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On the back of good harness racing workout form and with a moderate opposition, Bettor Enforce delivered at Gore yesterday for Winton trainer/driver Allan Beck. “She had trialled well at the workouts and to be fair it wasn’t an overly strong field. It was a good start for her,” he said, summarising the win. In a typical Beck drive, the four year old stepped well and lead all the way to win comfortably by two and three quarter lengths. After a promising beginning last season to her career her form tapered off and Beck puts that down to her inability to handle the smaller Southland tracks, but she was racing quality horses like Nek Time, American Tart, Mackenzie and Stanley Ross Robyn.  “Last season she raced good on the bigger tracks but then started to pace rough on the smaller tracks but she went good on Sunday.” Owned by the This Time Syndicate, which  includes R L McNaught, L R Drake and J J Kane the trio are long time clients of Beck and raced Admiral Halsey gelding Black Print which won five of his twelve starts in the late 1980’s and his full brother Tact Halsey which won thirteen races in the mid 1990’s - including eight for the Beck stable. "We’ll look at going to the Riverton Cup in a fortnight and if she goes good we’ll look at the South of the Waitaki race at Addington.” The win was Alan Beck's 791st and he's very likely to reach the 800 milestone before the season's end. His first winner was Josephine Bret at Gore in February 1984.  Allan Beck     Photo Bruce Stewart Bettor Enforce was bred by Ben and Karen Calder and is closely related to millionaire pacer and dual New Zealand Cup winner Just An Excuse.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Debbie Larkins gained her first win as an owner/trainer/driver when Rydgemont Milly downed visiting favourite Trouble Giero to win the Zilco/Carpet Plus Willy's Flooring Trot at Gore on Sunday. Larkins races the mare on lease and shares the training with her partner Mark Shirley. They'd previously had success with Strategic Miss (twice) and Another Windermere. Conrock, in April 2013 when trained by Shirley alone, provided Larkins with her first driving success. Rydgemont Milly is the first foal of the Sundon mare Domination, winner of 10 races when trained by Murray Tapper. It was Tapper who recommended Rydgemont Milly to Larkins and Shirley. “Murray broke her in, he said she would take time,” Shirley said, “she has high speed and that will carry her when she strengthens. She is a solid trotter.” The Gore win made up for the Monarchy mare's bad luck at the Northern Southland meeting where she enjoyed a good trip in the one-one on the back of favourite Sky Tower, until the 400. At that point the eventual winner Explosive Star arrived on Rydgemont Milly's outer to lock her in and then Sky Tower broke and carted her out the back. Dan Wilson gained his first win as a breeder/owner/trainer when Lucas capitalised on a perfect Brad Williamson drive in the Dwain's Service Centre/MLT Forest Lodge Tapanui Pace. From four off the gate, Lucas enjoyed the one-one until the 600. From there, he was pushed forward, took control before the turn and ran clear in the straight. “He's always had speed, he just needed the right run,” said Wilson whose only previous wins were as the owner-trainer of Hadrian, twice successful early in 2014. Wilson said he grew up with horses, his parents raced horses, his father Lindsay and Uncle Ian train and his sister is the partner of trainer Tony Stratford. Lucas is the only horse he has in work. The gelding is out of Village Kiwi, a mare Wilson acquired from her previous trainer the late Alan Scobie. Prior to breeding form her, Wilson raced Village Kiwi for a time from his father's stable and gained a third at Ascot Park. Earlier in the day Williamson had won the SBS Claimers Mobile on The Charging Moa and was the only driver to land two winners on Sunday. The Charging Moa, by 2008 New Zealand Cup winner Changeover from the 2008 New Zealand Cup fourth placegetter Specials Ops, had a claiming price of $10,000 and wasn't claimed. In fact, no claims were lodged for any of the runners. Ariadne Lavra, the only representative at Gore of Burnham trainer Mark Jones, did the business impressively in the Otamita Servicing Ltd stand-start pace. She was racing in Southland for just the second time, having contested the group three Caduceus Club Two Year Old Fillies Classic at Ascot Park in March. Brent Barclay was aboard that day when she finished third behind stablemate Delightful Memphis and the Purdon/Rasmussen rep Renske B. Barclay took the reins again on Sunday and had the daughter of Art Major in front after 350 metres. They were never seriously tested from then on and careered away in the straight to win by four and three quarter lengths. Other Canterbury trainers to taste success were Steve McRae from West Melton and Brent White of Temuka. McRae had three at the meeting and won the Colin Baynes Memorial Fillies and Mares Pace with Narelle Franco. She is the first foal of National Franco who a few years earlier won races at Ascot Park with Craig Thornley in the sulky. He was also the winning driver of Narelle Franco who is now four and was having just her second start, after finishing third on debut at Washdyke last week. “She was a bit weak last season but has strengthened up,” Thornley said. The stable also picked up a placing in the Gore Windscreens N Glass Mobile with Franco Tristan. The four year old looked the winner when he loomed up on the turn but had to settle for third. “He hit the front and pulled up,” commented Thornley. Victory went to Ultimate Fella, White's sixth starter on the day. Earlier, he'd gained a placings with Trouble Giero who finished runner-up to Rydgemont Milly, plus Dark Ops and Run To Hide who both finished third. The third of Dark Ops was behind Blazing Under Fire in the Jaccka Lodge Handicap. Blazing Under Fire, a C2 entire trained by Phil Williamson, was driven by junior Rory McIlwrick and recorded the day's biggest winning margin of six and a quarter lengths. The win was penalty free under the conditions of the race because Blazing Under Fire was driven by a junior. The win helped McIlwrick retain a margin of four wins over Sheree Tomlinson at the top of the national premiership.   Mac Henry

Half sister and brother The Charging Moa and Bettor Ops both won at the Gore Harness Racing Club's meeting today. They're the first two foals out of twelve win Armbro Operative mare Special Ops whose wins included the Canterbury Country's Cups final, Winter Cup at Addington and Group Three Rangiora Classic. The Charging Moa trained by Geoff and Jude Knight stayed away from some of the early trouble and various lead changes in her race, and she was launched three wide by driver Brad Williamson just before the top of the straight. Despite running to the outside of the track she was too good for stablemate Atom Hanover, winning by two and a half lengths.  Later in the day Bettor Ops was sent out second favourite behind the much fancied Eamon Maguire. Driven by Kirk Larsen, Better Ops led early from barrier one, while Eamon Maguire was forced wide and galloped going out of the first bend. Larsen then handed up to Rory McIIwrick on Eamon Maguire. At the top of the straight Eamon Maguire galloped again and Larsen took the inside passing lane and paced out too well to beat Eamon Maguire by half a head.   Bettor Ops was purchased for $32,500 at the yearling sales and is owned by Reg and David Turner of Sydney. The Turners were part of the Dominator Syndicate which has bought and raced many good horses from New Zealand including Atitagain the winner of the 1997 Southern Supremacy Stakes Final. He ended up winning twenty eight races including the 2000 Australian Pacing Championship at Albion Park. He also ran second to Yulestar in the 2001 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship. The Dominator syndicate also owned Late Bid (1995 Australian Derby winner) and Seelster Sam while Reg Turner had a share in Franco Nepia. "He (Bettor Ops) won first up last year and in hindsight that wasn't a good thing. It took a lot out of him because he was a big weak horse. We gave him a few more starts because he was entered in the Northern Southland Futurity. He's come back in stronger and he went good the other day," said Larsen. He says the four year old Bettor's Delight gelding hasn't been a very tractable horse but is getting better. "He feels as though he could stick on but he's also developed a bit of speed and surprised me out of the gate today. He held the lead quite easily. He's got a bit of bottom to him and I'll talk to the owners and we may look at racing him in the South Of The Waitaki race. Addington would suit him."   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Gore harness racing fixed odds movers on Sunday as at 11:30am   Race 1 - Trouble Giero $2.70 - $2.10 has been heavily backed with bet's of $1,000 at $2.70, $4,000 and $1,428 at $2.40 and $750 plus $600 at $2.10.    Race 2 - Best backed Debinita Rose $2.20 - $2.10   Race 3 - Elusive Flight $2.40 easily leads multi betting over Atom Hanover $4.80.   Race 4 - Ariadne Lavra $1.65 - $1.60 is the best backed runner early at the meeting in multi betting.   Race 5 - Dark Horse $2.80 is the best backed over Blazing Under Fire $2.50. .   Race 6 - Bettor Enforce $3.50 is easily the best backed in multi betting.   Race 7 - All punter's want here is Sovereign $1.65 in both win & multi betting.   Race 8 - Ultimate Fella $3.90 - $2.90 is all they want here with the largest bet $1,250 at $3.50 & $833 at $3.40.   Race 9 - As expected Eamon Maguire $1.40 is all punter's want in multi betting.   Race 10 - Our worst result here is It Ain't The Money $8.80.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Brent White travels with a team of six from Temuka for Gore on Sunday and can look forward to a profitable day. His runner in the first, the Zilco/Carpet Plus Willy's Flooring Trot, is Trouble Giero. After perfect matinee form for trainer Michael Heenan, also his co-breeder and then co-owner, Trouble Giero changed hands.  He was presented by White at Washdyke last Sunday for his first start, but from barrier two, failed to trot away. The four year old settled in time to avoid penalty though, gradually progressed to be in a challenging position when it mattered, and had the audacity to sprint home and finish within a length of the winner.  White asked for Trouble Giero to be placed on the unruly for Gore and expects a better result. “He's a nice horse, it was a big run at Timaru,” he said. Dark Ops kicks off a new campaign in the fifth, the Jaccka Lodge Handicap, and faces a field of smart trotters. She hasn't raced since contesting a two-horse Breeders Crown fillies heat at Cambridge in July in which she broke soon after the start and was on her own thereafter. In her only public outings since, the CR Commando mare has taken part in workouts at Orari, on 1 October, and Mount Hutt a week later. “She was second to Harriet of Mot at Methven, the driver was pleased, said she felt good,” White explained, “the 2700 metres first up is the worry.” Race seven, the Southern Vegetation Control Mobile has attracted ten runners and not only are three of them prepared by White, they have drawn the first three marbles. Cullens Lady has the ace, which should suit her racing pattern, although she hasn't raced for more than a month. That was in a claimers at Addington and after racing handy the seven year old faded out. “Her blood was out last time, she's had a workout at Methven since then but this is up in grade,” said White. Former southern-based six year old Run To Hide, whose three starts at Gore have resulted in two wins and a second, has the two draw. He has had four starts for White and two back was a winner at Rangiora. At Timaru last week Run To Hide was in the last two or three throughout and although he didn't improve any places in the straight, closed well to get to about two lengths of the winner. “He's best driven for one run, he came home quick at Timaru,” said White. Pay Me Art has marble three and will appreciate that, having drawn second widest of the 10 metre markers in a handicap at Addington last week. A mid-race move from the back took him to the parked position but the effort told in the straight. Nathan Williamson takes the reins this week and White feels he is a big chance. “They're all chances,” he added. White's good fortune with draws continues in the eighth, the Gore Windscreen and Glass Mobile. Ultimate Fella has drawn one from behind the arm and gets the chance to prove his last-home at Addington a week ago all wrong. That was in a stand-start Alabar Super Series contest, the Changeover four year old was fractious at the start, didn't go away with them and never threatened afterwards. His three starts prior brought two wins and a fourth in mobile start races. “He's bright and working good, he's worthy of being first pick,” White said. Graeme Anderson has three in at Gore and is another trainer worth following. Elusive Flight has a $7500 claiming price in the SBS Claimers, third on the card. The Elsu gelding clocked 2:42.7 when second in a claimers at Invercargill last month.  Sovereign Banner is a star in the making and will make it tough for the White trio in the seventh while three year old Eamon Maguire looks to have a great chance of keeping his unbeaten record intact in race nine, the Bromac Lodge / Falls Bistro Mobile.  Rory McIlwrick drives the Anderson runners while Stephen McNally is on four of the six White candidates. The two drivers look likely to dominate the driver's challenge.   Mac Henry

He wasn't on-course at Gore today but Rakaia trainer Warren Stapleton will no doubt be very satisfied that Trouble Del has delivered him with his 100th trotting win. Stapleton has trained a few good squaregaiters over the forty years of his profession, including the likes of Cedar Fella and October Pride. He part-owns Trouble Del with his son Dean who was looking after the team of six at Gore today. "Mum booked for her and Dad to go to the Gold Coast. They got back home last night and would have noticed there were no horses and no truck. We just slipped down to Gore with the team," said Dean.  Trouble Del qualified and originally raced for Mike Heenan who bred him.  "I got back into horses last year to help Dad when he was crook. We wanted some better horses so I bought him (Trouble Del) off Mike Heenan, a mate of mine. He's just taken a bit of time but he's always shown a bit. He's a bit of a pet at home."  The lightly raced six year old son of Brylin Boyz galloped at the start and had to make up twenty lengths to get onto the back of the leading bunch. By the 1400 metres mark driver Nathan Williamson had him trotting nicely in the one one. When Duchess Grace galloped Williamson hocked Trouble Del out to improve. He trotted home untouched to win by a length and a quarter from Foursharesmorebeers.  Trouble Del winning at Gore                                                  Photo by Bruce Stewart   After today's win Stapleton says they'll  be staying close to home and racing at Methven before heading across the mountain on a bit of a road trip to the coast.  "He loves the grass. We actually bought him for the grass circuit. He goes as fast on the grass as he does on the crusher dust. I haven't been to Westport for a few years. I'm a bit famous over there so I'm heading back. I can't wait. My bags are packed."   Trouble Del returning after winning at Gore                          Photo by Bruce Stewart At his previous start at Forbury Park Trouble Del sat parked for most the trip and was just run down by King Kone.  "He hasn't had much luck this time in. He's had broken gear but last week he went well at Forbury. Anyone watching that run would have backed him today."   Bruce Stewart - Southland Harness

Temuka harness racing trainer Brent White likes racing horses in Southland.   He's been a regular visitor to the province over the years and recorded his biggest 'southern' win last season when quality mare Sell A Bit won the Southern Belle Speed Series in race record time at Winton.   His latest winner at Gore Raceway today was Shards Halo - an American Ideal mare out of You're So Hot which was bred in the province by Debbie and Mark Smith, breeders of last months yearling sales topper Mach Shard.   Today she was having her third start for White after starting her career with Greg Payne.     "The owner formed a syndicate before Christmas made up of people from Canterbury and Nelson." "They asked me to train her." "I've had her for about three to four months," said White.    Since taking over her training the mare has been in the money and according to White has been unlucky not to have won a race before today.    "She been a certainty beat the last two times." "At Forbury she was the hot pot and Stephen (regular driver Stephen McNally) got buried five back on the fence. " "He launched her down the outside and she got home in 26. 2 and at Addington the other night she got crossed and got out late and ran third." "Getting a bit of place money isn't the worst though."   White says he hasn't changed too much but has just concentrated on keeping Shards Halo happy.    "She seems pretty happy in herself." "We don't do a lot of work with her and we just try to keep her happy really." "That's what we do with all our fillies and mares and vary their work a bit." "She used to get up and pull." "We've worked on that and she's just got better and better as we've gone along." "She's got some speed and is nice to have around the place."    White's talented trotter Trouble Rieu was also supposed to make the trip.   "He went awful last weekend at Addington." "We pulled bloods off him during the week and they were awful so he didn't make the trip. "She (Shard Halo) was just going to be another drive for Stephen." "But it didn't matter where she was going to go she was going to win a maiden race pretty soon." "We're racing for $7,500 here today and next Thursday at Addington they're racing for $6,500." "I thought that if we picked up one today we may go to Waikouaiti in fourteen days where there's a penalty free race for invited drivers."   So we can expect to see more of the white colours in the south in the future?    "If I don't come down I send them down to Alister Black." "He looks after them and does a good job." "I like the Southland style of racing." "It's about putting your horse in the right company." "Now that my partner and I have bought a property in Temuka it's a bit closer."    The Gore grass surface was lightning fast today and track records broken were:   Titan Banner -  3-27-6 for the 2600 metre stand beating stablemates Belkmyster's previous record of 3-28.7 Ottawa -  3-33.0 - a new track record for trotters over 2600 metres. Dickey Bill was the holder of the previous record of 3-34.6 (1976). Vera's Delight -  2-21-5 a new mares and open record for the 1800 metre mobile. Fiery Ferret -  2-19.4 a new three year old colts and geldings record for 1800 metres mobile. The previous record of 2-23.7 was recorded at this meeting by Smithy last season. Tartan Trilogy -  2-17.5 for the 1800 metres mobile and new open track record for colts and gelding.             Bruce Stewart  - Southland Harness Racing  -  Check site here  

"He's getting his mojo. He's a pretty nice horse," were the post race comments from trainer Phil Williamson after the well bred Springbank Eden won the Kina Craig Stud Handicap Trot at Gore yesterday.   The Angus Hall four year old was purchased for  $127,500 at the 2013 Sale of the Stars by Eastern Southland farmers Alistair and Denise Smith. He's out of the four win daughter of Landora's Special which won thirty races including the Dominion Handicap and Rowe Cup.   "He's a good looking horse and that's why Smithy bought him. And he's starting to repay the faith we had in him."   His form early last season was at best patchy so at the end of the season Williamson gave the gelding four starts within twenty one days in a deliberate plan to strengthen him.    "It was just to toughen him up." "Putting those runs into them stands to them as they get more mature." "He's a big horse and heavy boned but every year he's got better." "As he's got better his gait has improved." "As a two year old it wasn't that great because he was like a big kid."   Williamson says Springbank Eden has come back bigger and stronger this season and judging from the way he won yesterday more wins are in store.    "He's definitely got more wins in him and I don't see why he won't win a few more." "If he keeps improving the way he is he might be able to go all the way." I think if we raced him next week he'd be even better." "He jogged that. In saying that some of the favourite horses like Grey Power galloped but manners are important."    Williamson will now look at the upcoming Central Otago racing programme before deciding whether to start the class three trotter at Omakau.   Bruce Stewart  -  Southland Harness Racing    

The battle between three Southland four year olds continued at Gore on Sunday when Pulp Fiction, I'm Full Of Excuses and Tas Man Bromac renewed a rivalry that started last season in the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes.   It was the locally owned Pulp Fiction who triumped when he recorded his tenth win in his twenty four race career.    "We targeted this race because he's owned here and it's nice for him to do the job," said trainer Tony Stratford."   "It was only the gelding's fifth start this season. He won first up at Oamaru in September before minor placings at Gore, Kaikoura and Invercargill."   "He's come up super and Oamaru seems like a long time again." "He could have easily won his last three starts but things haven't worked out for one reason or another."   In yesterdays Mataura Licensing Trust Gore Trotting Cup the four year old entire began well from the 30 metre mark. Stablemate Even Flo set a fast early clip before Pulp Fiction in the lightning fast move by driver Dexter Dunn took the lead with just under 1600 metres to run.     "We don't tell Dexter how to drive him as he knows the horse better than anyone. "I was hoping that if he got away well that he'd get around the field." "With as much speed as he's got you just can't give those horses a start and come wide so I was pleased to see him go round when he did."   Pulp Fiction was joined by favourite Tas Man Bromac with a lap to run. At the top of the straight Dunn cut away from Tas Man Bromac and Even Flo. I'm Full Of Excuses made up many lengths from the back to get within one and three quarters of the length of Pulp Fiction with Tas Man Bromac four lengths away in third.     "As long as he comes through this well he'll go to Omakau then we'll probably give him a wee let up and run him in the Invercargill Cup." "I can't see him having too many more starts this season to be fair." If we look after him this year maybe he'll be in the big one (New Zealand Cup) next year."    He's owned by Alan Steel, his son Raymond Steel and Allan's other son Chris's partner Sally McCann.    Pulp Fiction time of 3-20.9 was a new race and track record. The previous race and track record was held by Tartan Lady who recorded 3-21.1 in 1998.    This is the first time Stratford has won the Gore Cup as a trainer. He drove the Ian Wilson trained Oreti Beach to win the race in 2005.  Bruce Stewart  -  Southland Harness Racing  

Ryal Bush trainer Brett Gray describes Bettor Go Hurry as one of the unluckiest horses he's ever trained.   Yesterday, aided by a positive drive by Brent Barclay who took the four year old straight to the lead, the gelding won the Abernethy Contracting Pace easily by four and three quarter lengths.   "This is the first time he hasn't been unlucky." "He's been racing super to be fair in good fields, so it's been no surprise." "I'd like to give him one more start and have a let up." "I think he's a pretty nice horse." "I'd love a stable full of horses like him," said Gray.   Better Go Hurry was bred by the late Colin Baynes and sold to the Butterworth Racing Syndicate after he qualified on this track in March.   His first three starts yielded three seconds before he ran fourth behind quality three year old Galactic Star at Winton last weekend.    "It was his own fault last start when he flopped out of the gate and got back on the rails."     He's the first foal out of the Bettor's Delight mare Better Hurry. She's a half sister to Country Ways which won eighteen races including the Newstalk ZB Flying Stakes at Addington as a three year old in 2001.    Later in the programme Gray won with the Charlie and Alisa Smaill owned Odette Jaccka. Her win over 2200 metres in 2-41.3 was a new track record for mares. The previous record of 2-41.9 was recorded earlier this season by Sheeza Shark.    Gray has now won thirteen races so far this season and it seems certain he will break his PB of fourteen recorded last season.  Bruce Stewart  -  Southland Harness Racing  

Gore Real Estate agent and President of the Northern Southland Trotting Club Bill McDonald trained his first winner at the Riverton Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park yesterday.   Six year old Bettor’s Delight gelding Machinegun Kelly at odds of 41 to 1 and expertly driven by junior driver Craig Ferguson lead and held on to beat the trailing Smiling Armada by three quarters of a length.    Machinegun Kelly was named after the James Taylor song inspired from attending a James Taylor concert.    The win was special because McDonald's mother Iona who recently died at the age of ninety, was part of the ownership and is still named in the racebook.   “Mum and I have been breeding for years and looking for that New Zealand Cup winner,” said McDonald. His children Bridget and Angus are also involved.    Machinegun Kelly qualified at McDonald’s home track Balfour, in December 2012 and has had a number of trainers over the four seasons he’s been racing.   “He was a bit of a lunatic as a young horse. He was seeing things that didn’t exist. We sent his up to Geoff Hill in Canterbury to ride and then to Geoff and Jude Knight’s for him to be in a bigger stable. They got two quick wins out of him. I then sent him up to Stewart Ashworth’s in Auckland and he won with him at his second start. Then he went off, so we brought him home and gave him three weeks off.”   This was the gelding’s pipe opener for his six year old season and he was given just one workout by McDonald finishing third behind the tightly assessed Pulp Fiction and Char Do Neigh on 24th October.   He’s by Bettor’s Delight out of the Holmes Hanover mare Sound Track which won one race for farrier and trainer Murray Jones.   “She goes back to a mare called Rosehaven. Dad raced her in the 60’s and vet Cliff Irvine suggested that we should give her away. She ended up with the Yardleys and they bred Black Watch out of her.”   Black Watch left Tay Bridge (9 wins), Remarkable (11 wins) and the unraced Aberfeldy the dam of Reba Lord (17 wins) and Megaera (8 wins).   The pedigree extends back to the mighty Mountbatten.   McDonald was very complimentary of Craig Ferguson’s drive saying that his charge can run “58 halves” all day long but is not suited to slowly run races that end up with a sprint home.   “I wish clubs would programme two mile events for some of the lower grade horses. It would suit a few.”   You have the power Bill!! Bruce Stewart Reproduced with permission of Southland Harness Racing   -   Check site here    

The aptly-named Twice The Delight passed her first step toward a potential Southland Oaks target in the autumn with a tidy front-running debut win at Gore on Saturday, October 11. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Trelise (Holmes Hanover-Twice As Good) was sent out a dominating $1.60 favourite on the strength of an impressive recent Rangiora trial and was always in control. Overport Lodge trainer-driver Mark Jones, who brought up his sixth training win for the term, dictated the front end from the three gate. After having former stablemate Rockahula Arden for company over the last lap, was too good in the run home, winning by 1 1/4 lengths in a 2:00.4 rate (1700m). Mark was entrusted with Twice The Delight after she failed to attract a bid at the 2013 NZ Premier Yearling Sale. A cut to a leg a week from the sales distracted potential buyers. Southland breeders, Wyndham-based Bruce and Caroline Robertson, and Bathan and Jane Muir, of Edendale, decided to leave her with Mark and restructured her ownership. The Robertsons’ and the Muirs’, along with Bathan’s parents Ken and Jill, combined under the Matai Farms Limited banner. Other shares were taken by Bill and Pauline Bain, of Roxburgh; and Peter and Caroline Clulee, of Mosgiel. Twice The Delight, who continues to strengthen, has plenty going for her on breeding. She is a sister to three-win squaregaiter Bet Online, but hails from a big “black type” winning pacing family. Their four-win dam Trelise (1:58.7, 1700m) is a daughter of five-win Butler BG mare Twice As Good (1:56.5 m.r., 1700m). Trelise is a half-sister to the smart pacers, St Barts (1:57 m.r., 1950m, 15 wins & over $150,000), Waitfornoone (1:55.7 m.r., 1700m, 11 wins & $201,805), Fight Fire With Fire (1:56.7, seven wins & $151,656), Twice As Hot (1:59.6 m.r, 2200m, five wins & $50,537) and Mark Dennis (1:54.2, 25 wins & $A177,567). Two close relatives starred across the Tasman last weekend. Mark Dennis won first-up since transferring to the New South Wales team of Shane Tritton in the $A30,000 Group Three ffa at Menangle, NSW, on Saturday night, in a 1:57.4 rate over 2300m. Twice As Hot’s son Flaming Flutter (1:53.9, 15 wins & $A190,446) shone at Tabcorp Park, Melton, Victoria, on Friday night. The son of Bettor’s Delight and Twice As Hot was just outside Carribean Blaster’s Melton 2240m stand start track mark when taking out the Group Two $A50,505 City Of Melton Plate in a fast 1:57.6 rate. Twice The Delight’s third dam Princess Nandina (1:59.8) left top USA filly/mare Pacific (p2, 1:56.8 & p3, 1:53), the winner of 27 race for $871,550 including a Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies and Mistletoe Shalee Stakes Final. RUMERATION FOR LAST-PLACED GUGGENHEIM The connections of Gore maiden runnerup Rockahula Arden were ordered to pay  remuneration equivalent to the third-placed stake of $475 to the connections of last-placed Guggenheim under the discretion of new judicial rules. In a first-case scenario, it was established that Rockahula Arden (Dexter Dunn) had shifted out sharply when the removeable deafeners were released, despite the driver’s efforts to keep his horse straight, checking Guggenheim (Nathan Williamson, three wide). Trailing horses, Canasta and Neat N Petite, were also inconvenienced. The connections of Guggenheim sought a JCA ruling, which empowered the Judicial committee to order part, or all, of the stake monies payable if they were satisfied the interference denied the affected runner a chance to finish in a higher place. Courtesy Of Mark Jones Racing - Check site here    

Yesterday at the harness racing meeting at Gore another daughter of the Muscles Yankee sire, Muscle Mass was a winner at just her third lifetime start. Mass Invasion is a 4 year old mare by Muscle Mass who is trained at Rakauhauka by Clark Barron for his father in law Joe Crooks. Sent out favourite after being unlucky at her previous start, Clark jumped Mass Invasion to an early lead from barrier four. Attacked after 300 metres by Springfield Eyre who went to the front, Clark immediately took Mass Invasion out of the trail and back into the lead and it was a lead she would never surrender. Keeping up a good clip the whole journey, Mass Invasion had too many guns in the straight and comfortably held off her challengers. Mass Invasion trotted the 2200 metres from a stand in 2:57.6 with closing sectionals of 60.6 and 30. Clark has a bit of time for the young trotter who only qualified in late August. "This is really only her first serious preparation and she has come a long way in a short time. She is a lovely gaited trotter with great manners as she showed yesterday," he said. The track had plenty of top on it early in the day and Clark thought Mass Invasion wasn't as fluid as normal in the conditions. "The track had a lot of top in race one and she wasn't completely at ease in it She wasn't that happy in front either but after being so unlucky the start before I thought I would take luck out of the equation," Clark said  Clark thinks that she will handle the step up to the C1 grade going on her trial runs. "She has raced a lot of the C1 trotters at trials and more than held her own so I think she will handle the rise in class," he said. Mass Invasion is one of only five live foals from the first crop of Muscle Mass that were sired by frozen semen. The whole five are 4 year old mares and Mass Invasion is his third winner but the best performer from that crop of five is undoubtedly K D Muscles 2:00.1 ($40,297) who though placed second in both the Trotting Oaks and the PGG Sales race, is yet to win on raceday. Muscle Mass was not available in 2011 or 2012 to New Zealand breeders but was available in 2013 via fresh semen and does have 55 yearlings to represent him next season. With his oldest crop just coming to the end of their four year old season in North America, Muscle Mass has $7,606,424 on his card already with 11 in 1:55. Muscle Mass is currently 11th on the North American 2 year old sires list this season while his full brother Muscle Massive is a close second to Muscle Hill with his first crop of 2 year olds. With the performance of his stock in North America and of the handful of his 4 year olds in New Zealand, you would expect the stock of Muscle Mass to be keenly sought after at next years sales. Harnesslink Media  

Congratulations to Dexter Dunn, Jonny Cox, Ricky May, Scott Phelan, and Stephen McNally who managed to tip out winners last week. The best result was Stephen McNally’s tip of Juicy Odds. Who lived up to her name, getting home at odds of $5.10 Let’s see if we can top that this week. Andrew Armour: Thinks Rory, who was an emphatic first-start winner, can repeat the dose in race twelve at Gore on Saturday. Anthony Butt: Has opted for Pass Them By, who drops back to a grade race after finishing fourth in the Methven Cup. He looks hard to beat in the second race at Addington on Friday. Blair Orange: Rates the chances of the impressive Saveapatrol. He will look to make the most of a Harness Plus bonus in race ten at Gore on Saturday. Craig Thornley: Thinks Sunset Franco can offer some value in the last race at Timaru on Sunday. John Dunn: Thinks Franco Nelson will take all sorts of stopping in the first race at Addington on Friday. Jonny Cox: Believes Moonlight Spirit is a bold each-way chance from the ace draw in race seven at Gore on Saturday. Mark Jones: Has a nice team in this week, but rates Major Sam as the best of them – Addington, race 12. Mathew Williamson: Has opted for the fresh-up Yankee One as his bet of the week. He competes in the sixth race at Addington on Friday. Nathan Williamson: Is very bullish about the chances of Onedin Mach, who looks the one in race six at Gore on Sunday. Ricky May: Thought Beach Bunny won with a bit in hand last start, and thinks he is a better horse this time in. Look out for him in the second race at Addington on Friday. Simon McMullen: Has runners far and wide this week. But thinks an improving Jono Bonito is the best of them – Alexandra Park, race five. Simon Lawson: Has opted for Tiago Bromac, who was a good fresh-up winner. He goes around in the last race at Alexandra Park on Friday. Steve Richardson (T.A.B): Thinks the talented New Deal can break his maiden status in the last race at Addington on Friday. Terry Chmiel: Thinks Oh Nova can get the job done in race five at Addington on Friday. Tim Williams: Has opted for Back On Board, who resumes in the second race at Gore on Sunday. By Mitchell Robertson

It’s hard enough to break a track record, let alone on debut, but that's exactly what Cala did when winning at today’s (Sunday March 10) harness racing meeting at Gore.

The pacer that beat Terror To Love's track record at Rangiora in November should be too strong in the South Island's feature harness racing event on Sunday (February 10) - the $25,000 Waikouaiti Cup.

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