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By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Stratford trainer Jason Cossey is proud to be the third generation in his family to train in his green and red silks, and he is hoping they can return to the winner’s enclosure at Manawatu Raceway on Tuesday. The Taranaki dairy farmer will take Dramatist and Zip Code south on Tuesday and he is hopeful they can go one better at the Palmerston North track after both mares finished runner-up in their respective races last week. Cossey was pleased with Dramatist’s last start performance and he said she benefited from a light freshen-up after a series of unplaced runs. “She was quite impressive, we were really rapt with her,” he said. “She has been training really well and we were hoping for a better run. “She has just come off the unruly and we have started having workouts back at Hawera in the last month or so, and I think that has helped her a lot. “After Kapiti (last month) we gave her a bit of time off and that has helped her out.” The daughter of Big Jim has drawn gate two in the Outback Trading Company Mobile Pace (2000m) and Cossey said driver Brendan Towers may have his hands full with the boisterous mare. “I am a bit worried because she is a bit of a puller,” Cossey said. “If she gets out in front she might over-race a bit. We are hoping to get some early cover.” Later on the card Zip Code has drawn one on the second line in the Hughes Joinery Mobile Pace (2000m). “She is another one who enjoyed her freshen-up and she is loving the workouts at Hawera,” Cossey said. “I am just hoping she gets a bit of luck and can get out and have a decent run at them.” Cossey is pleased the Palmerston North meeting has received strong support from trainers from around the country, and he is hoping more meetings can be programmed for the region in the racing calendar. “It’s awesome, but it would be good if we can get some more grass tracks back up and going. We are really missing them around here,” he said. The Cosseys are one of the longest established racing families in the region, and he is proud to continue that legacy and become the third generation in his family to train. “My Dad (Spencer Cossey) got his license when he was 17, back in the 1960’s,” Cossey said. “I have been interested in racing right from the start. My set of colours were Dad’s, and they were his father’s as well. They have been in the Cossey name for a long time.”

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. Harness racing hits Palmerston North today with a five race program starting at 3:59pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. Manawatu selections 23rd February 2021 Best Bet:  R2 It's A Laugh Best Value:  R1 Haka Pride   Race 1 Haka Pride Ardee Trouble Mackali Leesa Castleton   Race 2 It's A Laugh Mop I Won't Back Down Easy Does It   Race 3 Santanna Mach  The Kapiti Express Ticking Over Mac's Tomado   Race 4 Emmi Rose Smokin Annie Golden Lace Frank The Tank   Race 5 Superstar Legend Manhattan Sunshine Mahia Classey Robin   Harnesslink Media

This past week has been an explosive one for harness racing Empire Stallions Somebeachsomewhere and his sensational son Captaintreacherous.. A Group 2 victory at Menangle, a heat of The Young Gun Series at Alexandra Park, a track record at Terang, all three heats for the NSW Oaks and the GR1 $150,000 NZB Standardbred Harness Million 3YO Fillies Pace at Addington were all won by progeny of the Empire Stallions . What is interesting to note is that all these race winners were conceived with frozen semen. Tabcorp Park Menangle featured an exceptional race card on Saturday and was the setting for an Empire-sired winning sweep of the three NSW Oaks heats which were all contested over 2400m. In the first heat, TOUGH TILLY showed that she is aptly named with a terrific front-end performance winning with a final quarter of :26.8. The Captaintreacherous 3YO filly was driven by Kath Gath, is trained by Emma Stewart, was bred by Benstud Standardbreds and is raced by Benstud Standardbreds & CURE EB. Rogue Wave by Somebeachsomewhere raced strongly to finish a close third. In the second heat for the NSW Oaks, Joanna by Somebeachsomewhere out of Repelem (by Dream Away) took the early lead and never looked back to win in a MR 1:55.2 with a last quarter of :27 seconds. This win pushed the 3YO filly over the $100,000 mark in earnings for trainer Emma Stewart and driver Amanda Turnbull. Joanna was bred by Mark Carey and is owned by D & J Zavitsanos and WR Viney. Beach Music by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Musical Delight was brilliant winning the third heat of the NSW Oaks. In an exciting stretch battle with the favourite, Beach Music went on to win in MR1:55.4 with a last quarter of :26.4 for driver David Moran and trainer Emma Stewart. Also securing a spot in the Final was Arma Renegade by Captaintreacherous who finished third to also make the Final. The next race at Tabcorp Park Menangle produced yet another Somebeachsomewhere winner. It was a sensational victory for the 4YO mare Maajida in the (GR2) Robin Dundee Stakes winning in a MR1:50.3 for driver Kate Gath and trainer Emma Stewart. This talented filly out of Arterial Way (Art Major) was Victoria’s 2 & 3-Year-Old Filly of the Year and was bred and is owned by the Johnson Family. Also on Saturday night, Honolua Bay set a new track record of 1:52.6 at Terang in Victoria with his sizzling win in the Neville & Patsy Clarke Memorial. The 4YO son of Somebeachsomewhere x National Gallery (Artsplace) posted his last quarter in :27.5 for driver Josh Aiken and trainer David Aiken. He was bred and is owned by Lauriston Bloodstock. And over in New Zealand on Friday night, Montana D J was impressive with his win in a heat of The Young Guns Series in Auckland. By Captaintreacherous and out of the Dream Away mare One Dream, this 2YO colt was bred by Jill Smolenski and purchased by Montana Park last year for $175,000 at the NZB Standardbred Sale in Christchurch. There are 26 Captain yearlings scheduled to go through the ring in Christchurch on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Captaintreacherous colt Montana D J winning impressively at Alexandra park Also, in New Zealand only one week ago, the $150,000 (GR1) Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 3YO Fillies Pace was won by Off N Gone. After being caught wide in the early stages and racing without cover for the entire 1980m, this classy daughter of Somebeachsomewhere burst to the lead on the final turn to win by open lengths. Off N Gone, out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Kabet, is trained by Robert Dunn and was driven by John R Dunn. She was bred by Mrs, JM Davie and PT & DJ Cummins and is owned by BD & SM Williams and CA & KJ Woodham.   Harnesslink Media

After a week of anticipation heading into the postponed Christchurch session of NZB Standardbred’s 2021 National Yearling Sale, Day One of selling at Canterbury Agricultural Park kicked off positively.  At the close of selling, the average and median were both up on last year’s figures, with the median increasing by an impressive 30%. NZB Standardbred Bloodstock Sales Representative and Auctioneer Cam Bray commented on today’s action. “The trotting breeding market has wide access to sensational stallions from across the world, which was evident in the top purchases made today,” he said. “To have a 30% increase in the median from last year’s trotting session is a very encouraging sign.” “We are pleased where we are sitting at the moment but we’re aware there will be a number of lots sold overnight, which should bump up the clearance rate. “We are looking forward to the next two days of selling which will present a strong line up of pacers set to go under the hammer,” he said. The biggest purchase of the day was made early in the session after Robert Dunn secured Lot 140 for $120,000. Buying under his Diamond Racing banner, the colt by leading trotting sire Father Patrick out of Rae Galleon (NZ) (Sundon) was bought from Dave and Dawn Kennedy’s Beaudiene Breeding. Dunn, who was the leading purchaser by aggregate at the close of selling, is excited to have the new addition to his stable. “He is from a great family and he was a stunning individual.” “We missed out in Auckland with a colt who I thought was a real stunner, so I wasn’t going to miss out here.” “You’ve got to pay for quality and he was a standout horse,” he said. Lot 135 was the second highest purchase secured by McLean Racing via the online bidding platform from the draft of White Stables. The Majestic Son colt has a pedigree page stacked with black-type, out of multiple Group One-winning mare One Over Kenny (NZ) (Sundon), making him a half-brother to track star Ultimate Stride (NZ) (Love You). The leading consignor by aggregate title was picked up by Brian West’s Studholme Bloodstock, selling four lots for a total turnover of $180,500. International stallion Father Patrick topped the leading sires by average table, with eight lots selling for an average of $53,500. The Sale of Pacers at Christchurch commences tomorrow on Tuesday 23 February, with Lot 184 to 305 going under the hammer from 1PM (NZT). The Parade of Pacers will begin tomorrow at 10AM (NZT). The Sale will continue to be beamed to viewers on Freeview channel 200, with coverage streamed live at and on the NZB Standardbred facebook page. Presenter Greg O’Connor will host a Preview Show commencing at 12:30PM (NZT). All horses purchased today are eligible for the Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates of the Yearling Sale Series. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact NZB Standardbred’s Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199 or email 2021 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Christchurch Trotting Session   2021 Christchurch Trotting Sale 2020 Christchurch Trotting Sale 2019 Christchurch Trotting Sale Aggregate $1,106,000 $1,281,750 $1,203,500 Average $35,867 $34,642 $30,088 Median $31,250 $24,000 $21,500 Clearance 69% 79% 83% Catalogued 48 48 50 Sold 31 37 40 Top Price $120,000 Lot 140 (B.C) Father Patrick - Rae Galleon $280,000 Lot 146 (Ch.C) Love You - Queen Kenny $105,000 Lot 192 (B.C) Love You - Diedre's Jewel   2021 Top Lots – Christchurch Trotting Session Lot Type Breeding Consignor Purchaser Price 140 B.C Father Patrick / Rae Galleon Beaudiene Breeding Diamond Racing (Auckland) $120,000 135 B.C Majestic Son / One Over Kenny White Stables McLean Racing (Victoria) $110,000 139 BR.C Father Patrick / Quite A Moment Dancingonmoonlight Ltd Mr G Hope (Canterbury) $80,000 136 B.C Father Patrick / Paramount Queen Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Mr J Curtin (Auckland) $50,000 141 B.F Muscle Mass / Roydon's Jewel R. & J. Aubrey Mr AN & Mrs JE Rich (Canterbury) $50,000 148 B.F Father Patrick / Superbowlcheerleader Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Aldebaran Lodge Pty Ltd  (Victoria) $50,000 174 B.F Love You / Ethereal L. Smith Darren Keast Ltd (Canterbury) $50,000 168 B.C Love You / Diedre's Jewel Mansfield Farm Mr J Dickie (Auckland) $45,000 159 B.C Father Patrick / Bree Studholme Bloodstock Ltd IG & LF Thomson (Southland) $42,500 144 Ch.C Love You / Shell Seeker L. Smith Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) $40,000   2021 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate – Christchurch Trotting Session Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Diamond Racing 3 $172,500 $57,500 $120,000 140 McLean Racing 1 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000 135 Mr G Hope 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 139 Mr AG Herlihy 2 $78,000 $39,000 $40,000 144 Aldebaran Lodge Pty Ltd 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 148 Darren Keast/A Fitzgerald Standardbreds 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 174 Mr AN & Mrs JE Rich 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 141 Mr J Curtin 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 136 Mr J Dickie 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 168 IG & LF Thomson 1 $42,500 $42,500 $42,500 159   2021 Leading Consignors by Aggregate – Christchurch Trotting Session Consignor Entries Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Studholme Bloodstock 4 4 $180,500 $45,125 $50,000 136 Beaudiene Breeding 2 2 $157,500 $78,750 $120,000 140 L. Smith 6 4 $156,000 $39,000 $50,000 174 White Stables 2 1 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000 135 R. & J. Aubrey 4 3 $92,500 $30,833 $50,000 141 Dancingonmoonlight 1 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 139 Rosedale Farm 3 2 $47,500 $23,750 $30,000 177 Mansfield Farm 1 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 168 G. M. Murray 5 2 $42,500 $21,250 $32,500 142 Arden Lodge 1 1 $22,500 $22,500 $22,500 149   2021 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) - Christchurch Trotting Session Sire Entries Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Father Patrick 11 8 $53,500 $428,000 $120,000 140 Love You 5 4 $43,500 $174,000 $50,000 174 Majestic Son 7 4 $39,250 $157,000 $110,000 135 Muscle Mass 4 3 $36,500 $109,500 $50,000 141 Creatine 7 4 $23,250 $93,000 $37,500 153   NZB Standardbred

By Jonny Turner    Lauren Pearson showed she had lost none of her skill in the sulky when winning her first race in more than fifteen years with Fanny Hill at Winton on Sunday. Having a partner who is one of Southland’s best drivers in Brent Barclay has meant Pearson has not had any more than seven drives in each season since she won with Lady Of The House at Wyndham in February of 2006. Clearly Pearson’s focus has been on training in that time going by the excellent strike rate her stable has produced. Barclay suggested his former New Zealand Junior Driver Championship winning partner return to the track over summer and she showed she had not lost her winning touch with Fanny Hill despite only having had a handful of drives over the last decade and a half. “I didn’t realise it was 15 years, I have had a few seconds and placings, but I haven’t had many drives in the last 15 years,” Pearson said. “When you have got Brent – he is out there all the time.” “We have just had a couple of trotters in lately and Brent has had other drives.” “I have been driving them at the workouts and driving them in work, so he said you might as well get on and have a blat around for a bit.” “I am really only filling in, but I quite enjoy it while I am out there.” Pearson landed Fanny Hill the best possible spot in race 8, behind the free-wheeling leader Whatwillbeewillbee. The five-year-old dashed along the inner to score in her first start from her driver’s stable at upset odds. Though Fanny Hill had competed well in her recent workouts, winning in the slick time of 3.02.8 for 2400m was not something Pearson expected. “She had been going good at the workouts but we thought she might have needed another run. “But obviously her class took her through.” Owner John Duff sent Fanny Hill to Pearson in the hope the mare could bounce back to her best form. After taking over her training from Phil Williamson, Pearson’s initial hope was to have her racing “half as good as Phil had her going”. That plan did not look like it would come to fruition in the early stages of Fanny Hill’s shift south. “She is a horse that if you get her out of her routine she is a bit funny,” Pearson said. “She showed nothing at home for a while.” “It wasn’t until we took her to a workout that she improved.” “And she has just got better and better.” Sunday’s win was the fifth of Fanny Hill’s career and Pearson’s 42nd career victory in the sulky. Pearson has no plans to drive more often after producing her pinpoint winning drive on Sunday. Barclay is quite safe in his position as her stable’s number one driver. “He is always number one,” Pearson said.  

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    You could be forgiven for thinking Angel Of Montana sprouted wings down the home straight at Rangiora on Saturday. The Bettor’s Delight filly flew home late from the rear of the field to nab Haiti Franco on the line to win by a half head. It was Stephen Anderson’s first training win and he was delighted with the result. “I was pleased to get it off my back. I am very happy about it,” he said. “She was very good today, particularly after drawing the second line.” Angel Of Montana finished runner-up first-up for Anderson at Oamaru last week and he said a gear change assisted his filly on Saturday. “I put the pulldown blinds on her today and Robbie (Close, driver) thought that made a difference,” he said. “She didn’t take the passing lane at Oamaru as quick as she should have, but she was still fighting at the end.” Previously trained by Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan at Clevedon, Angel Of Montana came into Anderson’s care after his grandson, Connor Harker, thought he needed an interest in another horse after selling his only stable runner, Social Media, offshore. Harker saw Angel Of Montana on online auction house and thought she fitted the bill, going to $12,000 to secure the former northerner. Anderson has fallen in love with the mare and said she is a complete contrast from her more boisterous stable predecessor. “My grandson and his mate bought her off gavelhouse for me because I sold Social Media to Australia. He reckoned I needed something to do, so he bought her,” Anderson said. “She is a beautiful horse to do anything with. Social Media was either trying to bite me or kick me. This one is a totally different horse altogether.” Anderson said he fulfilled a lifelong ambition on Saturday, with the former dairy farmer wanting to carry on in the training footsteps of his father, John Anderson. “I did that in honour of my old man, I was using his colours,” Anderson said. “That was my ambition – to get a horse on the track and win a race for him. “I took my license out just a bit over three years ago. It was a bucket list thing, I have always been interested in racing, but I was dairy farming most of the time and I didn’t have the time to do that sort of thing.” Angel Of Montana is the only horse Anderson has in work, but he said he enjoys getting up to work her at Ashburton Raceway every morning. “We live in town and I am training out of the racecourse at Ashburton,” he said. “I am in a barn with Terry McMillan, who gives me good advice, and Nigel Perkins. I enjoy the comradery between us.”

Rory Mcllwrick loves a bit of banter whether it be with the Williamson family, or the wider harness racing community. Today he was at the top of his game, winning a double at the Winton meeting including the feature mare’s race the Southern Belle Speed Series, with the Owen Lawrence trained Miss Auckland. The Auckland Reactor mare is in peak form at the moment having won her last three starts which includes today’s mares feature in which she beat Pay Me Speedy trained by Chelsea Faithful. “Chelsea and I have had a bit of banter going for a long time. I told her  I was coming for her and the banter started when Miss Auckland was dropping out and finishing last in a maiden. I really enjoyed that win. It was one of the better ones,” Mcllwrick said. From a handy inside draw Mcllwrick positioned Miss Auckland back on the inside after beginning well and trailing pacemaker Silk. Silk was pressured by A Taste Of Honey but took Miss Auckland to the passing lane and McIlwrick drove her up the inside to beat a brave Pay Me Speedy by three quarters of a length. “I was surprised we beat her to be fair but we’ll take it. She’s turned a corner. Speedy’s a pretty nice horse. Maybe if we reversed the draws it would have reversed the results but this girl she just hits the line real good. She’s now one of those horses that just keeps savaging the line. The harder they go the better. She’s got great gait speed and she can stay. She’s doing it all at the moment.” This is the first time Ascot Park trainer Owen Lawrence has won three races in a row with any horse. In the early 2000s Armbro Invasion trotter The Jailer won three of his last five starts running second in the other two. “I’ve always had faith in her. She’s improved as she’s got a wee bit older. When I first started her she ran last in her first three races. Hopefully there’s a wee bit of improvement yet,” Lawrence said. The win qualifies Miss Auckland for the $20,000 Southern Belle Speed Series final at the Winton Meeting on the 20th March. Earlier in the programme another mare continued her winning form for Mcllwrick. The Craig Laurenson trained trotter Miss Bamboocha won her second race in three starts when she came from back in the field to run down favourite Afterburner The eight year old mare has now won five races and has recorded eleven seconds and eleven thirds in ninety three starts.   by Bruce Stewart

Branxholme trainer Alister Black has a good bunch of quality three year olds this season and Idealism got his name on the winner’s board when he impressively won the John Kennan Memorial Mobile Pace at Winton today. “He’s a pretty laidback character like most of the American Ideals. He just goes about his job and does it well,” said Black. From a second line draw driver Nathan Williamson positioned the three year mid field before moving up to sit parked. “It didn’t worry me at all. I was dumbfounded that he wasn’t a $1.80 favourite after his last race. That run was nothing short of superb.” Idealism let down nicely in the straight to win by a length and three quarters from favourite Captain Pins. “He’ll go to the Nuggets and then we’ll give him a wee let up. We’ll look at the Supremacy in May but he’ll have to win another race at least.” The three year old is owned by Craig Milne, his father Ian, Pete and Lorraine Carnie, Lyn Philp, Paul McEntyre and Black’s wide Sheree. Winning connections                           --Bruce Stewart Photo Both Milne and McEntyre work for Black on a casual basis. “Paul brings his own wages. He does the boxes and has a couple in work including Wai Key Wee so he’s having a good run. Most of these owners were in Dazzle Me.” Black said winning the John Keenan Memorial bought make memories of when he drove as a junior driver. “This win was special. I drove a couple of winners for John (Glen Atom 2002 and Cool Man Cam 2001). He was a real good guy.” Another promising three year old Ohoka Agent, owned by Black’s key stable clients the Thomson brothers finished on for third after having no luck in the run home. “I’m pretty lucky. Ian and Lindsay Thomson are massive supporters. They put a lot of money into the game.” The next Nuggets Final will be run at the Riverton meeting at Winton on Thursday 4th March and it promises to be a cracker with the Thomson owned Keep On Dreaming set to clash with Idealism and a number of other promising three year olds.   by Bruce Stewart

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. Harness racing hits Winton today with a nine race program starting at 12:08pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. Winton selections 21st February 2021 Best Bet:  R9 Buck Best Value:  R8 Fanny Hill   Race 1 Sheza Gift Domination's Call Tease My Tartan Svelt   Race 2 Endless Dreams De La Renta Delightful Chevron Sista Sammy   Race 3 Wonthavtime Captain Pins Sportscam Tommy Waterhouse   Race 4 Afterburner Insist The Win Horse Of Course Miss Bamboocha   Race 5 R K Finn Sentry Alexsjoy Leithen Burn   Race 6 Pay Me Speedy A Taste Of Honey Miss Auckland Silk   Race 7 Memphis Tennessee Chuckles Macandrew Aviator Four Starzzz Shiraz   Race 8 Fanny Hill Tweedledee Andy Hall Aveross Majesty   Race 9 Buck Alexy Fireforefiddle Vintage Rose   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Salvo produced the middle leg of a treble of outstanding performances with her flying late finish to win at Addington on Friday night. The nine-race card started in the with a simply outstanding effort from Shut Up N Dance, who bolted in in race 1 by a massive ten and a half lengths for trainer Regan Todd and driver Matthew Williamson. Next up, Salvo produced a sizzling last 100m to clinch her maiden victory right on the line for trainer Jack Harrington and driver Tim Williams. Williams made it a double with Love You three-year-old trotting fillies when Wanna Play Me served up a record-breaking first-over crush to take out the listed Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Classique. Wanna Play Me stopped the clock in sizzling 2.24.7 to equal the fillies and mares national and track record for 1980m alongside both Dark Horse and Missalyssa. The three-year-old also smashed the mobile mark for three-year-old fillies she set in her win in the rescheduled Sires Stake 2YO Trotters Championship in October by 1.6sec. Salvo showed potential in three starts last time in and contested the Harness Million Two-Year-Old Trotting Final. It was in that feature event that the three-year-old last saw the mobile gate. And according to Jack Harrington it could be a while before she sees it again. “We found, especially in the rescheduled Harness Million final that the gate wound her up quite a fair bit.” “We are trying to steer away from the mobiles to let her learn her ringcraft a little bit.” “We are thinking her first mobile this time may very well be the Trotting Oaks, so long as everything goes to plan.” With the New Zealand Trotting Oaks a potential target for Salvo, Harrington clearly must have a decent wrap on the filly. The way she let down in the last 100m of Friday night’s race to catch Jakarta, who looked to have race 2 won, suggested she has a slice of class about her. “At this stage, it is probably too early to take on some of the better three-year-olds – but later on in another five or six races – to let her really get screwed down she could, ” Harrington said. “Hopefully she will get better and better and she can be thereabouts against those good one.” Salvo’s win comes almost two years to the day after Harrington purchased the filly at the NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sales in 2019. The trainer was initially drawn to the filly by her pedigree, being by Love You from the Pegasus Spur mare Sungait Sally. “The Love You factor was a massive plus.” “I remember her mother had a few issues but she had a really nice way of going.” “I just remembered her from watching her go and that was what drew me to Salvo.” “And when I saw her she had really big ears and you love trotter with big ears.” Harrington will be back at the NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sales in Christchurch next week trying to find another Salvo. The trainer, who welcomes new owners to join him in his purchases, is best known for his strong results with trotters. However, his stable has undergone a slight change in direction with most of his winners coming in the pacing gait recently. “You look at my record and I have had a lot of trotting starters and a lot of trotting winners.” “But if you look at this season Salvo is my fourth trotting starter and my first trotting winner and all of those starts have been hers.” “It has been a bit of a reversal of roles the last couple of years.” Harrington can head to the sales after a perfect one-from-one strike rate for the weekend after Salvo’s win.

By Jonny Turner    Her horse may not bring winning form to Saturday’s all-teal event at Rangiora but driver Sarah O’Reilly certainly does. After racking up wins at both Oamaru and Manawatu last week the junior driver will test herself against some of the South Island’s most talented reinswomen in the ‘Rangiora Supports Team Teal Pace’. With eighths, ninths and tenths in her last four starts, Eastwood Isabella does exactly have the kind of formline that suggests she is a leading chance. However, the James McDonald trained mare brings a good amount of ability and excellent standing start manners to 2000m event. And she looks a sneaky chance of helping O’Reilly beat out her fellow reinswomen and raise more money for the Team Teal campaign. “She is a good stepper from the standing start and I do think she will in the mix at the finish,” O’Reilly said. “If she can step away like she usually does she should be able to get a good run somewhere and go a nice race.” Team Teal’s leading contributor Samantha Ottley has been rated the biggest chance of racking up another win in the ‘Rangiora Supports Team Teal Pace’. Ottley drives the $2.80 early favourite Miss Impression who comes into race 7 after finishing second to Ifyousayso at Addington earlier this month. Eastwood Isabella opened at $11 win odds and a place price of $3.30. O’Reilly reunites with Mosaic Art ($4.50 & $1.65) in race 9 after the pair combined for an impressive win at Oamaru last week. Though the Michael Purdon trained filly may not have beaten a field of stars, she sat parked throughout to hand her rivals a beating. “I was quite happy with her, she didn’t beat much horse-wise, but she showed enough to say she could win another couple of races,” O’Reilly said. O’Reilly expects Mosaic Art to strip fitter and benefit from the addition of sliding blinds to her bridle. “She is still learning the game, she has got sliding blinds on on Saturday.” “So she should be a bit sharper and she should have improved from her run at Oamaru, too.” O’Reilly will also combine with Chloe Rose ($8.50 & $2.50) who opens her new campaign in race 10. After a fair trial at Ashburton early this month, the four-year-old ran an improved third in her latest public appearance at the Rangiora workouts. “She has taken a couple of trials to get fit,” O’Reilly said. “Hopefully she will be running on, if she trots all the way and she is running on we will be happy with that.” “She might take a run to get to full fitness, but she has been pleasing us with her work.” O’Reilly drives another of her employers Cran and Chrissie Dalgety’s runners in race 6. Shards In Manhattan ($5 & $2) has the ability to feature but will need her driver to find her some clear running from barrier 1 on the second row of the mobile. “The draw is going to be a bit tricky, the one we follow out isn’t the best but hopefully we can get off at some point,” O’Reilly said. “She should be able to sprint over the top of most of them.” “The horse on the outside, Arizonawildcat, has been going good and will be hard to beat." “But Shards In Manhatten should be able to win this race with the right run because it is a big drop back for her.” Shards Of Manhattan ($5 & $2) comes into her 2000m assignment after contesting Off N Gone’s Harness Million Final at Addington last week.

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. Harness racing hits Rangiora today with an eleven race program starting at 12:03pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. Rangiora selections 20th February 2021 Best Bet:  R11 Rocknroll Mama  Best Value:  R7 Not Really Blonde   Race 1 KD Hawk Our Pegasus Pearl  Insist On Chevron Ready I Am   Race 2 Haiti Franco Angel Of Montana Done Deal  Shes Watching   Race 3 Glitz And Glam El Sirrar Charnui Yankee Jay   Race 4 Taliesin Terrortorial Bombolla Maldito   Race 5 Regal Appointment Gotta Ticket  Royal Del DD's Super Stuart   Race 6 Wee Ring The Changes Hells Shadow Arizonawildcat Jonty James   Race 7 Not Really Blonde Miss Impression Woodlea Explorer Sport Mental   Race 8 Peraki Seelster Chal Be Magicol Ideal The Diva   Race 9 Dont Lie To Me Mosaic Art Le Tissier Cab Calloway   Race 10 Bright Glow Prince Teka Michelle Royal Pride   Race 11 Rocknroll Mama Rocknroll King Peraki Reactor Luella   Harnesslink Media

The Cambridge club may have been one of the big winner from a race run at Alexandra Park on Friday night. Because after Bolt For Brilliance returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in four months on Friday night trainer-driver Tony Herlihy confirmed he will extend his campaign all the way to the Jewels in June. And that sets up a potential superstar young trotters clash on the Cambridge day between Bolt For Brilliance, Cracker Hill, Ultimate Stride, Muscle Mountain and Midnight Dash. The big four of that quartet are all, at this stage, being set for the Jewels after the mega day had to be postponed for a year last season because of Covid. Now it could have a trotting race to rival anything the pacers can produce that day. Bolt For Brilliance was a bit too sharp for Cracker Hill in their October clashes at Alexandra Park but the latter’s trainer Brad Williamson is adamant he will be better left-handed so the potential clash of the young trotters could set the tone for many of next season’s battles. Bolt For Brilliance was backed as unbeatable even off a 45m handicap in the main trot on Friday and unlike his last-start defeat he was able to latch on to the body of the field far easier. He worked around to pressure the leader at the 600m and won well from a brave Temporale with the overall time about 5 seconds shy of what the winner is capable of. “He was better for that fresh up run and he can go to the races at the Derby meeting now,” said Herlihy. After that he has a huge end to the season with the Anzac and Rowe Cups before the Jewels. Bolt For Brilliance provided Herlihy with a rare training treble in running races on Friday, having prepared Mailman and Cowboys N Bandits to win the previous two pacing races. Later in the night the two-year-old capped their preparations for their Young Gun Finals on March 5 and that saw a double to the Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan stable. Artisan suggested she is the best and most professional of the fillies when she won their heat and she goes into the final with two wins and a brave second so only a poor draw will stop her starting favourite. “She is a lovely filly and is sister to Major Trojan who won the WA Derby so a group win in a few weeks would be great for her,” said Purdon. In the boys heat Montana D signalled his arrival on the juvenile boys scene with a huge late run to catch a very gallant leader in Classy Operator. Montana D J, a son of Captaintreacherous and former superstar filly One Dream, cost $170,000 at the sales last year for Queensland owner Dean Shannon and even after two starts he looks worth every cent and more. Full Auckland results click here!   by Michael Guerin

Major North American owners Gordon Banks and Marc Hanover have teamed up with 15 time North American Breeders Crown winning owners Richard Gutnick,Thomas Pontone, and Joseph Lozito Jr. to acquire New Zealand’s superstar four-year-old harness racing pacing mare Amazing Dream (Bettor's Delight - Christian Dreamer - Christian Cullen)! Jean Feiss agreed to sell her four-year-old, seven time Group 1 winning mare, winner of over $890,000 for an undisclosed six figure sum to this powerhouse combine, perhaps opening the door to more significant standardbred investments in Down Under Bloodstock by this group. Banks and Hanover have long been active Down Under and have had considerable success with Australian Breeders Crown two-year-old pacing filly winner Passions Promise, Dual Group 1 aged pacing star Majordan, NZ 2 year old Sire Stakes champion Joannes Delight, current 3 year old star American Dealer (last year’s 2 year old NZ Sire Stakes Champion), old warhorse Ouch, and the great pacing filly Tupelo Rose, amongst many others. Banks and Hanover co-own this year’s North American two-year-old Breeder’s Crown trotting filly winner, Lady Chaos, with Gutnick, Pontone, and Lozito, so the team is hoping to build on their success together. Lady Chaos winning the $600,000 Breeders Crown Richard Gutnick has owned four Breeders Crown winners, the winners of the 2012 Hambletonian, the Canadian Trotting Classic, The Maple Leaf trot, and numerous other North American classics. His two greatest horses have been Hambletonian winner Market Share, and racing star Chapter Seven, who is now one of the world’s most desired trotting stallions. Gutnick horses in North America have earned well over US$10,000,000. Gordon Banks the master mind of an AMAZING deal Thomas Pontone has owned horses that have won an incredible 10 Breeders Crowns and two Hambletonians. He is the owner of superstar and super sire Muscle Hill, and he has owned Art Major, McArdle, Shark Gesture, Metropolitan, Strong Yankee, Red Bow Tie, and the great mare  Cathedera Dot Com, amongst many other equine stars. Joe Lozito Jr. won his first Breeders Crown (2020) with two-year-old filly Lady Chaos (2t,1:53.1) $584,131, and has owned numerous top horses. For Gutnick, Pontone, and Lozito this acquisition marks their first venture Down Under, and it is a real feather in New Zealand’s cap that the standardbred industry has produced stars capable of attracting this kind of North American investment and investors! Banks and Hanover, who will be the managing partners, have confirmed to Harnesslink that the group plans to keep Amazing Dream racing in New Zealand through this year’s Harness Jewels, then race the mare in Australia through the Interdominion and, perhaps, next year’s one million dollar Miracle Mile. Amazing Dream, the champion four-year-old mare beating the best boys in the 2020 Auckland Cup Then plans are for Amazing Dream to go to the States to take on North America’s best aged mares. It is also hoped that Amazing Dream will return to New Zealand this year for the New Zealand Cup. Plans are for THE DREAM to remain in New Zealand with Hayden Cullen, with Mark Purdon handling the driving...Tentative Australian plans are for Kevin Pizzuto to care for Amazing Dream in NSW and Nathan Purdon to handle Victoria in this COVID age. According to Banks and Hanover the entire ownership team hopes to get to see their new star racing in person for the Inters or Miracle Mile, if foreign travel possible then.... Harnesslink Media

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound Paleface Adios Stakes winner Expensive Ego, who has won three races in quick time this season highlighted by his success in the Group 2 $60,000 Paleface Adios Stakes, and has graduated to a NR90 mark, is regarded as one of the best young pacers in the country. Expensive Ego is a four-year-old by the Rocknroll Hanover horse, Rock N Roll Heaven (sire of Heaven Rocks, etc), from Art Start, who took a record of 1:58.2 and won 14 races. She produced earlier winners in Arts Treasure 1:50.9 ($152,542), a winner at Group 1 level, Bohdi Tree 1:52.1 ($192,854) and Golightly (1:55.3). Art Start is by the American bred sire Perfect Art from Sweet Clementine (1:59.6), an Oaks winner by Land Grant from the Jerry Adios mare Sue Adios, dam of the QBred Triad winner Sweet Liberty 1:57.9 ($102,706), Vanston Adios, Sir Galahad and Sweet Sue. This is a long-established NZ family and earlier top youngsters belonging to it include My Liberty Belle, Philadelphia Man and Centenario. A half-brother by Betting Line to Expensive Ego will be offered at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction in April.   WA Golden Nugget to Minstrel Western Australia’s premier race for four-year-olds, the $200,000 Golden Nugget, run at Gloucester Park, was won by Minstrel, and although Magnificent Storm, rated the top four-year-old of his year, finished second after coming from last, this fact could not detract from the merit of Minstrel’s success. Minstrel                --Jodie Hallows Photo He has now won four of his seven starts in WA and eight of his 17 lifetime starts for $208,803 in stakes. His sire, Rocknroll Hanover, was one of the best performed sires to come to Australia, being by Western Ideal, a son of Western Hanover. Rocknroll Hanover had a record of 1:48.6 and was one of America’s greatest ever three-year-olds. His ‘down under’ stock include King Of Swing, Foreclosure, Rockstar Angel, Yankee Rockstar, The Storm Inside and others, and in America he sired 84 in 1:50 including Rock N Roll Heaven (1:47.6). Ovaride, the dam of Minstrel, was a Mach Three mare from a capable racemare in Top Gear (1:55.9), by Falcon Seelster from Fill The Purse, by Holmes Hanover from Village Rose, by Clever Innocence. Ovaride (2:00.2), a three-year-old winner, left earlier winners in The Achiever (1:57.6) and Rollova (1:57.4), who won at Melton the day after Minstrel won.  Top Gear was a half-sister to Fill The Bank (1:53.2), Vanilla Rose (1:57.5), Bank Raider and to Magic Marg, the dam of the prolific Menangle winner Magic Oats 1:51.5 ($225,278). The most distinguished member of this family was a top flight three-year-old in City Rogue (1:49.6), who won 27 races in NZ, Australia and America and $502,734 in stakes.  His successes included the Australian Derby, Redcliffe Derby, NZ Kindergarten Stakes and NZ Rising Stars 3YO Championship. Others from this family included Raukapuka Ruler (1:50.4), winner of the NZ Great Northern Derby and Ashburton Cup, the NZ Sapling and Kindergarten Stakes winner War Dan Delight, Atom Of Courage 1:52.2 (Parkes and Tamworth Cups) and the Addington free-for-all winner Village Chief (1:57.9).   Delightful Jazz is top mare Bought for $75,000 and now a winner of $126,660, Delightful Jazz continues to prove herself in the top bracket of pacing mares in Victoria. Delightful Jazz                             --Stuart McCormick Photo   She is a member of one of New Zealand’s top ranking standardbred families, being a five-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare from a handy racemare in Hotinthecitytonite (1:58.8), a Christian Cullen mare who has produced others in Dancintothebeat (1:56.5), who won twice at Albion Park recently, and Major Hippie (1:57.5). Hotinthecitytonite was out of Hot Shoe Shuffle 1:57.9 ($295,011), a Group winning mare by Falcon Seelster from Off Beat, by Vance Hanover from the Lordship mare Broken Drum and tracing to the taproot Regina (by Berlin). Hot Shoe Shuffle produced two high class pacers in Glenferrie Shuffle (1:57), a winner of 13 races and $279,839 including the Breeders Crown 2YO Final, and Jivin Cullen (1:54), a winner of 14 races and $190,713. Others from Hot Shoe Shuffle were the exported Joshua Mac 1:57.8 ($107,760) and the NZ Sales Graduette winner Sem’s Delight (1:57). Hot Shoe Shuffle figures as the second dam of the Menangle winner Zanadu (1:55), Kezzamac (1:56.5) and the promising NZ filly Passion And Power (1:58.6), a heat winner of the Young Gun Series.   Act Now is Derby material Act Now, who comfortably won in restricted age company at Melton and is regarded as Derby material of the highest order, is a three-year-old colt by Somebeachsomewhere from Molly’s Ideal, an American-bred mare. Act Now            --Stuart McCormick Photo   Act Now is a member of the an-old time family, which was represented by the winner of the Graham Head Memorial at Shepparton recently in Patsbeachstorm. He was placed at his next start in the $100,000 Caduceus Club Classic. Molly’s Ideal is an American Ideal mare from Molly’s Lucky Star (1:54.4), by Bettor’s Delight from Pacific Destiny, by Artsplace from One More Kiss, by Big Towner. One More Kiss was the dam of the million dollar earner Pacific Fella (1:48.4), who sired winners in Australia. Molly’s Ideal ranks as a half-sister to the WA Diamond Classic winner Askmeilltellya 1:54.8 ($136,136), War Dan Star (1:59.3) and Pin Stripes (1:53.7).   Well related three-year-old Cheyella, who won the String Of Pearls at Albury, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she was twice placed in five attempts. She has opened her season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics. Cheyella is a filly by the American Ideal horse, Heston Blue Chip, from Chiquita Bromac (1:58.7), the dam also of Celerina (1:57.5), a winner of five races and a placegetter in Group company. Chiquita Bromac ranks as a sister to the Victoria Derby heat winner Crown Bromac 1:54.1 ($139,878) and a half-sister to the Franklin Cup winner Attorney General 1:48.4 ($323,098) and the Victoria Youthful winner Cullen Bromac (1:55.1), being by McArdle from Classic Blue Jeans, by Camluck from the American-bred Oh Please, by Albatross. This is the family which produced such winners as the NZ Cup and Free-for-all winner Cruz Bromac (1:50.1), Falcon’s Blue Jean 1:51.8 ($442,232), Our Cullen’s Crown 1:52 ($491,044) and the top Tasmanian pacer The Majority. Cheyella was bred and is raced by Ballarat breeder Verna El-Khishin.   Siblings win at Melton It was no mean feat for the half-brothers President Roydon (by The Pres) and Majestic Hurricane (by Majestic Son) to win on the same night at Melton last weekend. Both bred by Roydon Lodge Stud are from Dear Diedre, a trotter herself, and who has left other straightout trotting winners in Duchess Diedre, The Earth Moved and Lord Roydon. Dear Diedre was by the Arndon horse Sundon (nine-time Group winner) from a fine racemare in Diedre’s Pride, by Game Pride from Roydon Diedre, by Arndon.  Other members of this family have been the Breeders Crown champions Conon Bridge (1:56.6), Im Ready Jet (1:55.6) and Hurricane Flyer, Destiny Jones (Ordeal Trotting Cup), Sunny Ruby 1:54.7 (Harness Jewels), Wee Man Trouble, the dual Vicbred champion Aldebaran Eve and Sunoflindenny. On their best form, President Roydon and Majestic Hurricane are both expected to graduate far beyond their present rating.   Eighth on end  Papinik won his eighth race on end at Gloucester Park recently when he soundly trounced intermediate grade rivals, rating a career-best 1:54.5 for 2130 metres. He is by the In The Pocket horse, Advance Attack, a full brother to the great Courage Under Fire. Papinik                           --Jodie Hallows Photo   Papinik is out of Artist’s Impression, by Perfect Art from Rakamo, by Admiral Halsey from the Lumber Dream mare Sentimental Belle, a daughter of Sentimental Lass, the dam of the free-for-aller Mister Fallacy 1:57.3 ($142,212), a high class pacer in Master Scamp and others. Papinik is a brother-in-blood to the Westbred 2YO Classic winner Heez On Fire 1:54.7 ($287,607) and the Western Crown victor Brush With Courage (1:58.9) and a member of the same family as outstanding young pacers in Mitemptation and Rakarolla.   Half-brother to De Lovely Zadaka, who came from last to win the $30,000 Ararat Pacing Cup, is an eight-year-old half-brother by Mach Three to the champion New Zealand racemare De Lovely 1:54 ($613,355), the Menangle winner Coppagoodone (1:57) and Le Girl (1:58). They are out of a dual Oaks winner in Copper Beach 1:58.6 ($179,794), by the American import Beach Towel who was out of Les Payzen Star, by Payson’s Brother from Interchange, by New York Motoring. Interchange was a most successful broodmare, being also the dam of the Inter Dominion champion and dual Auckland Cup hero Elsu 1:53.6 ($2 million), the NZ 2YO Championship winner Revonez, Falcor (1:53) and Mombassa. Copper Beach was a half-sister to the exported Metekhi (1:54), CC Star (1:57.1) and to Rose Vear, the dam of Elias Bromac (2:00.8).   Four winners by Rock N Rock Heaven The Rocknroll Hanover horse, Rock N Roll Heaven, a grand pacer himself and now a leading sire, left four winners on the one night at Albion Park last weekend. His winners were Cardlesfromheaven (1:53.5), Thats How Weroll (1:54), Clarry (1:54.9) and Rockita (1:56.9).   First winner by Bling It On Bling It On, a well performed American Ideal horse from a champion broodmare in Alldatglittersisgold, by Caprock, was recently represented by his first winner in the two-year-old filly Finery, who led throughout at Bathurst. Finery had shown up strongly at the Menangle trials prior to her debut. Bred by Glenn Wilmont, Finery is out of the Bettor’s Delight mare, Dazzle N Daze, whose dam, Amboseli (1:58.7) was by Christian Cullen from the New York Motoring mare Rafiki (2:00.8), who left several useful winners including the Perth and USA winner The Freedom Fighter 1:52 ($147,036) and Our Friend (1:53).     by Peter Wharton

By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk      High profile Southland breeder Katrina Price admits the last week has had its stresses. “The curve ball that was thrown at us - it’s been trying on the nerves,” she said, referring to the yo-yoing of Covid Alert Levels that saw this week’s NZB Standardbred yearling sales in Christchurch abruptly delayed. The sales, scheduled for Monday, were stopped their tracks and then postponed till this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. What it meant for Price was a long float trip back to Southland with three colts. “I was driving home thinking we have a full truck and empty pockets, but I guess that’s better than an empty truck and empty pockets so you have to look at the positives.” The decision to head home was to get them back to familiar and comfortable surroundings. “And they travelled so well, they haven’t left a crumb of feed.” They will head back to Christchurch first thing Sunday morning with a Father Patrick colt (Cochise) she’s preparing on behalf of Beaudiene Breeding up for sale early on Monday. The trotters’ parade is at 1pm, with the sale underway at 3pm. Also in the truck will be two highly-regarded Price Bloodstock Bettor’s Delight colts, with the well-related Chicago Bear being touted as a potential sales topper in Christchurch. He’ll go under the hammer on Wednesday. Price is well aware of the hype around the colt but says that “doesn’t equate to money in the pocket. But he is lovely and with his pedigree …” Chicago Bear is the fifth foal out of Christian Cullen mare Chicago Blues and a full brother to Chicago Bull. His exploits across the Tasman are well known. Bred by the Prices and foaled in 2012, Chicago Bull was exported to Perth as a two-year-old. He has now won a colossal 61 races from 92 starts, with stakes earners of around $NZ2.5m. He is the second highest race winner in the history of Southland harness racing, behind the incomparable Cardigan Bay (80). Price Bloodstock’s other yearling up for sale is Mandinka, out of Hartofdixie, an American Ideal mare who won six races for Barry Purdon. “He's from a beautiful family with such a good nature – I don’t think there’s much between them”. In his breeding line is the so-called “Me” horses including Dream About Me, Christen Me, and Adore Me. At the Auckland sales turnover topped $5m, at an average of over $50,000. It’s hard to know how that will translate to the Christchurch sales which are a much bigger event with nearly 300 lots compared to Karaka’s 134. Of those 75 are from Southern Bred Southern Reared. “It’s a diverse draft,” says Price, “and really nice quality.” One that Price hopes will see her drive south next week with an empty truck and full pockets.

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