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Club News this week from HRNZ

08:00 AM 14 Mar 2019 NZDT
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Racing is heating up at Addington later in March and early April, so be sure to secure your Trackside Dining delicious packages with mouth-watering dishes and beverages in advance (Booking details are below). 

 The Group races on the March 22 include Storer Motors New Zealand Trotting Oaks, Lamb & Hayward 4 & 5 year Old Trotting Championship, Vero Flying Stakes and Teltrac Communications Ltd FFA. The Storer Motors New Zealand Trotting Oaks promises to be an even affair with mixed results in the last few meetings between the likes of Cheerful, Majestic Chevron, Sunny’s Little Jestic and Swiss Miss. The Lamb & Hayward 4 & 5 Year Old Trotting Championship looks just as wide open with no single trotter in this age group being able to assert their own dominance.  However, one looking to stand out from the crowd in recent starts is Majestic Man who is starting to put together a handy record.  Others that look to have major chances are Kings Landing, Over The Love, Sundees Son and Winterfell.

 The Vero Flying Stakes looks to have a more straight forward element to it, Ultimate Sniper looks to be the leading 3 Year Old male pacer this season although the chasing pack have closed the gap in recent weeks with stablemate Jesse Duke being the first to beat Ultimate Sniper, while another to keep an eye on is Supreme Dominator.

 The Teltrac Communications Ltd FFA looks to be a good lead in to the Breckon Farms & All Stars Racing Stables Easter Cup, runners who could compete are Henry Hubert who coming off a hot run at Invercargill A G’s White Socks tried hard in defeat. Being a lead up race for the Group 1 Easter Cup there will be hope around having Jack’s Legend, On The Cards and Star Galleria down to contest these races. 

 April 5 brings the second 5 Star Meeting of Autumn and it promises to be a night of action. The New Zealand Trotting Derby, last year Luby Lou out classed the boys. Enhance Your Calm will be looking to continue his domination of the age group. Of the chasing bunch Full Noise, Get Lucky and Lotamuscle could be contenders in this race.

 The Fred Shaw Memorial New Zealand Trotting Championship should host a range of talent including ‘Used To Me’ @ Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot winner Marcoola will be one of the leading hopes along with other stars Speeding Spur and Ronald J.  An interesting runner could be the returning champion Monbet who will be looking to return to the heights of form before some serious injuries.

 The Avon City Ford New Zealand Welcome Stakes should get a field of gun 2 Year Olds, the most promising so far is the outstanding colt Smooth Deal who when doing things right has looked a step or two ahead of his rivals. Stablemates Copperfield, Flying Even Bettor and Virgil look to be his main dangers.

 In the Diamond Creek Farm New Zealand Pacing Derby the Vero Flying Stakes winner will bring advantage into this coveted race, Ultimate Sniper has looked the best of the crop so far this season and is there any reason why he can’t add another Group 1 Feature to his resume?

 Finally the Breckon Farms & All Stars Racing Stables Easter Cup, in a race which historically has produced many great Grand Circuit Stars the depth of the race will depend on Inter-Island raiders. Jack’s Legend looks to be bouncing back to the best version of himself racking together winning his last four races in a row, he could come into this race as the leading hope but last year’s winner A G’s White Socks will put up a fight along with other northerner Star Galleria. Sheriff returned to the winners circle recently and if he continues to improve he can feature also. 

 Watch this space!  Good luck to everyone!

     For bookings or for more information about Trackside Dining packages please contact Deb d’Guild on 338 9094 or  

 The Upcoming 5 Star Race Meeting Programmes;  March 22  April 5 (Tentative)

 We look forward to welcoming you all to the track.

Have a great week.

From the Addington Team


Methven Trotting Club - 31 March 

The Methven Trotting Club is well underway with preparations for our final Autumn meeting on Sunday March 31 the big feature on the day being the Woodlands Mt Hutt Country Cup over the 3,000m distance. Recent rain has improved the track which was starting to feel  the effects of a dry 6 weeks.

A big focus on the day will be an attempt to assist Pete Davis and Margo Nyhan with the club encouraging a gold coin donation the proceeds of which will be added to by the Methven Club and given to the pair in whichever means would be of most assistance. Go well and lots of love  Pete and Margo friend to so many in our local  harness community. Kudos to committeeman Nigel Armstrong for all his efforts in this cause.

The club has arranged for former local Maurice McKendry to be guest driver and with  Morrie in the twilight of his career it may well be the last chance for locals to see this very popular and talented horseman in action. Maurice is the winner of 3239 races and stakes of $28,474,507 and the club is very serious about getting Maurice driving in every race and hoping to set something up through the T.A.B. whereby he goes head to head with our other local horseman Ricky May the winner of 2901 races and $31,357,872 in stakes. Anyone who can help us with an opportunity for Maurice please ring Richard Bromley 021888900 or Mike Heenan 0272999604.

See you under the mountains on the 31st Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club


March/April NZ Bonus Quaddies

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in March & April there will be a Bonus Quaddie on a NZ meeting.
Thoroughbreds: $25k Bonus Late Quaddie every Saturday
Harness: $5k Bonus Early Quaddie every Sunday
Greyhounds: $5k Bonus Late Quaddie every Friday evening
Fri 15 Mar
Wanganui Dogs: $5k BONUS Quaddie on the Last 4 Races.
Sat 16 Mar
Trentham Races: $25k BONUS Quaddie on the Last 4 Races.
Sun 17 Mar
Motukarara Harness: $5k BONUS Early Quaddie on Races 2, 3, 4 & 5
Australian Bonus Pools
Sat 16 Mar
Flemington Races: A$300k BONUS First4 All Start Mile
Pick6 this Week…
Tue 12 Mar
$20k TERMINATING at Palmerston North Twilight Harness
Wed 13 Mar
$25k Guaranteed at Matamata Races
Thu 14 Mar
$40k Guaranteed at Palmerston North Twilight Harness
Fri 15 Mar
$25k Guaranteed at Addington Night Harness
Sat 16 Mar
$25k Guaranteed at Trentham Races
Sun 17 Mar
$15k Guaranteed at Cambridge Dogs
Mon 18 Mar
$15k TERMINATING at Palmerston North Dogs (Commentators Day)


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