Day At The Track

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - Lord Roydon is a $1.65 favourite & punters are happy to be running all their early multi bets through him.     Race 2 - For The Corz $3.00 is best backed on the win 'book' with the $1.65 favourite Time Traveller taking most of the multi money.   Race 3 - Essence Of Easton $1.75 is easily the best backed runner in multi betting with Den's Legacy $3.60 taking the early win money.    Race 4 - King Cassidy $12.50 is best backed on the win 'book' with Amori $3.30 best backed in multi betting over Gorilla Playboy $5.50.   Race 5 - Mighty Empire $4.50 - $3.50 is the early mover in this race & is also easily best backed in multi betting. Some win money has also come for Martin McGuinness $13.00.   Race 6 - Bettor B Ready $6.20 leads early multi betting over Toby O'Gara $2.50.    Race 7 - Ildivo $3.10 is  best backed in win & multi betting over Pat Campbell $3.50.   Race 8 - Audi Hare $2.80 leads multi betting over Raphoe $4.80.   Race 9- Splash Cola $3.50 leads win betting over Sundons Flyer $3.10 who does lead multi betting over the former runner.   Race 10 - Bettor To Be Tricky $2.90 easily leads win & multi betting over Franco Saxon $5.50.   Race 11 - The only runners wanted in the last in win betting are Elusive Flight $3.10 and Four Starzzz Shiraz $9.50. Zakspatrol $3.40 leads multi betting over Four Starzzz Shiraz. Ringaround Bets for Forbury Park. Andrew Suddaby - Is opting for Noble Gamble as his best drive this week in Race 1 Geoff Knight -       Geoff is picking King Kone as his best chance this week in Race 4 Brent Barclay -      Brent thinks his best chance would be Pay Me Jimmy in Race 5 Stephen Richardson(TAB) says Mighty Empire is a good winning chance tonight also in Race 5 Brad Williamson -   Brad is going for Playboy's Brother as his best drive this week in Race 9 Craig Ferguson -    Craig thinks his best chance this week might be The Persuader in Race 11   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

There are four meetings this week for the harness racing ringaround with one in the North and three in the South Last week there were several winners selected again with a number of placings as well. Stephen Richardson had the best dividend last week when Lola Jones won at Cambridge on Thursday night.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night Andrew Suddaby - Is opting for Noble Gamble as his best drive this week in Race 1 Geoff Knight - Geoff is picking King Kone as his best chance this week in Race 4 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best chance would be Pay Me Jimmy in Race 5 Stephen Richardson(TAB) says Mighty Empire is a good winning chance tonight also in Race 5 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Playboy's Brother as his best drive this week in Race 9 Craig Ferguson - Craig thinks his best chance this week might be The Persuader in Race 11   Addington on Friday night Blair Orange - Blair is opting for Idle Moose as his best chance this week in Race 1 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week would be Dark Horse in Race 5 Matthew Williamson - is going with Angel Of Harlem as his best chance in Race 6 Gavin Smith - Gavin says his best drive this week is Bright Diamond also in Race 6   Harness Racing Waikato at Cambridge on Friday night Tony Herlihy - says that Rave Nation would be a good place chance at Cambridge in Race 1 Todd MacFarlane - Todd thinks Lola Jones wuld be his best chance this week in Race 8 John Curtin - John thinks Makers Mark can go close to winning at Cambridge in Race 9 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Lincoln Lovely as his best drive this week in Race 10 Jay Abernethy - Jay says his best chance is Regal Grin at Cambridge also in Race 10   Oamaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks Anotherdollytrouble can go close to a place in Race 1 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Junkyard Mase would be his best chance this week in Race 4 John Morrison - John is picking Leading The Way as his best drive this week in Race 5 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is opting for Golden Gate as his best drive at Oamaru in Race 6 Harnesslink reporter - says The Valiant can run in the top three at Oamaru in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

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! Harness Jewels Special | All 9 Winning Breeders! We caught up with the winning breeders from the 11th running of the Harness Jewels to bring you this special edition of Breeders Weekly. Click here to read: Click here to Subscribe: Click here to view all issues:   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Brad Reid New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association

It is a lot easier to give up a shot at New Zealand’s racing toughest record when you already own it. So champion driver Dexter Dunn will miss the end of the season even if it costs him setting a new national record for win in the term. After a typically successful weekend Dunn sits on 199 wins for the term, 30 more than closest rival Blair Orange so assured of his 10th straight driver’s premiership. With 19 meetings left in the South Island for the remainder of the season, 27-year-old Dunn would only need to average one per meeting with a couple of extras to break the record of 220 wins. He set that figure back in 2011 and got close with 214 last season and 216 the one before. While the profitable Southland circuit finished over the weekend, there are five Forbury Park meetings to go this season, which are often the scene of multiple wins for Dunn. But complicating Dunn’s equation is the fact he will miss the last weekend of the season as he heads to North America for a brief holiday before his defence of the World Driver’s title in Canada in August. Dunn won the series in Australia two years ago and says it takes priority over breaking the national wins record. “I can’t wait to get over there because it is a great series and you learn so much,” he says. “Not only is it special to represent your country but you make a lot of friends and learn things from all the other drivers. “It will be my third championships and it is the highlight of the season.” Dunn wants to travel to the championships via New York to take in Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands so will miss the final two meetings of his season at Addigton and Oamaru. “That could potentially end up costing me getting past 220 but it doesn’t bother you are much when it is your own record,” he admits. “But if I get to 218 or something with a week to go then I might not see it that way. “It would be cool to reset the record and I think it is possibly on because the Forbury meetings tend to be be pretty good to me and I don’t have any Australian commitments coming up.” With another 200-win season just one away Dunn will continue a scarcely believable average of just over 200 wins per season for the ninth straight year, even more remarkable because nobody else has ever achieved the feat even once. “I’m on 199 now and not being stuck on that is one of the most important things, because I’ve finished two seasons on 199 and that sucked. “But I should get well past that and considering how long a season it has been I am feeling pretty fresh. “I haven’t had as much travel to Australia this season, which has helped.” Dunn says while his strike rate is better now than ever, driving a winner every 4.7 drives, he says he drives more “ugly races” now then he used to. “The racing has changed so much in the last five years,” he offers. “You used to be able to sit back and drive them pretty and come with one run when I first started driving but now you have to be on the speed a lot more. “The odd one can still come from back in the field but on the whole you need to be on the speed because they just keep running.” If Dunn does get surpass his 220 seasonal record he could also join another very elite club as he sits on 1978 career wins in New Zealand, meaning he could top 2000 before the end of the term if he has a stellar next six weeks. The biggest difference: Dunn is 25 years younger than any other member of the 2000-win club. And if he keeps winning at his current rate he would become New Zealand’s first 4000-win horseperson of any code before his 38th birthday.   DEXTER DUNN ** Heading for 10th straight national premiership. ** Averaging 203 wins per season over last eight years. ** Already holds NZ record for wins in a season at 220. ** Current World Driving Champ ** 22 wins away from joining elite 2000 wins in New Zealand club.  ** Strike rate of win every 4.7 drives.   Michael Guerin

Over recent weeks the Cambridge raceway Board has been reviewing its current operation as a sustainable business and as a leading racing venue. As a result of this review it has been decided that a restructure of the business was crucial if we wanted to retain and grow as a vibrant organisation. It is well known that the harness racing industry is under increasing pressure and without change the ability to grow and prosper would be limited. The new structure will include a number of significant changes to roles and responsibilities. New positions include an Operations Manager taking over the reins responsible for racing, Waikato BOP race secretary, staff, facilities, budgeting and marketing. This position will be filled by David Branch the current Business Development Manager. Current GM Kerry Wells will take over a new part time position as Projects Manager where he will continue with special projects and consultancy to the new Ops Manager and the Board. The current Office Administration role will be disestablished and a new part time office support position focused mainly on Race day activities will be created. All Accounting functions will be done off site on a fixed fee contract basis by an Accountancy partner. The current Marketing and Promotions role will also be disestablished and a new position will be established of Sponsorship Executive. The outside track and facilities positions will be unchanged. This restructure will reduce costs to the business in the order of $100,000 per year. In announcing this restructure the Board Chairman Russell Fantham has acknowledged the past work done by current GM Kerry Wells over a the past 23 years.” Kerry’s contribution has been significant and the Board is very pleased that Kerry will continue in a key role with Cambridge Raceway as we strive to improve and grow the business” The Raceway Board believe that these changes are critical to the business and will add vital enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the operation. The new structure will become effective from 1st August 2017.

The smart 3-year-old James Dean is set to resume racing at Oamaru on Sunday. “He had a small bone chip removed from a fetlock after he raced at Kaikoura in October. We got on to it straight away. “He has been back in work three and a half months and has had a good preparation,’’ said Leo O’Reilly, his Rakaia trainer. James Dean won a trial at Rangiora  on June 7 by a neck from Joey Maguire, a rival on Sunday. Joey Maguire, who has not raced since February, is now trained by Mark Jones. Joey Maguire won seven races from the Robert Dunn stable. James Dean cleared maiden ranks at Oamaru as a 2-year-old in May, 2016 at his fourth start. The Santanna Blue Chip colt did not race again until October when he won at Methven before finishing second to Ardent Lustre at Kaikoura. Nerve Of Steel, an acceptor at at Forbury Park on Thursday, is now trained by Donna Williamson at Washdyke. Nerve Of Steel has won at Gore and Invercargill in the past three months after being bought by Tapanui trainer Matt Saunders out of the  Palmerston North stable of Stephen Doody. The 4yr-old has had another change of ownership with former jockey  Stephanie Clark among the new owners of the Art Official 4-year-old. Nerve Of Steel left stride after 100m in the first heat of the Forbury Park sprint series on June 1 and finished last. Stewards placed a warning on his barrier manners. “I have only had him since last Tuesday,’’ said Williamson. Bontz, winner of the first heat of the sprint (1200m) series, was ruled out of the second heat after it attracted 19 nominations. Bontz is assured of a berth in the $10,000 final by dint of her win. Errol Finn, a winner at Invercargill on Saturday in his first start since changing ownership and joining the Roslyn Bush stable of Aaron Swain three weeks earlier, has been nominated for the Oamaru meeting. Errol Finn, now raced on lease by Swain, his mother, Wendy, uncles Ross and Grant Cronin and grandmother, Pat Cronin, The Changeover 5-year-old won his first two starts last season when trained by Daniel Reardon. Dark Ops is now being trained at Washdyke by breeder Alan Clark, who has bought the 4yr-old CR Commando – Constar mare. She won two races when trained by Brent White for Ross McCutcheon, of Temuka. Tayler Strong

Gordon and Colin Lee are closing in on a milestone they didn't consider relevant in the past. The win of Magnate Mara at Invercargill on Saturday was their 15th for the season and took them to within one of the highest seasonal tally of their father Ernest 'Hori' Lee, 16 in the1989-90 term. Both sons played a part in that total with Colin winning two on Scapa Chip, including the group three New Zealand Mares Championship. Gordon's wins were Keyali and French Lustre (three each), Popsicle, Mighty Lustre and Jimmy Dundee (two each), After Match and Rainbow Taurus. Although training in partnership at Wyndham since 1998, winning races hasn't been Gordon and Colin's only priority. The brothers have never failed to get at least one every season but selling, particularly to Australia, has been a big part of their operation. Changes to Harness Racing Australia's import fees put a real dent in that. “We used to get up to three calls a week asking for horses or what we had coming along, not now,” said Gordon, who with Colin was the first trainer of 2013 Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling. Fifteen wins in a season is their best ever and represents one for every six starts. The winning began at Wyndham in November when, following open heart surgery and receipt of a new heart valve, Colin returned to the sulky on raceday to guide Jimmy Nga to victory. Jackofdiamonds, in the hands of Lance Justice on Trans Tasman Drivers Challenge day was next, with Gordon on board for the 13 that followed. The biggest contribution was made by brilliant filly Seaswift Joy who won six times, added a second and three thirds and grossed more than $40,000 from her 11 starts. Of their ten starters, nine were winners. “Lovey Dovey Moment is the only one that raced this season that hasn't won,” said Gordon, “he got a virus and filling in his legs, I'm quite confident he could have won otherwise.” Saturday's winner Magnate Mara, bred and raced by Brian Church and Lee's wife Betty, is the second foal out of Lavish Bromac. Lee reported the unraced mare split a pastern and attempts to fix it unsuccessful. “She would have been okay and this one (Magnate Mara) is not a bad horse.” Mac Henry  

The Auckland Trotting Club is reviewing and resetting its overall business strategy, determined to commercially position a sustainable future for the business and harness racing, says Alexandra Park chief executive, Dominique Dowding “We did a major organisational overhaul a few years ago with our key strategic pillars being sustaining harness racing, finding new revenue sources, and growing the club’s property portfolio. We achieved all our strategies with our urban village development being the final one and so found ourselves at a crossroads,” she says. “Steady as she goes is just not an option so the board and management’s renewed focus is to take the organisation to the next level and ready the club commercially for the next decade.” Ms Dowding says the process of resetting the Auckland Trotting Club’s business strategy means assessing its products and services right across its broad operations. “Under our racing strategy we need to assist our trainers by finding a new breed of owners via syndicate participation and we see our younger Friday night racing attendees as the future of our industry. We’ll also be reviewing our function venues and attractions. “And with our property portfolio, it’s all about continuing to create a new destination with our urban village development for entertainment, lifestyle and hospitality to ensure substantial growth.” She says the construction of a new training centre and long-term lease by The Blues rugby franchise in 2015 has been a good move, with the club needing to not only attract further compatible tenants but increase the value of its leases. “I want us to move from an annual total turnover of $22m to $30m, sitting on a half billion dollars’ worth of assets in the coming decade. That’s where I believe we need to be, and with a stronger commercial model we can be. “We will also reflect on our governance structure to make sure the club is well served into the future, particularly given the increasing commercial complexity across our property portfolio and the sheer breadth of our business now.” Ms Dowding says the club remains very cognisant of its longstanding members, and the many traditions and practices that come with a 127-year-old organisation. However, in the five years that she has been chief executive she has been heartened at members’ ability to absorb and accept necessary change. “Our members know that if we are to remain racing in the 21st Century in Australasia’s fastest growing city, we need to fully transition into a commercial entity and this is exactly what this latest strategic reset is all about. We simply have to take a pretty aggressive approach if we are to keep growing to ensure the sustainability of the industry in the north.” The chief executive says attendance numbers are generally up for Alexandra Park’s Friday nights at the trots. What’s more is its race-night functions are also enjoying growth helped by the likes of well-promoted themed cuisine nights, and the club’s ‘value for money’ free parking, free entry, and free race book proposition. “We’re getting more people through the gate and constantly need to deliver a great experience so that we become the product of choice in what is a very crowded entertainment market in Auckland. “Our products need to be well priced, relevant and constantly refreshed. As well as keeping ahead with today’s fast moving marketing channels, we also need to keep attracting new sponsors while retaining our old ones. We’re getting good results, but the best thing we can now do is eye up the next decade to lock in our future.” She says despite years of static industry funding, moves this coming season bode well for racing. Recently the New Zealand Racing Board announced a substantial boost to stakes from 1 August, which will include harness racing. At the same time the number of Friday night meetings at Alexandra Park will increase from 37 to 41. As well as operational success, the Auckland Trotting Club’s asset base and reach is also strengthening. This includes the amalgamation with the Franklin Trotting Club which has delivered the industry an affordable training centre. Their large Epsom site continues to climb in value, thanks partly to the rezoning of a former carpark where 246 apartments are now under construction. More recently Auckland Council’s unitary plan has seen the rest of the club’s Green Lane West frontage zoned ‘mixed-use’, allowing for any future development the club may want to pursue. In 2015 and 2016 the club sold nearly $300m of freehold apartments, with Colliers International statistics confirming the development commanded some of the best prices in Auckland and was among the fastest selling. It will include some leading hospitality and retailers, with a FreshChoice supermarket already leased. “The fact we will have all these residents soon living at Alexandra Park is something we also have to factor into our planning. Not to mention all the visitors to the cafes and al fresco restaurants. Within the next two years we will have transitioned from being a trotting club and function centre to becoming a whole new urban village and heart for Epsom. “Not only will we get a new crowd coming through our gates, but we’ll also have hundreds of permanent residents who we’ll be encouraging to take out a membership and come along to our race nights.” The club is now actively investigating a further stage, with registrations of interest, via the development’s website to purchase any additional apartments, proving to be strong. Testament to the club’s transformational success was winning the supreme award for ‘Excellence in Strategy & Planning’ at the 2015 Westpac Business Awards. While in 2016 the chief executive won the ‘Women In Property’ award at the New Zealand Property Council’s inaugural Auckland Property People Awards. Ms Dowding says while the past five years of strategic planning and work has put the Auckland Trotting Club on a more commercial footing, the next five years must install commercial best practice across the business to ensure harness racing can remain a fixture in Auckland. “Everything we do is about racing. That will never change. The club may be resetting its business strategy, but our driving vision to protect and sustain the future of harness racing remains central to every decision we make,” says Ms Dowding. For further information contact Dominique Dowding: (021) 377-303 or (09) 630-9700 

Away from the hustle and bustle of the high quality three-year-old age group racing, Billy Badger was always going to be a promising prospect. So when Robert and John Dunn elected to include the talented pacer in their contingent of horses bound for Nelson last week, you knew immediately that they meant business. And when the diminutive pacer backed up some serious support from punters on Friday to break through for a much deserved win there was a sense of mission accomplished. Few probably thought too far ahead than Friday, but the Nelson Winter Cup was still up for the taking and Billy Badger, on Sunday, took the bull by the horns and claimed the winter feature with John Dunn in the bike. Owned by Ross and Angela Gordon, Billy Badger downed some high quality opposition in the Winter Cup, including fellow three-year-old, Mongolian Hero. It was a fitting result for the Gordon duo who have endured a tough season with the loss of the highly talented, Say My Name. Billy Badger, an Art Major colt from Lady Antebellum, has now won six of his 29 career starts and picked up more than $70,000 of stake money along the way. Later in the day on Sunday, the Craig and Aimee Edmonds trained, Rishi, also finished the weekend as a dual winner. A three-year-old by Bettor’s Delight from Reklaw, Rishi was having just his second and third race day starts, but looked ever the consummate professional as he dealt to his rivals on both occasions. The win tripled the season tally for the father and daughter Edmonds combination, who incidentally also picked up their other winner for the season at Nelson when Muscles Galore was victorious earlier this year. Cameron Jones picked up his first New Zealand win as a driver on Sunday when he partnered the Leonne Jones trained, Mr Fahrenheit to success in the maiden trot. The Pegasus Spur gelding, who is a member of the family of the great Tussle, took more starts than most expected to break the maiden status, but never really looked in doubt on Sunday. Driven confidently by Jones, who has won a hoard of races in Australia, the three-year-old wore down his rivals to claim the victory. While it was a relatively short time for him, Mark Gill’s wait with Shadowman has been considerably longer. But the son of Sutter Hanover put it all behind him on Sunday when he burst through the middle of runners to win for Craig Thornley at start 48 in his career. Matt Markham

Superstar pacing mare The Orange Agent has been struck down by injury again. But managing owner John Green says the last-start group one winner will be given every opportunity to make it back to the track next season. The Orange Agent was found to have a hairline fracture in a fetlock after being scratchy in her work upon returning home from winning the Queen of the Pacific at Melton in Victoria last month. Her effortless win there completed the mares triple crown in Victoria while she also downed subsequent Jewels winner Piccadilly Princess in the group one Breeders Stakes at Addington in March as well as beating Smolda in the City Of Auckland Free-For-All. That series of wins were graphic reminders of what a wonderful mare she is after a 14-month injury enforced layoff starting early last year. “It is very disappointing but we don’t think she is finished yet,” said Green. “She was supposed to head to Menangle last week and then race in the Len Smith Mile next week but when she got back from Victoria she wasn’t right. “So she now has to spend three months out of work, most of it in a box, and then Bunty (trainer Brian Hughes) can start again. “That means missing the Aussie winter features and the New Zealand Cup so the most likely first target is a race like the Queen Of Hearts (December). “But if she is not ready for that we will wait until she is ready, which could mean going back to Australia next season. “Ideally though we want her to be a racehorse again if she can. She has plenty of time to be a broodmare in the future. “But if the injury doesn’t heal as we want it to then that broodmare career might come earlier than we want.” The Orange Agent has won 23 of her 33 starts, placing in six others and won $746,423, setting five New Zealand records. On top of this season’s group ones she has also won a Harness Jewels in a record 1:51.1, the Northern Oaks by five lengths, the Nevele R Fillies Final and the Australasian Breeders Crown. She would have been a certainty for Mare of the Year at the Harness Racing New Zealand annual awards to be held on August 3, but for the Auckland Cup win of fellow superstar mare Dream About Me in December. Michael Guerin

Maidonthebeach increased her value as a harness racing broodmare when she cleared maiden ranks in the EH Ball ITM Building Centre Mobile Pace on Saturday. She capitalised on a nice run behind the leader The Arbitrator and won easily by a length and three quarters. She's a three year old filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of the cup class mare Nursemaid and is raced by Graeme and Jill Cooney, Vin Nally and the Centaurus Syndicate.  Meanwhile one of Southland's older syndicates The Highlanders Syndicate owned another winner at Ascot Park today. Ideal Art won nicely by three quarters of a length from late finishers Toby O'Gara and Bettor Under Fire. She's by American Ideal out of Arts Mistress and was also bred by the syndicate. Ideal Art is trained by Murray Brown and was driven by Sheree Tomlinson Ideal Art after winning at Ascot Park           Photo Bruce Stewart Southland trainer Ken Dixon trained his first trotting winner when Sheer Class won the Invercargill Workouts Committee Trot at Ascot Park. Sheer Class winning easily               Photo Bruce Stewart It was the trainer's 57th winner since he started training in 1976. His first winner was Master Vilas at Winton in November 1976. Over the years he's trained many good pacers including Historic Moment (7), Whale Of A Tale (6), Taurus Chief (4) and New Energy (4). He also developed Richard Henry which won thirty six races in Australia Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

The Pukekohe 3-year-old Art Major gelding who earlier this season beat recent Emerald Jewels winner, Jacks Legend in a Sires Stakes heat (October 14), was back to his very best at Alexandra Park on Friday. Star Galleria didn’t beat any horses of Jacks Legend’s quality in the feature pace, but they way he left them to it by five-and-a-half lengths - in very good time (2:40.1) - suggests he’s as good as what his his Pukekohe trainer/driver, Steven Reid, has made out all all along. “It felt like the old Star Galleria was back. It was good to drive him tonight and get a real feel as to where he’s exactly at in race conditions. It can be different in work but he set some nice sectionals tonight. I was pleased with the way he paced strongly to the line,” Reid said. Star Galleria and Reid led all the way from gate four in Friday’s $14,999 Marlin Transport 2200m mobile for the R67 to R76 pacers. The bay paced a 1:57.3 mile rate and came home in 55.5 and 27.8 on a cold old Auckland night. He was the $3.30 favourite. Reid always thought Star Galleria was a solid Jewels prospect, but when he only qualified on the cusp of the rankings Reid decided to bring him back north, rather than start him against the guns in Ashburton. ““Earlier this season I thought he was just below Alta Machete and Vincent in the 3-year-old ranks. After those two I thought he had the measure of most of the rest. “That’s why I took him to Christchurch last month, but perhaps he’s taken longer than what I thought he would to get over his injury which put him back quite a bit,” Reid said. “And on hindsight perhaps I should have started him in the Final down south, but he wasn’t going like he did tonight, and his long-term welfare is what I’m most concerned about,” he added. Seven months ago Reid would have given Star Galleria little chance of winning so soon. He kicked out at a gate and suffered serious leg injuries. “He got a massive hole in his leg and I actually thought that might be his career all over before it hardly started. The vet told me if the hole had been three or four inches lower on the hock that would have been the end of him ever racing again. “His health comes first and I believe if I look after him he will make a very nice 4-year-old. As far as I’m aware he’s not paid up for the Breeder’s Crown, and now that he’s back healthy again, I think I’ll give him maybe one more race this season and then tip him out,” Reid said. Star Galleria’s fourth win in nine starts also provided Reid with his first driving success of 2016-2017 and first since he steered Mo Casino to win at Alexandra Park in January last year. Meanwhile, the feature trot – the $14,999 Riordan & West Transport Mobile for the R75 to R95 squaregaiters saw Robert Dunn pick up his first win in eight starts with Yagunnakissmeornot. Yagunnakissmeornot relocated from Sean McCaffrey and Ross Paynter's former Cambridge barn in January and Friday’s triumph was her first for the season.. The 5-year-old Love You – Dutch Annie brown mare has now won 13 of her career 41 starts – all 13 of them at Alexandra Park (from 35 starts). Her stake earnings currently sit at $131,129. Duane Ranger

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Especial lived up to her name at Ascot Park on Saturday when with the perfect trip she got the perfect result in the 1700 metre Join The Tri Code Syndicate Fillies & Mares Mobile. One of seven fillies in the 12-horse lineup, the daughter of Christian Cullen was parked briefly before getting the one-one after 300 metres. A lap later the trail horse dropped off, Especial immediately took her spot and when the passing lane arrived, shot clear on debut like a real professional. According to winning driver Matt Anderson it was effortless but not quite as polished as it seemed. “She is still green and when she hit the front all but pulled up,” he said. Bred and raced by Kenny and Jo Baynes, Especial is out of Especial Franco, member of a family Kenny Baynes was keen to have a bit of. He bought Especial's half brother Extra Special Iam, was under-bidder on another half brother Equalizer and tried over the phone to buy yet another, Expressionist. Soon after, Especial Franco was advertised in the Harness Weekly and the Baynes bought her. Envious, five wins and also a winner on debut at Invercargill, was the mare's first foal for them and Especial the next. She is trained at Gore by Tony Stratford who has had to be patient. “She's had a few niggly issues, just wee things like mud fever that set you back, the time's probably helped her though,” he said, “she's only had one workout and one trial, this was her third run. She's beautiful to sit behind, the Christian Cullen gait and she's got gas, a pretty nice filly, could be an open class mare in 18 months.” Nathan Williamson was the only driver to strike twice, winning two of the three trotting races. First up was a mare he trains himself, Splash Cola in the McKnight & Brown Mobile Trot and she did it style, clearing out by eight lengths to score her first win since January 2015. It was the fourth win for the mare having just her fourth start since being away from racing for more than two years. “She's had numerous injuries, was too fresh in her first two comeback races then was knocked and broke on Monday,” Williamson said, “she's still improving, I'll keep her going now.” Splash Cola completed the 2200 metres from behind the mobile in 2:46.8, The Williamson trained and driven Dwindle Mist set the track record of 2:45.2 in December 2014.  Sundons Wish, trained by Ian Jamieson, backed up from his win on Monday to take the Thanks To Our Volunteers Handicap. Williamson replaced Dexter Dunn in the sulky on Saturday. Matt Purvis, the former Canterbury junior driver who joined the Williamson enterprise at the beginning of the season, broke through for his first win in Southland when guiding Dancing In The Dark to victory in the Pinelea Farm Fillies & Mares Mobile Pace. Trained by Robert Dunn,the mare is co-owned by Matt's father, John Purvis and has been staying with Williamson. She is a half sister to Born To Run, a two year old trained by Williamson and driven by Purvis for a second and a fourth in his only two starts. Purvis said the juvenile is spelling at the moment and will be back as a three year old, and he himself is also staying on. “I'm flatting in a house at Tisbury with Craig Ferguson and Sheree Tomlinson, that made it an easy transition,” Purvis said, “I've enjoyed my time in the south, plenty of opportunities, a lot to learn from Nathan, a pleasure to work with such good horses.” Purvis has now won three times on Dancing In The Dark and advanced his career tally to 34.  “It was good to get a win in the south and one for Dad,” he concluded.   Mac Henry

Nelson harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:25am Race 1 - The $1.70 favourite Mr Fahrenheit is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.   Race 2 - Spondulicks $3.90 - $3.60 has been well backed in win betting early but in multi betting Beach Skipper $1.95 is going 4 - 1 in ticket sales over the former runner.   Race 3 - Doctor Tim $8.00 - $6.20 easily leads win betting over My Nikayla $3.30 & on those two runners equally lead in multi betting.    Race 4 - Boults On Fire $1.50 is the only runner wanted in multi betting & also leads win betting over Theboyslightup $4.50.   Race 5 - Solar Storm $13 - $11 leads win betting over Sarah Palin $11.50 & Wot Up $5.80.   Race 6 - Ideal Rule $12.50 - $10.00 leads in betting over All Nuts N Bolts $11.50.   Race 7 - Terrier $6.20 - $5.50 easily leads win betting over Mustang GT $12.00.    Race 8 - Alpha Rock $2.30 has been heavily backed in win & multi betting with the next best backed Mongolian Hero $4.50.   Race 9 - Emily Blunt $5.20 is best backed in win betting over Sweet As $12.50 & Arizona Atom $17.00.   Race 10 - Ace High $1.55 is the only runner wanted in multi betting & is also best backed on the win 'book' over Dream To Reality $6.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Any punters who've seen Splash Cola in her prime are unlikely to have questioned her ability. But a host of minor setbacks have prevented the talented harness racing mare from proving her worth on the racetrack. In only her fourteenth start over three seasons of racing the six year old trotting mare proved at Ascot Park today she hasn't finished winning yet.   "She got a nice run early being one off the fence. We then moved to the lead and she was just too good. I thought if she trotted today she'd be hard to beat. She's still a day to day proposition so we've got to keep going," said trainer driver Nathan Williamson after the run. She won by eight lengths and her time of 2-46.2 for the 2200 metre mobile on a wet 7 degree day was outstanding. The track record for mares of 2-45.2 is held by another Williamson runner in Dwindle Mist. "She's still got a wee way to go fitness wise. She trotted lovely last week and got away from the stand but made a short bobble for about 20 to 30 metres. I was rapt with the way she was trotting. Then Gordie (Gordon Lee on Moment Of Sun) took half the field out with 900 metres to go. A few of them settled down but once she (Splash Cola) galloped that was it. She's quite a good trotter when she does it right."  Today's win was her first since January 2014. By Sundon out of the Chiola Cola mare Delcola she's owned by Ian Hunter. Her half-sister Delestic by Majestic Son also looks promising. She's won twice from just seven starts. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing