Day At The Track

The annual Timaru Mother’s Day race meeting on Sunday 13 May will see the fifth edition of the club’s lady drivers races held at Phar Lap Raceway. Two penalty free lady driver races are programmed to be held at the race meeting, which will be sponsored once again by FLAIR and Brosnan’s Transport. Club President Elizabeth Shand is thrilled with the interest Canterbury female drivers have shown in the event. She says it’s important to the club to celebrate the achievements and support of all females in the harness racing community. “The aim of the day is to highlight women in our industry. We want to recognize and promote not just the female drivers but also the trainers, owners, stablehands and partners that are dedicated to harness racing and are great role models for the next generation,” said Shand. This year’s driving lineup features Kirstin Barclay, Kim Butt, Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young and Glenys Chmiel. The mother and daughter combination of Amanda and Sheree Tomlinson will once again add to the spectacle on Mother’s Day, as has been seen in the past between Denise and Sam Ottley. “We would also like to particularly thank trainers Bruce Negus and Robbie Holmes who have been huge supporters of these races of the years in providing horses for these races on a regular basis,” noted Shand. The club will be providing a 'Ladies Meet and Greet' tent on the day where all female race goers can register on the day for competitions and find out about how they can become a part of the industry. “We will also have a number of female harness racing ambassadors there to help celebrate and respect the diversity and culture of our industry. We will offer information on education, careers and ownership and let people know what is available to them,” said Shand. Activities on the day include the annual Mother’s Day Quiz, a novelty race and prize draws will run throughout the day including the opportunity to win in the Ron Brown Jewellers Gold Watch Sweep. Children will be kept happy on the day too with activities including colouring competitions and the kids’ lucky number competition. HRNZ Marketing

Another busy weekend of harness racing coming up with the highlight being the $140,000 Gr1 3yo Nevele R fillies final at Addington on Friday night. There are five meetings this week starting with the Forbury harness racing meeting tonight. Alexandra Park and Addington host meetings on Friday night and the weekend harness racing heads to Winton on Saturday and Timaru on Sunday.  Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Brad Williamson who thought Daiquiri would go close to winning at Invercargill. Daiquiri did win and paid $3.40 and $1.70 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday Night Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Grey Power at Forbury in Race 1 John Morrison - John says that Sea Rover would be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 4 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Kotare Elite as his best drive this week in Race 8   Alexandra Park on Friday night Gavin Smith -  Gavin says his best drive this week could be Sundees Son at Alex Park in Race 3 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks the Telfer trained Triple Eight can win Race 4 John Curtin - John thinks Auckland Reactor gelding Red Reactor can go close to winning this week in Race 7   Addington on Friday night Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be Get Lucky at Addington in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony says Gold Orchid would be a place chance this week at Addington in Race 6 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Le Lievre's Gift as his best chance this week in Race 8   Winton on Saturday Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Franco Huntington as his best drive this week in Race 5 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive is Lorna Jaccka on Saturday at Winton also in Race 5 Allan Beck - Allan is opting for Alfie Romeo as his best drive this week at Winton in Race 7 Rory McIIwrick - Rory says that I'm Trouble would be his best drive at Winton in Race 3   Timaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Pat Cambell is a good chance of winning at Timaru in Race 1 Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive this week would be First Joy at Timaru in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Queen Of Glory should go close to winning at Timaru in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Kingslayer as his best drive this week at Timaru in Race 9   Harnesslink Media  

Forbury Park  – Thursday 9 May Nine race card starting off at 4.36pm. Don’t forget to check out our oncourse dining options in our Sports Bar and Bistro!   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone It is all go this week at Addington. There is definitely something for everyone, whether it is enjoying the excitement of the races on Friday, cheering on the Crusaders on Saturday and/or shouting your fabulous mother to Spectators on Mother’s Day.  Enjoy reading everything that we have on offer, and we look forward to hosting you again soon.   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters  11 May (5-star Race Meeting) We are excited to welcome the Rt Hon Winston Peters this Friday.  It is fantastic Addington is able to host the Minister for Racing at one of our 5-star Race Meetings.  It is definitely going to be a great night of racing with nearly $400,000 of stakes on offer. Good luck to all the connections and happy punting everyone! NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. WARATAHS –SATURDAY 12 MAY. Be sure to enjoy Spectators amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL AT SPECTATORS SUNDAY 13 MAY – For every fabulous mum who dines in Spectators on Mother’s Day will receive a small treat from our chef.  They will also be lucky enough to go in the draw to win a Piazza Doro Hamper.  Please visit; http://www.spectators.co.nz/ for further details.  Please note our ‘Kids Eat Free on Sunday’ offer still applies.  With our sumptuous new menu on offer, there will be something for everyone.  For further information about our mouth-watering dishes, please visit;   http://www.spectators.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spectators-All-Day-Menu-Autumn-Winter-2018.pdf. Pre-bookings highly recommended.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 18 & 26 MAY RACE NIGHTS!   TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES (Friday 29 June and 27 July) Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.    Become a Member, or renew your Membership Special Offer - 15 months for the price of 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 15 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/   Race Meeting Date Changes We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 25 May transferred to Saturday 26 May. Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July.   ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS from Friday 4 May Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit; https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/results/050432rs.htm . MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/   UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051832pg.htm  May 18 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/052632pg.htm  May 26 To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Alexandra Park – Friday 4 May Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Mexican Night is back again Friday May 4th Join us for a fiesta of fun, food and racing action this May! Our annual favourite Mexican Night is back for 2018, and this year we’ve moved to the best seats in the house so you can enjoy an amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican feast, plus traditional entertainment and more, Dining with clients or colleagues? Upgrade to our corporate experience package! with the best view in the house. MEXICAN NIGHT – PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120pp Top level viewing $110pp MEXICAN NIGHT – BUFFET ONLY Prime Viewing $70pp Top level Viewing $60pp   French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Winton – Saturday 12 May FINAL WINTON HARNESS RACING CLUB MEETING ON SATURDAY The final meeting of the season for the Winton Harness Racing Club takes place at Central Southland Raceway in Winton this Saturday (12 May) with a ten race programme scheduled from 11.25am. Highlights include the $12,000 Ryal Bush Transport Ltd Nugget Final over 2400m and the Murray Gray Memorial Trot. Admission to the course will be free and on course patrons can also be in to win with two lucky losing ticket draws courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen of Nightcaps after Race 6 on the day.    Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day Meeting 13 May The annual Timaru Mother’s Day race meeting on Sunday 13 May will see the fifth edition of the club’s lady drivers races held at Phar Lap Raceway. Two penalty free lady driver races are programmed to be held at the race meeting, which will be sponsored once again by FLAIR and Brosnan’s Transport. Club President Elizabeth Shand is thrilled with the interest Canterbury female drivers have shown in the event. She says it’s important to the club to celebrate the achievements and support of all females in the harness racing community. “The aim of the day is to highlight women in our industry. We want to recognize and promote not just the female drivers but also the trainers, owners, stablehands and partners that are dedicated to harness racing and are great role models for the next generation,” said Shand. This year’s driving lineup features Kim Butt, Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young and Glenys Chmiel. The mother and daughter combination of Amanda and Sheree Tomlinson will once again add to the spectacle on Mother’s Day, as has been seen in the past between Denise and Sam Ottley.  “We would also like to particularly thank trainers Bruce Negus and Robbie Holmes who have been huge supporters of these races of the years in providing horses for these races on a regular basis,” noted Shand. The club will be providing a 'Ladies Meet and Greet' tent on the day where all female race goers can register on the day for competitions and find out about how they can become a part of the industry. “We will also have a number of female harness racing ambassadors there to help celebrate and respect the diversity and culture of our industry. We will offer information on education, careers and ownership and let people know what is available to them,” said Shand. Activities on the day include the annual Mother’s Day Quiz, a novelty race and prize draws will run throughout the day including the opportunity to win in the Ron Brown Jewellers Gold Watch Sweep. Children will be kept happy on the day too with activities including colouring competitions and the kids’ lucky number competition. Mother’s Day catering will be available oncourse for those who wish to make bookings to bring their family along to enjoy the atmosphere in the Grey Way Lounge. Just contact the club on 03-684-3400.   Important Information for Harness Jewels connections Please find below important information for Owners and Licence Holders with connections to horses competing at the 2018 Harness Jewels   OWNERS: Entry Tickets Each named owner will be issued with two (2) General Admission tickets via email on Friday 25th May after the final fields are announced. This includes all named syndicate members, who are officially named in a Syndicate that is registered with HRNZ The email address they will be sent to is the email address registered with HRNZ. If HRNZ doesn’t have your email, please send a message to admin@hrnz.co.nz with the horse they are connected to.  Entry Owners are to enter through the main entry off Taylor Street or via the Stables, float park if arriving with horses.  Racebooks will be given out upon entry. Owners are to go to the Info Marquee, located adjacent to the public village, to collect their owners ribbon and drinks voucher for the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar. Owners Ribbons and privileges are also able to be collected between 10am and 4pm Monday 25th May to Friday 1st June from the Cambridge Raceway Office. Privileges Each named owner will receive a drink voucher which can be redeemed in the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar The club have made an entire lounge in the main stand available for Owners, Members and industry participants.  This is located on Level One of the Main Stand. Here, a subsidised cash bar will operate and food options will be available. Owners are also welcome to bring up food from the Public Village Food Trucks. Access is via Owner Ribbon, WBOP Members Badge and HRNZ Licence only This lounge has access to the main grandstand where there will be owners reserved seating in the seating bowl. Access to the Stables Minors All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the stables complex. Security will be under instructions to not allow unaccompanied minors to enter. They must remain under the supervision of an authorised adult at all times Owners Owners are reminded to take care when entering the stable complex due to unpredictable nature of horses. All Owners that enter the stables do so at their own risk and agree that they will adhere to any instructions or requests made by the Clerk of the Course, Cambridge Raceway Staff and or members of the RIU.   LICENCE HOLDERS Licence holders are reminded to bring their official HRNZ Licence to ensure they gain entry to the course and stabling area. Access to the stables will be via HRNZ Licence, official Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Stable Pass only. Those industry persons who are attending the day in an official working capacity, who are not licenced with HRNZ, may get an official Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass upon entry to the stables via the float park off the Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee representative. Those entering via the stables who are not eligible for a stable pass or who are not HRNZ Licenced or an official owner on the day will be required to purchase a General Admission ticket at the entry to the stables. Purchased online in advance these are $25. There will be no access to the stables from the Grandstand Side unless a driver is in his or her gear, or without showing security an HRNZ Licence, Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass. No exceptions.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

The Auckland Trotting Club is taking a dramatic approach to becoming the country's premier harness racing club by turning every race night into a premier meeting. The ATC will boost stakes for all meetings next year to be at what is now the premier level, an increase of $40,000 per meeting. For now, New Zealand premier meetings have minimum $20,000 stakes and from next March that will be the average stake at Alexandra Park for all meetings. ATC president Bruce Carter has announced starting March 2019 the club's normal Friday night meetings will consist of two $25,000 races, two $15,000 races for maidens or those for the weak 40-50 rating band and the rest of the races will be worth $20,000. That means the non-group races at Alexandra Park from next March will average $20,000. "The stakes are based on nine-race programmes at our meetings and they will be guaranteed, we won't be relying on external funding from things like the race fields legislation which we can't control," says Carter. "We realise stakes have to go up because costs continue to go up and we want to show this commitment now. "We need more horses racing at Alexandra Park. At the moment that number is about 9.3 per race on average and we aim to get that to 11 per race and then more after that. "That is crucial to helping boost turnover but also make the industry more sustainable for trainers." The two $25,000 race guaranteed each night will usually be for the tightest class pacing and trotting races, meaning some meetings in winter races mere two or three-win front races will carry the $25,000 stake. "We realise how hard it is to keep those intermediate grade horses in the country because owners get tempted to send them offshore or sell them. "But this should mean those horses who are in that grade or just below the best open class horses can race here every meeting for usually $25,000 at never below $20,000, which makes them very viable." The new stake levels will catapult Alexandra Park further ahead of the pack Australasian-wide but their greatest problem is still field sizes. "It is remarkable, we can't attract rating 40-50 horses for plenty of meetings now racing for $14,000 whereas trainers will race at Cambridge, instead, for a lot less than that. "And the thing about it is, they are still racing the same horses, rating 40-50s, who are hardly the stars of the game," says Carter. "So I think some trainers and owners could look at their attitudes to racing here and hopefully this will help with that." The ATC will not raise stakes for their actual premier meetings but the most comforting part of Carter's announcement is that it isn't reliant on the New Zealand Racing Board reaching its financial targets, which are being hampered by the delays to the race fields legislation being passed. The money will come from the completion of the of the two major real estate developments at Alexandra Park, with their commercial and residential spaces. The first tower has already been significantly delayed but almost all the owners of the apartments pre-purchased are sticking with the development as they have increased in price since they were originally purchased. "The delay is unfortunate but were circumstances beyond our control but we are confident we will have the first building open in the New Year," says Carter. "And with that money coming online I want to thank the board and management who have worked incredibly hard to make this all happen." The latest series of increases in stakes means Alexandra Park have almost doubled stakes in five years. On the up - Alexandra Park have announced their highest stakes level increases. - From next year all meetings at Alexandra Park will have an average stake of $20,000. - The first real estate development at Alexandra Park should, after delays, be open in the New Year. Michael Guerin

Kiwi-bred two-year-old filly Platinum Revolution has been the latest Australian raider added to the list for the 2018 Harness Jewels to be held at Cambridge Raceway on Saturday 2 June. A Group Three Pink Bonnet winner, Platinum Revolution has accepted an invitation into the 2YO Diamond with a record of three starts, two wins and a third. The win in the Pink Bonnet in early March was over the distance of one mile, in which she recorded a time of 1.54.7. Trained by Shane and Lauren Tritton of Sydney and owned by Rob Jones, Shane was thrilled to receive the invitation and did not hold back on his opinion of the filly. “I’m very happy with Gucci (Platinum Revolution). She has come back better this preparation and is undoubted the best two-year-old filly I have trained,” he stated. “She is versatile and tough and we are very excited to be bringing her to the Jewels.” The daughter of Changeover has a unique to connection to another Australian, now claimed as an honorary Kiwi by the New Zealand racing industry. She was co-bred by commentator Mark McNamara, along with his wife Katie, her father Steve and their good friend Aaron Goadsby. Her dam, Champagne Franco, was lightly raced having just two career starts but won on debut at Rangiora in 2011 for then trainer/driver Mark Jones. Platinum Revolution is her second live foal and first to race, and her career has been keenly followed by her breeders. “I’m really happy for the horse more than anything,” said Mark.  “She was the most beautiful natured yearling an absolute pleasure to have around.” “All the credit has to go to Matt Cross, he broke her in. And to the team at Mark Jones stable who did the early work with her.” “I knew when Shane bought her she was going get her chance but to know now she’s coming for the Jewels is extremely exciting. Her Mum got some extra hay this morning.” Whilst Mark cannot make the Jewels this year, his wife Katie will be present at the meeting to cheer Platinum Revolution home for her breeders. Which is fitting given she gifted the filly her name. “Katie named her. The ‘Platinum’ came from the dam’s ‘Champagne’ factor, and ‘Revolution’ is from the sire ‘Changeover,’” explained Mark. “Katie was away when the horse left, so she is looking forward to seeing her again.” Platinum Revolution joins an impressive Australian assualt on the Jewels in 2018, with invitations already accepted by Custodian, Wobelee, Carla’s Pixel, Shez All Rock and Jilliby Kung Fu. 2018 could potentially see the first year the Australians take a Jewels victory. Jess Smith

There will be no long goodbye for New Zealand’s best horse and our champion trainer. Because Mark Purdon, the man who helped turn Lazarus in a harness racing hero, admits he may not even see him again before he is exported to the United States. Lazarus was sold to US-based owners Taylor Made Stallions on the weekend and will have a short race career there later this year in an attempt to win a major race or pace a super fast mile, either of which would add to his commercial stallion appeal in the Northern Hemisphere. That means he won’t race again in New Zealand and therefore Purdon may not get to give him a farewell pat as Lazarus is undergoing a month of aqua training in the Waikato and is tentatively booked to fly to the US on May 24.  “If that is the case we won’t be north with the Jewels team by them so I won’t get a chance to see him before he goes,” says Purdon. “It will be sad not having him come back to the stable for next season because he is a beautiful horse and a real pleasure to have around the place.  “But I understand the new owners motivations. He probably has nothing left to prove down here whereas if he can go up there and get a really quick mile time it would really help his stallion career in North America.” While no trainer has been confirmed for Lazarus it is believed leading horsemen Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke are in the running to take over his career. Lazarus’s departure caps an unbelievable series of elite level horses leaving the All Stars stable’s care in the last year -- with Smolda, Vincent, Waikiki Beach and Heaven Rocks also now gone. But that still leaves him with two obvious contenders for this year’s New Zealand Cup and one smokey. “Ultimate Machete and Dream About Me are the two big ones who both have open class form at that level.  “Ultimate Machete is a logical New Zealand Cup horse, it is the ideal race for him while Dream About Me is an Auckland Cup winner and we will just have to keep her feet sound. “And while we have a few other who could make it to the Cup, Thefixer is one who we definitely have it in mind for.”  Purdon and training partner Natalie Rasmussen suffered another, far less significant, blow yesterday when they withdrew Luby Lou from the Jewels three-year-old trot.  The NZ Derby winner has been struggling with a cut on her leg after losing a fight with a fence.  “The cut is in a spot where there is movement so it is not healing as quickly as we would like,” said Purdon.  “So she will miss the Jewels, which is a real shame but she could still make it to the Breeders Crown in August.”  Defending champion Paramount King was also withdrawn from that division of the Jewels yesterday while there must be some doubt over Aussie star Wobelee coming after he was surprisingly beaten at Kilmore on Friday night. Michael Guerin

Tim Williams now has a rich 2yo PGG Sales Open to match the 3yo one he posted with Have Faith In Me with a rather surprisingly easy win in the rich feature at Addington on Friday night. Surprisingly easy because he was so well rated. Tim pushed Another Masterpiece hard enough early to get to the front. He dictated the terms astutely and had enough in the tank that stablemate Jesse Duke in spite of being in the one one, could not match his closing speed and in fact the winner seemed to have plenty left in the tank at the finish. "It was not an absolute plan to go to the front but I wanted to use the draw and the thing with this horse is that he is sensible. If you ask him to go he goes but he doesn't get carried away. Doesn't take too much out of himself and eases back just when you want. That is a big help in races like this" While the race time was a rapid 2.18.6 -last year  The Devil's Own came from off the pace to win in 2.16.5-it was also three seconds faster than Lazarus in 2015-it was the style of the win which suggested Another Masterpiece might be a well named youngster. Tim added to a night to remember by winning the Driver's Challenge even though Nathan steered Semirarmide to a late run to run Tim down in the last. Semiramide is raced in partnership by Natalie's parents Cheryl and Vic Rasmussen, Cheryl's second win on the night.  Jesse Duke got the run of the race but was unable to run his stablemate down. "I was not disappointed with him. Everyone is rating him on that huge run at Auckland but those sort of performances can be misleading. As I said in the preview there is nothing much between these two so the result was not a surprise" Mark said "He was doing his best at the turn but it was just too much for him to make up" Mark underlined how  horses develop at different rates. "I would guess Another Masterpiece was about No 4 among them at home five months or so ago but he has kept stepping up!" Mark's son Nathan  who had his own big moment last night, drove Another Masterpiece in work and  recalled that he was a "quiet achiever" "You didn't get much of a feel that he was special but he always did the times he was set and seemed to do them with a bit up his sleeve"  While the KENNARD SYNDICATES are active at the Yearling Sales and would be expected to play a role in races like this, they have won four of the last six editions of the race.  And how about famed thoroughbred trainer, Jim Gibbs and his wife Anne ? This was their third win in the race since 2014. Quite incredible. The Kennard syndicate who race Another Masterpiece including familiar faces like Kennards, Breckons. Gibbs and  Woodhams.   -All Stars Photo The modern run of success in the race for All Stars started with Isaiah in 2013 followed by Alta Orlando who won for the Gibbs and Neil Pilcher the following year. By coincidence he won last night also. Lazarus and More The Bettor and The Devil's Own have been the other recent winners but Western Cullen had won for Mark and Grant Payne in 2011. Harnesslink Courtesy of All Stars Website http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/

Champion harness racing pacer Lazarus will not race again in New Zealand after being purchased by a North American syndicate. Lazarus was a true champion in Australasia winning 35 races from 45 starts in the best company on both sides of the Tasman. At the point of his sale he had career earnings of $3.8million with nearly half of that coming from his Australian campaigns. The plan for Lazarus is he will leave NZ on the 24th May bound for USA. Once acclimatised in the United States he will then have a couple of races on US soil later in the year in a bid to gain a fast mile time and increase his stud potential to US breeders. LAZARUS Breeding: 5h Bettors Delight-Bethany Trainers: Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Record: 45 starts, 35 wins, nine placings. Earnings: $3,821,066. Highlights: New Zealand Cup (twice), Inter Dominion, Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup, Chariots Of Fire, Messenger, Taylor Mile, New Zealand, Northern and Victoria Derbys, Harness Jewels 2-yo, Sires' Stakes Final 3-y-o _______________________________________________________________________ Southland harness racing trainer Nathan Williamson is out of action for a few months and is in a cast, after a horse stood on his foot and broke several bones.  Williamson's open class trotter Dark Horse is also sidelined at the moment after suffering a hind suspensory injury. _______________________________________________________________________ Ex New Zealand trotter Scallywag Sam has caused a minor upset by downing Australian trotting star Wobelee in a 3yo trot at Kilmore on Friday night. Now trained by Andy Gath, Scallywag Sam was having his first start in Australia and was too good for the Australian favourite Wobelee, coming off his back in the run home to secure victory by more than a length. Scallywag Sam was driven by Kate Gath and paid $6,00 on the Australian tote. Harnesslink Media

New Zealand's greatest racehorse Lazarus has been sold to a North American syndicate in a record deal and will not race here again. The $3.8million earner will leave for the US on May 24 where he will be aimed at a possible four-race mini career in an attempt to secure a major win there to help his dual hemisphere stallion credentials. While the exact price is confidential the Herald estimates it must be close to $4 million when the other public offer for the five-year-old stallion is taken into account. Lazarus has been purchase by US thoroughbred breeding giant Taylor Made Stallions, a Kentucky-based operation run by the Taylor brothers, who started their racing lives in harness racing but have concentrated on thoroughbred breeding and yearling preparation for the last three decades. It is believed they have recently reignited their interest in standardbred breeding by purchasing at least part of champion US trotter What The Hill but the Lazarus deal, put together by South Auckland agent John Curtin, breaks new ground. While North America's best horses shuttling here to stand at stud in their off-season is common, trying to turn an Australasian standardbred into a dual hemisphere stallion is extremely rare. Christian Cullen stood one season at stud in the US but without having raced there was never going to be hugely commercial. Lazarus will be given his chance with two races at the famous Red Mile track in October targeted as well as the Breeders Crown at Pocono, a series his new connections would need to pay a supplementary payment to make him eligible for. But he will head to the US without his champion trainer Mark Purdon, with two of North America's leading trainers apparently in the frame to take over his training. If, and it is a big if, Lazarus could win a serious race in the US and pace a super fast mile he has the attributes to become that rare dual hemisphere stallion. In his 45 start career he has proven to be one of the greatest stayer bred in this part of the world, with some remarkable wins in two New Zealand Cups, an Inter Dominion, Hunter and Victoria Cups. But just as importantly from a stallion appeal point of view he was a sensational two and three-year-old, suggesting his stock will have the natural speed to run early. And he is bred on Australasia's golden cross, being by breed-defining stallion Bettors Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare. The one down side to that he is obviously can't serve Bettors Delight mares, who could be the dominant broodmare bunch in Australasia over the next decade. Details on where he will stand and for which studs in either hemisphere are yet to be decided. His departure will sadden many local harness racing fans as it means Lazarus will not get the chance to attempt a third New Zealand Cup win at Addington in November. And with several other high profile retirements or exports in the last year - Smolda, Heaven Rocks, Vincent being the biggest - next season's open class pacing ranks looks the most open in a decade. LAZARUS Breeding: 5h Bettors Delight-Bethany Trainers: Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Record: 45 starts, 35 wins, nine placings. Earnings: $3,821,066. Highlights: New Zealand Cup (twice), Inter Dominion, Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup, Chariots Of Fire, Messenger, Taylor Mile, New Zealand, Northern and Victoria Derbys, Harness Jewels 2-yo, Sires' Stakes Final 3-y-o. By Michael Guerin Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald New Zealand Cup 2016 New Zealand Cup 2017 2017 Inter Dominion Grand Final Hunter Cup Victoria Cup

On what was a run-of-the-mill raceday at Ascot Park today a two year old trotter emerged as being a horse to watch in the future. Majestic Son gelding Full Noise handled the pressures of his first start against more experienced runners like a pro, and easily beat eleven other runners in the Hamil Saddlery Trot over 2700 metres. Full Noise began slowly but well and settled in sixth place early. With 1600 metres to run driver Brent Barclay moved him off the running line to sit parked for the last lap.  "He never batted an eyelid out there. He's so laid back when he's parked so it worked out really good. I'd say he's got a very bright future," said Barclay.  As the leaders turned for home Full Noise was asked to go and he trotted nicely down to the winning post to beat Superfast Ninja by three quarters of a length.  "He's a lovely horse and a beautiful trotter. I've driven him in every workout and trial and he's just a natural." His time of 3-35.2 was a new track record for two year old trotters who rarely run this distance.  Full Noise winning on debut in those famous Baynes colours - Photo Bruce Stewart. Trainer Brett Gray was also suitably impressed but he's known what's under the horses bonnet for a while.  "Kirstin (Barclay) broke him in. I did a few weeks with him before Christmas and loved him. I turned him out and brought him back in. He's just a natural. The second row draw today worried me a bit but Brent drove him a treat and the horse would have learned a lot today. He hasn't raced in a big field," he said.  After the win Gray wouldn't be drawn as to what the plans are for the two year old. "I've just got to talk to the owners. I think he's a horse for the future and I really want to look after him." The Majestic Son gelding which is owned by Kenny Baynes and his sister in-law Penny, is out of the Sundon mare Knapdale Girl which won three races in New Zealand and a further five in Australia. Knapdale Girl is from a family the late Colin Baynes developed and raced over many years. It's the family that's produced quality trotters like Cool Cat which won ten races and Bearcat which won seven. Winning connections                           - Photo Bruce Stewart.  Full Noise is the first foal from Knapdale Girl. She has a yearling colt by Coktail Jet stallion The Best Madrik and a weanling filly by Pegasus Spur.   Another branch of the family produced many good trotters for Maurice Skinner including Adiantum which won eight races and Maori Maiden the winner of seven.  Full Noise is named after a Yak-3 V12 World War Two fighter owned by Graeme Frew, an Air New Zealand pilot. Frew qualified for the National Championship Air Races in Reno in America where he broke a race record last year. He also recently bought the plane down to Wanaka for the Warbirds Over Wanaka. And in true pioneering spirit the plane carries the same number (35) as Southlander Burt Munro's Indian Motorcycle which also raced in America. "We were actually in Reno last year when he was there. They put the plane in a container and took it over there. A local guy Jay McIntyre who is a renowned engineer who lives in Blenheim now, went over with him and put the plane back together. They did a fantastic job over there," said Penny.  The win by Full Noise brings the number of wins for Kenny Baynes this season to 17. War Machine (5), War Admiral (3), Especial, Convair Hustler(1) Too Cool (1) Royal Bengal (3), Full Noise (1) Envious (1) and Especial (2).  Full Noise, Royal Bengal and Convair Hustler are raced by Baynes Racing Limited (Kenny and Penny) while the other horses are raced by Kenny and his wife Jo.    Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

The crowd that gathered in the birdcage after Please Shuddup's win made up a fair portion of those that were on-course today at Ascot Park as many racegoers, including the horse's trainer Murray Brown, were in their Mai Mais for the opening of duck shooting in the province. By Auckland Reactor, Please Shuddup drew two on the second row in today's R51 -R9 Mobile Pace. With the rush to the first bend, driver Craig Ferguson was able to ease the gelding off the inside running line and he settled fifth on the outside. At that point he started to get keen and threw his head in the air.  "He's perfect at home but when he gets to the races he gets a bit keen. He's got a lot to learn, but with a bit more racing he should grow into being a nice racehorse," said stable representative Haley Croft, who does most of the work with the gelding. With 1600 metres to run Ferguson came out three wide and progressed forward. With a lap to run he moved to sit parked. With 800 metres to go Please Shuddup was level pegging with leader Machitelli. Just before turning in Ferguson got busy on the gelding and while favourite Just Dance had to wait on the passing lane Ferguson pitched a bit of a break and that proved to be the winning of the race. Please Shuddup held on by a head. His winning time on a cold day was a respectable 2-43.5. Please Shuddup showed a lot of promise early this season running second on his home track in early December before winning at Winton later that month. His form then tapered off.  "He had a problem with a tooth and that set him back quite a bit. We just lost too much time to race those good ones (in the Supremacy Stakes) so we just had to take a different road. But he's all good now."   Croft says the stable has also tried a different tactic when presenting the horse to the races.  "We've taken a bit of a different approach this time and come in fresh. Last time he had a trial and a workout. He probably ran his race in his trial because they went 2-45. It was a fresh approach today and obviously it worked. He doesn't take too much work. As you can tell he's a lean machine." He's raced by the Tricode Racing Syndicate, The Tricode Racing Syndicate Number 2 and The Dolce Syndicate, and was bought by syndicate manager Peter Kett for $22,000 at the 2016 Sale of the Stars. The Tricode Syndicate had raced his half-sister Soapbox which won three races before she was exported to Australia. Happy winning connections                    - Photo Bruce Stewart "He's the type of horse that can't race week in week out so he'll probably have a couple more starts and then head to the paddock." Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing    

The Chairman’s Chair is a new monthly video from Harness Racing New Zealand Chairman Ken Spicer. The aim of the Chairman’s Chair is to update the industry on current points and Board updates in a video format, making it easier than ever before to keep everyone informed. Putting the information into a video means that the info is quickly accessible and able to reach more industry members in a timely and efficient manner. The Chairman’s Chair will be posted to the Harness Racing New Zealand website on a monthly basis.     Jess Smith

Punters should be careful getting carried away with star juvenile Jesse Duke in the $200,000 feature at Addington tonight.  Because the exciting pacer might be the best freshman in the country, that doesn’t mean he is screwed down to win the richest race of the weekend. Jesse Duke has been stunning in two of his three wins this season and his only defeat came when he was checked into a gallop.  But his path to tonight’s Sales Series Pace has been anything but smooth and that, added to a second line draw, mean his opening price of $1.60 could way prove to be way too short.  Last season’s yearling sales topper copped a virus that was doing the rounds at Auckland Cup time and fell in to win his next start at Addington six weeks ago.  He was then given a break and trialled well without dazzling last week. “He has definitely come on since then and we are a lot happier with him,” says champion trainer Mark Purdon.  “But because he has missed some racing and our other horse (Another Masterpiece) has improved in that time there isn’t much between them.  “We have all seen how good Jesse Duke has been but on their work together on Monday morning I can’t split them.”Another Masterpiece may not have Jesse Duke’s sheer class but he has what at least looks to be a better draw at four on the front line as opposed to Jesse Duke’s two on the second line. “It could be a good draw or a bad one as he probably has to go forward and there could be a lot of speed.  “So that early tempo will be crucial but I don’t favour one of ours over the other.” With the All Stars domination of recent juvenile riches being almost complete it is rare northern youngsters snare a major Addington baby race but they have numbers and class on their side tonight.  Stablemates Star Of Montana (1) and Supreme Dominator (second line) are both up to winning if things went their way while Beaudiene Western (barrier three) has been brave all season and races like Addington will suit, although he might be a horse who makes the race for another by applying the pressure.  Major Express, who beat all three mentioned above at Cambridge last start, has been cruelly handicapped by drawing the outside of the front line for trainer-driver Brent Mangos.  Horses coming out of age group fixtures dropping back into the grades at the one to follow at Alexandra Park tonight as the two premier tracks both race tonight.  Majestic Hurricane (race one) has been racing in the Trotting Derbys but drops back into maiden grade tonight so only a lack of manners would see him beaten.  Something similar looks likely in race five where Forget The Price Tag and All American are also recent Trotting Derbys runners falling well back in grade.   Michael Guerin

Harness racing trainer Kevin Townley has been fined $11,000 for producing a horse to race when not free of a prohibited substance (Ketoprofen). The horse in question was Geen's Girl who won at Addington on the 2nd March 2018 but has since been disqualified. Mr Townley cannot categorically confirm how the Ketoprofen came to be in the horse’s system on race day but believes that a bottle of E-SE may have been contaminated after giving a horse both Ketoprofen and E-SE that was drawn up into the same syringe. Mr Townley believes that after drawing up the Ketoprofen and then drawing up the E-SE some of the Ketoprofen has been forced into the bottle of E-SE. This is the second breach of the same rule this season for Townley who was also fined $7000 back in March this year when another of his horses Well Defined tested positive to Ketoprofen after winning at Geraldine. The Committee was satisfied that a fine of $11,000 is an appropriate penalty in this case. They believed that such a penalty will satisfy the principal requirements of sentencing – that is to say, to punish the offender, to deter the offender and others in the industry and the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in harness racing.   Full details below: BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing IN THE MATTER of Information No. A7221 BETWEEN KYLIE ROCHELLE WILLIAMS, Racing Investigator for the Racing Integrity Unit Informant AND KEVIN DAVID TOWNLEY of Christchurch, Licensed Public Trainer and Open Driver Respondent Date of Hearing: 28 April 2018 Venue: Ashburton Racecourse, Ashburton Judicial Committee: Mr SC Ching (Chairman) Mr GJ Clapp (Committee Member) Present: Mrs KR Williams, the Informant Mr KD Townley, the Respondent Mr R Quirk, Stipendiary Steward (Registrar) Date of Decision: 30 April 2018 RESERVED DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE The Charge [1] Information No. A7221 alleges that: On the 2nd March 2018, Kevin David TOWNLEY, being the registered trainer of the standardbred GEENA’S GIRL presented the horse to race in Race 8, the PAM & IVAN LAWSON HANDICAP TROT, at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting with a prohibited substance, namely Ketoprofen, in its system. This is in breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule, Rule 1004(1A) (3)(4). The Rules [2] Rule 1004 of the Rules of Harness Racing provides as follows: (1) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2) Where a horse is taken, or is to be taken, to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race otherwise that in accordance with sub-rule (1) the trainer of the horse commits a breach of these Rules. (4) A breach of these Rules under sub-rule (2) or sub-rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. [3] Mrs Williams presented a letter signed by Mr MR Godber, General Manager of the RIU, pursuant to Rule 1108(2) authorising the filing of the information. The Plea [4] Mr Townley had signed the Statement by the Respondent at the foot of the information form indicating that he admitted the breach of the Rule. He confirmed this at the hearing. Summary of Facts [5] (1) GEENA'S GIRL is a 4-year-old Brown mare and is trained by Mr Kevin David TOWNLEY. GEENA'S GIRL is owned by Mr Townley’s wife, Mrs M E Townley, Mrs K J Thomas, R N Campbell and G C Rugg. GEENA'S GIRL has raced 20 times for 2 wins and lifetime stakes of $17,237 as at 20 April 2018. (2) GEENA'S GIRL was correctly entered and presented to race by trainer Mr Kevin Townley at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club meeting on 2 March 2018. GEENA'S GIRL was driven in Race 8, the IVAN LAWSON HANDICAP TROT by Ms S Ottley, winning the race and a stake of $5,300. This stake has not been paid out. (3) Following the race, the Stipendiary Stewards ordered that GEENA'S GIRL be post-race swabbed. GEENA'S GIRL entered the swab box at 9.19pm and Swabbing Steward Mr G Johnston obtained a urine sample from the mare at 9.22pm. The race was programmed to start at 9.00pm. The urine sample was taken in the presence of stable representative Mr K Stevens. The urine samples were recorded with the Sample number 133764. Mr Stevens and Mr Townley do not contest the taking of the sample. (4) On the 14th March 2018 the New Zealand Racing Laboratory reported Ketoprofen was detected in Sample Number 133764. The Control Sample was clear. (5) On the 16th of March 2018 Racecourse Investigators Mrs K R Williams and Mr PR Lamb went to the training establishment of Mr Townley, 59 Russley Road, Christchurch, and advised him of the positive swab returned by GEENA'S GIRL. (6) Mr Townley was given a copy of the Certificate of Analysis, Copy of the Swab Card, RIU Swabbing Record Book and Race Results. (7) Mr Townley advised that he took GEENA'S GIRL to the races in his own float and that the mare was one of two horses he had racing that night. (8) Mr Townley could not initially offer an explanation for the presence of Ketoprofen in the urine sample taken from GEENA'S GIRL and could not advise when the mare was last treated with Ketoprofen. (9) Mr Townley keeps a diary in which he enters treatments. There were no treatments recorded for Ketaprofen or E-SE for GEENA’S GIRL, but she was treated with Alamycin on 28 February 2018. Mr Townley does not record all treatments of E-SE as this does not have a withholding time. (10) Mr Townley now keeps his medication in a safe since his previous positive swab with WELL DEFINED on 3 February 2018. One bottle of Key Injection and two bottles of E-SE were in the safe. (11) The bottle of “Key Injection” which contains Ketoprofen was in the safe which noted a 4 day withhold on the box and this was also written on the bottle by the administering Veterinarian. It was written by the Veterinarian on the bottle to use 10ml I/V (intravenously). On the box it states 10ml per 450kg bw (body weight). The bottle was one of two supplied on 26 July 2017. (12) Mr Townley advised that he sometimes treats the horses one/two days out from racing with E-SE. (13) Mr Townley advised that he has previously given horses a mixture of Ketoprofen and E-SE at least 4.2 days out from racing with the products being drawn up into the same syringe. Mr Townley advised that he generally draws up the E-SE first and then the Ketoprofen but he believes that he may have drawn them up the other way around thus contaminating the bottle of E-SE. (14) The bottle of Key Injection and the two bottles of E-SE Injection were sent to the New Zealand Racing Laboratory for testing. (15) Mr Townley advised that GEENA'S GIRL had never had any lameness issues, but he makes a point of going over his horses once they have worked and checks for any muscle soreness or any signs of tying up for which Mr Townley then administers Ketoprofen if needed outside the withholding time. (16) Mr Townley is well aware of the 4.2 day withholding time for Ketoprofen and is particular to adhere to any withholding time of any drug. (17) Mr Townley when administering Ketoprofen always administers 10ml as directed by the Veterinarian. (18) The New Zealand Racing Laboratory advised on 3 April 2018 the results of the three bottles taken from Mr Townley’s safe. The Key Injection bottle contained Ketoprofen with the concentration as stated on the label. One of the E-SE Injection bottles had broken in transportation so could not be tested. Ketoprofen was not detected in the second bottle of E-SE. (19) Mr Townley has had five horses swabbed since the first positive swab with WELL DEFINED on 3 February 2018. Swabs: - WELL DEFINED - 3 February 2018 - positive - RUNNING FREE - 23 February 2018 - clear - GEENA’S GIRL - 2 March 2018 - positive - NURBURGRING - 9 March 2018 - clear - ETHEREAL - 16 March 2018 - clear (pre-race) - RUNNING FREE - 16 March 2018 - clear (pre-race) Mr Townley advised that those that have returned positive swabs were given E-SE while those that were clear were not given E-SE. The 16th of March was the day that Mr Townley was advised of the positive swab returned by GEENA’S GIRL. (20) Mr Townley has been training since 1986/87 initially in partnership with D J Townley and then on his own from 1994/95. Mr Townley has trained over 460 winners. (21) Mr Townley was charged with a breach of the prohibited substance rule in Australia in 2003 for Clenbuterol and was fined $2,000 with a three-month suspension, suspended for 12 months. (22) Mr Townley admitted a breach of presenting WELL DEFINED with Ketoprofen in its system on 3 February 2018 and was fined $7,000. Submissions of Informant on Penalty [6] (1) Mr Townley has pleaded guilty to a breach of Rules 1004(1A) (3)(4) after presenting GEENA'S GIRL at the races with a prohibited substance in its system, namely Ketoprofen, at the New Zealand Metropolitan TC meeting on the 2nd March 2018. (2) The penalty provisions that apply in this case are outlined in Rule 1004(7). 1004(7) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. (3) The rules also require the mandatory disqualification of the horse: Rule 1004(8) states: 1004(8) Any horse connected with a breach of sub-rule (1), (2), or (3) shall be disqualified from any race entered and/or liable to a period of disqualification not exceeding five years. 1004D Any horse which has been taken to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race which is found to have administered to it or ingested by it any prohibited substance shall be disqualified from that race. (4) Sentencing Principles - The four principles of sentencing can be summarised briefly ● Penalties are designed to punish the offender for his / her wrongdoing. They are not retributive in the sense that the punishment is disproportionate to the offence but the offender must be met with a punishment. ● In a racing context it is extremely important that a penalty has the effect of deterring others from committing like offences. ● A penalty should also reflect the disapproval of the J.C.A for the type of behaviour in question. ● The need to rehabilitate the offender should be taken into account. The first three principles are particularly important here. (5) Relevant Precedents – In addition to the sentencing principles the Judicial Committee should have regard to relevant precedence. R.I.U. v C & A Edmonds – 31 March 2016 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with two horses – fined $9,000. Extract from Edmonds’decision: “The Committee finds that it was negligent on the part of the Respondents to leave their medication cabinet unlocked and this is an aggravating factor.” NZTR v A Scott – 22 November 2010 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with a thoroughbred – fined $6,000, costs $750 NZTR, $600 JCA. NZTR v K & L Rae – 28 May 2009 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with a thoroughbred – fined $4,000, costs $3,000 NZTR, $500 JCA. NZTR v AW Pike & M Donoghue – 22 August 2008 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with a thoroughbred – fined $6,000. R.I.U v KD Townley - 12 March 2018 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with a standardbred - fined $7,000. R.I.U. v JM Whittaker – 17 August 2015 Subject: Caffeine positive with a horse – fined $1,000, costs $1,800. Extract from Whittaker decision: “RIU v L J Justice (2011) where that Committee stated ….. penalties will be imposed for breaches of the rule which will recognise, reinforce and give effect to the pivotal significance of the rule in maintaining the integrity of racing, whether or not culpable conduct is involved. Naturally where culpable conduct is involved, penalties imposed will normally be greater than in cases where such conduct is absent, but we think it is wrong and contrary to the intent and purpose of the rule to assume the absence of culpable conduct should attract no, or only a token penalty.” R.I.U. v PM Williamson – 10 December 2012 Subject: Procaine positive with a horse – fined $3,500, costs $350 to JCA. The source of the positive swab was not identified. “Against those factors is the ever-present need to maintain the integrity of and public confidence in harness racing by adequately punishing the breach and deterring Mr Williamson and others from offending in a similar manner in the future.” The EVA withholding time of 4.2 days is only a guideline. Veterinary Council of New Zealand v Dr P Casey - 8 July 2013 “In October 2011, a revised list entitled “NZEVA Prohibited Substance Recommended Withholding Times” was issued. Amongst other cautionary statements, it stated: “The information in this list is predominantly derived from NZ practitioner experience and not necessarily from scientific studies with adequate numbers of animals. This guideline includes a buffer time to allow for individual variation between horses’ drug excretion times. The list does not however, account absolutely for the possibility that an individual horse may have a delayed elimination period for a substance because of the slow metabolism of that animal, delayed hepatic conjugational renal clearance, the interaction of more than one treatment use concurrently, the “stepping” of multiply (sic) treatments over days accumulating to high body levels, or the normal statistical variations seen in individuals…. adherence by veterinarians to the administration guidelines in the NZEVA Prohibited Substance Recommended Withholding List will ensure that their obligations under the NZEVA Professional Code of Conduct are being met.” Aggravating Features [7] Mr Townley cannot categorically confirm how the Ketoprofen came to be in the horse’s system on race day but believes that a bottle of E-SE may have been contaminated after giving a horse both Ketoprofen and E-SE that was drawn up into the same syringe. Mr Townley believes that after drawing up the Ketoprofen and then drawing up the E-SE some of the Ketoprofen has been forced into the bottle of E-SE. The amount forced into the bottle would need to be significant to cause a future positive, especially for it to be over the regulatory limit of 100 micrograms per litre. This is unlikely as a half amount of Ketoprofen (5ml) would need to be administered for it still to be in its system on race day two days later or 2.5ml if given one day out. Any ketoprofen would also be diluted by the E-SE that was still in the bottle. The Racing Laboratory reported no presence of Ketoprofen in the bottle of E-SE that was tested with the other bottle being unable to be tested. The same bottle that was previously found on the property after Mr Townley’s positive with GEENA’s GIRL was still present and Mr Townley continued to treat horses without seeking Veterinary advice. This bottle was not purchased for a specific horse but was to be used on any horse in the stable that showed signs of muscle soreness or tie up. Again, at Mr Townley’s discretion. Trainers run the risk of errors and must bear the consequence if they elect to mix and/or self-administer drugs without the continued guidance of a Veterinarian. The bottles of Key Injection were purchased in July 2017, several months earlier. Mr Townley cannot confirm what day he may have treated or when GEENA'S GIRL was last treated with Ketoprofen or E-SE as there is no note in his diary. Mr Townley keeps a diary but admits that he does not always record treatments. Mr Townley previously admitted a breach of the rule only a month earlier with the same drug and the only change he has implemented since then was to put the drugs in a safe. Mr Townley has not improved his recording of any administration as there is no record of GEENA’S GIRL being treated with Ketoprofen or E-SE. Mr Townley was charged with a breach in 2003 for Clenbuterol in Australia. Mitigating Factors [8] Mr Townley admits full liability as the trainer and admitted the breach at the first opportunity and has cooperated fully throughout the investigation. Mr Townley has been training for over 30 years and has trained over 460 winners. Conclusion [9] The Racing Integrity Unit seeks a monetary penalty of a fine of $12,000. The reason for this figure is that the JCA guidelines, 1st May 2015, have a starting point of $8,000 for a first offence of presenting a horse with a drug in its system. This is Mr Townley’s second offence within a month. Mr Townley has to be given credit for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this enquiry and admitting the breach at the first opportunity however the onus is on trainers at all times to ensure that a horse in their care and control is completely drug free when presented at the races. We also seek the disqualification of GEENA'S GIRL under Rule 1004(8). The RIU are not seeking to recover any costs in this matter. Respondent’s Submissions Mr Townley presented the following written submissions; [10] This is a devastating turn of events and to explain it I must return to my previous case in February as the two are intertwined. In the case of Well Defined I was shocked and bewildered as I had no memory of giving him Ketaprofen. I also consulted my diary and there was also no record of it. I “could not offer an explanation for the presence of Ketaprofen in the urine sample taken from Well Defined and could not advise when the gelding was last treated with Ketaprofen”. Shock and circumstances at the time forced me to say, “I must have given it to Well Defined, but I am very sure I did not administer it to him inside the guidelines as I am extremely aware and careful when I have horses racing”. I said this as there appeared to be no other explanation. 10 days after receiving this news I lined up Geena’s Girl and ended up here again. I did not treat Geena’s Girl with Ketaprofen and had no entry in my diary. Who in their right mind would do this after what had just happened and of course knowing we would be swabbed if winning. There is not a shadow of doubt in my mind now as to what has happened. I did not knowingly give Well Defined or Geena’s Girl Ketaprofen at all and my diary was correct in both cases. The cause can only be this: I quite often give my horse injectable vitamin E + selenium known as E-SE. On odd occasions I may get a horse show signs of muscle tie-up and if NOT RACING I will mix ESE and Ketaprofen in one syringe and treat them. I have done this for decades with no problems, but I must always be careful to take the E-SE first, then the Ketaprofen, so as not to contaminate the E-SE. Doing this the reverse way has to be the cause of these two positive swabs with Well Defined getting E-SE about 28hrs before racing and Geena’s Girl I believe about 36hrs. I am guilty of making ONE mistake, genuine human error, causing BOTH of these cases. As we did not realise at the time that this was the cause of Well Defined being positive, I have innocently done the same thing again. During this time, I had several negative swabs with horses I did not give E-SE. I was gutted when a bottle taken by the RIU for testing was broken and my proof gone. I use very little Ketaprofen. Mrs Williams has established that I bought 2 bottles in July 2017 and in 9 months since I have used about 1.5 bottles. 15 doses, which equates to 1 dose per horse in my team over 9 months. I have never given it to a horse less than 4.2 day from a race. It is normally only used on horses not racing. I have been licensed and training for 52 years to reach this low point and sincerely hope you can see this as the result of 1 mistake I have made and have already paid a hefty price for. Respondents submissions on Penalty [11] Mr Townley said he took issue with the aggravating features stated in the Penalty submissions as presented by Mrs Williams, which stated that Mr Townley could “not categorically confirm how the Ketaprofen came to be in the horse’s system on race day”. Mr Townley stated that he now has no doubt at all how the Ketaprofen came to be in the horse’s system. He said there were two things that could prove his point, firstly, the used bottle of E-SE that went away to be tested, as his luck would go, was broken and there was no way to know whether the used bottle of E-SE was contaminated with Ketaprofen as he submitted. The only other way he could get proof was to ask his vet if he could do a blind test on a horse, to which the vets reply was that the RIU would not let him use the lab for testing. Mr Townley stated that the two things that could have proved his explanation were taken away. He said the only way that GEENA’S GIRL had Ketaprofen in her system on race-day was the cross contamination of the 2 bottles where he mistakenly drew the Ketaprofen first, then whilst drawing the E-SE, Ketaprofen contaminated the bottle of E-SE. He said he would normally draw the ESE first and top off the syringe with the Ketaprofen but was certain he had mistakenly reversed this procedure leading to the contamination of the E-SE bottle. He said both WELL DEFINED and GEENA’S GIRL were treated the day before the races with ESE out of the same bottle which he said was contaminated and caused both positive swabs. Mr Townley also took issue with the statement in the Summary of Facts where the RIU stated that such a small amount of Ketaprofen from a contamination would not return a positive reading of 157micrograms per litre, 100 micrograms per litre being the regulatory threshold limit. He submitted a drop could cause a positive. In answer to a question from Mr Townley, Mrs Williams stated that in order for enough Ketaprofen to show above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre, the amount forced into the bottle by cross contamination would have to be significant. She reiterated, as stated in Penalty submissions, that with a 4.2 day withholding time for Ketaprofen, with a standard dose, submitted that at least 1ml would need to be administered the day before the races to show as above 100 micrograms per millilitre. This she said, in her opinion, made contamination of the E-SE bottle unlikely. Mr Townley refuted this and said he knew a lot about Ketaprofen. He submitted that a tiny drop of Ketaprofen would be detectable and cause a positive swab. He also stated that not a lot of testing had been done and there was no science to prove what level of Ketaprofen would show as over the threshold the next day. He said that there was also no science or proof that what he said did not happen. Mr Townley said there was no intent to administer and submitted that both the WELL DEFINED and GEENA’S GIRL cases should be treated as the same case with the same mistake happening with both horses, that being the contaminated bottle of E-SE. He said he made one mistake and got two horses with positives. Mr Townley also stated that he had raced other horses in between the positive swabs which were clear swabs and he had not treated any of those with E-SE. This, he said, supported the cross-contamination explanation he had submitted. He submitted that both positives were from the same contaminated bottle of E-SE. Disqualification of the horse [12] (1) Mrs Williams referred to Rule 1004D of the Rules of Harness Racing which provides: Any horse which has been taken to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race which is found to have administered to it or ingested any prohibited substance shall be disqualified from the race. (2) Mrs Williams said that the winning stake has not been paid out. Mrs Williams sought disqualification of GEENA’S GIRL. (3) The Committee ordered that GEENA’S GIRL be disqualified from Race 5, Pam and Ivan Lawson Handicap Trot, at the meeting of NZMTC held at Addington on 2 March 2018, effective Monday 30 April 2018. As a consequence of the disqualification, the amended result for the Race is as follows: 1st Tehoro Dazzle 2nd Rachmaninov 3rd Chivision 4th Motu Great Sensation 5th Beyond The Horizon 6th Natives Lasting Love The Committee ordered that stakes for the Race be paid in accordance with that amended result. Reasons for Penalty [13] The relevant penalty Rule is Rule 1004 (7) which provides: (1) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000.00; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. (2) The Committee notes that the maximum fine under Rule 1004 (7) (a) was increased by Harness Racing New Zealand from $10,000 to $20,000 in 2011, reflecting the desire of that body to provide a greater deterrent. In the Committee’s view, penalties imposed for breaches of the Rule prior to March 2011 need to be looked at in the light of that. (3) The principal mitigating factors, to which the Committee has had regard in determining penalty, are Mr Townley’s early admission of the breach and the way in which he has conducted himself throughout the enquiry. (4) Against those factors is the ever-present need to maintain the integrity of and public confidence in harness racing by adequately punishing the breach and deterring Mr Townley and others from offending in a similar manner in the future. (5) The previous breach by Mr Townley in February 2018, a month prior to this breach, is an obvious significant aggravating factor. Mr Townley was then fined the sum of $7,000. (6) Mr Townley’s lengthy submissions on what he believed happened to cause GEENA’S GIRL to have Ketaprofen in her system were taken into consideration. Mr Townley put to the Committee an explanation for the positive for GEENA’S GIRL which he also submitted was the reason for the WELL DEFINED positive to Ketaprofen, being the contamination of the bottle of E-SE. This Committee has doubt and attaches little or no weight with this explanation as the amount of Ketaprofen detected in both horses was above the regulatory threshold of 100 micrograms per litre. We, however, agree with the submissions of the RIU and determined that on the balance of probabilities, it would be highly unlikely that a contamination of the bottle of E-SE, as described by Mr Townley, would produce positive readings of Ketaprofen at the levels detected. It is therefore difficult to know what actually happened to GEENA’S GIRL to have Ketaprofen in her system on 2 March 2018. What is obvious to this Committee is that Ketaprofen has been administered to the mare inside the 4.2 day withholding period to produce a reading of 157 milligrams per litre and that Mr Townley is ultimately responsible for that, however it got into the horse’s system. (7) The Informant has not alleged that Mr Townley had deliberately administered the prohibited substance to GEENA’S GIRL and the Committee has no basis for any finding that he did so. (8) Nevertheless, the Committee finds that Mr Townley was negligent in a number of respects, as submitted by Mrs Williams. Mr Townley had 10 days between the notification of the WELL DEFINED positive and the race in question for GEENA’S GIRL, but only elected to make 1 change to his procedures and routines by way of a medication safe. WELL DEFINED’s positive should have been a “red flag” to Mr Townley to investigate what had led to this. We believe that after a positive is detected in a stable, a prudent trainer would immediately stop all current practices and procedures and engage in a thorough review of these until it could be established what had caused the wrongful administration. We also believe that a prudent trainer should also seek the professional assistance and guidance of a veterinary surgeon and not continue on self-administering drugs until it could be again, established what process had caused the positive. Mr Townley, however, continued on with his established procedures and practices and has found himself with this breach, a second within a month. (9) The JCA Penalty Guide provides a starting point for a 2nd breach of this rule with a 2-year disqualification and a $10,000 fine. The RIU are not seeking disqualification and we, also, are not considering disqualification with this case. Mr Townley was fined the sum of $7,000 for his breach in February 2018, only 1 month prior to this breach for the same drug, Ketaprofen. Having regard to this being the second breach of this Rule by Mr Townley, we adopted the $10,000 starting point and determined that the aggravating factors in this case warranted an uplift in penalty. This we set at $3,000. The mitigating factors are also worthy of consideration, being Mr Townley’s early admission of the breach and his full cooperation throughout the investigation. For these factors, Mr Townley is deserved of a discount which we set at $2,000. (10) Having regard to all of the matters referred to above, the Committee is satisfied that a fine of $11,000 is an appropriate penalty in this case. We believe that such a penalty will satisfy the principal requirements of sentencing – that is to say, to punish the offender, to deter the offender and others in the industry and the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in harness racing. Penalty [14] Mr Townley is fined the sum of $11,000.00. Costs [15] Mrs Williams did not seek any award of costs in favour of the Racing Integrity Unit and, accordingly, no order is made. [16] As this hearing was heard at a race meeting there was no order for costs to the JCA. S C Ching Chairman   Harnesslink Media

Quite a busy weekend of harness racing coming up with the highlight being the $200,000 Listed 2yo yearling sales final at Addington on Friday night. There are five meetings this week starting with the Manawatu harness racing meeting tonight. Alexandra Park and Addington host meetings on Friday night and the weekend harness racing heads to Invercargill on Saturday and Rangiora on Sunday.  Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to our Harnesslink Reporter who thought Queen Bee Bardon would go close to winning on Thursday night. Queen Bee Bardon did win and paid $2.70 and $1.50 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Manawatu on Thursday night Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks his best chance this week is his drive on Black Chevron tonight in Race 5   Addington on Friday night Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Geena's Girl should go close to winning at Addington in Race 3 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Kingslayer as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 9   Alexandra Park on Friday night John Curtin - John thinks Auckland Reactor gelding Red Reactor can win again this week in Race 2 Tony Herlihy - Tony says his best chance this week is English Rose at Alexandra Park in Race 3 Todd Macfarlane - Todd is going for Caitlyn Clarke as his best drive this week in Race 4 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks the Reid trained Double o Heaven can win Race 9   Invercargill on Saturday Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Grey Power at Ascot Park in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Broadway Banner as his best drive this week in Race 2 Rory McIIwrick - Rory says that Dream Of Pat would be his best drive at Ascot Park in Race 3 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive is Full Noise on Saturday at Invercargill also in Race 3 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Franco Huntington as his best drive this week in Race 5 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week would be Daiquiri at Ascot Park in Race 6 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz would be his best chance at Ascot Park in Race 10 John Morrison - John is going for My Geargie Boy as his best drive this week also in Race 10   Rangiora on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Bicton is a good chance of winning at Rangiora in Race 2 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks Sweeney Todd would be his best drive this week at Rangiora in Race 3 Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive this week would be Samskara at Rangiora in Race 7 Mak Jones - Mark thinks that Extreme Stride would be a good chance fresh up at Rangiora in Race 8     Harnesslink Media    

Alexandra Park – Friday 4 May   Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Mexican Night is back again Friday May 4th Join us for a fiesta of fun, food and racing action this May! Our annual favourite Mexican Night is back for 2018, and this year we’ve moved to the best seats in the house so you can enjoy an amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican feast, plus traditional entertainment and more, Dining with clients or colleagues? Upgrade to our corporate experience package! with the best view in the house. MEXICAN NIGHT – PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120pp Top level viewing $110pp MEXICAN NIGHT – BUFFET ONLY Prime Viewing $70pp Top level Viewing $60pp   French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone.    Become a Member, or renew your Membership Special Offer - 15 months for the price of 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 15 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters will be at Addington on Friday 11 May (5-star Race Meeting) Enjoy our Trackside Dining package, our ultimate race event experience with our guest speaker Rt Hon Winston Peters. This promises to be a fabulous night so make sure you secure your booking for this special event. Price $80 + GST per person and includes: Premium beverage package which includes wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Platters on arrival with gourmet buffet dinner. Allocated table seating. TAB facilities, trackside TV’s and racebooks.  Contact us on 03 338 9094, or email info@addington.co.nz to reserve your spot for a fun and memorable night out at the races! MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL AT SPECTATORS SUNDAY 13 MAY – For every fabulous mum who dines in Spectators on Mother’s Day will receive a small treat from our chef.  They will also be lucky enough to go in the draw to win a Piazza Doro Hamper.  Please visit; http://www.spectators.co.nz/ for further details.  Please note our ‘Kids Eat Free on Sunday’ offer still applies.  With our sumptuous new menu on offer, there will be something for everyone.  For further information about our mouth-watering dishes,please visit;   http://www.spectators.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spectators-All-Day-Menu-Autumn-Winter-2018.pdf. Pre-bookings highly recommended.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 11, 18 & 26 MAY RACE NIGHTS! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effect advertising price varies. (dependent on group size). Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. Race Meeting Date Changes We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 25 May transferred to Saturday 26 May. Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July. NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. WARATAHS –SATURDAY 12 MAY. Spectators is offering an amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES (Friday 29 June and 27 July) Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.  MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051132pg.htm  May 11 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051832pg.htm  May 18 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/052632pg.htm  May 26 We look forward to hosting you soon. To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care and travel safe. From the Addington Team.   Invercargill – Saturday 5 May The Invercargill Harness Racing Club host an eleven race programme at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Saturday (5 May). The day is also the opening day of duck shooting here in the south so what better day for the ladies to gather a few friends and have their own day out at the races.The first race is scheduled for 11.23am and the last at 4.58pm. A Level One Restaurant & Bar voucher to the value of $50 will be won by lucky draw from all losing tote tickets after Race 6 at 2.02pm while also after Race 6 a free bag of lollies will be handed out to all the children on course at Punters Corner in the public grandstand. Other southern harness racing dates to the end of the season are as follows: Winton Harness Racing Club - 12 May Gore Harness Racing Club - 19 May Invercargill Harness Racing Club 26 May, 4 June and 9 June.   Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day Meeting 13 May The Timaru HRC is thrilled to advise that the following female drivers will take part in their annual Mother’s Day female driver races on May 13: Kirstin Barclay, Kimberley Butt , Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young. Emergency: Glenys Chmiel The drivers contacted have been very excited about being involved, especially the young new horsewomen coming through the ranks. It is also pleasing to highlight our experienced women drivers who are having a good driving season e.g. Amber Lethaby, Katie Cox, Sam Ottley.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing