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View the Addington harness racing fields click here! By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk     Group Three winner Pres The Belle will be looking to get her career back on track at Addington Raceway on Friday. The 13-win mare has had four starts for her new trainers, Geoff and James Dunn, and they believe she is capable of recording her first victory in their colours in the Haras des Trotteurs Heather Williams Memorial Mobile Trot (1980m). She has failed to flatter since joining the West Melton barn, but showed a glimpse of her former self when winning by five lengths in her 2600m trial last week. “We have changed her front shoes and she has trotted really well at the trials, so hopefully she can do it at Addington,” James Dunn said. “She doesn’t like Addington as much as other tracks, but she has been going good enough. “This is probably the most winnable race she has come up against since we have had her. If she brings her manners and doesn’t pull too hard, she should be a good chance.” Pres The Belle will come up against the likes of Group Three winner Splash Cola and in-form mare Gold Chains, but Dunn believes his mare is capable of holding her own on Friday. “Splash Cola is pretty good when they bring their A-game over the short trip, but Gold Chain is flying,” he said. “Pres The Belle is the class horse of the field. At her best she would be very hard to beat, but she is not there anymore, so we have got to get her 90-95 percent and she should be in the top three.” Dunn will also line-up Laver in the Dunstan Horsefeeds Mobile Pace (1980m) after he disappointed when fading late at Addington in his last start in March. He has subsequently freshened and has pleased in his resuming trials where he has placed and won in the lead up to Friday. “He was well short for that last start and after that we found out he was a little bit crook, so we have treated him and gave him some time, took him back to the trials and started again,” Dunn said. “He is still quite heavy. He got away on us a little bit. That is a good sign, it usually means he is pretty well. “We are using this as a fitness run looking towards the Jewels.” The Dunns final runner of the night will be Derby placegetter The Falcon, who put in a subpar performance at Rangiora last month. “He was disappointing last start,” Dunn said. “We probably asked him to come out of the gate a little bit (hard) and maybe backing up from the Derby he just found it a bit tough. “We have given him a bit of a freshen-up. We were going to go to the trials, but with the premier meeting next week we thought that we might as well go to a race instead of straight into a premier meeting after a month off racing.” Dunn is enjoying his first season training in partnership with his father, with 11 wins to their name so far. “It is going well,” he said. “We haven’t had a winner for a while, but we are pretty happy with how the season has gone so far. Laver has helped a lot and has won five. I am enjoying it.”

View the Alexandra Park harness racing fields click here! The odd man out of Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett’s stable could end up being their best chance at Alexandra Park tonight. The beach trainers will take 10 horses to headquarters, which is nothing unusual in itself as they often provide valuable horse numbers to help fill out northern meetings. But tonight their team will include Blitzembye (R3, No.7). “We have about 20 trotters but he is the only pacer we have and we really like him,” says Wallis. It is not that the stable are strangers to training pacers and even very good ones as they prepared one of the most under-rated pacers of the last 20 years in Sly Flyin. “We would definitely take more pacers but we do probably prefer the trotters,” admits Wallis. Blitzembye actually resumed for the stable last Friday so the trotters won’t be totally dumbfounded by a set of hopples in the gear bag and he flashed home for second after being driven conservatively. He looks a five-win horse in the making who should thrive in the easier winter competition but tactics early and the tempo of the race could decide his chances from his tricky barrier. “He did a big job to win in the same prep as when he qualified last time so we expect him to be even better this time in.” The star of the trotting team tonight is Invictus although his natural racing style is not suited by his 35m handicap in race nine, the main trot of the night. “The 35m isn’t ideal but he can begin quickly. But it is hard to see him leading. “But away from the best trotters he is hard to beat, especially once he gets closer to the front line.” The Wallis/Hackett stable has three juvenile trotters in the second tote race for that crop in the north this season and Wallis says Faith In Manchester is their best hope. “She galloped last start at Cambridge but we think we have that sorted out,” she offers. They dominate race four tonight with four starters and suggest a roughie for punters, not a bad option in what is not the strongest maiden trot. “Cruise Control might not have the best form but he has ability and won well at the workouts last week so we think he has a real chance, particularly if he gets things right.” High In The Sky is rated an each way chance in race six where her manners could be handy in a capacity field which will make it hard on those who get too far back. The best pacer in show tonight is Sires’ Stakes winner America Dealer, who returns from a wide draw in the feature pace which is unusually the last race on the card. He is only using tonight’s race to get ready for the Jewels and then a Queensland campaign and he could settle last in the small field but he looked very ready when pacing his last 400m in 26.8 to easily beat some of these at the workouts last weekend so if presented at the right time he can still win.   by Michael Guerin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    There’s a burgeoning rivalry developing at Cambridge Raceway and it’s just starting to heat up. Local junior drivers Alicia Harrison and Luke Whittaker have drawn level at the top of the North Island junior driver standings after Harrison recorded a winning double at her home meeting on Thursday night. She opened her account behind the Matthew White-trained Emmber in the Cambridge Homes Mobile Pace (2200m). The daughter of triple Group One winner Lauraella had to do it tough, sitting parked throughout, but she was able to draw on all her reserves to get up by a head over Jaccka Cooper, with Hooray Henry a further three-quarters of a length back in third. “Emmber had to do it quite tough, but she was quite on the bit and not as relaxed as I would have liked her to have been,” Harrison said. “Thankfully she dug in and stuck on really well. It was a really good effort from her.” Harrison was back in the winner’s circle saluting the judge in the following race after an all the way victory behind the Steve and Amanda Telfer-trained Sarandon. “It was a super effort from Sarandon,” Harrison said. “She is just a tough, wee mare. She tries her heart out. “She is only pony-sized, but I would love to have a heap of her around. She is such a cool, little horse. “The Telfers have been exceptional and every time you get on one of their horses you know it’s going to be in with a winning chance.” Her double brings Harrison’s season tally to 16 wins and on equal terms with Whittaker, who works for Cambridge trainer Mike Berger. “I was getting worried because he (Whittaker) had quite a few nice chances tonight. It is good to be back on level terms and now hopefully I can keep it ticking along,” Harrison said. Harrison is enjoying her best season to date and is relishing driving at premier meetings, most recently behind New York Minute in the Gr.1 Taylor Mile (1609m) and Gr.1 NZ Messenger Championship (2700m). “The first night I was so excited, and then it rained, and it was awful out there,” she said. “But it was awesome to be out there. “He went a great race in the Messenger, but unfortunately we got shuffled up and couldn’t get into it.” Harrison is looking forward to continuing her duel with Whittaker for top North Island junior driver honours, but she is also excited about the prospects of driving on Harness Jewels Day at Cambridge Raceway next month. “I am excited for the Jewels,” she said. “A mile is probably not New York Minute’s go, but it is pretty cool that he has made the race and that I will have a drive on a big day like that at Cambridge.” View the Cambridge harness racing results click here!

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Premier harness racing hits Addington tonight with a ten race program starting at 5:02pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Addington selections 7th May 2021 Best Bet:  R3 Willow Bay Best Value:  R9 Artatac    Race 1 Valley Star (6) Majestic Chick (5) One Majic Kenny (8) Sekkie Monkey (7)   Race 2 Folklore (5) Soundsofcash (2) Silk (3) Cheezel (8)   Race 3 Willow Bay (2) Always Have Faith (5) Star Casino (7) Strength And Honour (3)   Race 4 Jimmy Paul (6) Still Truckin (5) Acento (4) Royal Ruby (2)   Race 5 Maui (6) Miss Crazed (7) Franco Jorik (3) Paramount Princess (4)   Race 6 Watch Me Now (6) Laver (5) Plutonium Lady (7) Kruizr (4)    Race 7 Splash Cola (7) Pres The Belle (8) Gold Chain (6) Time In A Bottle (5)   Race 8 Jimmy Arma (2) Sense Of Occasion (1) Lincoln Skipper (10) Boarding Call (13)   Race 9 Artatac (12) Little Gee (2) Serg Blanco (6) Wee Ring The Changes (11)   Race 10 The Falcon (5) Not Over (11) Perfect Cut (1) Teagan Banner (7)   Harnesslink Media

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Premier harness racing hits Auckland tonight with a ten race program starting at 5:20pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Auckland selections 7th May 2021 Best Bet:  R4 Cyclone Lebron Best Value:  R2 Lynton Creek   Race 1 Double Delight (1) Faith In Manchester (5) American Muscle (2) Quik Barbie (6)   Race 2 Lynton Creek (8) M T Pockets (2) Kayla Maguire (9) Prodigal Pete (4)   Race 3 Lord Verde (2) Blitzembye (7) Cashlodo Flybye (5) Bettor Listen (8)   Race 4 Cyclone Lebron (4) Soledad (5) Majestic Princess (1) Bun In The Oven (3)   Race 5 Cya Art (4) Santa Maria (1) Louie The Punter (2) Commander Cathy (5)   Race 6 Blameitonthenight (4) Ohoka Creed (7) Mercury Rising (5) Sugar Apple (6)    Race 7 High In The Sky (2) Bro Fawkes S (5) My Royal Roxy (6) The Big Bird (14)   Race 8 Je T'Aime (2) John Wayne (10) Melanion (12) Shirley Bromac (4)   Race 9 Invictus (6) Forget The Price Tag (5) Monkey Selfie (4) Kay Cee (7)   Race 10 American Dealer (7) Warloch (5) Raven Banner (1) Dance Time (6)   Harnesslink Media

A champion harness racing driver has been caught working with horses despite a two-year ban. Matt Anderson, an ex-New Zealand representative and national premiership-winning driver, was disqualified from working with harness horses in August last year after convictions for assaulting and choking a woman. Racing Integrity Unit staff found Anderson, 28, helping to train horses at a training base in Rangiora run by veteran trainer Phil Burrows on Tuesday. Burrows has held a training licence since 1996 and has more than 1500 races under his belt. When approached on Wednesday, he said he had nothing to say. Read the full story click here!   Martin Van Beynen Stuff

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Peter and Vaughan Blanchard are hoping a couple of their stable runners will clear maiden ranks this week. The father-and-son training duo will head to Cambridge Raceway on Thursday with Harvey Specter and Skyzclearnsunny and they believe both runners are capable of scoring their first wins. Four-year-old gelding Harvey Specter will contest the Mitre 10 Cambridge Mobile Pace (2200m) where he will be driven by Todd Macfarlane from gate three. The 22-start maiden has finally started to hit his straps, placing in his last two starts, and his connections are hoping he can finally breakthrough for that maiden win on Thursday. “He is pretty consistent,” Vaughan Blanchard said. “It is a good draw, so hopefully he gets a bit of luck and things pan out well for him.” Later on the card, Skyzclearnsunny will be out to go one better than her last start runner-up effort when she lines-up in the On Site NZMCA Parking @ Cambridge Raceway Mobile Trot (2200m). “She is in a mobile, which she has already placed in before,” Blanchard said. “Her run last week was good and she seems really well. Hopefully she has good manners on Thursday.” The Pukekohe barn will also take a handful of runners to Alexandra Park on Friday. Promising trotter Cyclone Lebron has started his racing career in the right fashion, placing in both of his starts to date, and he will attempt to gain his first scalp in the Book Now for Mid-Winter Christmas At Alex Park Trot (2200m). “His first couple of runs have been pretty good. If he brings his manners he will be thereabouts,” Blanchard said. The Blanchard’s will have a two-pronged attack in the Blues Rugby Mobile Pace (2200m) with Je T’Aime and Joshua Richard. Je T’Aime takes a runner-up result into Friday, while Blanchard is expecting Joshua Richard to improve with his third run in 16 months. “Joshua Richard’s first two runs for us were really good,” he said. “It is a shame about the draw (8). He has only had two raceday starts over 16 months, so whatever he does this week he will improve on. “He was previously with Todd Macfarlane and it was nothing serious, but every time they got him close (to the races) something would go wrong. They had a run of bad luck with him. “He is now a little older, and more mature, and seems in a really good headspace. “He is a horse to follow in the future.” “Je T’Aime’s run last start was good. We feel like she is as good if not better than last time. She will need luck, but she is working pretty well.” Blanchard’s Auckland quartet will be completed by Satchmo in the Drag Bingo 3 June @ The Alex Mobile Pace (2200m). “He is probably the most improved horse in our barn. His last two starts have been very good. We clocked him 26.9 home last start,” Blanchard said. “It is a tricky wee field, but if the tempo is on I expect him to be right in it.”

Will it be third time lucky for Tornado Valley? The champion trotter has been beaten at his past two starts when victory would have taken him past $1 million in stakemoney, something only two Aussie-trained trotters have done before – Sundons Gift and Keystone Del. Tornado Valley is perched on $994,397 as he heads to the Group 2 Vulcan Trotters’ free-for-all (1720m) at Melton on Saturday night. Only the $13,680 first prize will be enough to give him the milestone moment. But it won’t be easy again as the nine-year-old has drawn the back over the sprint trip, negating that great gate speed weapon of his. Former topliner Sparkling Success has gate six looks as looks the main danger, while Big Jack Hammer beat Tornado Valley at Geelong two starts back, but will need luck from inside the back row this time. It’s one several highlights on the Melton card, which also includes two Group 1 Vicbred Home Grown finals for two-year-old trotters. In the fillies’ final, Geoff Webster’s Aldebaran Misty looks as hard to beat as any from gate two. Brent Lilley and Chris Alford team-up with the promising Kyvalley Pierro, will take beating from the pole in the colts and geldings final. In the fast-class race of the night, former Kiwi Willie Go West has the pole and will take beating, but the brilliant Honolua Bay (gate four), Reactor Now (eight), Sicario (nine) and Im Anothermasterpiece (10) are also major players. ________________________________________________________________________________ The strong trotting theme stretches to Saturday night’s card, headlined by the Group 2 NSW Trotters’ Derby. Last week’s Oaks winner Aldebaran Ursula comes right into play from gate one, while Anthony Butt’s Have No Fear (six) and Brent Lilley’s Kyvalley Hotspur (seven) will have plenty of admirers. The other highlight of the card is star speedster Cash N Flow’s return in the Bulli Cup. The Kiwi-owned veteran is back from a freshen-up and will dominate betting in a moderate field despite drawing the outside (gate 10). ________________________________________________________________________________ You can tell Queensland’s bolstered winter carnival – now dubbed “Constellations” – is just around the corner. Everybody is talking about the long list of stars headed to the Sunshine State in coming months. And one of the best local players will be former star but injury-plagued Kiwi pacer Turn It Up. Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham gave him a break after he didn’t show his best in two runs during a NSW raid in February/March. Turn It Up resumes in the free-for-all (2138m) which is race one at Albion Park on Saturday night. It’s never easy from outside the back row (gate 11), but Turn It Up’s speed and class will see him very popular with punters. ________________________________________________________________________________ A couple of classy former Kiwi mares in Tiffany Rose and Queen Shenandoah add loads of interest to Gloucester Park’s feature on Friday night. The mares have drawn gates one and two respectively in the $50,000 Group 2 WASBA Breeders Stakes for fillies and mares over 2130m. It’s a wide open race, but if Tiffany Rose and/or Queen Shenandoah are at their best first-up, they’ll give it a huge shake.   Adam Hamilton

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Premier harness racing hits Cambridge tonight with an eight race program starting at 5:20m and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Cambridge selections 6th May 2021 Best Bet:  R1 Mufasa Metro Best Value:  R6 The Sportsman   Race 1 Mufasa Metro (4) Griffins Hall (9) Thank You (1) Alana (6)   Race 2 Itsthefinalcountdown (2) Jungle Gem (9) Dramatist (11) Boilover (4)   Race 3 Phoebe Imperial (6) The Hulk (4) As Free As Air (5) Majestic Harry (2)   Race 4 Harvey Specter (3) Big Skewy (1) Wet Flipflops (7) Norvic Rockstar (9)   Race 5 Pull The Other Leg (6) Spirit Of Anzac (9) Jack Tar (4) Eagle Watch (10)   Race 6 The Sportsman (1) Mr Perfect (11) Hooray Henry (13) Emmber (3)   Race 7 Frankie Jones (7) Rocknroll Mama (9) Ace Strike (10) Sarandon (1)   Race 8 Skyzrclearnsunny (3) Sly Punter (6) Chicago H (2) Ahwel (1)   Harnesslink Media

Brisbane harness racing trainer Darren Weeks says Kiwi star Spankem is an exciting addition to his stable ahead of upcoming 2021 The TAB Queensland Constellations. Spankem has recently departed the team of champion trainer Mark Purdon and driver Natalie Rasmussen in New Zealand and was set to land with Weeks as early as Wednesday of this week. Spankem comes to Weeks and his team at Stanmore through his partner, Kylie Rasmussen and regular driver, the sister of Natalie. While there is no specific path locked in yet for the TAB Queensland Constellations, the team behind Spankem will devise a plan in the coming weeks. Success has come for Spankem in Australia and back home in New Zealand, winning the Miracle Mile at Menangle in 2019. “We haven’t had a good look at exactly what we will do, but he has come across to go to the big features through the winter - maybe the Blacks A Fake, or something like that,” Weeks said. “But there are other races he could go too; they are the obvious targets for him. “I do not know exactly how long he is going to be here but for what I know, we have got him here for the upcoming carnival.” Spankem is owned by Phil and Glenys Kennard, who have declared the gun pacer is ready to race right now, ahead of the start of The TAB Queenland Constellations in June. “We had thought about sending him to Australia in January, to come over to Sydney and race around the Miracle Mile, but unfortunately he got a little bit tired with his racing and we decided to give him a freshen up,”  Glenys said. “His last race for him here was the Easter Cup, which was the end of April, and he is raring to go now and is just jumping out of his skin. "We couldn’t turn him out now because there would be too big a break for him to start his New Zealand Cup prep. “We have raced horses like this before, get some sun on the horses back, go through the Winter Carnival in Queensland and then bring him back into it over here.” The Kennard’s usually make an annual trip to Australia around this time of year, but was unable to for obvious reasons in 2020, and are excited to get back in a few months’ time. The pair have had an exciting journey in racing over the years, including having Smolda and Lazarus, on top of Spankem and others. “We have had some good ones over the years,” Glenys said. Weeks is excited to have Spankem in his care over the next few months. “He is a top class horse as far as pacers go, it will be good to have him in the stable,” Weeks said. Glenys says she has complete confidence in the Brisbane-based Weeks and Rasmussen team, noting that some Kiwi horses seem to grow an extra leg when they arrive to race in the Sunshine State. The new and improved Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival features 11 Group 1 races and more than $2 million in prize money and bonuses.   During June and July, the Sunshine State will host five thrilling carnival race nights under lights - an exciting initiative for Australasia’s rising stars of harness racing. The Weeks and Rasmussen partnership have been in form of late, taking out the Group 2 Australian Pacing Gold Bullion Final for 2YO Fillies on Saturday night at Albion Park with Cat King Cole. Cat King Cole blitzed the field by almost 30 lengths as a red hot favourite, and Weeks is hopeful of a big 2021 with the filly. “She goes good, we are really happy with her,” Weeks said. “Saturday week she will race in the two-year-old breeders final at Albion Park and then she will have a bit of a break and then be set for the TRIAD final in July. “We are really excited with her; she is a really nice horse.”   By Jordan Gerrans

Details of a secret sting that caught disgraced harness racing trainer Jesse Alford injecting two horses with a prohibited substance have emerged at a hearing where integrity officials called for him to be banned from the sport for nine years. Alford appeared at a penalty hearing before the Judicial Control Authority at Addington Raceway on Wednesday after pleading guilty to two charges of administering a prohibited substance on race day and one charge of attempting to administer a prohibited substance. At the hearing it was revealed that Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) investigators planted a hidden camera near the Woodend Beach stables the 30-year-old shared after receiving a tip he was doping horses. On February 25 they caught him red-handed as he injected two horses, Johnny Nevits and Jimmy Cannon, with a substance, and attempted to tube one of them, two hours before they were due to race at the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club meet at Addington Raceway. Tubing is an illegal process that allows a chemical solution to be administered to a horse to improve its stamina. The hidden camera footage was among evidence presented at Wednesday's hearing. According to the summary of facts, Alford injected Jimmy Cannon in the neck using a syringe filled with 10 millilitres of formalin, which contains about 10 per cent formaldehyde, while another person, whose name is suppressed, held the horse by its head collar. Read the full story click here!   by Sam Sherwood Stuff

Successful day on the racetrack for Down Under racehorses. Sundays harness racing meeting at Harrah’s Philadelphia Chester in Pennsylvania saw down under racehorses play a huge part in the day’s events winning five races and among that scoring the trifecta in one of the feature. In a day of honest times run around the 1000m (5/8 Mile) racetrack located on the Chester waterfront down under harness horses were back to their best.  Down under trio of Permission A and driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Kelvin Harrison kicked off winning proceedings with a 1:51.2 victory in a $9,900 Pace, beating another down under pacer in Dina Bolt N who finished in second place.  Another down under trio win came along when Claytons Bettor N put on near the exact same figures also winning a $9,900 Pace in 1:51.3 for down under’s Kelvin Harrison and Andrew McCarthy.  Alluneedisfaith N was also sighted in the winners circles clocking 1:51.1 and taking home $11,200.  An intriguing and impressive winner on the day was Shoobee Doo A, who was having his north American racing debut in a strong field racing for $16,200. The 6yo son of Shoobee’s Place dropped back to last off the starting gate and remained there until three quarters (400m peg) where he then received live cover and was soon unleashed four wide nearing the end of the last turn and when straightening let down with a powerful sprint, sailing on by rivals with ease to win in 1:51.1. With an impressive debut like we saw here I am sure we will hear more of Shoobee Doo A in the near future. The big result of the day was when down under mares scored the trifecta in one of the feature $22,500 Paces. Soho Burning Love A was the winner and continued on her brilliant patch of form when saluting in a sharp 1:50.1. Demeter N did well in second place and backed up her recent climb to Open Mares company. Then the 9yo of Eclipse Me N was also tough finishing third.    Overall on the day down under racehorses won five races and down under trainers and drivers won three, making it yet another positive day for Down Under harness racing in North American harness racing.   Monday 26th April Harrington Raceway DE Major Pocket A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $11,000 Mister Ohanzee A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $6,000 Mister Daytona A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $8,200   Plainridge Park MA Bettors Fire N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $8,500 Stihl N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $12,000 Mach Up A – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $5,500 Duplicated N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $10,500   Saratoga Harness NY Le Reveur N – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $4,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Solid Asa Rock A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $17,000   Tuesday 27th April Harrington Raceway DE Shes Pukka N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $20,000 Rock N Shard N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $8,200 Women In Gold N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $11,500   Miami Valley Raceway OH Persistent Threat A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $5,500   Saratoga Harness NY Gunpowder N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $8,500 Some Waratah A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $13,000 Bettor Spirits N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,200   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Chancellor Cullen N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $4,800   Yonkers Raceway NY One Off Delight A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $14,000   Wednesday 28th April Bangor Raceway ME Millwood Faith N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $3,500   Buffalo Raceway NY Milliondollargem A – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $6,000   Monticello Raceway NY Ohoka Texas N – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $2,600   Saratoga Harness NY Misty Memory N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $10,000 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Hereslooknatyou N, 3rd Glenferrie Blade A Donegalartchokin N – Time: 1:57.0, Stake: $6,200   The Meadows PA  Majestic Moment N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $7,900   Yonkers Raceway NY Rckaroundtheclock N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $14,000   Thursday 29th April Yonkers Raceway NY Sudden Change N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $12,000 Bronze Over N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $17,000   Friday 30th April Freehold Raceway NJ Askmeilltellya A – Time: 1:57.4, Stake: $6,300 Betacool N – Time: 1:57.1, Stake: $5,000   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Saying Grace N – Time: 1:49.2, Stake: $20,000 Prince Mcardle N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $13,000   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Tall Poppy N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $7,600 Darkrshadeofpale A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $9,900 Statement Made A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $11,200   Yonkers Raceway NY Campora A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $12,000 Tin Roof Raider A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $14,000   Saturday 1st May Freehold Raceway NJ Sporty Spook A – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $5,000   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Slick Artist A – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $6,300 Laredo Torpedo N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $6,300   Meadowlands NJ She’s Nun Bettor N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $16,500 Stars Align A – Time: 1:49.0, Stake: $30,000   Rosecroft Raceway MD Ideal One A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $4,600   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Tullow N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $16,000   Tioga Downs NY Kotare Yael N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $5,000   Sunday 2nd May Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Permission A – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $9,900 Soho Burning Love A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $22,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Demeter N, 3rd Eclipse Me N Shoobee Doo A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $16,200 Claytons Bettor N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $9,900 Alluneedisfaith N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $11,200   Maiami Valley Raceway OH Statham N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $14,000   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Georgie Martin N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $9,900   Click here for previous weeks articles   by Carter Dalgety

Welcome to the Addington Raceway harness racing news update for May 5 with Greg O'Connor and Darrin Williams.

Lorraine Nolan will be remembered as a history-maker – the first woman to train a New Zealand Cup winner. The trainer of Yulestar, who won the country’s biggest race 21 years ago in a then world record, has died in Hawera, Taranaki aged 81. Lorraine Nolan’s feats made her the first woman to train a New Zealand Cup winner since the race’s inception in 1904. It came 12 years after she took up training in 2008. Post race she said : “It’s a great priviledge to be the first female ..because it’s the greatest race we have.” “I think men have accepted women more now.” Starting off 10 metres Yulestar was a narrow favourite over old rival Holmes DG. But Yulestar found the front midrace and went on to win by over three lengths, with driver Tony Shaw saying the horse was cruising. "I knew at the 1600m we had it won." "And the further he went the more confident I got. He absolutely jogged it and I was smiling to myself at the 800m point." Yulestar's winning time of 3:59.1 was well inside champion Chokin’s world record of 3:59.5 set in the 1993 Auckland Cup. Lorraine and her late husband Ron bought Yulestar as a yearling for $9000. The Camelot colt was so called because he was born on Christmas Day. Yulestar’s stellar career netted him 34 wins from 170 starts, and nearly $2m in stakes. The Nolans were relative latecomers to harness racing after being involved with thoroughbreds for decades. Lorraine Nolan had 42 wins as trainer from 325 starts between 1990 and 2008 but she will forever be associated with November 14, 2000.   Harness Racing New Zealand

You’re So Fine (NZ) (Always B Miki) smashed a New Zealand harness racing record in just his second start to brilliantly win the $40,000 Group Two Diamond Creek Farm Classic (2200m) at Ascot Park on Sunday.  The two-year-old unleashed a powerful finish to stop the clock in a sizzling 2-39.6 time, taking a full second off the previous national 2200m record for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. You’re So Fine was a $14,000 purchase by trainer Brett Gray at NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Yearling Sale in Christchurch. He was secured from the Ripple Creek draft. Little more than a year later, the classy colt handed Gray his first black-type success with a dazzling display in Sunday’s feature. Gray brought the M C C Syndicate, who have raced horses in Southland for almost thirty years, into the colt’s ownership. “It’s a great syndicate, we’ve bought a few at the yearling sales and had a bit of success,” the trainer said. You’re So Fine impressed Gray from the moment he joined his stable. “I have always liked him and have had a bit of an opinion of him,” Gray said. You’re So Fine headed a trifecta of NZB Standardbred graduates in the Diamond Creek Farm Classic. Franco Indie (NZ) (Always B Miki) ran a brave second for trainer Hayden Cullen and driver Tim Williams when forced to do plenty of midrace work after drawing on the outside of the front line. His game effort helped freshman sire Always B Miki (USA) seal a race quinella and continue the brilliant start his stock have made to their debut two-year-old season. Franco Indie was a purchased by Alabar (NZ) and Nevele R Stud for $35,000 from Spreydon Lodge at the 2020 National Yearling Sale in Christchurch. Together, the two studs stand Always B Miki in Australasia. Cantfindabettorman (NZ) (Sweet Lou) also produced a strong effort to run third for trainers Graeme Anderson and Mike Love and driver Matthew Williamson. The two-year-old worked hard to find the lead before setting up the race’s national record-breaking tempo. Cantfindabettorman was a $41,000 purchase by Graeme Anderson out of Woodlands Stud’s draft at the 2020 National Yearling Sale at Karaka.     Consignor Ripple Creek Purchaser Mr BR Gray Breeding Always B Miki x Syriana Sale Lot 264, 2020 National Yearling Sale Christchurch, $14,000 Bred by Jordash Breeding Trust     NZB Standardbred

More withdrawals for Harness Jewels Four more horses are out of the Harness Jewels. Peregrine, who was 11th in the 3YO Ruby, and Casino Action – tenth in the 2YO Emerald – have been withdrawn, along with Mitsi Gaynor (2YO Diamond) and James Cagney (2YO Emerald). The top 12 in each of the divisions will make the final field for the nine $100,000 Group Ones that will be held at Cambridge on June 6.   Fast times in Ashburton The babies have been flying around Ashburton. Trainer Hayden Cullen had four of the six in yesterday’s two-year-old trial and they were the first four home, with Akuta leading the way. He came home in 55.4 for the last 800 and cut out his last half in 25.4. On a day when fast times were the norm top three-year-old filly Bettor Twist won her 2400m trial, cutting out her last 800 in 54.2 and the last 400 in 26.2.   Rasmussen goes 300 When Natalie Rasmussen drove True Fantasy to victory in the Group One Magness Benrow Sires Stakes Championship at Auckland on Friday night it was her 300th on New Zealand soil. The milestone coming from just 778 drives dating back to when she moved from Australia a decade ago. From 2014 to 2019 she won six consecutive training premierships with Mark Purdon (All Stars).   Butt bolsters team Woodend-based trainer Bob Butt’s had a big influx of horses to his stable. There are six newcomers to his barn – Typhoon Tere, Mils McArdle, Ruakaka, Arminius, and four win pacers A Taste Of Honey and Koenigsegg. Suzie Rocks, a two race-winning mare formerly with Ray Faithful in the deep south, has also been transferred to Regan Todd in Canterbury.   Club News : Invercargill The Invercargill Harness Racing Club will host its annual ILT Race Day at Ascot Park this Saturday. It is a quick turnaround after Diamonds Day was held there last Sunday. The feature of the day is the opportunity for on-course patrons to win one of 15 meal vouchers at various ILT establishments. It could not be easier – just drop your losing tote tickets with your name and contact details on the back in the barrel in the main foyer on the racecourse and late in the day a draw will take place with fifteen names to be drawn to win one of the vouchers. The first race is scheduled for 12.10pm. Admission is free.

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