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Breeders weekly 23rd November 2017

The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! Im sure many of us felt like this after Cup Week, so we got the scoops on the breeding news that matters. * Corporate Banner | 2017 Broodmare of Excellence Winner * Ken Ford | Amaretto Sun * Gavin Chin | Lazarus * Ted Edwards | Great Things Happen * Panspacificflight | 100 wins from first NZ Crop * Update from the NZSBA Executive & many more! Click here to read: https://goo.gl/oQ8qZw Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association

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Manawatu fixed odds movers 23-11-2017

Manawatu harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:50am Race 1 - Santanna Mach $1.55 easily leads win & multi betting. The outsider Lincoln Sky $46.00 - $41.00 has taken some early win         money.   Race 2 - Master Merlin $8.50 - $6.00 is best backed over Commando One $11.00.   Race 3 - Born Again Delight $2.50 is huge in multi betting with little interest in the rest of the field.   Race 4 - Grey Skies $1.80 like the above favourite is the only runner wanted here.   Race 5 - R Gee Bee $2.50 - $2.30 is easily the best backed runner in win betting and leads multi betting over Kamwood Kid $6.00.    Race 6 - Danke $8.00 leads win & multi betting over Sol Invictus $4.20.   Race 7 - Ivana Flybye $2.30 leads multi betting over Dream To Reality $4.00.   Race 8 - Rhythm N Blues $1.55 is racing away in multi betting with Lambros best backed in win betting.    Race 9 - Madiba $6.80 leads win betting over Willedu $9.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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Bets of the week ringaround November 23rd 2017

Cup week is over and now grass track harness racing gets cranked up in earnest. Both Canterbury grass track meetings this weekend have drawn big even fields and the weather forecast looks perfect for Saturday and Sunday.  It was another good week for the ringaround last week with several winners selected. Brad Williamson had the highest dividend when Two Ply won at Wyndham and paid $15.80 and $3.60 on the tote. This week there are five meetings with two in the north and three in the south.   Manawatu on Thursday night Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive would be Santana Mach this week at Manawatu in Race 1 Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks that R Gee Bee would be his best drive this week in Race 5 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Captain Kirk as his best drive this week at Manawatu in Race 7   Invercargill on Friday afternoon Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best chance this week is Bella Sara at Ascot Park in Race 1 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Kansas City Jim as his best drive this week at Ascot Park in Race 2 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best chance this week is Foo Fighter at Ascot Park in Race 6 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree thinks her best drive this week is Deliska at Invercargill in Race 7 Brent Barclay - Brent is going for Rakarover as his best chance this week also in Race 7 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks his best drive this week is​ Bettor Option at Invercargill in Race 8   For more tips for Invercargill click here!   Alexandra Park on Friday night Stephen Richardson - Steve thinks Lovely Bundy can win at Alexandra Park in Race 1 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance would be Sweet N Fast at Auckland in Race 2 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Will Take Charge as his best chance this week also in Race 2 John Curtin - John thinks Culpeka will go close to winning at Alexandra Park in Race 4 Maurice McKendry - Maurice is going for Shandance as his best chance this week in Race 5   Geraldine on Saturday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks The Dominator can go close to winning at Geraldine in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Saving Grace as his best drive this week at Orari in Race 6 Terry Chmiel - Terry says his best drive this week is Betterthanspraying in Race 7 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Monty Python as his best drive this week in Race 10   Banks Peninsular on Sunday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is going for Cole Porter as his best drive this week at Motukarara in Race 9 Mark Jones - Mark thinks that Belle Of Brooklyn would be his best chance at Motukarara in Race 11 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks that Belle Of Brooklyn is a good winning chance in Race 11 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Friend as his best chance this week at Motukarara also in Race 11   Harnesslink Media

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Harness briefs - 23rd November 2017

Geraldine Cup bound Raukapuka Ruler had a quiet run around at the Rangiora workouts yesterday. Settling near last of the six horse field the Cran Dalgety trained Raukapuka Ruler was under no urgency to improve his position midrace, instead just cruising around at the back of the field while stable-mate Art Union set a fast tempo up front. Raukapuka Ruler sped up over his last 800m in around 57.5 seconds running home under his own steam with out being pushed by driver Dexter Dunn. The workout was won by the Tim Butt trained Lanikai who rated a very fast 1-56.8 mile rate over the mobile 2000m. Lanikai blasted over his last 800m in 55.8 seconds and won going away by more than 5lengths from stable-mate Lady Chatto. ________________________________________________________________________________________ The annual trans-tasman invited drivers series at Ascot Park will be an invited kiwis only affair, after timing and date issues ruled out any Australian participation this year. Instead the series will be a North of the Waitaki vs South of the Waitaki drivers challenge with the series being sponsored by Sweet Lou. The invited drivers will compete in five heats on the day with points allocated to the first five home on each occasion with 10 points for a win, 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 for fifth. Each driver receives the points they accumulate towards finding an individual champion while their points also go into their teams score to find the champion team. Spearheading the North of the Waitaki team are the current New Zealand top two drivers based on number of wins in Blair Orange and Dexter Dunn. They will be joined by Tim Williams, Samantha Ottley, Ricky May and Gavin Smith.   The south of the Waitaki line-up is led by the three Williamson brothers – Nathan, Matthew and Brad. Rory McIlwrick, Brent Barclay and Sheree Tomlinson make up the rest of a strong local team. Competition gets under way in Race 3 timed to start at 5:03pm on Friday 24th November.   Harnesslink Media      

Addington joins Auckland as one of the big winners in the confirmed Inter Dominion reshuffle. The great transtasman pacing series is returning to New Zealand three times in the next nine years, starting with Alexandra Park in 2019. The Inter Dominion council yesterday confirmed the news broken in the Herald six weeks ago that the series will now rotate between Victoria, New Zealand and New South Wales for the next nine years. Perth kicks off the latest series tomorrow, the last of their three-year cycle and did not bid to hold the series again. The tri-organisation bid from HRV, HRNZ and HRNSW was the only one tendered, leaving the Inter Dominion council to agree on the details and rubber stamp it. As suggested, Victoria will hold the series in December next season, with Alexandra Park the following year and Menangle in 2020. That cycle will then repeat with Addington taking the New Zealand-based slot in 2022 while it is expected it will return to Alexandra Park in 2025, although that is an awfully long way away just yet. While it was already known the series was coming back to Alexandra Park, its return to Addington will be warmly received as the track is still the spiritual home of harness racing in Australasia. The series is likely to be two rounds of heats a week apart with the initial A$500,000 final a week later in mid-December. The New Zealand-based series can only help both the New Zealand Cup carnival, which will run directly before the series and the Auckland Cup, which will be about two weeks after it. Not only should it ensure more Australian horses cross the Tasman it means the Kiwis who head to Victoria or New South Wales for the Inters will have shorter flights to get there or travel home for the Auckland Cup and the series won't be as taxing. Racing traditionalists will also be hoping the change of venues will prompt serious discussion over the return to the trotting series, which was scrapped for no good reason five years ago. On the subject of trotters the best one still in work in Australasia makes his long-awaited public return on Saturday when Speeding Spur heads to the workouts. The age group and Great Southern Star hero has had an enormously interrupted career over the last 16 months but has thrilled trainers John and Josh Dickie with his soundness this campaign. If he holds together he will return to racing at Alexandra Park next month at a time when the elite trotting ranks are shorn of his arch rival Monbet and there is no dominant force. Courtesy of The NZ Herald

Trainer Mark Purdon knows the public expectation on the series favourite. The early bird may catch the worm but more importantly he avoids he flies. Which is why Kiwi pacing hero Lazarus has been working in the dark this week. The two-time New Zealand Cup champ kicks off his Inter Dominion campaign in a very tricky opening heat at Gloucester Park in Perth around midnight (NZT) on Friday, drawing the worst possible barrier with hard-running local Soho Tribeca drawn to lead and burn over the 2100m mobile. Trainer Mark Purdon knows the public expectation on the series favourite and realises there can be no easy introduction to the series. Lazarus is probably going to have to work to sit parked and outmuscle Soho Tribeca, who has even opened favourite with Tabcorp. "He is a good horse Soho Tribeca, I saw him winning here last year and he will be hard to catch," said Purdon. "But we are there to win, we have to be with Laz's following. "So I guess we will probably circle them at some stage but it won't be easy, I can tell you that." While Purdon doesn't know what result to expect from Friday night's opening heat he is at least happy Lazarus and his three stablemates Have Faith In Me (Inter), Ultimate Machete (four-year-old races) and Piccadilly Princess (mares) handled the long haul to Perth well. "Ultimate Machete was the one who was tiredest but that is understandable considering he raced older horses and beat them in a fast time on Friday. But seeing Laz arrive in such great shape makes me happy we missed the free-for-all with him." The All Stars quartet at staying at the same Gary Elson stables from where Smolda won the Interdom last season and Purdon says lessons learned from that campaign have already been incredibly valuable. "Last season I was learning as I went along but I know the environment and a few more tricks now." Two of those tricks are avoiding flies and the heat, which means the alarm clock goes off a bit earlier. "Back home we would work Laz anywhere between 7 and 9.30am but here he is usually done by 5.30am. "Once the sun comes up it not only gets hot very quickly but the flies come out and they can be a real pain, even for the local horses but especially ours because they are not used to them. "If you work them when the flies start buzzing around the horses can kick out at them and potentially kick you out of the cart or get their legs over the hopples. "So we get their work over and done with before 6am and then they can go out in the paddock where they wear mesh rugs and covers for their necks and faces. "These are all things I learned last year and although the training track here is a little different from home it is not going to make a huge difference to how we work." If Lazarus can sit parked outside Soho Tribeca and beat him it will send shivers down the spines of rival connections but defeat would not be a disaster for Purdon. The brutal nature of the series and lack of depth in the heats means energy and legs conserved with a placing can pay dividends without jeopardising Grand Final hopes. Cases in point: both Lennytheshark and Smolda (twice) were beaten during the series before winning the last two Perth finals. Have Faith In Me meets local star Chicago Bull in the third heat on Friday in which a placing would be a good result while Lennytheshark will be unbackable in the second heat. Inter Dominions •First round heats: Friday Nov 24, three A$75,000 heats over 2130m at Gloucester Park, Perth •Second round: Tuesday Nov 28, three A$75,000 heats over 2100m at Donaldson Park, Bunbury •Third round: Friday December 1, three A$75,000 heats over 2536m at Gloucester Park, Perth •Grand Final: Friday December 8, A$1.1 million over 2936m mobile at Gloucester Park, Perth •Other Grand Final night highlights: A$200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget (Ultimate Machete); A$125,000 Westral Mares Classic (Piccadilly Princess) MIchael Guerin

Manawatu harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:40pm Race 1 - Dauntless $6.50 - $6.00 is best backed on the win 'book' with Sunny Bill $2.60 leading multi betting over Dauntless.      Race 2 - One Liner $6.00 - $5.00 leads win betting with Bettor Babe $1.90 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 3 - Lincoln Sky $27.00 & Marrera $18.00 - $15.00 are best backed runners on the win 'book' with Santanna Mach $1.50 easily leading multi betting.   Race 4 - Born Again Delight $2.70 easily leads multi betting.   Race 5 - R Gee Bee $1.95 leads win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Madiba $61.00 - $17.00 is best backed in win betting with Rory McIlroy $6.00 leading multi betting over Lambros $2.70.   Race 7 - Dream To Reality $5.20 - $4.80 leads win betting over Cerberus $20.00 - $15.00 with the former runner leading multi betting over Waingaro Mara $5.20.    Race 8 - Juice Brogden $1.55 is racing away in multi betting.   Race 9 - Lord Roydon $2.40 is best backed in multi betting over the stablemate Sol Invictus $3.10.   Best backed runners in multi betting in order:  R2 - Bettor Babe     $1.90  R8 - Juice Brogden $1.55 R5 - R Gee Bee      $1.95      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Things get serious from the very first heat of the Perth Inter Dominion. Barrier draws were always going to be important around the tight Gloucester Park track and Lazarus has copped a huge blow for Friday night. Lazarus landed gate nine – outside the front row – while one of the other big guns of the series, the much-improved Soho Tribeca, drew to stroll to the front from gate two. As amazing as it sounds, Lazarus may not even start favourite. The Aussie TAB opened Soho Tribeca at $1.90 and Lazarus at $2.10. Kiwis will find that hard to believe, but Soho Tribeca has been flying and the likelihood he find the lead over 2130m around Gloucester Park will see many Aussie punters line-up to back him to beat Lazarus. Tassie visitor Devendra, who led and won two heats of the 2015 Perth Inter Dominion, has the speed to hold the front from the pole, but you’d expect connection would be happy to take a trail on Soho Tribeca on opening night. He only other class factor is classy former Kiwi pacer Shandale, but he faces a big challenge from gate six. The upside for Lazarus is it looks like he will be able to keep working forward and find the spot outside the leader without having to spend too much petrol. But can he sit parked outside Soho Tribeca around Gloucester Park and beat him? If he does, Lazarus’ odds for the final will be slashed. It would be a hell of a statement. The other two heats will see raging hot favourites in 2015 Perth Inter Dominion winner Lennytheshark (heat two) and reigning WA and Fremantle Cup champ Chicago Bull (heat three). Lennytheshark, sparkling in all three wins this season, is not only a class above his rivals, but also almost certain to ping straight to the lead from gate three. He opened a $1.20 favourite with the Aussie TAB. Chicago Bull has a bit more opposition, but his gate speed and barrier two should see him pounce on the front, dictate and win. He, too, will dominate the betting. The enigmatic All Stars’ pacer Have Faith In Me has gate five, while emerging Victorian San Carlo is out in barrier six. Chicago Bull opened $1.40 on the Aussie TAB from Have Faith In Me ($5.50) and San Carlo at $11. Adam Hamilton

All eyes were on Addington on Tuesday, 14 November, Cup Day. But over the Tasman at a lowly harness racing meeting in Victoria a former New Zealand pacer won a race that provided his sire Panspacificf​light with a remarkable milestone. Arden’s Concord’s win at Ararat was the 100th for the progeny of Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand crop of only 23 horses. Nineteen of them qualified and 14 individual winners, now six-year-olds, have gone on to win 100 races between them in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, where Panspacificflight is based. That’s the kind of start that Macca Lodge proprietor Brent McIntyre could only dream about when he secured the frozen semen rights to The Panderosa stallion in 2010. And the outlook was even brighter when Arden’s Choice, from Panspacificflight’s second crop, was a Group 1 winner at two and went on to win $280,000 in stakes. But racetrack performance has not translated into broodmare bookings and Panspacificflight may serve only about a dozen mares this season. “It’s disappointing that he can’t get more mares because he deserves a better go,” Brent says. “He’s done a fantastic job when you consider how few foals he’s had on the ground.” Just last week another promising Panspacificflight emerged with three-year-old Naholo, on debut at Ashburton, coming from last at the 800 metres to win in 2:56.3 over 2400 metres. The best-performed horse from the first crop is Wick, who won five times for Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan before being exported to the US last year. He has won nine races there, including several at Yonkers, and has taken a best mile time of 1:51.6. Southern Pursuit, the winner of seven, is another now racing in the US. Little Rascal, still owned by Ian Dobson of Christian Cullen fame, won eight races at Addington and Alexandra Park before joining the free-for-all ranks in Melbourne where he has won four times. He rated 1:51.8 when he beat My Field Marshall in a Group 3 event in September. Among the other multiple winners from the crop are Glenisla (14 wins), Last Flight In (11), Wattlebank Flyer (10), Straight Thru Blue (eight), Sir Mac’s Man (seven) and Arden’s Concord (seven). Arden’s Concord won six races for Otago trainer Graeme Anderson before the Butterworths bought him last year and took him to Victoria. Away from the racetrack for a year, he had three placings for Kerryn Manning before breaking through for his first Australian win at Ararat. And Panspacificflight’s first New Zealand winner, The Manipulator, who was arguably the most promising of them all, may yet add to his four wins. Trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen before he broke down as a four-year-old, he’s now back in the McIntyre barn at Macca Lodge and ran a promising third fresh-up at Invercargill last month before breaking at the start in the Tuapeka Cup at Forbury. Click here for further details. Harnesslink Media

Sky Tower trained by Bruce Wallace at Chatton near Gore won his maiden trot at Wyndham today (Sunday). By Skyvalley out of the Shouldn't Do It, the six year old certainly has plenty of breeding. Shouldn't Do It is by Holmes Hanover out of Francis Jay Bee therefore a half-sister to millionaire trotter One Over Kenny (32 wins), One Kenny (19 wins) and One Under Kenny (11 wins). "He taken a bit to get going this horse but he's a half-brother to Ruby's Jewel which won five races. He's such a bloody clown because after a run you wouldn't think he'd had a race. You'd get him home and he'd be tearing round the paddock. He's caused himself an injury and also walks on his hind legs when you go to feed him," said Wallace.     Driven by Matty Williamson, Sky Tower began well. He initially trailed the leader before heading to the front with just over a lap to run and held on by a fast diminishing half a neck to beat Miss Moppet. Sky Tower and Matty Williamson holding out Miss Moppet and Matt Purvis   - Photo Bruce Stewart. "I might give him a weeks spell because he's had a few runs at the workouts and a few hard runs at the races. We might aim for the Christmas circuit. We'll have a bit of fun and then look at shipping him off to Australia I suppose."   Wallace says Ruby's Jewel is due to foal to Pegasus Spur and he's also working a nice two year old filly called Annie's Jewel. She is by Majestic Son out of Miss Afton. Miss Afton is a half-sister by Armbro Invasion to Frances Jay Bee.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Nota Bene Denario made up for his last start fifth at Winton in September when he easily won the Sir Lincoln At Alabar Pace at Wyndham today. Trainer driver Terry Chmiel said the three year old colt got sick when he was down here last, so there were reasons for his below par performance. But all that was forgotten when he lead for most of the 2400 metres and held on to beat the trailing horse Miss Waikiwi by a length and a quarter.  "He didn't feel as good in front. He was gawking around a bit but you have to be there in a maiden race (when you're the favourite). He just needed something beside him to keep him going. If something had come with him in the straight he would have gone a lot better. The next time I'll drive him from behind and you might see a different horse. He's still got a bit to learn. Hopefully he's going to get better," said Chmiel.  The three year old by Well Said was bought off Southland breeders Mark and Pauline O'Connor. As a young horse he was sent north by the O'Connor's to be trained by Regan Todd who was training his half-sister Kayteeoh Denario. He was bought after he qualified for Todd at the Chertsey Trials in September.  "Mark (Jones) drove him at the trials and he told me to buy him. I only drove him when they vetted him."   Since his Winton run he has been back to the trials twice, winning at Ashburton and running fifth in a strong field at the Cup trials at Addington. Coincidentally Detroit Lily trained by Todd ran second in the same Addington trial also won at Wyndham today. Beating Miss Waikiwi by a length and a quarter                - Photo Bruce Stewart. "He's a big horse and he's going to get better with a bit of time and racing."  Nota Bene Denario is owned by good stable clients Robert and Sharyn Symon who were on course with family to see the win. The Symons raced Gotta Go Cullect mare Nek Time from the Terry and Glenys Chmiel stable. She won eight races including the 2016 Southland Oaks, Gold Coast Oaks and Queensland Oaks. She also broke a New Zealand record when she won at Winton. She was recently retired from racing and was served by Bettor's Delight in January.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

Kiwi On Show broke a Southland and course record for 1609 metres when she won today. Her time of 1-52.2 smashed the mares and all comers course record of 1-54.0 recorded in 2013 by Seabreeze Star. The previous Southland record of 1-53.3 was recorded at Winton in 2015 by Rocker Band. The New Zealand record for mares over 1609 metres is 1-51.1 and is held by The Orange Agent.  The record was set up by Betta Go Fernco which speared through from the second row. She was caught wide early before sitting outside the leader Kiwi On Show for a part of the fast run race. Betta Go Fernco eventually got to the lead with 700 metres to run. She only went down by three quarters of a length.  Kiwi On Show is royally bred being by Bettor's Delight out of Kiwi Ingenuity. Kiwi Ingenuity held the New Zealand mares record of 1-52.1 for five years from 2009 until 2014. Both horses look capable of performing well in the rest of the Empire Stallions Southern Belle Speed series and look promising for the $20,000 Final in April at Winton. Later on the programme Steiger broke the track record for 2400 metre stand when he won The Hunter Family Handicap Pace. His time of 2-57.2 was nearly two seconds faster that the previous record of 2-59.0 run by Char Do Neigh in 2016. By Bettors Delight out of a Holmes Hanover mare he was well suited by the fast pace of the race. For driver Kirk Larsen it was the third time he has won this race. His first winner was in 1988 when he reined Shapiro while in 2000 he trained and drove Lisa O to win.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

Southland based driver Sheree Tomlinson became the first female driver to win the time honoured Dominion Handicap at Addington yesterday (Friday). The nineteen year old is the youngest driver to the win the race and just the second junior driver to win the Group One feature; the first being Anthony Butt who won it in 1987, driving Simon Katz. "It was so special and very emotional. As soon as they crossed the line I was pretty much in tears," she said yesterday after Amaretto Sun which is trained by her Grandfather Ken Ford won at odds of 91 to 1. Things looked promising at the start when she timed her walk up to the tape perfectly and began well to lead early, before The Foot Tapper then Great Things Happen took over leaving Amaretto Sun three back on the running line. "He just stepped so good. That's probably the best he's ever stepped in his whole career. I couldn't hand up to The Foot Tapper straight away because you have to let my horse run for that first 400 metres because he can buck. You just have to loose rein him for the first bit. I knew when The Foot Tapper got to the front he'd only hand to the best horse in the race. I saw Gavin (Gavin Smith on favourite Great Things Happen)coming and I knew he'd stay there." That's the way it remained until the field straightened for the run home at the end of the 3200 metre feature. "I had to tell myself heading up the home straight not to pull out and hope that I'd get a run inside the passing lane. It opened up, he got the run then he showed some high speed. Turning for home Dexter had Bordeaux on the bit with the plug out and he was travelling but he was tapping him up a bit. I thought that's alright. Then I thought Gavin would have put a few lengths on us but he was only half travelling. I thought if I get a run I should go close but I definitely wasn't expecting to win it."   I was in the last 50 metres that the inside run presented itself and the Sundon six year old let down nicely to beat The Foot Tapper by a length and a quarter. The win was celebrated by Tomlinson with a flourish of the whip. "There were so many things going through my head. I couldn't believe it. He's been so up and down in the last twelve months. He went super in the Ordeal Cup, he then had a couple of issues and we had to get the chiropractor to him." Although not overly confident about her chances in the Dominion there were signs that the horse was well pre-race.  "I couldn't even walk him around before the race he was that keen and full of himself. He tried to boot me out of the cart five or six times in the warm up. I think it's a habit he's got into. Once he's going and focussed on the job he's a beautiful horse to drive."  The last Southland based driver to win the Dominion was Nathan Williamson when he drove Springbank Richard to win in 2009. Before that you have to go back to Henry Skinner who drove Tobago to win in 1989.  "To us as a family the Dominion is like winning the New Zealand Trotting Cup. Grandad only really trains trotters."   Amaretto Sun has only ever been driven in his thirty six starts be either Sheree or her mother Amanda. Amanda drove him to win at his first start at Banks Peninsula in September 2015. The mother and daughter have each driven the gelding five times to win. Tomlinson, who works for Invercargill trainer Murray Brown, currently sits second behind Matt Anderson in the Junior Drivers Premiership and has been racking up the travel miles this season, venturing to Canterbury most weekends.   "Murray has been very good to me. I come up most weeks to Addington to drive on Friday night. If it wasn't for my Mum and Dad and Nana and Grandad helping me I wouldn't be able to do it. I really do appreciate it."  Tomlinson says the Green Mile at Methven on December 3rd is the horse's next target before he heads to Auckland with the main target The Rowe Cup. "I'm heading over for the Australiasian Drivers Championship in December and I think one of his races is when I'm over in Aussie. I'll have to sweet talk Grandad and miss that one. Mum may have to put on the colours and drive him." Sheree Tomlinson has driven forty six winners in the three seasons she's been driving. Her first winner was Little Mo at Oamaru in January 2016.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

Wyndham harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:40am Race 1 - Sky Tower $2.90 - $2.50 is best backed over Our Gracie $4.80 with the former runner racing away in multi betting.   Race 2 - Unloaded $4.80 - $3.80 leads win betting over Champagne Bromac $8.50.   Race 3 - Rocking Robyn $3.80 leads multi betting over Wayward Roc $16.00.   Race 4 - Lundqvist $8.20 has taken some early win money with Eagle galleon $2.90 leading multi betting over Rydgemont Milly $4.20.    Race 5 - Martin McGuiness $28.00 - $21.00 the longshot has taken some early win money.   Race 6 - Detroit Lilly $2.00 is huge in multi betting but Raksbet $6.00 is best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 7 - Southbound Train $3.40 & Navajo Art $5.20 are level pegging in multi betting support.   Race 8 - Kiwi On Show $4.60 easily leads win betting with Black Regal Princess $3.20 leading multi betting.   Race 9 - Bevan's Cullen $13.00 & Six Diamonds $5.20 are best backed in win betting.   Race 10 - Duke Of Wellington $2.20 is easily best backed in win & multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Another day another harness racing record on the lightening fast Addington surface.  This time it was Ultimate Machete who won this years Woodlands NZ Free For All by blazing around the Addington track in a 1-51.9 mile rate. In doing so Ultimate Machete reclaimed a record he also once held this time last year.  The 4yo by Bettor's Delight trimmed 0.4 of a second off the old 1950m mobile record set only a few days earlier by stable mate Chase Auckland in the NRM Sires Stakes Final. Ultimate Machete had to be the best to win the race, after sitting parked for the whole way and then wearing down the leader Tiger Tara in the shadows of the post. Driver Natalie Rasmussen wasn't worried about sitting parked saying after the race "I was happy to be there. He is so tough and is best rolling along so it suits him. I could see Jacks legend was just starting to battle and I was still traveling. A great effort" Tiger Tara was game in defeat after leading for most of the way for driver Todd McCarthy. He pinged to the lead from the start and kept up a steady tempo but was beaten by a tougher horse on the day.  Jacks Legend was only a nose back in third after trailing all the way. Ultimate Machete zipped over his last 800m in 54.6 with a final quarter in 26.9 seconds. Close finish, but Ultimate Machete (far left) to strong      -   All Stars Stable photo Amazingly the last seven times a New Zealand record has been broken over the 1950m mobile distance, they have all been broken by a horse trained by the Purdon/Rasmussen All Stars Stable. 1950m New Zealand Record history. Ultimate Machete 17/11/2017 Addington Raceway 2-15.7 Chase Auckland 14/11/2017 Addington Raceway 2-16.1 The Devils Own 12/05/2017 Addington Raceway 2-16.3 Lazarus 11/11/2016 Addington Raceway 2-16.3 Ultimate Machete 08/11/2016 Addington Raceway 2-16.5 Have Faith In Me 11/11/2014 Addington Raceway 2-17.3 Auckland Reactor 10/11/2009 Addington Raceway 2-17.8   Ultimate Machete winning this years FFA   Harnesslink Media

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The Breeders Weekly is a weekly digital publication that is emailed to 2600+ harness racing industry participants. The publication is placing an emphasis on the everyday people of our industry from a breeding and participation perspective. In this edition of the Breeder's Weekly! Im sure many of us felt like this after Cup Week, so we got the scoops on the breeding news that matters. * Corporate Banner | 2017 Broodmare of Excellence Winner * Ken Ford | Amaretto Sun * Gavin Chin | Lazarus * Ted Edwards | Great Things Happen * Panspacificflight | 100 wins from first NZ Crop * Update from the NZSBA Executive & many more! Click here to read: https://goo.gl/oQ8qZw Click here to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/ChhTSo Click here to view all issues: http://goo.gl/hS2ETy   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association
Manawatu harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:50am Race 1 - Santanna Mach $1.55 easily leads win & multi betting. The outsider Lincoln Sky $46.00 - $41.00 has taken some early win         money.   Race 2 - Master Merlin $8.50 - $6.00 is best backed over Commando One $11.00.   Race 3 - Born Again Delight $2.50 is huge in multi betting with little interest in the rest of the field.   Race 4 - Grey Skies $1.80 like the above favourite is the only runner wanted here.   Race 5 - R Gee Bee $2.50 - $2.30 is easily the best backed runner in win betting and leads multi betting over Kamwood Kid $6.00.    Race 6 - Danke $8.00 leads win & multi betting over Sol Invictus $4.20.   Race 7 - Ivana Flybye $2.30 leads multi betting over Dream To Reality $4.00.   Race 8 - Rhythm N Blues $1.55 is racing away in multi betting with Lambros best backed in win betting.    Race 9 - Madiba $6.80 leads win betting over Willedu $9.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)
Cup week is over and now grass track harness racing gets cranked up in earnest. Both Canterbury grass track meetings this weekend have drawn big even fields and the weather forecast looks perfect for Saturday and Sunday.  It was another good week for the ringaround last week with several winners selected. Brad Williamson had the highest dividend when Two Ply won at Wyndham and paid $15.80 and $3.60 on the tote. This week there are five meetings with two in the north and three in the south.   Manawatu on Thursday night Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive would be Santana Mach this week at Manawatu in Race 1 Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks that R Gee Bee would be his best drive this week in Race 5 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Captain Kirk as his best drive this week at Manawatu in Race 7   Invercargill on Friday afternoon Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best chance this week is Bella Sara at Ascot Park in Race 1 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Kansas City Jim as his best drive this week at Ascot Park in Race 2 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best chance this week is Foo Fighter at Ascot Park in Race 6 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree thinks her best drive this week is Deliska at Invercargill in Race 7 Brent Barclay - Brent is going for Rakarover as his best chance this week also in Race 7 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks his best drive this week is​ Bettor Option at Invercargill in Race 8   For more tips for Invercargill click here!   Alexandra Park on Friday night Stephen Richardson - Steve thinks Lovely Bundy can win at Alexandra Park in Race 1 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance would be Sweet N Fast at Auckland in Race 2 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Will Take Charge as his best chance this week also in Race 2 John Curtin - John thinks Culpeka will go close to winning at Alexandra Park in Race 4 Maurice McKendry - Maurice is going for Shandance as his best chance this week in Race 5   Geraldine on Saturday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks The Dominator can go close to winning at Geraldine in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Saving Grace as his best drive this week at Orari in Race 6 Terry Chmiel - Terry says his best drive this week is Betterthanspraying in Race 7 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Monty Python as his best drive this week in Race 10   Banks Peninsular on Sunday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is going for Cole Porter as his best drive this week at Motukarara in Race 9 Mark Jones - Mark thinks that Belle Of Brooklyn would be his best chance at Motukarara in Race 11 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks that Belle Of Brooklyn is a good winning chance in Race 11 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Friend as his best chance this week at Motukarara also in Race 11   Harnesslink Media
Geraldine Cup bound Raukapuka Ruler had a quiet run around at the Rangiora workouts yesterday. Settling near last of the six horse field the Cran Dalgety trained Raukapuka Ruler was under no urgency to improve his position midrace, instead just cruising around at the back of the field while stable-mate Art Union set a fast tempo up front. Raukapuka Ruler sped up over his last 800m in around 57.5 seconds running home under his own steam with out being pushed by driver Dexter Dunn. The workout was won by the Tim Butt trained Lanikai who rated a very fast 1-56.8 mile rate over the mobile 2000m. Lanikai blasted over his last 800m in 55.8 seconds and won going away by more than 5lengths from stable-mate Lady Chatto. ________________________________________________________________________________________ The annual trans-tasman invited drivers series at Ascot Park will be an invited kiwis only affair, after timing and date issues ruled out any Australian participation this year. Instead the series will be a North of the Waitaki vs South of the Waitaki drivers challenge with the series being sponsored by Sweet Lou. The invited drivers will compete in five heats on the day with points allocated to the first five home on each occasion with 10 points for a win, 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 for fifth. Each driver receives the points they accumulate towards finding an individual champion while their points also go into their teams score to find the champion team. Spearheading the North of the Waitaki team are the current New Zealand top two drivers based on number of wins in Blair Orange and Dexter Dunn. They will be joined by Tim Williams, Samantha Ottley, Ricky May and Gavin Smith.   The south of the Waitaki line-up is led by the three Williamson brothers – Nathan, Matthew and Brad. Rory McIlwrick, Brent Barclay and Sheree Tomlinson make up the rest of a strong local team. Competition gets under way in Race 3 timed to start at 5:03pm on Friday 24th November.   Harnesslink Media      
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