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Harness racing trotter Great Things Happen led all the way to win yesterdays Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile for trainer Gavin Smith. Smith had the speedy Love You gelding blasting off the mobile from barrier seven and the 6yo gelding was in front after 400m. He kept up a strong pace and always had the field covered, coasting to an easy win in quick time of 1-55.4.  Habibti Ivy finished quickly from the rear of the field in the straight for second and the Greg and Nina Hope trained Everybody Knows ran on well for third. The time for the mobile mile was the second fastest in the history of the race, with only Monbet last year going a fraction faster in 1-55.2. By winning yesterday Great Things Happen has cemented his tag as favourite for the (Gr 1) $300,000 Dominion Handicap at Addington in November. The TAB bookmakers have shortened him in to $3.60 on the FF win futures market, with Bordeax a $4.20 second favourite. Habibti Ivy has also firmed in to $5.00 in the Dominion after her slashing late run for second in yesterdays race.   Great Things Happen winning the Flying Mile   Harnesslink Media

It was a case of mostly minor changes in the Haras des Trotteurs Dominion and Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Rankings. The only exception was The Foot Tapper, who was again impressive making it back-to-back wins last Thursday at Addington. He is now getting much closer to securing a Haras des Trotteurs Dominion start, sitting 21st. Other notable movements in the Dominion rankings include: Tornado Valley who moves to 22nd, Hey Yo to 23rd, BD Love to 31st and Australian My Tribeca who was impressive beating an intermediate grade field at Melton last week and coincidentally moves up to 27th. Following the withdrawal of nominal favourite Monbet, and others, 33 are left in the race for the Dominion. Currently, there are 19 remaining in the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup. With his win in the Holmes DG last week Jack's Legend all but confirmed his Cup start. He now sits 11th. Seel The Deal and Buster Brady's minor placings in the Methven Cup earned them improvements to eighth and 13th respectively. Moonrock is the lone withdrawal from the Cup in the last seven days. For a full ist of the latest rankings click here. Courtney Clarke

The odds are stacking up against one of New Zealand’s most talented horses. Because champion trotter Monbet is out of the New Zealand Cup carnival, almost certainly the summer and probably the whole season. And while trainer Greg Hope still remains optimistic we will see the best of the one-time Horse of the Year, doubts must be creeping into his mind and those of his army of followers. Monbet was supposed to have his first public trial this year at Ashburton today as as lead-up to his much-anticipated return in the Flying Mile on that track next Monday. But Hope has pulled the pin on both of those and says the defence of his Dominion title at the New Zealand Cup meeting is also over. “He is not quite right and he is too good to take any risks with,” says Hope, who trains the six-year-old with his wife Nina. “He has been nagged by something for a while and I think the knee we took the bone chips out of last season is still worrying him. “And that is now making him off-load and hurt his other knee. “Some people tell me he is fine and the vets say it isn’t that bad but I am not going to risk him because I’d hate to make it worse.  “He is still only six and if we look after him I hope we can get him back.  “But basically the Cup carnival is gone and so too is the summer probably. “What we will do next is looking at some stem cell injections in that area and if that all goes well hopefully we could get him back for the Rowe Cup in May. “But it is all a bit up in the air at the moment.” Monbet was crowned harness Horse of the Year last year but the bone chips saw him only race three times last season. That trio of starts reminded racing fans why he may be our most talented trotter since Lyell Creek as after a fresh-up win in the Flying Mile he won both the NZ Free-For-All and Dominion in national record time. He has not been seen in public since and trotting has been the worse for it. For all Hope’s optimism, Monbet’s body has often struggled with the demands of his record-breaking motor and the fact he couldn’t even make it back to the trials this campaign doesn’t boost confidence we are going to see any sustained racing from him this season or maybe ever again.  The TAB got whiff of Monbet’s problems two weeks ago and opened a market for the Dominion with him excluded from the getting and only re-opened their main market it with him in the futures betting yesterday. It is now closed again.  Last season’s injury cost Monbet’s connections a fortune as most of the group one trots Australasia-wide were won by horses who wouldn’t live with a fully fit and sound Monbet.  That class void worsened when his arch rival Speeding Spur was injured twice and missed many of the top races last season as as well while trotting millionaire Stent is still making his way back from injury.  He continues that path at the Motukarara trials today and could still make the New Zealand Cup meeting although he hasn’t raced for over 21 months.  The reports are good though for Speeding Spur, who has done two works faster work after a four-month slow build-up.  “He feels good and we have the green light with him to press so but he won’t make the Cup carnival,” says co-trainer John Dickie.  “But all going well, and I think it will because his injuries haven’t been because of unsoundness, we could have him back racing by mid December.” While Ashburton face having no Monbet for their huge meeting next Monday they have left entries open after securing only six nominations for the Flying Stakes, including four from the All Stars.  NZ Cup favourites Lazarus and Heaven Rocks warm up for that race with a workout at Ashburton today. Michael Guerin

Once again there was more action in the Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Rankings than there was in its pacing counterpart. The already highly ranked Bordeaux confirmed his Dominion spot with a gritty win in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup last week at Addington. That same race also saw several of the placed runners rewarded with ranking improvements. Great Things Happen who was a storming second moves up to ninth. Arya who was solid yet again last week, in fourth, is now 16th and Doctor Bones was rewarded for his solid showing moving up to 22nd in the rankings.  Tornado Valley nudged up one placing also. The win of The Foot Tapper in the night’s intermediate trot saw him improve to 31st. BD Love who ran second in the same race jumped off the bottom of the rankings to 36th. My Tribeca (AUS), who ran 3rd in Melbourne last week improved marginally to 32nd. After the running of the Canterbury Classic there were few changes in the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Rankings. Seel The Deal snuck up a couple of spots by virtue of his fourth. While Robbie Burns’ win in an earlier race on the night moved him up four spots to the brink of a Cup start (16th). Alta Orlando and Imola essentially swapped places after the former beat the latter last Friday night at Addington. By comparison to this week there is likely to be much more change in the ‘Cup’ rankings next week. The Holmes DG in Auckland includes five NZ Cup aspirants. The Methven Cup on Sunday has attracted very solid nominations and Saturday’s Victoria Cup could have an influence also. For full details of the latest rankings, click here! Courtney Clarke Marketing and Communications Executive | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

It was a case of minor changes mostly for the respective rankings this week, with two exceptions. In the Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot Doctor Bones gained kudos for his impressive win last week, earning him a bump from 33 to 26. No Doctor Needed, in winning the Spring Cup at Alexandra Park last Friday leapt three spots to ninth in the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup rankings. Other than the aforementioned it was a case of jockeying for positions. Monty Python, Arya, Yagunnakissmeornot, Gee Up Needy and Hey Yo enjoyed small improvements in the Dominion. In 'The Cup' other improvers were Jack's Legend and Moonrock. A new set of rankings will be released next week, following the first night of Premier racing for the season at Addington Raceway - with several races on the programme having rankings implications.   For the latest rankings click here!   Courtney Clarke Media and Communications Executive | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

A stunning win in the Anthony Shearer Ordeal Trotting Cup has cemented Marlborough-owned trotter Destiny Jones a spot in the $300,000 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot on Show Day. Her automatic entry-win last Saturday has seen her jump 21 spots to number two - only behind Monbet. Further down the Rankings kudos was given to Harriet Of Mot for her slashing win two weeks ago and last Saturday's Ordeal place-getters Amaretto Sun and Belle's Son. Nearer the bottom of the Rankings Hey Yo picked up two spots and The Foot Tapper one, based on his second on September 8. No significant changes were made in the Christchurch Casino NZ Cup rankings. Have Faith in Me, who paced like a dream last week in winning the Avon City Ford (New Brighton) Cup is now fourth. Buster Brady was sound when resuming in the Avon City Ford Cup and he leapfrogged race rival Art Union to claim the coveted 15th position. The defections of Captain Dolmio, Cullect A Guinness and Max Phactor now leave 25 in the running for a start in the Cup. The next sustaining payment for both features is due at 3.00pm this Wednesday. The next set of rankings will be released next week following Oamaru HRC's Hannon Memorial meeting. For the full ranking details click here. Courtney Clarke

The initial harness racing rankings for the 2017 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup and Haras des Trotteurs Dominion can be found here. Defending champions Lazarus and Monbet head their respective Rankings. The Rankings Committee found the task of Ranking the 47 trotters a particularly complex one, given the range of varying form-lines (including international) being brought in. However, the change in Ranking Criteria; with "overall lifetime performance" being included this year aided the process of separating horses with similar records. The next Rankings will be released on Wednesday 6 September. Brian Rabbit at Addington Raceway: or 03 338 9094.   Courtney Clarke Media and Communications Executive | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Dark Horse was a recent worthy winner of the prestigious harness racing Southland Horse of the Year Award. She had a stellar season, breaking two track and Southland records. In April she recorded 3-26.7 for the 2700 metre stand at Ascot Park. This was a new mares record for Southland and Ascot Park. The following month at Winton she ran 2-58.9 for the 2400 metre mobile. This time she set a new mares track, Southland and all-comers record for the province. Her time has only ever been bettered by Habibti Ivy which holds the New Zealand Record of 2-58.5. Dark Horse (Bacardi Lindy - Juliana) became the first trotting mare to win the Southland Horse of the Year Award in the past 30 years. Dark Horse and owners on the Addington track after winning last seasons Uncut Gems Trainer Nathan Williamson has had Dark Horse back in work for five weeks on a build up towards the New Zealand Cup meeting in November, with the major targets being the Dominion Handicap over 3200m and then hopefully the Rowe Cup later in the season.  Nathan may be forced to start Dark Horse of a long handicap in Southland before heading north to Canterbury, as the mare is now a rating 100 and suitable races in the South will be hard to get off the ground early in the season. Southland is only two weeks away from their first meeting of the season at Gore on the 27th August. Stablemate Poppymalda will also head towards the Dominion and other feature races at Addington in November. Also headed north will be nine race winner Tas Man Bromac. Tas Man Bromac (American Ideal - Tasmcmanian) is currently in work and will follow a similar path of Dark Horse, possibly having one run in the South before racing in Canterbury in the coming months.   Harnesslink Media  

The well performed trotter Alley Way died on Friday. “We were ready to work him and stopped because all was not well and took him back to the stable and he died of a heart attack,” said his Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson. The 8-year-old Alley Way had twice finished second in four starts after joining the Williamson stable this season. The Monarchy – No Way gelding won 11 races when trained at Winton by Neville Skinner who raced him with Judith and David Ward, of Balclutha and Grant McMaster, of Queenstown. He was bred by Neville and his father, Maurice. Alley Way finished second  to Master Lavros in the 2015 Dominion Handicap and third to Stent and Master Lavros in the Rowe Cup the same year. Mon Archie Way, a last start winner at Invercargill on November 27 from the Williamson stable for the same owners, is back with Skinner. “We had him (Mon Archie Way) to train when his owner was busy. The horse was to have a spell after his win,” said Williamson. Mon Archie Way is by Monarchy from Whizz Way, the dam of No Way and well performed Idid It Myway. Alley Way was the first foal of No Way, a winner by Armbro Invasion. Mon Archie Way is the ninth progeny of Whizz Way. Williamson will shift a team of some 20 horses to Cromwell later in the week, an annual occurrence for Christmas – New Year racing. The team will include promising trotters Zoey’s Gift and Davey Mac, who both qualified in fast time at Oamaru on December 3. “We plan to start Davey Mac (the namesake of Southland racing commentator, Dave McDonald) at Winton on  December 29 and are yet to sort out a race for Zoey’s Gift.” Tayler Strong

He’s had a taste of the big time and now Clint Ford can’t wait for more. One of the real pleasing non-winning stories from Cup Week last week was the step up to the open class ranks of exciting four-year-old trotter, Marcoola, who pushed Dominion Handicap winner, Monbet, close in the Group One New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All on Cup Day. It was the performance of a horse who looks likely to win his fair share of Group One races in open class company in the future and with Monbet now on the sidelines until the New Year, Ford and Marcoola should be able to strike while the iron is hot. “I was proud of his performance, you never fully know what to expect when you go from age group racing to open class but this guy has taken to it pretty well,” Ford said. “He pulled up really well from the run, I couldn’t fault him to be honest. So we will set our sights on Methven.” The Methven assignment is the Methven Trotters’ Green Mile on December 4 for a stake of $15,000 with a $2,000 bonus up for grabs if the national grass track record over one mile of 1:58.6. The race was won last year by Monbet and with Ford using last season’s programme for the Horse of the Year for his own horse it’s no surprise to see him heading to the green top in a few weeks. “We are going to stick to that plan until Christmas and New Year anyway and then take it from there. “After Cup Week we know that he can do it which is an encouraging sign.” With Methven out of the way, Ford and his father Ken, who is the official trainer of Marcoola, will have some options. There’s a Free-For-All at Addington later in December or they can elect to head to Auckland to ready themselves for the National Trot on New Year’s Eve and then the host of other opportunities available there over the holiday period. Matt Markham

When there’s hope, there’s a way. And then there’s Monbet. The champion trotter capped a memorable week when landing the Gr.1 $260,000 Haras Des Trotteurs Dominion Handicap at Addington today (Friday) defeating stablemate Quite A Moment and the Australian trained Kyvalley Blur in the 3200m stand-start harness racing feature. Backing up from Tuesday when successful in the Gr.1 NZ Trotting FFA, the reigning New Zealand Horse of the Year completely obliterated the race record in the process. Prepared by Greg and Nina Hope and partnered by Ricky May, the giant five-year-old rated 4:00.7 – smashing the previous mark of Stylish Monarch at 4:02.9 when successful back in 2010. Sent out at unbackable odds, Monbet stepped safely and was allowed plenty of time early to balance himself while the in-form Bordeaux and Alley Way battled for the early lead. Bordeaux soon took the lead from Alley Way. The lead time was covered in 2:03.7. With a solid tempo being set from Bordeaux, May sat patiently in the second-half of the field with the punter’s choice before edging to the outside nearing the 1400m marker. But the moves came in front of him with Harriet Of Mot the first to angle wider before Amaretto Sun went in front of both trotters. As the big field bunched as they entered the back straight, Monbet was positioned perfectly on the back of Harriet Of Mot gaining great cover. The first half of the last mile was covered in 29.5 and 29.4 seconds. With Bordeaux still rolling along in front, May soon allowed Monbet to stride and the Love You gelding quickly raced to the lead approaching the home turn. Soon after straightening, Monbet put the race beyond reach of his rivals and raced clear while Quite A Moment and Kyvalley Blur chased valiantly. With May kind to Monbet, he scored officially by 3/4L with a further 5L back to Kyvalley Blur. The winning mile rate was 2:01.0 while the final half covered in 29.6 and 28.4 seconds. The final mile was trotted in 1:56.9. Monbet has now won his last eight races on end with six of those coming at Gr.1 level, he has clearly established himself as the best trotter in the southern hemisphere. Last season, he won a total of 7 Gr.1 features; he already has two this season following his double this week. Monbet has now claimed all major trotting features in his homeland while he becomes the first trotter since I Can Doosit in 2012 to win both Gr.1 features during Cup week. “It’s a remarkable effort and it’s been a dream week, we’re so excited and a little relieved at the same time.” Greg Hope said. Monbet is raced by Greg and Nina Hope along with Morrie Molloy. With 23 victories from just 34 starts to date, Monbet has banked more than $770,000 in prizemoney. Beaten narrowly in the Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters by North Island star Speeding Spur last season, Monbet sits firmly in the driver’s seat for the current term. The next leg of the APG Trotting Masters is the Gr.1 $100,000 Seelite Windows & Doors Australian Trotters Grand Prix at Melton on January 28. Chris Barsby

Sheree Tomlinson offers up a wry smile when asked if she’s nervous ahead of today’s Dominion Handicap. For an 18-year-old who is about to embark on attempt to win one of harness racing’s most prestigious races, her reply is sweetly succinct and to the point. “Not yet, but I’m sure the nerves are coming,” she said. The Southland based horsewoman, who hails from the racing rich breeding ground of West Melton, will drive Amaretto Sun in today’s Group One feature at Addington Raceway - driving in the colours of her grandfather, Ken Ford. It’s a fairytale scenario, but unlike so many you see in racing leading into big races, there’s one big difference with Sheree and Amaretto Sun compared to others - they’re actually a serious chance of winning the race. We use the term serious chance, when in all reality Monbet’s presence in the race probably makes it redundant, but funny things happen in horse racing all the time and if something was to happen to the raging hot favourite, then the young lass and her impressive horse could be Johnny-on-the-spot to make the most of the opportunity. “Having Monbet there takes a bit of the pressure off I suppose, no one is expecting anything to beat him. “That’s probably helping me a bit, but once I get there and get the colours I reckon the butterflies will kick in then. “Mum (Amanda) is a nervous already, but she’s always a bit like that when I’m driving in any race, let alone a big one.” One of the big movers in the trotting ranks this season, Amaretto Sun was as short as single figure odds to win the Dominion at one point, now he shares second favouritism with Australian raider Kyvalley Blur at a quote of $13. Tomlinson has had the added bonus of being in Canterbury all week to take in the Cup Day action, which has also meant she’s been right on hand to work Amaretto Sun through all his final preparations. “He’s been ticking along really well, we worked him this morning (Thursday) and just gave him the opportunity to follow a few horses out from the start because that’s what we are going to have to do from the draw and he did it perfectly. “The draw isn’t ideal, but it is what it is so we will just have to make the most of it and hope the horse in front of us gets away cleanly.” Amaretto Sun’s final serious hit out came on Sunday when he snuck up to the Methven trials for a run and was an impressive 10 length winner - albeit against opposition which doesn’t even sit in the same universe as what he will face this afternoon. With the most stressful part of the preparation, winning 15 races so she could drive the horse in the Group One, Tomlinson plan is to enjoy the moment and hope for the best. “It’s really exciting, and to be driving a family horse in such a big race is a real honour.” And who knows, come the end of play this evening at Addington - the girl who just six months ago could probably only dream of driving in a race like the Dominion Handicap - might be front and centre on one of the biggest stages of Cup Week.   Super Selector - By Matt Markham Race 1: Beg Hall, Benchmark, Kingdom Come, Dark Ops Race 2: Bettor Enforce, Tact Rousey, Rakarolla, Dachy Race 3: Le Reveur, Waterloo Sunset, Hey Yo, Le Lievre’s Gift Race 4: Rocknroll Legend, Thisismylastflight, Michelangelo, Daylight Robbery Race 5: Mighty Flying Major, Captain Dolmio, Usain Colt, Stroke Of Luck Race 6: Classie Brigade, Chase The Dream, Brilliant Strike, Pulp Fiction Race 7: Everybody Knows, Lothario, Blazing Under Fire, Donegal Bettorgretch Race 8: Benicio, Gupta’s Cullen, The Fixer, Cullen Who Race 9: Monbet, Amaretto Sun, Harriet Of Mot, Kyvalley Blur Race 10: Expressive Victor, Better B Amazed, American Tart, Aliante Race 11: Lazarus, Tiger Tara, Dream About Me, Christen Me Race 12: Jack’s Legend, Vincent, Tachyon, Accumulator   Best Bet: Benicio (Race 8) Value: Expressive Victor (Race 10)

Greg Hope is confident he knows the answer to the only question surrounding Monbet in today’s $260,000 Dominion at Addington today. The champion trotter sets up a red-hot group one double with Lazarus in the New Zealand Free-For-All as the two glamour boys of harness racing look to extend their Cup week domination. While Lazarus’s jaw-dropper in the New Zealand Cup on Tuesday was all anybody was talking about, Monbet racked up another national record when he overcame a second line draw to win the Free-For-All Trot just two hours earlier. In doing so he down Marcoola, who isn’t in today’s Dominion so it is hard to see how Monbet gets beaten unless Tuesday’s run exposed his sole Achilles Heal --- backing up from a hard run. The only time Monbet has been beaten in the last 12 months was in the Grand Prix in Melbourne when he looked badly out of sorts after two hard runs the previous two Saturdays. He has blazing speed and French-bred stamina but he is still quite a light horse who seems to take a lot out of himself when he races, with Tuesday’s national record win no walk in the park. But trainer Hope says the signs heading into today are perfect. “He pulled up perfectly sound after his win, which was the first thing,” says Hope. “And he has spent a couple of days on the lead rope jogging behind other horses and seems very happy. “There are no signs of him being tired or knocked around so I think we are going into this as good as we can be.” Hope is also happy with the wide draw on the front line and his greatest concern is the free-going Bordeaux may be determined to keep the front and therefore luck with could come into play. Because if Monbet is able to work forward and wrest the lead, the race should be over. Bordeaux has been a big improver this spring and could take some catching while newcomers who didn’t contest the Free-For-All on Tuesday who have some hope include the mares Sunny Ruby and Harriet Of Mot. But as they both showed at Kaikoura they are hardly foolproof and would need the favourite to have some bad luck to beat him. So the best place value for those not keen on Monbet’s skinny win odds might be Australian visitor Kyvalley Blur, a hardened old warrior who will keep trucking over the 3200m. Skinny odds are again the problem for punters in the Pacing Free-For-All because after his demolition job on Tuesday, Lazarus could start around $1.20. His draw is potentially tricky on paper as he has plenty of speedsters drawn around him but the respect he has earned this spring is likely to see him work to the front as not many drivers will want a relentless Lazarus sitting outside them, especially when the money for second is so good. So he should simply win again, but that doesn’t solve our problem of how to make money out of the race. Tiger Tara won this race last year and was a very brave second in the Cup so if he can hold up from the ace draw he could be the best place bet, although Field Marshall must be a chance of crossing him early. The latter was slightly disappointing when third to Dream About Me in the junior free-for-all on Tuesday but if he was to sit behind Lazarus, should the favourite lead, then he becomes the obvious quinella or place hope. Dream About Me has been so magnificent her entire career it is hard to believe she could be $7 or $8 today but it is hard to see a pathway to the winner’s circle for her, with her best chance being a war early and the chance to swoop late. Today she finds herself not only racing Lazarus for the first time but also her older half-brother Christen Me, an incredible rarity in pacing at this level.   Michael Guerin

Please note - these are the final rankings for the NZ Trotting Cup and the second to last for the Dominion (obviously still awaiting the Trotting FFA next Tuesday). Therefore this will be the shadow Cup field, pending any possible withdrawals.   Dominion Bordeaux moves to 8th La Reveur into the field at 14th from 20th Daryl Boko sneaks up one into 12th Jag's Invasion is a withdrawal   New Zealand Trotting Cup No Dr Needed from 13th to 9th for his 3rd placing at Kaikoura. Expressive Victor bunny hops over stablemate Brilliant Strike. Though 6th she beat some higher rated horsed.They are 14 and 15 respectively Moonrock gets ahead of Lewy Risk and Maverick for his PGG Age Pace win - currently sits 16th   A full breakdown of the rankings can be found here: NZ Cup & Dominion Rankings Update - October 31 Stacey Markham HRNZ          

Despite the class and quality of the harness racing at Ashburton yesterday (Monday) there was just one ranking movement across both the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup and Haras des Trotteurs Dominion rankings. Harriet Of Mot who took the race to her rivals in the Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile was game in defeat behind the imperious Monbet and as a result she has catapulted into the top 10, at number nine. At number 16 she was on the bubble but now looks assured of a Dominion run and rightly so after what was possibly one her best career performances to lead-up in a 1.55.2 mile. There have been no withdrawals from either race in the last week so all eyes are now directed towards the Kaikoura and South Bay Trotters Cups for those 11th-hour qualifications. The shadow Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup field will be released following the Kaikoura race meeting next Monday evening. Click below to view a full list of the updated rankings: NZ Cup & Dominion Rankings - October 25 Stacey Markham Media & Marketing Manager | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

A hind leg injury has forced  the scratching of Alley Way at the Tuapeka meeting on Sunday, but he remains in contention for the Dominion Handicap on November 11. “He had injured a leg when he came out of his  box on Thursday morning. He has been treated and the vet said he would be  100 per cent by Monday,’’ said  his trainer Phil Williamson. “It probably means he will have to race at Kaikoura (October 30) before the Dominion.” Alley Way was runner up to Master Lavros in the Dominion Handicap last year and earlier in the year finished third to to Stent and Master Lavros in the Rowe Cup, both races over 3200m. He has also won over the distance. Alley Way has finished second in his two starts, both at Addington since joining the Williamson stable. He was beaten a head by Sunny Ruby in the Canterbury Park Cup at his most recent appearance. He  is at $18 with the TAB for the Dominion. The Williamson stable will now pin hopes in Monty Python and Pyramid Magic in the 3200m race at the Tuapeka meeting. Monty Python  has finished third in three of his four starts in a fresh campaign. He finished third behind Bordeaux and Alley Way two starts back at Addington. Pyramid Magic finished fourth behind Kowhai Whiz at Forbury Park on Thursday night after starting from 40m and attempting to lead for the last 1600m. “The two miles (3200m) should suit him on Sunday,” said his driver Matthew  Williamson. Kowhai Whiz was impressive after starting from 40m.   Tayler Strong

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