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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. Racing racing hits Rangiora  today with a ten race program starting at 12:05pm 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 9th May 2021 Best Bet:  R8 Artatac Best Value:  R4 Conspirator   Race 1 Toro Stride (6) Miss Yo (1) Te Rapa (3) Night Watch (2)   Race 2 Anna Love (2) Rocknizzy Rulz (1) Arden Country (11) Big Mama Morris (9)   Race 3 Quik Shot (6) DD's Super Stuart (8) Tequila Sunset (4) Martha Stuart (1)   Race 4 Conspirator (5) Adhara (7) Opawa Louie (9) Don't Quote Me (3)   Race 5 Buckingham (2) Mossdale Mac (4) Kennedy (5) Heaven Helpus (8)   Race 6 Royal Jester (7) Moment Of Kaos (5) Monaro Mako (4) Kenny Keko (6)    Race 7 Lulu Le Mans (8) Tas Girl Bromac (6) Overarm (7) Sky Vale (12)   Race 8 Artatac (11) Times Are A Changin (5) Krystal Delight (10) Angel Of Montana (12)   Race 9 Bright Glow (2) Sundons Flyer (4) Navara (6) Salvo (8)   Race 10 Kiss The Girls (2) Sense Of Occasion (4) Nerano (8) Terry (6)   Harnesslink Media

As he has done throughout his career, Rachmaninov put his head down and determinedly chased down career win number five at Rangiora on Sunday. The hardy seven-year-old scored in his 125th start for his co-breeder-co-owner-trainer and driver Trevor Grant when reeling in the leader Red Harbour in the final 100m of race 6. Grant landed a perfect run in the one-one for Rachmaninov and when he called upon him before the home turn he knew exactly what he was going to get. “That is just what he does, he is pretty one-paced,” the trainer-driver said. “If you can just not do too much early – though he does have gate speed I decided not to use it from out wide.” “If you can get a nice sit on the outer, about three or four back on the outer, in a bigger field on a bigger course, that suits him.” “The one-one was ideal, but there was no point waiting until we get to the straight because by then everything is sprinting and we have got no speed.” “So, you make sure the hammer is down from the 500.” “I think this year he has had four starts on the grit at Rangiora for two wins and two fourths.” “So it wasn’t a complete surprise.” With 36 starts so far this season, Grant has kept Rachmaninov busy. “If you leave him around home too much he starts chasing the filly – he has got a sister out of Star Of Aspen by Royal Aspirations.” “If you are not working him he can be a bloody nuisance so it is best to keep lining up.” Rachmaninov is from dual gaited In The Pocket mare Starwood Of Aspen, a half-sister another two of Grant’s winners The Rusty Pelican and Minstrel Of The Dawn. The trainer discovered Starwood Of Aspen’s trotting talent in trackwork with the late Derek Jones. The mare went on to win four trotting race and has turned Grant’s breed towards the trotting gait. As Rachmaninov's co-breeder-co-owner-trainer and driver, Grant and just one other person should be credited, his partner Yvonne Pycroft. “She is stable foreman and she goes and jogs him in one cart and I will have the baby in the other one.” “She does a really good job.” Two 1390m races were held at Rangiora on Sunday and both winners blew away the theory that a horse must draw on the inside of the front row to win sprint races. The Brendon Hill trained three-year-old overcame drawing the outside of the front line to win race 4 for driver Ricky May and his big group of owners, the goHarness Hoofin Around Syndicate, the goHarness No.9 Syndicate and Noel Kennard. Archman drew barrier one on the second row and got well back on the inner in race 8 before producing a stunning final 100m burst to win for Southland trainer Shane Matheson, driver John Dunn and owner Judy Dillon. View the Rangiora results click here!   By Jonny Turner

View the Rangiora harness racing fields click here! By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Matt Purvis is hoping he can take home a couple of winning cheques from Rangiora on Sunday. The Woodend Beach trainer will line-up a quintet of runners, including Sense Of Occasion and Auchtercairn in the NZ Expeditionary Force Amateur Drivers (2000m). Sense Of Occasion heads into Sunday in consistent form, having placed in five of his last six starts, and winning the other. While confident in the gelding’s chances on Sunday, Purvis said it will be a good hit-out for the four-year-old after a bug went through his stable last month. “He has been a model of consistency,” Purvis said. “He has got a good draw (3) tomorrow and I couldn’t see why his run of good form can’t continue. “It is a nice race for him to come back into. I had a bit of a bug run through the stable and I had to back off them a bit. It will be a good pipe opener for him before he goes back to Addington.” Purvis is also confident about Auchtercairn’s chances and said she can be forgiven for her last start unplaced run at Addington last month. “Auchtercairn has been another one that has been really consistent since turning up,” he said. “Her last run she was slightly disappointing, but with the bug that ran through my stable, it made sense. “She has bounced back from that and her work has been good. She has got a good draw (1), so she shouldn’t be too far away either.” Purvis will also line-up Lei Miss and Honour Before Glory in the Le Quesnoy Mobile Pace (2000m). “Lei Miss is a bit of a head scratcher,” he said. “But her work has been good at home and she will need a lot of luck tomorrow, but she should be running on at the finish. “Honour Before Glory has only been with me for about a month. Her work has been really good and I am really happy with her. I expect a bold showing from her.” Purvis’ quintet will be rounded out by Jenabella who will take her place in the ANZAC Batallion ‘Young At Heart Super Sprint’ (1390m). Purvis is unsure how his charge will handle the sprint distance, but he is looking forward to contesting the unique race. “I am not too sure how that one will work out, the 1390m is a bit of a head scratcher,” he said. “It will be interesting – it is something that will either take off or be a flop. “But she seems well and her work has been good. If they go hard she will have her chance to sprint over the top of them.”

The catch drive of all catch drives awaits Jonny Cox in the Rangiora Classic on Sunday. Cox will sub in for Mark Purdon behind New Zealand Cup winner and race-favourite Self Assured in the Group Three Feature. Behind the best horse in New Zealand, the reinsman is set to have every possible weapon at his disposal. “He is a pretty handy horse to be getting behind, that’s for sure,” Cox said. “We have got a lot of options there, probably the main thing is not to overdrive him or do anything silly like that.” “He is a lovely horse and he is going to be a big chance.” As they have done throughout this season, Self Assured and Spankem will go head-to-head.. When Cox puts Self Assured into Sunday’s race is likely to depend on what Tim Williams decides to do early with Spankem. Spankem (5) has brilliant gate speed and crucially has drawn one spot inside Self Assured (6). Spankem was forced to sit outside Self Assured in their last meeting in the Easter Cup when digging deep for second. The effort was so good that if the runs are reversed and Williams and Spankem made Cox and Self Assured sit outside them on Sunday the result could be reversed. Though Cox sits behind Self Assured for the first time on race day he has driven the star pacer in trackwork at Hayden Cullen’s stable. “I have driven him a few times since I have been working for Hayden.” “And I drove him this week in work and he worked really nice.” Cox also combines with the Cullen trained Stag Party in Sunday’s Rangiora Three-Year-Old Stakes. The pacer comes into the 2000m mobile after a strong effort for second behind Samskara at Wyndham. Though Stag Party meets opposition with superior records he has the advantage of drawing barrier 1. “He is a nice horse and he went a pretty good race down south,” Cox said. “From the draw, I would think he would be a decent chance.” Cox also drives the Cullen trained Emmy in race 2. Dropping back from age-group racing to a maiden event, the filly has not drawn well in barrier 14. “She is a bit of a funny wee thing and she has still got a bit to learn yet,” Cox said. “It is a bit of a drop back from racing those nice fillies, the draw will be a bit tricky but hopefully we can get into the race and she can be a chance.” Cox reunites with Phoebe Onyx in race 5. The Coaster Howe trained trotter comes into the 2600m handicap after a slightly unlucky effort for seventh at Addington. “He was a wee bit unlucky last time.” “He is usually pretty honest though sometimes he has had his chance to win and he hasn’t quite been able to take it.” “In that field, I would think he would be not a bad place chance.” Saint Waitaki looks another place prospect for Cox in race 8. “He is still learning, when he won he went straight past them but he didn’t quite know what he was doing and started pricking his ears.” “He missed away at Addington but ran on quite well, if he gets away a bit better he would be a decent chance.” The Bill McDonald trained Saint Waitaki starts from barrier 2 in his 2600m standing start assignment.   by Jonny Turner

The Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s richest race of the season, the $30,000 Rangiora Classic, is set to be a cracker again this year with two superstar, millionaire pacers in hot form included in the field. Self Assured and Spankem quinellaed Addington’s big feature races, the New Zealand Trotting Cup and the Easter Cup, this season and the Hayden Cullen-trained stablemates will certainly be the ones to beat again in the Rangiora Classic this Sunday. The Group Three free-for-all mobile pace is the feature race at the meeting, starting at noon at Rangiora Raceway. The race was not held last year because of Covid 19 lockdown restrictions but it has proved a thriller in previous seasons with big-name winners such as AG’s Whitesocks, Alta Orlando, Classie Brigade, two-time winner London Legend, and three-time New Zealand Cup winner Terror To Love all part of the race history. This year the Rangiora Classic has attracted a large group of sponsors including the Angler's Arms Hotel, the Kaikanui Tavern, the Leithfield Hotel, the Kaiapoi Club, Canterbury Honda, Farmlands Rangiora, Floorpride Rangiora, Goodwin Contracting Ltd, NDA Sites Services, Vallance, Rangiora Hyundai and Clean Up Canterbury. Sunday’s meeting also includes the $15,000 Kotare Downs Stakes for three-year-pacers with a strong field expected to line up, including the flying filly, Bettor Talk Art, trained by Regan Todd at Woodend Beach, and the winner of her last two starts. View the Rangiora fields click here!   HRNZ Club News

Longview Lady goes out with win Longview Lady is in foal and has been retired from racing. Driven by Blair Orange and trained by Ken Barron she went out on a winning note beating favourite Italian Lad at Addington last Friday night. The four-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare won six from 39 and $85,694 in stakes. She has been served by Art Major. Bitamuscle sidelined Highly promising trotter Bitamuscle has a stress fracture of the cannon bone and will require a three month spell. The winner of three of six for Paul Nairn the son of Muscle Hill last raced at Addington on March 19. The three-year-old colt strung three wins in a row at Addington in August and September. Rangiora to host 1390m sprints Two 1390 metre races will be held at Rangiora at their Anzac Day meeting on Sunday April 25. The races will be limited to 10 starters with a maximum of six off the front line. Such sprints are rare these days, though in 2013 Forbury Park hosted its “Dash For Cash” night where they had races contested over 1200 metres. Horse ambulance funds The quest to raise $150,000 for a tenth and final horse ambulance has easily surpassed the halfway mark. Currently the #CompleteTheFleet campaign sits at $85,7770 with the aim to go past $100,000 by the end of the month. The ambulance will service the South Auckland area, and ensure that an ambulance is at every race meeting, and equestrian event in New Zealand. History for former Kiwi trotter Former Kiwi trotter Well Defined grabbed a slice of history with his last-gasp Mildura Trotters’ Cup win last Friday night. The Kate Hargraves-trained gelding became the first horse to win five Victorian country trotters’ cups in the same season with a mighty effort to overcome a 40m backmark for driver Ellen Tormey. Well Defined’s raced 11 times for the season, nine of those in country cups, for the five wins and four placings. Well Defined had three seconds in 19 starts in this country while trained by Kevin Townley before heading across the Tasman in 2018. Aladdin fronts up on Aussie debut Recent Kiwi import Aladdin showed his class when he led and thrashed his rivals on debut in Australia for trainer Greg Norman to win the Mildura Guineas by 12m. The son of Sweet Lou had raced 17 times for the All Stars/Hayden Cullen barn in NZ for three wins and seven placings, including victory in the $200,000 NZB Standardbred Harness Million for 3YO Colts and Geldings. The horse also had five starts for two seconds for the Blanchards in the weeks before his move to Australia. Former Kiwi goes 3 from 3 Formerly trained by Matt Purvis in North Canterbury Hayden Bromac has now gone three from three for new trainer Julie Douglas in Australia, the latest win coming at Mildura last Saturday. The four-year-old son of Falcon Seelster has won five in a row, after victories at Westport and Addington before heading across the Tasman.   HRNZ

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

Grasstrack racing has been a real success story with big crowds, and good betting turnovers all summer Yesterday, on Superbowl Monday, the Amberley Trotting Club hosted its meeting at at Rangiora and with temperatures pushing 30 degrees it was a good time, with some embracing the American theme.   HRNZ

The Amberley Trotting Club is hosting its annual raceday on Monday Feb 8th on the grass track at Rangiora racecourse . Once again the feature race is the $17500 Rangiora Equine Services Amberley Cup and also $13000 Valley Inn Tavern Handicap Trot plus 9 other races with stakes between $9000- $11000. We will have the "Sunny Glenis Reward", a $1000 prize that will be presented to the Owners of the winners of all races for trotters at this meeting. Kids Carts will have heats throughout the day which is always a crowd favourite. We will once again be supporting the Team Teal campaign with $100 being donated to the cause for every win the lady drivers get on the day. Trophies for the winning owners of every race along with a bottle of wine and a set of coasters with photos of your horse's victory on them. Dunstan Horse Feeds will supply a bag of feed to every successful winning trainer on the day. We also have plenty of entertainment and giveaways for the on course patrons as well. For the adults we will have "The Telfers Mystery Envelope" draw ,where by filling out an entry form in the racebook and placing it in the barrel, you may be one of five lucky people drawn out who will then select one of 5 envelopes, each containing a fantastic prize with the main one being a 49” Panasonic 4K LED TV package. For the kids we have the ever popular “Lucky Horseshoe Draw” and the Amberley Junior Drivers Kids area where we will have face painting ,pony rides , lolly scrambles ,tug of war, sack races, bouncy castle, bike giveaways and children’s entertainer, Neville Barrie all of which is free and no gate charge this year. Great chance for owners to bring their friends and families out to watch their horse race and have a great days entertainment as well . Race days hospitality packages including reserved car parks and catered and uncatered marquees can be purchased by contacting Warwick Duke on 027 3236849. Love to see you all there . Ross Rennie, President Amberley Trotting Club

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 a ten race program starting at 1:07pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a great day of racing. Rangiora selections 3rd January 2021 Best Bet:  R4 Rocknsnap Best Value:  R9 Midnight Assassin   Race 1  He's A Cassanova decent draw and good beginner. Good chance of running top three here….. Ilsas Son good second first start and has the draw to get a run through early. One of the leading chances….. Sheza Mighty Monarch  has promised plenty but prone to galloping. Trainer change here and can run top three at big odds with manners….. Break Free has been disappointing but last run better and getting fitter with a nice draw. One for longer odds Selections:   He's A Cassanova(3),   Ilsas Son (7),   Break Free (5)    Sheza Mighty Monarch (10)   Race 2 Shards In Manhattan better last start amd top driver booked. Has to be hard to beat….. Sportscam racing into form and has been unlucky in most of his runs. Winning claims and top  chance in this field….. Play By Ear running ok races and weaker field here. Good place chance….. Perfect Cut racing well but tricky draw. With a cart into it can run a place Selections:   Sportscam  (6),   Play By Ear t (11),   Perfect Cut (13)   Shards In Manhattan(12)   Race 3 Honeys Son coming in fresh with front row draw. Would be hard to beat if back in best from and should give a good sight at longer odds….. Steel Dust tidy win two starts ago and only need manners to figure here. Draw ok….. Kowhai Sundown tricky draw but has the ability to get into the race with no mistakes. Can win…... Orlando Magic good second two starts ago. One of the leading chances with manners and top driver on. Selections:   Kowhai Sundown (10),   Orlando Magic (11),   Honeys Son (9)   Steel Dust (3)   Race 4 Taurus Bromac looks the early leader in the race and track has front bias. Could be hard to catch with no attackers….. Opawa Louie disappointing fresh up but has trialled well on the track. Upset claims here….. Rocknsnap has promised plenty after some good trials and getting fitter. Big run last start and over the odds. Top selection here….. Classie Washington was disappointing last start but getting fitter. Draw hurts but one for longer odds Selections:   Rocknsnap (13),   Taurus Bromac (5),   Classie Washington (9)    Opawa Louie (7)   Race 5 Morano Chief quick beginner who will take some catching if he can land the front. Has to be hard to beat from the nice draw….. Twilight Bromac last start was better and he looks stronger now. Top selection in this field….. Radioactive Jaffa  massive run last start after getting back in the running. Unruly draw hurts but winning claims with a safe beginning….. Taumata VC racing well and drawn well. Should be close to the placings in this field Selections:   Twilight Bromac (9),   Radioactive Jaffa(18),   Taumata VC (5)   Morano Chief (2)   Race 6 Woodlea Explorer big run to win two starts ago and fitter now. Looks the leader in this field and could be hard to catch at good odds….. Gayle Force disappointing last start but prepared to give another chance. Has speed and good draw so has to be included….. Admirable has been fair in his races but drawn well and only needs to race close to the leaders to figure here. Good winning claims….. The Kaik tricky draw but has the ability to get into the race with no mistakes. Place chances look best Selections:   Woodlea Explorer (8),   The Kaik(12),   Admirable  (5)   Gayle Force (2)   Race 7 Idle Stuartia conditions suit and she raced well at Cup week. Good winning claims from the nice draw.…. Sonoma Tyron tricky draw but plenty of ability. One for the leading chances at good odds if he gets a safe start…… Excuse My French  easy win fresh and should go on with it. Has trialled well on the track and good chance to repeat..… No Fears nice draw but and a leading player if he could get around to the front at some stage. Chances hinge on him getting away from the stand quickly Selections:  Idle Stuartia (4),   Excuse My French (2),   No Fears (6),   Sonoma Tyron (12)   Race 8 Kiss The Girls building into some good form and quick off the gate. Should be close to the placings here…. Booraa ok last start and will get a good run from the draw. Would be no surprise to see her in the money here at good odds ….. Corravally Star has won his last couple and will go forward early. Good winning chance again here…. Buckskin forgive last start in hot field and drawn for a soft run on the fence. Could pick up a placing at good odds Selections:   Kiss The Girls (6),  Booraa (),   Corravally Star (7),  Buckskin   (10)   Race 9 The Player  good beginner who ran on late last start. Good winning chance here and hard to beat….. Midnight Assassin good last start in a nice field and better placed here. One of the leading chances from the draw and over the odds….. Majestic Hurricane tricky draw but very fast. Will be hard to beat if he could get around to the front at some stage….. Rebel Kibbybones getting better with racing and in good form. Should be thereabouts again here. Selections:   Midnight Assassin (1),   The Player (6),   Rebel Kibbybonesc (8)  Majestic Hurricane (9)   Race 10 Ava Adore  racing well and getting fitter. Should get a good run from the draw and is a winning chance.….. Smooth Debate out of form but good draw and will go forward. Should be hard to beat in front or trailing at good odds….. Takemybreathaway has the ability to beat a field like this and will be fitter after last start seventh. Winning claims at good odds ….. Saginaw hard to catch on a good day but very speedy. Will be running on late and could surprise Selections:  Takemybreathaway  (12),   Smooth Debate (3),   Ava Adore (2)    Saginaw  (8)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Some quick thinking from trainer-driver Kimberly Butt helped grass track specialist The Kaik bounce back to winning form at Rangiora on Sunday. The seven-year-old is almost exclusively driven to produce a sharp late sprint, but a slow pace in race 11 saw Butt switch to plan B. The Kaik rocketed around the field in the back straight before digging deep to notch career win 7 in his 87th start. “It surprised me that he stuck on and went to the line as strong as he did,” Butt said. “It was one of those races where they were really walking going into the back straight.” “When Johnny Morrison [driving Comfortably Numb] moved in front of me I thought bugger it.” “It had been very much a leader-dominated track and just about everything that won today was handy.” “So, I thought we are not going to get anything back here.” After making her quick move around the field, Butt was hopeful rather than confident her pacer would kick on and win. “I wasn’t sure at the top of the straight if he was going to get it.” “But he found another gear and was getting away from them at the end.” “I guess because he gets driven quietly all the time every now and then you can throw a tougher run at him and he handles it.” “He had dropped right back in grade too, so that always helps.” Sunday’s win notched The Kaik’s fifth win on a grass track. Butt will look for his sixth and career win number 8 by bypassing the horse’s usual trip to the West Coast Christmas circuit. “I think we might miss the Coast this year, which will be a change for him because he has gone the last three years.” “I think we will look at the Motukarara meeting on the 29th [of December].” Having first raced as a two-year-old in 2016, The Kaik seems to have been around for an age. As he approaches his 100th start the pacer is still feeling good and working well, as his victory would suggest. “He is seven now, but it feels like he has been around for a long time.” “He is just a lot of fun.” “He hardly ever goes a bad race, if he does you know he is ready for a break or something is bothering him.” “He is really easy to have around, he doesn’t take a lot of work and he doesn’t mind the racing either.” Butt works The Kaik around her commitments at Kentuckiana Lodge. The horsewoman recently transferred to the stable where The Kaik started his career after a stint with Brad Mowbray. “I have been at Chrissie Dalgety and Nathan Purdon’s for a couple of months now and I am really enjoying it.” “They were looking for staff, I didn’t have any intentions of leaving the Mowbrays but Chrissie came to me with the opportunity and I thought it was a good one.”

By Jonny Turner    Trainer Bruce Negus hopes Corravally Star can find clear air among the wide-open spaces of Rangiora’s grass track on Sunday. The quality three-year-old comes into race 10 after going to the line untested in his last start at Addington. With the seventh placegetter in the group 1 Sires Stakes Final on New Zealand Cup Day best driven for one run, driver Jessica Young-Grant’s tactics are unlikely to change in the 2600m special handicap. So, Negus is hoping this time, the breaks can go Corravally Star’s way. “He has just had no luck and he went super races in the big ones when he was driven cold,” the trainer said. “He has to be driven cold, he has got such a good sprint.” “If he gets a good run – he never got clear air the other day – I would imagine he would be in the first three for sure.” “I’m pretty happy with his work.” Corravally Star has a one-from-one record on grass after winning his maiden at Methven in September. The three-year-old is so effective on turf Negus plans to venture south to the Tancred Stakes at Gore on December 27 with the horse. “I am actually going to bring him down to Gore next week.” “He is very, very good on the grass and there is a three-year-old race worth $15,000.” Negus starts his day with two runners in race 2 in Perfect Cut and Play By Ear. Perfect Cut disappointed when seventh in his last run at Timaru, earlier this month. The performance was put down to the pacer not backing up eight days after he ran third at Addington. “I’m not so sure he backed up that well at Timaru,” Negus said. “He hadn’t raced for a wee while when he got third at Addington.” “It may have taken everything he had for the week.” “He has worked good since and whilst he hasn’t had a trial I would expect a forward showing.” Perfect Cut starts from barrier 1 with Play By Ear following him out from behind the mobile on the second row. Play By Ear has galloped in his last two starts, but those mistakes could be put down to circumstances. “Last time he galloped he had had a hard run and he was tired and he got chopped.” “He didn’t gallop free of interference, he got squeezed up.” “The start before was a stand and if he had gone away I am sure he would have run first or second.” “I am very happy with his work.” “He is following his stablemate out, who is actually a pretty good beginner and a likely leader.” “For what it is worth I think they can both run in the first four.” Negus also lines up two runners in race 11 in Dreaminsover and Highland Reign. Like Play By Ear, Dreaminsover also starts from barrier 1 on the second row. “He was really unlucky last start and the start before that he was only beaten half a length on the grass at Motukarara.” “So, I think he is probably our best upset runner of the day.” Highland Reign is coming to the end of her racing career and is running out of chances to add to her seven wins on grass. “We have been waiting for a wet track because she loves the wet.” “She is in foal to Always B Miki and she will only have a few more races if she doesn’t pick up.” “She went very good at Orari after she had a week of being trained on the beach, I can’t help but think that is where she will go back to.” “So, we will take her to Gore and leave her on the beach for a wee bit, for two or three starts, then we will retire her.”

By Jonny Turner    Junior driver Ben Hope delivered a tribute to his late grandfather Peter with his winning treble at Rangiora on Wednesday. Hope combined with his mother and father, Greg and Nina, for his three driving wins the day after his grandfather was laid to rest in Blenheim. Scoring his first winning treble in the sulky was a fitting nod to the 89-year-old, who had been one of his biggest supporters. “We drove home today [Wednesday] from Blenheim because the funeral was up there yesterday,” Hope said. “And it was good to get those wins as a bit of a tribute to him.” “He has been a huge supporter of mine, him and my nana, Mary.” Peter Hope trained 46 winners in a 30 year span as a licence holder. Many of those victories came with his son, Greg, in the sulky. Father and son combined to win the group 2 N Z Metropolitan Three-Year-Old Championship in 1982 with Braedoon. Hope senior drove the same horse to win group 2 Cardigan Bay Stakes at Hutt Park the next year. The trainer also produced Lock Rae to win the group 2 N Z Standardbred Sires' Produce Stakes Final and the group 2 E F Mercer Mile with Peter Jones in the sulky between 1981-82. Hope also shared in the ownership of the New Zealand Cup winning free-legged pacer, Robalan. Hope passed away last Friday, coinciding with Show Day at Addington, the scene of some of Robalan’s crowning achievements. The champion pacer, who Hope raced with his trainer-driver Denis Nyhan and another fellow trainer, the late Allan Devery, won the New Zealand Free-For-All three times. The Hope family’s winning treble at Wednesday’s meeting came via wins from Loyalist, Baxter and Krystal Delight. The Hopes capped a great day when Southernly Change ran second to Krystal Delight to fill a stable quinella. Baxter was a brilliantly consistent performer through much of last season, but that form had dropped away recently. A change in his work and dropping into a winnable race meant the five-year-old bounced back on Wednesday. “He is a horse that has been disappointing lately,” Hope said. “He would try pretty hard and he would be in the money most of his starts and he had a great wee record.” “For a while there he hadn’t been going that good and he didn’t seem to be trying that hard.” “So, we changed his work up and we were pretty confident he would go a pretty good race in that field.” Hope handed a Krystal Delight a perfect run in the trail and she relished running along a rain-soaked passing lane to win. “It worked out really well, getting the trail behind a nice horse.” “I think she probably appreciated the wet track, her best form has been on the grass.” “The rain taking a bit of the sting out of the track played a bit of a part, I think.” “In saying that, we had been really happy with her training and we were expecting a good run in that field.” Hope also gave Loyalist the same perfect trip and he broke through for a deserved maiden win. “He had been knocking on the door for a while, but he kept running into one or two better.” “But he got into the right field and get a good trip and he was too good.”

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Rangiora today with an eight race program starting at 3.07pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a nice day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Rangiora. Rangiora selections 18th November 2020 Best Bet: R3 Loyalist Best Value: R5 Bird Of Paradise   Race 1 Nirvana Beach goes ok on the track and coming in fresh. Winning chance here at decent odds.…… Linton Shard tricky draw but he has run some cheeky races in better fields. One for longer odds in this field..… Jenabella going ok but not sure the distance is ideal. Will be running on and can win…….. Four Starzzz Shiraz running ok races without a lot of luck and the amateur races suit. Hard to beat with a good run in transit. Selections:  Linton Shard (9),   Four Starzzz Shiraz (6),   Jenabella (5),    Nirvana Beach (4)   Race 2 Spot The Gamble racing into form and getting fitter. Can run top three here and top selection.……. Crown Range has ability and running on last start. Track will suit and winning claims here at big odds …… Muscle Bank disappointing last start but better than that. Drawn well and can run top three…… Break Free getting fitter with racing and has been racing better fields. Might get a soft run from the draw and has winning claims…… Selections:  Spot The Gamble (4),   Break Free (3),   Muscle Bank (5),   Crown Range (9)   Race 3 Loyalist  running good races and in top form and might be the early leader here. Good winning claims….. Mahia good staying type who gets a nice draw to work with. One of the leading chances in this field  ….. Taliesin fair run last week and mobile will help. Can run in the top three…. Le Tissier nice draw and stable has a good strike rate on the track. Winning claims here….  Selections:   Loyalist  (1),  Taliesin (9),   Le Tissier (5),  Mahia (4)   Race 4 Tequila Sunset good draw to work with and an easier field than last start. Winning claims at big odds ….. Majestic Sunset good draw and will go forward early. Can run top three over the shorter distance….. Crazy N Love has the game to beat a field like this and good second last start. Needed….. Quaestor coming in fresh but terrible draw. Not the worst and has to be included Selections:   Tequila Sunset (1),   Crazy N Love (6),   Quaestor (9),   Majestic Sunset (3)   Race 5 Bird Of Paradise conditions suit here and she is a major player in this field from the draw. Good winning claims at nice money.…. Shardan Suzie disappointing last start but give another chance. Should be thereabouts and at good odds…… Reflectionsofmylife tricky draw but looks to have the measure of most of this field. Can win and racing in good form… Flamboyant goes well on the track and racing well. Needed Selections:  Bird Of Paradise (1),   Shardan Suzie (10),   Reflectionsofmylife (8),   Flamboyant (7)   Race 6 Sweet Loress has been racing strong fields with merit. Should be a good winning chance in this lineup at nice odds . ……. Southerly Change tricky draw but plenty of ability and could start favourite. Include …… Madame Frost disappointing last start but better than that. One for longer odds in this field…… Katchalight good finisher who has gate speed and the driver to use it. One of the leading chances Selections:   Sweet Loress (8),   Southerly Change (7),   Madame Frost (12),   Katchalight (6)   Race 7 Tehoro Dazzle has been running ok races and getting fitter. Hard to beat in this field if she can find the front early….. Bright Glow running on ok last start and races well on the track. Will need luck but can run top three here  ….. Ali Lindenny  good draw and good beginner. Look for him to be in the trail and can run top three…. Medusa drops in class for this and form is ok. Can win….  Selections:   Tehoro Dazzle (2),  Medusa (9),   Bright Glow (3),  Ali Lindenny  (1)   Race 8 Star Watch drawn to head for the front and and will be very hard to beat if he can. Good winning chance at nice odds….. Off N Gone likes to race near the lead and has been racing well in 3yo races. Can run top three ….. Pay Me Visa has been disappointing recently but a big drop in class here. Can win…. Stick Man change of stable and likely to go forward early. Not the worst at good odds…..  Selections:   Star Watch (6),   Off N Gone (5),   Pay Me Visa(10),   Stick Man (2)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    Jordan Simpson showed he is a good judge of horseflesh and a great judge of pace when training and driving his first winner at Rangiora on Friday with Will He Rock. The twenty-six-year-old notched his milestone victory in incredible circumstances, by taking a $500 unbroken horse he selected as a weanling and then developed for racing, and driving him perfectly to score a front-running win. Will He Rock’s performance on the track was as good as Simpson’s training and driving effort to break his maiden. And because of that, the rookie trainer-driver was still coming to terms with his first victory in the hours after the race.” “It was an amazing feeling,” Simpson said. “To be honest, I didn’t think he was going to do it that well.” “So, I am still a little bit overwhelmed.” Simpson’s first look at Will He Rock came when the horse caught his eye when he was browsing Facebook more than two years ago. “Reg Storer posted a photo of him on Facebook when he was a young horse saying he needed to move horses on and $500 would take him.” “I went out and had a look at them – there was another colt out there with him and a filly – and they just ran across the paddock together.” “I just liked his action, he was overstepping and he held his head high – he was a small little runt of a horse.” “Once I finally caught him, I had a look at his legs and his legs were perfectly straight.” “I was working for Jonny Cox at the time and asked him if I could have a horse in work.” “He said yes, so I brought him over and started breaking him in as a weanling.” It wasn’t long after Simpson began working with the son of Pinelea Farm, sire Johny Rock, that the trainer-driver thought he might have a good future. Simpson maintained that opinion and the three-year-old went on to have his first start at Methven, last month. After racing unkindly and weakening out of his debut, the trainer ironed out Will He Rock’s manners with the help of his employer, Darren Keast. “Ever since I have had him as a young horse he has shown ability.” “It was a shame that in his first start at Methven the occasion got to him.” “I am working for Darren Keast and he is a good trainer coming up, as everyone knows.” “He gave me a few pointers and I ended up putting a pole on him and took off the murphy blind.” “And now he is a different horse.” “The best thing is he is owned by my parents (Troy and Vicki Simpson) and hopefully they might share the kitty with me.” Simpson also credited someone special for helping get Will He Rock to the winner’s circle on Friday. “I couldn’t have done it without my partner, Xanthe Newman, she has been awesome and has pretty much been my co-trainer.” Simpson rated his charge perfectly in front after he blasted the gate in his 2000m victory. Rolling at an even tempo played to Will He Rock’s biggest strength – his staying power. “My whole plan was to lead because the horse is such a good stayer.” “When the mobile left he pretty much followed it out and when I was a few lengths clear I just tried anchoring him back to me.” “At about the 600m I had a look over my shoulder and saw Unfazed (the favourite).” “Then pretty much after that I pressed the go button and it just happened.” Simpson’s background in harness racing comes through his uncle, Craig Parsons. He who used to take his nephew in the training sulky behind grand former campaigner, One Kenny. “When I was younger my uncle used to put me on his lap and I would go around behind him.” “And ever since then, I caught the bug.” “Jamie Keast used to drive him and as it turned out I am now working for his son.” With his first win secured, Simpson does not have a specific path he wants to take his career down. He simply wants to do his best. “I don’t have my mindset on anything at the moment.” “All I want to do is do my best for anyone that gives me an opportunity whether they give me a go behind their horse or if it’s with my training.” “I just want to look after them and get the best out of them that I can.” Simpson’s first win came with the fifth starter from his stable and in his ninth career drive.

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