Day At The Track

FINAL FIELD A$1.1million Inter Dominion, 2936m mobile 1am Saturday (NZ time) 1: Tiger Tara (1) 2: Lazarus (2) 3: Vultan Tin (3) 4: Soho Tribeca (4) 5: Galactic Star (5) 6: Lennytheshark (6) 7: San Carlo (7) 8: Shandale (8) 9: Have Faith In Me (9) 10: Chicago Bull (1 second line) Emergencies: Ohoka Punter, Devendra, Major Crocker, The Bucket List. Kiwi pacing champion Lazarus has scored the barrier draw trainer Mark Purdon wanted for Friday’s A$1.1million Inter Dominion Final in Perth -- but with one slight complication. Lazarus is set to start favourite for the annual trans tasman pacing grudge match after a track record heat win last Friday night and drawing exactly the marble Purdon wanted. “I didn’t want barrier one or 10 (second line) or to be too wide so barrier two is perfect,” said Purdon. But that is tempered by the fact hard-running rival Tiger Tara has drawn the ace and looks the likely leader, a position from where he downed Lazarus in their heat at Bunbury last Tuesday. And stalking the pair will be local West Australian speedster Chicago Bull, who is the only horse drawn on the second line and looks set to follow Tiger Tara throughout. This entire Inter Dominion series has been dominated by horses saving ground on the marker pegs, with eight of the nine heat winners leading and the other coming from three deep on the markers. So not only does it look likely Lazarus will have to race in the running line and cover 10 lengths more than Tiger Tara but then hold off any late charge from Chicago Bull. Purdon was typically relaxed about the verbal sparring that lies ahead, not even attending the barrier draw function in Perth, preferring to instead work on his horses.  “I am just taking the horses for a little swim to keep them fresh but Laz getting two was a lot better than any of the other draws,” he said upon learning the draws.  “I don’t think he would be ideally suited to trailing so I didn’t want 10 and I am not sure he would have had the gate speed to hold the lead from barrier one.  “But what will happen in the race we will find out on Friday night.  “All I can control is looking after the horses and they are all well. Laz jogged his win on Friday and I can’t believe he actually broke the track record, he could have gone two seconds faster.  “He is settled in here now, enjoying his work and at this stage exactly where he needs to be.”
 Purdon and training partner Natalie Rasmussen also have Have Faith In Me in the final, which will be run at 1am Saturday NZ time, with the Australasian mile record holder surprising by qualifying in the last spot after a huge second to Lazarus on Friday.  “He has improved a lot during the series and it is great to have him in the final in what could be his last race for us,” said Purdon.  “He is under offer and if he passes all the vet tests he could be sold by Wednesday, but he would still race for his owners, the Dunfords, in the final.” Rasmussen, who has five Inter Dominion training wins and four driving, is still considering whether to make the trip to Perth to partner Have Faith In Me but she looks more likely to stay home and drive at Alexandra Park, with local reinsman Chris Lewis to partner the stable’s second stringer. Michael Guerin

Methven harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - Jedi Josh $10.00 is best backed on the win 'book' over Westar Maggie $3.50 & Geena's Girl $4.20.    Race 2 - One Off $4.00 leads win & multi betting over The Go To Man $5.50.   Race 3 - Stunin Type $3.60 easily leads win betting with Sounds Bettor $4.00 just leading the former runner in multi betting.   Race 4 - Governor's Bay is the big mover in this race & is now into $4.80 after opening at $7.80. Maxwell Montez $6.50 is also attracting some early win support.   Race 5 - Jerry Garcia at $15.00 leads multi betting over Beyond The Horizon $12.00.   Race 6 - Black Art $5.20 - $4.80 leads multi betting over Julia Lady $6.50.   Race 7 - A G's White Socks $2.80 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 8 - Art I Am is the big mover $9.20 - $4.20 with money also coming for the $3.50 favourite Quiet Ideal $3.50.   Race 9 - Harriet Of Mot $3.10 leads win betting but Great Things Happen $2.40 is a clear leader in multi betting.   Race 10 - Franco Hampton opened at $17.00 & is now into $11.00 and easily leads win & multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Harness racing drivers Matthew and Brad Williamson have won the Brothers In Arms drivers competition held yesterday on the grass track at the Oamaru race course. The Willamson brothers managed to beat last years winners Sailesh and Jay Abernethy who tied for second with John and Dexter Dunn. Sailesh Abernethy won the individual title. His two wins, a second and two fourths gave him enough points to successfully defend the title, a title he easily won last year as well.    Final Standings in the Brothers in Arms Challenge at Oamaru : Matty & Brad Williamson - 17  Sailesh & Jay Abernethy -12 John & Dexter Dunn - 12  Leo & Gerard O'Reilly - 5  Chris & Craig Thornley - 4  Hamish & Peter Hunter - 0   Harnesslink Media

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am   Race 1 - Red Harbour $14.00 - $9.00 leads win betting with Cuddly Trouble $3.50 leading multi betting.   Race 2 - The debut runner Manon The Run has attracted some early win support & is into $8.50 from his opening odds of $12.50. His Royal Harness $12.50 - $9.00 is also taking some early money. Easton Foxglove $3.890 leads multi betting over His Royal Highness.   Race 3 - A quiet win 'book' early but best backed in multi betting has been Man I'm Good $3.80 over Magic Four $3.50.   Race 4 - The only two runners wanted in early multi betting are Ruthless Success $3.60 & Rebel Kibbybones $3.80.   Race 5 -  Hundie the $2.30 favourite is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Groomsman $5.50 is best backed on the win 'book' with Calendar Girlz $3.70 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 7 - Trouble Giero attracted a $1,000 win bet at $11.00 with The Dominator $10.00 - $9.00 also taking some early win money. BD Khaosan $2.80 leads multi betting over The Dominator.   Race 8 - All About Henry was well backed as soon as the race meeting markets were opened & is into $5.00 from his opening odds of $7.80, he also leads multi betting over the $3.20 favourite Santanna's Rocket.     Race 9 - Clasina Maria opened up the 3rd favourite at $4.00 but leads multi betting over Hopes And Dreams $3.00.   Race 10 - Martin McGuinness $11.50 - $10.00 is best backed on the win 'book' over Motu Hot Topic $6.00. The $2.60 favourite Bettor's Heart easily leads multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Today the Oamaru harness racing club will again host the Brothers In Arms driving series. Jay and Sailesh Abernethy who dominated the series last year are back to defend their title in a five-race competition against five sets of brothers at the grass track meeting. Also competing in the series are local drivers Matthew and Brad Williamson, as well as Peter and Hamish Hunter, Dexter and John Dunn, Craig and Chris Thornley and Gerard and Leo O'Reilly. Last year the Abernethy brothers easily won the series, with Sailesh winning three races and Jay winning one. The likeable Abernethy brothers also won the series in 2014. ________________________________________________________________________________________ The Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen trained Major Shard may have booked his ticket to Auckland for the major races in the next few months by winning last nights NRM Sires Stakes Silver for 3yo's. Natalie Rasmussen said on the All Stars Website, "we would have to consider for the Sales race in Auckland on his run tonight and probably he would go now" Last night Major Shard trailed for the last lap before zipping up the passing lane for driver Tim Williams and winning well by more than one length at the line. Tim said after the race, " Major Shard is very good when he is good. He worked to the front and when he got the gap he went thru it strongly." Major Shard paced the 1950m in a quick 1-54.7 mile rate with a closing 800m in a sizzling 54.4 seconds. Henry Hubert ran home strongly for second for driver John Dunn.   Major Shard winning last night.   Harnesslink Media

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:55pm Race 1 - Noble Lavros $5.20 - $4.80 & Sugar Cane $8.20 are the only two runners attracting any early win support. Ruthless Kayla $2.70 leads multi betting over Sugar Cane.    Race 2 - Afterdinnerspeaker $5.00 - $4.20 leads win betting over Aloka $2.00 with that runner easily leading multi betting.   Race 3 - Tennyson Bromac $6.00 - $4.00 is the best backed runner on the win 'book' over Anthem $3.20 - $3.00. Anthem just leads multi betting over the $2.80 favourite Funatthebeach.   Race 4 - Master Moonlite $2.30 - $2.20 is easily the best backed runner in win & multi betting over Tiger Thompson $2.70.    Race 5 - Bare Knuckle took a $2,000 bet at $6.50 & is now into $5.50. Elle Mac $2.30 leads multi betting over Angel Of Harlem $4.20 & Dizzy Miss Lizzy $3.20.   Race 6 - Lavros Jack $2.20 is the only runner wanted in multi betting & also leads win betting.   Race 7 - Burst Out laughing $3.10 easily leads multi betting.   Race 8 - I'm Jimmy James $15.00 - $12.00 leads win betting with Fizzing $1.75 - $1.70 the most favoured runner early on the card in multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:30pm Race 1 - On The Cards $2.30 - $2.15 is easily the best backed runner in win & multi betting.   Race 2 - Alta Venetia $5.80 - $5.00 is the only runner taking any early win &n multi money.   Race 3 - Juice Brogden $1.75 easily leads multi betting.   Race 4 - Happy Place $2.50 is best backed in win & multi betting over Lerato $7.50.  Storm Prince $3.50 was late scratched this morning at 8:55am and any bets placed prior to that time will have 23% win & 19% deductions applied.   Race 5 - A very quiet win & multi 'book' early with Tereskova $6.00 the best backed in win betting.   Race 6 - Motown $1.45 is a clear leader in multi betting.   Race 7 - Lemond $1.90 easily leads win & multi betting with the largest win bet $1,188 at $2.00.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Temporale is ready to close the gap on his arch rival Lemond at Alexandra Park tonight. The question is will he close it enough? The north's emerging open class trotters clash in the feature 1700m mobile race at a truncated meeting tonight, with Lemond having clearly outpointed his five-year-old buddy last start. But on that occasion Lemond had the benefit of two searching prep runs whereas Temporale was fresh up for the season, with trainer-driver Tony Herlihy adamant he is taking a fitter horse to the races tonight. "He has grown a lot since last year and is a really big horse now so he needed that fresh-up run," says Herlihy of last season's Rowe Cup winner.   "So I think he will be better and I think the mobile 1700m will suit us. But whether we close the gap all the way on Lemond is hard to know until we get out there. "But I think if we don't beat him this week, we will go very close." Lemond does look stronger and more mentally mature than last season, though, so could easily win again, with the pair having already established a great rivalry, one northern trotting fans will be hoping continues for a few seasons yet. The other class act of the night is Motown, who should win race six as his 30m carded handicap is now actually only 20m with the scratching of the sole front marker. The early finish at tonight's meeting may suit Inter Dominon fans so they can sneak in a nap before the final round of heats at Gloucester Park in Perth ahead of Sunday's barrier draw. Kiwi champ Lazarus should finally win a heat even from a wide draw in a very moderate race but you will have to stay up until 2am on Saturday to see it. More interestingly leading into the final will be the clash of styles between Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara (11.54pm) and series star Soho Tribeca attempting to overcome the widest draw in his heat against Lennytheshark and San Carlo. Michael Guerin

Invercargill harness driver Shane Walkinshaw is at home recuperating after a nasty accident at Ascot Park last Friday. The incident happened shortly after the horses left the mobile arm from the 2200 metre start point and headed into the first bend. Walkinshaw's drive Jennys Rose, went down on her nose and he was thrown onto the track. He suffered fractures to the skull, eye socket, cheek bone and a sinus fracture around the nose area.     "I don't remember when the mobile left, the crash or being in the ambulance. The next memory I've got is waking up in hospital," said Walkinshaw who was discharged from Kew Hospitial yesterday. He says the specialists are recommending at least a month off work.  "Definitely a month off work and a month off driving. I'm not too stressed about rushing back to it. Once you get a head injury it wakes you up a wee bit and you think about things a bit more. I did my spleen about ten years ago at Rangiora and I was meant to have six weeks off but I was back driving in four weeks. This is a wee bit different." Meanwhile Jennys Rose has been retired from racing.  "Wayne (trainer Wayne Adams) and the owner have pulled the pin on her now. I said to Wayne when he came into hospital 'did I chase her (out of the gate) or do something wrong?' He said no, she just slotted over good. You can see it on the video, she just dropped for no reason really. Apparently Blair Orange reckons she crossed her legs. When they start doing that they're pretty dangerous." The other two drivers caught up in the fallout - Craig Ferguson and Dexter Dunn were uninjured. Craig Ferguson going over the top, with Shane Walkinshaw underneath his own horse Number 6. Dexter Dunn holding on tight to his charge Number 10. Bruce Stewart Southern Harness Racing

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:30pm Race 1 - Easily the best backed on the win 'book' is Gold Orchid $6.50 - $4.50 with Culpeka $1.45 easily leading multi betting.   Race 2 - A quiet win 'book' early with Spirit Of Love $7.20 leading multi betting over Eye Lash $4.20.   Race 3 - Alta Leonie $9.50 - $7.50 & Hot Flush $4.20 - $3.80 are the only two runners wanted in early win betting.   Race 4 - Shay Scott $10.00 leads multi betting over Roi Des Gitans $7.00.    Race 5 - Kiwi Tintin $5.20 - $4.60 easily leads win betting over American Empress $9.00.   Race 6 - Mongolian Storm $2.90 leads win & multi betting over Dance Time $3.90.   Race 7 - My Cash $4.50 easily leads win betting.   Race 8 - Luck Of The Moment $2.10 is best backed in multi betting over Master Merlin $7.00.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:30pm Race 1 - Kansas City Jim $5.20 leads win betting.   Race 2 - King Cassidy $3.20 leads win & multi betting.   Race 3 - Bushido $1.30 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Hurricane Banner $6.00 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 5 - Lundqvist $3.60 & Pres The Belle $3.80 equally lead multi betting.   Race 6 - Xmas Joyella $3.20 leads win & multi betting.   Race 7 - The big win mover at the meeting is Sagwitch $18.00 - $8.50 with Simply Dreaming $3.00 easily leading multi betting.   Race 8 - The debut runner Woodlea Ragnar $1.85 - $1.75 is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

This week harness racing gets busier than usual with six meetings programmed including two meetings at Alexandra Park. Grass track harness racing continues with Oamaru hosting the Brothers In Arms drivers series on Saturday and then some great mile racing on grass at Methven on Sunday. Last week was another good week for the ringaround with several winners selected. Andre Poutama had the highest dividend when Will Take Charge won at Auckland and paid $2.60 and $1.40 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 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Loretta Franco at Forbury in Race 3 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks his best drive this week is​ Lundqvist at Forbury in Race 5 Brent Barclay - Brent is going for Jaccka Josh as his best drive this week also in Race 5 Andrew Suddaby - Andrew is going for Larch as his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 5 Craig Ferguson - Craig says his best drive could be Miss Ethel Sunshine in Race 7 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best chance this week is Allandale at Forbury in Race 8 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Woodlea Ragnar as his best drive this week in Race 8     Auckland on Thursday   Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance would be Caitlyn Clarke at Alexandra Park in Race 3  Joshua Dickie - Josh thinks Mongolian Storm would be a good winning chance in Race 6       Addington on Friday Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Majestic Moment will be hard to beat in Race 1 Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive would be Aloka at Addington in Race 2   Auckland on Friday Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Italian Delight would be his best chance this week in Race 1   Oamaru on Saturday Mark Jones - Mark is opting for Ruthless Success as his best chance this week at Forbury also in Race 2 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks his best chance this week is Franco Rebel at Oamaru in Race 5 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Calender Girlz can go close to winning at Oamaru in Race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard is going for Christmas Toy Boy as his best drive this week at Oamaru in Race 8   Methven on Sunday Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Pembrookes Passion as his best chance this week in Race 4 Racechat - Lance thinks that BK Dawn is a good winning chance again at Methven in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky is going for A G's Whitesocks as his best drive this week at Methven in Race 7 John Curtin - John thinks Kardesler will go close to winning at Methven in Race 7   Harnesslink Media

Champion trainer Mark Purdon has admitted this year’s Inter Dominion is proving tougher for Lazarus than he ever imagined. And that has dented his confidence the stable can defend the title Smolda won last season.  Lazarus suffered his second defeat of the series when a brave second to Tiger Tara in a track record heat at Bunbury late on Tuesday night, the first time in his career Lazarus has been beaten in successive races.  “I am happy enough with his performances, especially on Tuesday, but it is very, very hard sitting parked on these tight tracks,” says Purdon.  “When you have good horses like Soho Tribeca and Tiger Tara running those sort of times against the markers and you have to come wide you lose so much ground.  “So hopefully we can draw well in the final (draw on Sunday) and try and stay in front of them.” Purdon admits he is less confident of winning the series than he was a week ago, not just because of Lazarus’s defeats but because of the enormous advantage leaders have on the smaller West Australia tracks.  “That doesn’t help and either does the fact the series was a week closer to New Zealand Cup week than it was last year.  “But I am happy with how Laz is going and now we start getting out to the longer trips I think it will suit him better.”  Lazarus has copped his third bad draw of series in the last heat tomorrow night (2am NZ time Saturday morning) but is in by far the weakest heat of the night away from the other four favourites for the series.  So he will still be expected to dominate the race and with the suitable 2536m distance anything but a win will be a disappointment. “It looks a good race for him and hopefully he doesn’t have a hard run because he has had two back to back, whereas horses like Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull have both had an easy series so far.  Tomorrow night’s heats see Soho Tribeca facing his hardest trip of the series after drawing barrier nine but if he can overcome that to beat San Carlo and Lennytheshark he could well replace Lazarus as the pre-draw favourite for the final.  Lennytheshark was the shock failure on Tuesday night, fading to third after leading easily and while driver Chris Alford wasn’t fazed, bookmakers have drifted him out to $10 to win the final.  Chicago Bull (1) meets Tiger Tara (6) in the other heat tomorrow night and whether the tiny Perth pacer chooses to stay in front or take a trail behind Tiger Tara will be an interesting pointer his tactics in tomorrow week’s final.  Purdon mare Piccadilly Princess is in a winnable mares race tomorrow while four-year-old Ultimate Machete skips tomorrow’s meeting to prepare for the A$200,000 Golden Nugget next week.  Meanwhile, Alexandra Park hold rare back to back meetings tonight and tomorrow night to accommodate their huge pre-Christmas bookings. Michael Guerin

There has recently been some speculation that the racing surface here at Alexandra Park is becoming under increased scrutiny and in some cases becoming dangerous to race on. The ATC would like to reiterate to everyone that we take the condition & safety of the track surface extremely seriously and as such, subsequent to some material that has been in circulation in both the print/online media and social media, that on Tuesday 28th November the ATC invited vastly experienced horsemen (and president of the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Owners Association) Richard Brosnan to trial a couple of horses on the track. Richard reported that in his opinion the current state of the track  was very acceptable and although there were a couple of minor issues that he pointed out, these are (and have been) easily rectified and that he feels there is no risk to the safety of either horses or drivers competing on the track. The course was walked extensively by Richard in conjunction with track manager Wayne Thomas and we are confident that the track will be in excellent condition into the foreseeable future and beyond. The ATC encourages feedback from driver's in regards to the state of the track so that any potential issues can be minimised but would like to remind everyone that should you have any issues in regards to the state of the track on racenights to please see your Horseman's representative Todd Macfarlane who will relay this to the racing & track manager to remedy these issues in a timely manner. As an aside to this, in order to help preserve the condition of the track on racenights, we would like to request (where possible) to warm your horse up around the outside of the track as opposed to down near the markers. We say it over and over and over again but where has the year gone? It's almost hard to believe that the NZ Cup carnival has been and gone (and a big congratulations must go the all of the connections of Jack's Legend, Maxim & No Doctor Needed who did the North so very proud filling 3 of the top 6 positions.) Looking forward to December and it's the North Islands time to shine with the focus for NZ Harness turning to the North for the upcoming December features. Initial nominations for the Group One 2017 Auckland Cup & National Trot close this Friday December 1 at 11.00am - these can be given to Regan on either 09 631 1163 or 027 249 1205. The best part is if received by this time, there is no initial nomination or sustaining payment required so with over a month until the big day, anything could happen between then and now so we encourage all of you thinking of a tilt at the Cup to nominate and give yourself the chance to be in to win!! And for those of you who are still deciding what to do for New Years, must we remind you that there is no need to go anywhere other than here at The Park. Following on from the family fun day at the races (hopefully in the beautiful Auckland sunshine) there will be a fireworks display on track followed by the ever popular live band Split Second (yes those groovy boys from the Harness awards) who will this year be playing in the Elsu lounge and taking as through to 2018!! We would just like to once again thank everyone who has taken heed of previous comments relating to keeping your stalls clean and tidy on racenights! The difference has really been noticeable across the past month and the grounds team would like to say thank you to everyone for chipping in and doing your part to keep the stables looking in tip-top condition! The ATC & Racing department would like to thank everyone for their support here throughout 2017 and wish everyone the best of luck for the upcoming December meetings. Stay safes during this busy time and we wish everyone a safe & merry Xmas and New Year! Changes to the ATC Stables Health & Safety Policies and Procedures (in effect from the race meeting of Friday August 25) In the interest of the H&S of everyone involved (combined with the recent changes to H&S in the workplace) as of the meeting on Friday August 25 a new stables H&S policy will be implemented. There are some big changes that have needed to be made and whilst we appreciate that not everyone will see the need for such changes, we ask that everyone gets on board and co-operates with us as we transition these changes. The following changes need to be noted by all as anyone who refuses to co-operate and follow the new stables H&S policy will be denied access to the stables on racenight. Entry to the stables will only be permitted to licensees (trainers, owners & stablehands will be given a stable pass upon entry and required to wear this at all times when in the stabling area), owners (and guests of owners) who have obtained a stable pass from the main reception (along with their other owner's entitlements) & children 6-14 who have completed the SAAC course. Children aged 15-17 who are guests of owners or the club with a valid stable pass are permitted in the stables only under the supervision (and responsibility) of an adult. Children 5 years of age and younger are not permitted in the stables at any time. Any individual who is granted entry to the stables (except licensees) will be asked to remain in the designated areas (the green sealed pathways) and those who choose to ignore this request will do so at their own risk.  The ATC would like to remind everyone that the only personnel permitted to handle horses in the stabling area are licensees (trainers & stablehands) - those children who gain their S.A.A.C qualification are only permitted in the stables under adult supervision - this S.A.A.C qualification does not permit the holder to handle horses in the stabling area unless they have a HRNZ approved stablehands licence!! Smoking is not at any time permitted in the stables – those who are caught smoking will be asked to put their cigarette out or asked to move outside of the stabling complex. Repeat offenders will be issued with a warning from Club officials which may lead to further consequences. Glass is not at any time permitted in the stables - you will be asked to dispose of your drink before entry is granted. Please note that stable passes will no longer be given out at the main stables entrance adjacent to the birdcage. Anyone requiring additional stable passes who is not in the aforementioned will be directed to the Racing Manager in the raceday office located in the Admin building. The SAAC (Stable Area Awareness Course) for children aged 6-14 years will take place 1 hour prior to the start of the first tote race on the first meeting of each month here at The Park. Children who pass this course will be issued with a temporary pass which will admit them to the stables when under the supervision of an adult. They will then be issued with photo ID and a lanyard for easy access on racenight (when again under the supervision of an adult). Children are permitted to turn up on the night to partake in the course but we do ask that parents/guardians let the club know (Racing Manager Regan Cotter) when their child will be attending to assist us through this period. Upcoming S.A.A.C course dates as follows - Friday December 1st Friday December 15th Sunday December 31st If you have any questions relating to any of the new H&S procedures & policies please don't hesitate to contact Regan or ATC H&S Manager Shane Primrose - shane.primrose@alexandrapark.nz / 09 631 1189 Programmes Programmes for all of December are now online at http://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/programm.htm Upcoming  Race Meetings @ The Park Thursday 30th November Friday 1st December Friday 8th December Friday 15th December (Premier) Saturday 16th December Friday 22nd December Sunday 31st December (Premier - Auckland Cup) Upcoming Trial & Workout dates For those of you who like to get in early and see the videos ASAP (prior to the official results been entered) please remember the race videos can be viewed on http://m.hrnz.co.nz/ (note these will be available via this link once Magness is able to upload the videos onto the HRNZ website).   Saturday 2nd December – Workouts Franklin Park Tuesday 5th December – Workouts Franklin Park Saturday 9th December – Trials & Workouts Alex Park Tuesday 12th December – Workouts Franklin Park Tuesday 19th December – Trials (LH) & Workouts Franklin Park Saturday 23rd December – Workouts Franklin Park Thursday 28th December – Trials (RH) & Workouts Franklin Park Regan Cotter Racing Manager

Night two of the harness racing Tabtouch Inter Dominion Series moved south to the provincial track of Bunbury with the three heats conducted over 2100m for $75,000 each. Like night one at Gloucester Park, there were three Heats, however with a different starting configuration in place at Bunbury, there were seven horses off the front line of the barrier. There has been a scratching from the series of Run Oneover, meaning Heat four was back to nine runners with three runners from the second line with the other two Heats having two runners each from the second line. Galactic Star produced the upset on the night beating Yayas Hot Spot and Lennytheshark. Soho Tribeca once again got away with another easy victory in his Heat with the unlucky runner being Chicago Bull who was lock in on the fence, got out very late and flew the last bit of the 26.2 last quarter that Soho Tribeca managed. The race of the night no doubt was the track record produced by Tiger Tara and the exceptional second by the New Zealand Champion Lazarus who kept coming right to the wire. With Opening Night and the Bunbury Heats out of the way, Heat Night 3 of the 2017 Perth Inter Dominion will be the last chance competitors have to qualify for the $1.1 Million Grand Final. Racing for the third time in the space of a week, the testing nature of an Inter Dominion is brought to the forefront at this stage of the series. As well as the three TABtouch Inter Dominion Heats, December 1 will see the running of the Group 2 $50,000 4YO Championship, the Group 3 $30,000 Parliamentarian's Cup and Listed $25,000 The Kersley Final. Heat Night 3 will feature our Italian Fireworks Night with free activities for the kids, entertainment on the trackside stage from Vogue Entertainment, the running of the Butchers Sprint and of course our famous Gloucester Park fireworks show after the last. At the end of the nights racing, we'll know exactly which ten horses will be squaring off in the TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final on December 8. Feature Races: 3x Group 2 $75,000 Heats of the TABtouch Inter Dominion Group 2 $50,000 4YO Championship Group 3 $30,000 Parliamentarians Cup Here are the results and videos of the nights racing at Bunbury;   Galactic Star takes out the 4th heat of the TABtouch Inter Dominion. 2 5:45pm TABTOUCH INTER DOMINION QUALIFYING HEAT 4 (SKY 1 & 2) 2100M $75,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 GALACTIC STAR NZ      Sr1 8 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick   $ 15.50   PRBT 5 SWAB   BAY GELDING 5 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of PETRA'S STAR (NZ) ()  Owner(s): S A Bond, R B Gartrell  Breeder(s): P T Cummings, D J Cummings, J M Davie 2 YAYAS HOT SPOT NZ      Fr1 1 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton HD $ 7.40   PRBT GS SLM 3 3 LENNYTHESHARK      Sr2 9 David Aiken Chris Alford HD $ 1.40 fav  PRBT 3WM WF L 1 SOUP 4 SHANDALE NZ      Fr2 2 Mike Reed Shannon Suvaljko 1.30 $ 6.90   PRBT OTE 3WE L1W 2 5 HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ      Sr3 10 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon 7.80 $ 17.90   PRBT 6 6 JAMBIANI      Fr3 3 Ross Olivieri Chris Voak 8.20 $ 28.60   PRBT RAS 7 7 CODE BLACK NZ      Fr5 6 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy 14.30 $ 125.10   PRBT GS L1W OTE 4 8 EGODAN      Fr6 7 Kevin Pizzuto Michael Grantham 14.60 $ 105.00   PRBT RAS 9 9 TANAKA EAGLE      Fr4 5 Reg Phillips Colin Brown 40.20 $ 78.20   PRBT RRAS 3WE RTR 8 GG Scratchings   RUN ONEOVER NZ 4 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 2:29:9 Mile Rate: 1:54:9 First Quarter: 28.1 Second Quarter: 0 Third Quarter: 59.1 Fourth Quarter: 26.8 Margins: HD x SHFHD   Galactic Star   ............................................................................................................................................................................ Soho Tribeca home in 26.2 at Bunbury to claim another heat win in the TABtouch Inter Dominion Series. 3 6:17pm RETRAVISION INTER DOMINION QUALIFYING HEAT 5 (SKY 1 & 2) 2100M $75,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SOHO TRIBECA      Fr6 6 Kim Prentice Kim Prentice   $ 1.20 fav  PRBT 3WE WF L 1 SWAB   BAY HORSE 5 by AMERICAN IDEAL USA out of PIXEL PERFECT (ART MAJOR USA)  Owner(s): R J (Robert) Watson  Breeder(s): R J (Robert) Watson 2 DEVENDRA      Fr1 1 Todd Rattray Todd Rattray 2.50 $ 55.60   PRBT GS L SLE 3 HU 3 CHICAGO BULL NZ      Sr1 8 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 2.70 $ 4.80   PRBT 5 4 VULTAN TIN      Fr5 5 Phil Costello Chris Voak 3.50 $ 40.30   PRBT 3WM L1W 2 5 OHOKA PUNTER NZ      Fr2 2 Gary Hall Snr Mark Purdon 10.10 $ 30.80   PRBT 6 6 MR MOJITO NZ      Fr4 4 Kerryn Manning Kerryn Manning 10.70 $ 26.30   PRBT L1W OTM 4 7 AMERICANBOOTSCOOTA      Sr2 9 Debra Lewis Chris Lewis 11.10 $ 117.40   PRBT 7 8 CUT FOR AN ACE      Fr3 3 Michael Brennan Michael Grantham 19.30 $ 94.30   PRBT B WI 9 9 SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ      Fr7 7 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 20.90 $ 102.10   PRBT C RR B WI 11 Scratchings All started Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:30:3 Mile Rate: 1:55:2 Lead Time: 35.6 First Quarter: 31.3 Second Quarter: 28.8 Third Quarter: 28.4 Fourth Quarter: 26.2 Margins: 2.5m x HFHD   Soho Tribeca     ................................................................................................................................................................................ They've obliterated the track record  as Tiger Tara hangs tough to hold Lazarus at bay and win Heat 6 of the Inter Dominion! 4 6:47pm GARRARDS HORSE & HOUND INTER DOMINION QUALIFYING HEAT 6 (SKY 1 & 2) 2100M $75,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 TIGER TARA NZ      Fr1 1 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy          BAY HORSE 7 by BETTORS DELIGHT USA out of TARA GOLD (NZ) (DREAM AWAY USA)  Owner(s): M Hawli, C L Pizzuto, K J Pizzuto, T N Pizzuto  Breeder(s): R P (Raymond) Anicich 2 LAZARUS NZ      Fr6 6 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon 1.7m      3 SAN CARLO      Fr3 3 Stephen O'Donoghue Rebecca Bartley 16.3m      4 MAJOR CROCKER      Sr2 9 Vince Vallelonga Greg Sugars 17.8m      5 OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ      Sr1 8 Greg Bond Ryan Warwick 21.7m      6 THE BUCKET LIST NZ      Fr2 2 Michael Brennan Michael Grantham 27.8m      7 MAJORDAN      Fr7 7 Kevin Pizzuto Lauren Tritton 29.6m      8 MOTU PREMIER NZ      Fr4 4 Ross Olivieri Chris Lewis 31.2m      9 LETS CHASE THE DREAM NZ      Fr5 5 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 38.2m      Scratchings All started Track Rating: Gross Time: 2:26:5 Mile Rate: 1:52:3 Lead Time: 33.7 First Quarter: 30.4 Second Quarter: 27.7 Third Quarter: 28.2 Fourth Quarter: 26.5   Tiger Tara  

Last season's New Zealand Derby winner Vincent was in great form at yesterdays Ashburton workouts.  The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained 4yo was a dominant winner in a five horse race, which including Dom Domingo, Glenferrie Classic, Nek Time and All Stars stable-mate Party On. Driver Natalie Rasmussen settled the speedy son of Art Major back in the field until moving to the parked out position at the 900m. In the straight Vincent was simply too strong for the opposition winning comfortably without being pushed and beating stablemate Partyon by a half a neck at the line. Vincent paced the 2400m stand in 3-04.6 with a closing 800m in 55.0 and last 400m in 26.6 seconds. Natalie Rasmussen said later on the All Stars website, " Vincent was excellent. He will probably have one more hitout before going up on the second truck to Auckland, it just depends on where he is at."  "Partyon was great and heads north on Sunday on the first truck, she said." Vincent winning his workout today beating Partyon Harnesslink Media