s Last, Bella Jones, Selena Franco, Tahlia Franco Race 4: Run Riot, Supreme Banner, Sky City King, Asset Control Race 5: Queen Bee Bardon, A G’s Whitesocks, Star Fantasy, Sparkling Delight Race 6: Gunpowder, Benji Mara, Rah De Rah, Real South Race 7: The Bachelor, Bailey’s Knight, Mt Hutt Harry, Micky Gee Race 8: All Settled Down, Ace Commander, Kingdom Come, Tehoro Dazzle Race 9: Real Obsession, Debnita Rose, Pretty Janice, Scotlyn Made Race 10: Born Again Delight, Blue Chip Lad, Elite Excuse, Got A Beauty Best Bet: Run Riot (Race 4) Value: All Settled Down (Race 8)

The stocks of young harness racing trainer Brad Mowbray continue to go from strength-to-strength. The Russley based horseman picked up three winners from three meetings over the weekend, culminating with the victory of Quite Ideal at Sunday’s Amberley meeting. That win followed up victories in the days before by Ultimate Deisre at Ashburton and Delishka at Forbury Park. “It’s been a good few days, I wish there were more like that,” Mowbray said. Truth be told, Mowbray is riding the crest of a wave in the early stages of 2017 with six winners coming from his stable in the first five weeks of the new year taking his tally for the season to 11 - and there is the promise of a whole lot more too. With a team of 12 racehorses in work, his small, but efficient stable is running like clockwork and the placement of his horses into races that give them the best possible chance of winning has been one of the key elements in his run of form. “It’s been a really good start to year, we’ve been lucky enough to have some good success. “And probably most satisfying is that a few of the wins have come from horses who were nice maidens, but have gone on and done the job up in grade too.” Sunday’s winner, Quite Ideal, is a good example of that. The American Ideal gelding was having his 12th start and picked up his second win after being given time to adjust to the C1 grade following his maiden win at Geraldine prior to Christmas. Ultimate Desire, who won on Saturday, is a different kettle of fish all together though. The dour mare paced her mile in 1:52 to enhance her credentials as a broodmare when the time comes, but she will get a chance to get some black-type too with some lofty assignments ahead. “We will head to the mares’ races with her now, she deserves a crack at those. “And with the best few mares not currently in the country it makes sense to go to them.” Ultimate Desire has split her time between Mowbray and Marlborough trainer Brent Weaver throughout her career - dependent on where her racing schedule lies. With her heading to Group One races, Mowbray could be forgiven for resting on his laurels a bit and just focussing on the task at hand with her, but there’s the enigmatic Tiger Thompson sitting in the wings ready to pounce back into action. “He trialed at Addington last week and I couldn’t have been happier with him. “He beat Ultimate Machete but the most exciting thing I think was the way he handled himself. “There was none of that usual stuff from him, he sprinted up really well and ran in a straight line with no problems. “I think that last preparation has really brought him on.” Tiger Thompson will return to the races at Addington next Friday night before turning his attention to the Great Northern Derby at Alexandra Park in early March and then back down to Canterbury for the New Zealand Derby in April.  Matt Markham

Trainer Brad Mowbray announced that he would race the 3-year-old filly Delishka in Auckland after her win at Forbury Park on Thursday night. “I will take her to Auckland now. There is a $30,000 race for fillies (New Zealand Sires’ Stakes Graduette on February 24),” said Mowbray, who trains in Christchurch. Delishka had led over the last 1600m of 2200m in the hands of Matthew Williamson. She held out the talented 3-year-old gelding Santanna’s Rocket by a head in light rain. It was the second win for Delishka in her last three starts. Mowbray races Delishka with his father-in-law, Ernie Knight, of West Melton, who bred the filly. Knight (81) and his wife Jenny made the trip to Dunedin to see Delishka race. Delishka is the first foal to race out of Balishka, who won seven races for Knight and Mowbray. Knight bred Mister Zion (Red River Hanover – Cross Lady) who won at group one level as a pacer (2010 South Australia Cup) and trotter (2013 Australian Trotting Championship Final). He had won two races as a pacer under the name Zion in New Zealand when trained by Jim Curtin. Knight and Mowbray won a race at Forbury Park in 2011 with Sachin Arden, who won four times before he was sold to Australia. Anneta Payne, of Balclutha was overjoyed when she had her first win as an owner with Thaboyz Toy. “I just can’t believe it,” said Anneta who races Thaboyz Toy with her husband Ken. They bred Thaboyz Toy from a mating of Changeover and Mrs Soleece, a winner when raced by Ken in partnership and trained by Brent McIntyre. Suzie Blue won three with Ken in the ownership. Thaboyz Toy, having his third start, is trained at Gore by Tony Stratford. American Spirit gave Mosgiel trainer Darryn Simpson success at the end of a testing day. His 13-year-old daughter, Ella underwent major leg surgery at Dunedin Hospital. Ella is closely involved with the stable operation. Dexter Dunn took his tally of wins for the season to 102 when he drove four winners -Thaboyz Toy, Lanikai, Black Raine and Sovereign Banner. Lanikai started from the second row. Dunn improved him three wide to lead at the 700m and he held on by a nose. Dunn told owner, Syd Brown that Lanikai had switched off when he got to the front. Lanikai, trained by Tim Butt was having his fifth start. He is 3-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere from Ednalea, a sister to  Foreal, a big winner for Brown and his wife, Shona. Ednalea ran second in her first start, then suffered an attack of hives when raced in Auckland and she was put to stud. The 3-year-old filly Black Raine was starting afresh after a race in April. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight – Rona Lorraine is trained by Cran Dalgety for a group of owners including breeders Ken Spicer and Dave and Wendy Fleming and the Think Big syndicate from Lawrence. Black Raine is the third progeny  to race out of Rona Lorraine, the dam of Bettor Think Twice (four wins) and Bettor Think Quick (five). Winton trainer-driver Allan Beck produced Shortys Mate to win in his first race for 11 months. “I thought he would need the race so there is improvement in him,” said Beck of the  Art Major – Shortys Girl 4-year-old who won twice in his previous eight starts. “ He sprained a joint when  he was spelling  so he was out for another couple of months,” said Beck. Tayler Strong

Booster, a seven-win pacer, assessed at C1, is forward to resume racing for a new trainer at Forbury Park on Wednesday night. Booster (race 7), is now owned and trained at Washdyke by Jesse Wederell. He bought the 6-year-old from Brad Mowbray and Karen Calder soon after the gelding last raced three and a half months ago. Booster finished fourth in a claimer at Rangiora that day. Booster won a trial at Oamaru on November 16 and he finished second in a workout at Methven on Sunday. “I am really happy with him. He went really good to win his trial and blew out at Methven so he should be improved,” said Wederell. Wederell has held a training licence for four years and he won a race with Garibaldi in 2014. Booster won races at Addington and Omakau (an event  for amateur drivers in January and his most recent win) when trained by Mowbray.  Booster began racing from the Murray Brown stable in Invercargill. He won two races for Brown and another three (one at Forbury Park) for Nathan Williamson. Bakari (race 2) is having his first start from the Westwood stable of Graeme Anderson, who has made a speciality of winning races at Forbury Park.  The Gotta Go Cullect 3-year-old has been placed in three of his six starts when trained by part-owner Kevin Chapman. His opponents include the 3-year-old Royal Bengal, who qualified at Gore in August and has since finished second in two workouts. Poppa Don (race 4) has been brought back from retirement. A winner  for the Knight stable at Forbury Park in June, he was put aside with a hind suspensory ligament injury after one further start. He was subsequently used as as riding mount by part-owner, Genevieve Crawford, the junior driver with the stable. Tayler Strong

Stu and Hayden Corps are living the harness racing dream with their handy 3yo filly Ultimate Desire. Based in Christchurch, the father and son duo are landscapers by day, major horse owners by night. “We have shares in plenty of horses, but Bailey (Ultimate Desire) is definitely the stable star at the moment” said Hayden Corps. “I reckon we have 5 race horses, a couple of yearlings and a few broodmare’s in foal” Brought from the Alabar Weanling Sales and originally prepared by co owner Brent Weaver, who shares in the ownership with his wife and the Corps, Ultimate Desire was the centre of a number of large offers as a 2yo. “She won at Forbury as a 2yo back in May last year (2015) and a few decent offers came in for her, and a few times since we’ve have had some more offers. But we have always said that it’s not about the money, we just want to enjoy the thrill of a handy horse” said Corps. And the thrills keep coming with the 3yo Real Desire filly who recorded her 3rd win from just the 18 starts at Ashburton Raceway last Saturday afternoon. Dragged back from a wide draw, driver John Dunn soon found himself 3 wide around the first bend before slotting in fourth last in the running line. Sent 3 wide again at the 1200m, Ultimate Desire had cover till the 800m mark; from then on it was up to the pint sized filly to display her toughness. Dunn let his charge slide around the bend and was able to put a number of lengths on the field which appeared to be the winning of the race as they were able to hold on for victory by a nose over He Can Fly (Tim Williams), with ¾ lengths back to Christopher Banner (Ricky May) in 3rd. Ultimate Desire set a new track record in 2-54.6, which is 1.6 seconds outside the NZ Record set by Nek Time back in March. With a mile rate of 1-57.0, 800m 56.8, 400m 27.7, it certainly appears like this won’t be the last time the Corps visit the winners bar thanks to their super filly, nor will it be the last time Corps thanks the Tab for offering up odds of $15 and $3.20. “I couldn’t believe the price she was paying, she went super last start and we were pretty confident” “We have one eye on a jewels start, so we will be lining up this week and then hopefully in the Oaks to try and sneak a spot. She might not level up to the All Stars fillies but just having a jewels runner would be a victory for us” “The credit has to go to Brent (Weaver) for developing her early and now Brad Mowbray for looking after her so well” said Hayden Corps. WATCH BELOW: Ultimate Desire sets a new track record and records her 3rd victory: Saturday’s victory also brought up a milestone for driver John Dunn who recorded his 800th career driving success. Dunn currently sits 3rd in the drivers Premiership on 88 wins, 5 behind Blair Orange in 2nd, while Brother Dexter Dunn is untouchable in the lead on 167 wins for the season. Andrew Fitzgerald

The eight two year olds lining up in the juvenile race at the harness racing meeting at Addington Raceway tonight have one thing in common. None are from the All Stars barn which is a very unusual occurrence for a two year race in Canterbury, but it does give some really promising two year olds the opportunity to showcase their talent. One of the two year olds that has really impressed us here at Harnesslink that is lining up tonight is Tere The Terminator from the Brad Mowbray barn. The son of Washington VC has impressed from day one at the trials and workouts but as Brad explained to Harnesslink today, nothing went right on his debut at Wyndham in the Kindergarten Stakes. " I have a pretty big opinion of him and I thought he wouldn't disgrace himself in what was a really good field." " However he got really wound up and galloped badly which was a real surprise to me," Brad said. Given a wee freshener, Tere The Terminator lined up at the Motukarara trials last week and made a botch of the first race he was in and then lined up later in the C1 and faster pace. Leading from the unruly, Tere The Terminator was pressured by the very smart Torrid Bromac mid race but kept the lead. Torrid Bromac was out again at the 400 metres but Tere The Terminator kicked in the straight and kept Torrid Bromac at bay. Tere The Bromac raced greenly on a couple of occasions during the running but still managed to run the 2200 metres in a quick  2:46.5 with smart closing sectionals of 57.9 and 27.8 . There is no doubting the natural ability of Tere The Terminator but as Brad explained today, time will be his best friend. " He was a lot better manners wise earlier on actually but he just needs racing now to get that bit of ringcraft to go with the natural ability." " I knew we had something above average when he took ground off More The Better at the trials last November and he has improved a lot since then." " I probably didn't want the one draw tonight but it is what it is and it will give us a line on where we are with him." " I think he is definitely a Sires Stakes horse and if he performs well tonight ,we may have a look at next weeks heat," Brad said. All eyes tonight will be on Tere The Terminator at the start but if Blair Orange can get him through the first 200 metres, then he becomes the horse they all have to beat. Harnesslink Media  

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