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It was another good week last week for the harness racing ringaround with six winners selected again. Rory Mcllwrick finished his season on a high and had the best dividend last week when Danielle Amore won at Oamaru on Sunday and paid $3.60 to win on the tote. More winter racing for the ringaround, with only the three meetings again this week. Waikato Bay Of Plenty are racing at Cambridge on Thursday night, while Addington are racing on Friday night with Oamaru racing again on Sunday. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday night Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks Judes Gem is his best chance this week in Race 3 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - thinks Precious Moment is a good winning chance in Race 5 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Rocknroll Lincoln as his best drive in Race 6 Dylan Ferguson - Dylan thinks his best drive will be Black Chevron in Race 7 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Stunning Shadow is a chance tonight also in Race 7 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best drive is Ralph Elliott tonight in Race 8 Todd Macfarlane -  Todd says Lola Jones would be his best drive also in Race 8   Addington on Friday night John Curtin - John thinks Bettor Chance is a good winning chance in Race 2 Jim Curtin - Jim is going for She'sa Tricky Bridge as his best chance also in Race 2 Bob Butt - Bob thinks Boomer would be his best chance this week in Race 5 Gavin Smith - says his best drive this week is Matau Gem also in Race 5 Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks his best drive this week would be Arthur Lowe in Race 6 Blair Orange - Blair is going for The Dorchester as his best drive this week in Race 8 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Daylight Robbery would be his best chance in Race 10   Oamaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks Jerry Garcia is a good winning chance at Oamaru in Race 1 John Morrison - John is picking Leading The Way as his best drive this week in Race 2 Ricky May - Ricky thinks that Diamond Life can run a place at Oamaru in Race 3 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks Alderbeck would be his best drive this week in Race 4 Mark Jones - Mark thinks Say Your Pres would be his best chance at Oamaru in Race 6 Harnesslink Reporter - says Alta Shelby can go close to winning at Oamaru in Race 7   Harnesslink Media    

Irish-born Kiwi, Gerry Cronin, is over the moon. His brown McArdle mare, Lola Jones, has been named Dunstan Feeds Cambridge Raceway’s Horse of the Year. The Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick trained six-year-old won six times, and placed six times at Cambridge this season. She won the title by eight points from Fizzie Lizzi (32). KD Hall (31), Toot Toot (26) and Danke (25) completed the top five. Cronin, who owns Lola Jones, was ecstatic with Dunstan Feed’s $10,000 sponsorship. It’s the only horse he works in conjunction with Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick. “It’s a dream come true, a fairy tale, considering I only bought her to train and drive as an amateur horse. Now she’s won six races this season and has broodmare possibilities later on. “I’m delighted and want to thank Dunstan for their kind sponsorship. I targeted the series at the start of the season. It gives you something to strive for, and now that we’ve won it, well its worth another two wins isn’t it?” Cronin said. “I’m over the moon. The Club and Dunstan need to be applauded. Even though I’ll have to place her carefully, I’ll keep racing her next season as well. Maybe we can defend the title,” he added. Meanwhile, the Director of Dunstan Feeds Ltd, David Smith, was delighted that Cronin and Lola Jones claimed the prize. “Good on him. I’m delighted for both the horse and her connections. We are happy to be involved in the industry and with Cambridge Raceway. This is our fourth year now and we have signed up again for next year,” Smith said. The club's Business Development Manager, David Branch said Lola Jones and Cronin were worthy winners. He explained how Lola Jones got the prize. "This season the registered owner of the winning horse, with the highest points, as at the last meeting in which it competed at 'The Raceway' will receive $4,000; the trainer of that horse will receive a $3,000 product prize; the trainer of the second horse with the most points a $2,000 product prize; and trainer of third horse a $1,000 product prize.” He said each winning horse of a totalisator race at 'The Raceway' accumulated points relevant to its starting position, and every horse that placed second in a totalisator race will receive two points. The horse with the most points after “The Raceway's’ final meeting of the season was deemed the winner. Points were allocated as follows: Mobile races: barrier 1,2,3,4 = 5 pts; 5,6,9,10 = 7 pts; 7,8,11-16 & up = 8pts Standing start: Ft 5 pts; 10m 6 pts; 20m 7 pts; 30m. Meanwhile ‘The Raceway’s 2016-2017, and the club’s ‘Performance-of-the-Year’ went to the 2016 New Zealand Cup winner, Lazarus. Branch said a ‘Horse-of-the Meeting’ was selected among race winners with the most meritorious winning performance. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Lazarus won the award for his one-and-three-quarter length victory in the Group Two $60,000 Waikato Flying Mile on January 6. He was driven by Purdon and paced the mile in 1:54.9 and came home 55.5 and 26.8. Branch also explained how Lazarus got the award. “After the final meeting of the year (last Sunday) a panel of judges selected the Cambridge Raceway Horse of the Year from amongst the nightly winners. “The winning owner(s) of Lazarus will receive a trophy in recognition of their horse’s effort,” Branch explained. Meanwhile. Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick cleaned up as the 'Leading Trainer(s)' at 'The Raceway' this season.   All Cambridge Raceway winners in 2016-2017: Leading Trainer (sponsored by NRM)   1. Telfer/Garlick 126 2. Tim Vince 110 3. Todd Mitchell 101 4. Barry Purdon 89 5. Ray Green 82   Leading Junior Driver (Garrards Horse & Hound)   1. Jack MacKinnon 23 2. Dylan Ferguson 22 3. Robert Argue 18 4. Tony Cameron 15 5. Mark Johnson 14   Leading Driver of Trotters (Club House Sports Bar)   1. David Butcher 57 2. Todd Mitchell 37 3. Maurice McKendry 29 4. Kyle Marshall 29 5. Sailesh Abernethy 28 6. Robert Argue 28   Leading Trainer of Trotters (B & J Gordon)   1. Geoffrey Martin 37 2. Wallis/ Hackett 35 3. Ross Paynter 29 4. Tim Vince 28 5. James Stormont 24     Duane Ranger

Hall-of-Fame galloping trainer Graeme Rogerson notched up his second harness racing win of the season at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday, and in doing so he said he still loves training standardbreds and will always have a few in his Hamilton barn. Todd Mitchell wore the familiar red, blue and green Rogerson colours to victory behind a 3-year-old son of Bettor's Delight gelding, named Flash Boy. They had a neck to spare over Bettor Buy A Rose and Zac Butcher. The 3-year-old bay paced the Turf Bar Maiden in 2:47.8 for the 2200m mobile. He came home in 59.4 and 25.8 and produced a 2:02.7 mile rate. That was his first win in two starts. It was also Rogerson's first victory since Little Bro and Hayden Cullen won at Cambridge on November 17. Prior to that his last two victories came via Easy For Cullen and Steve Phillips won at Rotorua on January 24 last year. Prior to that his previous solo victory came via Muscle And Power (David Butcher) and Cambridge Raceway on August 18, 2011. “I don‘ t get to the trots much these days but I still enjoy watching them on TV and training a few. I’ll always have a trotter or two – I like them. We’ve got a few young ones coming through next season. “I’m looking forward to them going around. As for this fella, well Mark Purdon had Flash Boy. He had a throat infection and Mark sent him to us. Our vet saw to him and he’s come back good this campaign,” Rogerson said. “I think he’s capable of going on with it,” he added. Rogerson has only had 26 starters to the races this season compared to 500 (46 wins) in 2011, or the 717 starters (98 wins) when he was at his peak with Steven Reid in 2009-2010. All up Rogerson has trained 344 winners and netted more than $2.3m in stakes since he first took out his licence in 2007. They comprised 51 winners ($369,418) as a solo trainer in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and this season. Rogerson trained a further 108 winners ($680,223) when he trained in partnership with Peter Blanchard from 2012 to 2016. He also conditioned a whopping 168 winners ($2.2m) in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 with Steven Reid. Rogerson started training standardbreds with Peter Simpson in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. They won 17 races together and $189,464 “I’m very busy with galloping. As you well know I have a horse or two there as well. Warren Rich, Hayden Cullen and Michelle Northcott oversee the standardbred arm of our operation. “They will tell you about some of the nice ones we will have going around. We have lots of babies including three or four trotting yearlings,” Tauherenikau-based Rogerson said. He did make special mention of a couple of up-and-comers They were a 3-year-old Bettor's Delight - Tanisa Bromac filly named Trinity Bromac; a Monarchy - Santorini yearling filly named Estelita and a brown Monarchy - Banana Smoothie yearling filly named Splitting Image. “Quite a few of them show a lot of promise. With all our young ones and nine above average trotters I think we will be in for a much better season after August,” Rogerson said. Duane Ranger

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:25am Race 1 - Stand Sure $3.70 is best backed in win betting over Kate Jackson $8.50.   Race 2 - Donna May $4.50 leads win betting over Way To Go $4.80.   Race 3 - Nava $1.70 easily leads multi betting with some early win money coming for Flash Boy $16.00.   Race 4 - Glenferrie Duster $1.65 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 5 - Precious Moment $4.80 is best backed in win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Trinity Bromac $4.60 is leading win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Drover's Eyre $8.50 & Lola Jones $5.80 are the best backed runners here.    Race 8 - Rocknroll Lincoln $2.70 is racing in multi betting with Rascher easily leading win betting.    Race 9 - Floating On Eyre $9.50 is easily best backed in win betting over M T Pockets $8.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett’s Waiuku stable will be represented by eight trotters at Cambridge on Sunday – three of them in the first ever Monte Saddle Trot to be held at the Raceway. In fact Wallis rated her four-win Majestic Son mare, Majestic Ali, as her best winning chance of the day. The five-year-old will line up in the Monte Trot which will be run at 3.10pm (between races six and seven). The Monte event will be sponsored by Cambridge Garrards Horse & Hound who will present the winning prize. “We've got three (of the six runners) in the Saddle trot and Majestic Ali just seems to thrive on this type of racing. “Commander Paris has had one trial and broke on the last bend, while Makarewa Jake doesn’t seem to be able to give 100 percent the left-handed way around. He’s the type of horse that will also have to be looked after around last the bend,” Wallis said. Finnish-born Maattanen, who works for Brent Mangos at Pukekohe, rode Makarewa Jake to win the first Monte Saddle Trot at the Pukekohe Workouts on April 29. The 26-year-old also finished second in the first Monte Trot Exhibition race, staged at Alexandra Park on May 26. This time she had to bow by a few lengths to 15-year-old Tyla Hackett and the Wallis and Hackett trained Majestic Ali. Tyla is the daughter of Wallis and Hackett and is also a New Zealand Show Jumping Junior Rider-of-the-Year. She will ride Majestic Ali again on Sunday. “We want to get as many horses and jockeys qualified as possible. Harness racing needs something fresh and Bernie and I are determined to get this off the ground,” Wallis said. “We have had so much support it has been heartening,” she added. Meanwhile, Wallis said Donna May (race 2) was the stable’s best winning chance in the TAB trotting events at ‘The Raceway’ on Sunday. Here’s what she had to say about her stable’s five runners: Race 2:  (4) Madhubala (Michelle Wallis) - "Three-year-old filly who will be going out for a spell after this race. She’s got a little bit of speed but has no strength yet. She has shown glimpses of form but needs to get stronger and for that reason I think she will make a much better four-year-old.” (5) Secretofthesea Smile (Todd Mitchell) – "She can trot a little bit but can be unruly at the start. If Todd can get her away I think she is capable of placing.” (9) Donna May 30m (Maurice McKendry - MNZM) – "She should be hard to beat because once she comes back into form she usually holds it, She worked real nice on the beach (Karioitahi) on Thursday, and would be our best winning chance. She has placed six times at Cambridge.” Race 5: (3) Our Rosa (Maurice McKendry - MNZM) – "She’s a three-year-old who could find this opposition a little bit tough even though she won well last start, it was only a two-horse Breeders’ Crown heat at Alexandra Park. She has the good draw, but she’s also a bit weak at this stage of her career. She can place but I think Creamee (8) and Primus Inter Pares (10) are nicely handicapped here and they the are horses to beat. She too will make a better four-year-old.” (9) Blood And Whisky 10m (Michelle Wallis) – "He’s also nominated for Alexandra Park on Friday and he’s not racing as well as what he could. We have backed him up to see if it will wake his ideas up. He has won a Monte Saddle heat before, but we preferred to race him in this R50 to R68 trot. He’s better than what he’s shown of late. First four possibly.” The field for the first ever Monte Saddle Trot to be staged at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday is: Monte Saddle Trot Sunday’s Exhibition Monte Trot - 2200m – 3.10pm: 1) The Jay Abernethy trained Way to Go (Lisa Olsson). 2) The Michelle Wallis & Bernie Hackett trained Commander Paris (Catherine Cameron). 3) The Nicky Chilcott trained Loki Brogden (Jo Stevens). 4) The Michelle Wallis & Bernie Hackett trained Majestic Ali (Tyla Hackett). 5) The Michelle Wallis & Bernie Hackett trained Makarewa Jake (Riina Maattanen). 6) The Jim Cole trained Cool Sun (David Medcalfe). Duane Ranger

A 2:18 winning mile rate at the Cambridge Workouts is nothing to raise the roof over, but the owners of The Crown Jewels are just rapt they just have something to smile about. The Nicky Chilcott trained and driven 5-year-old brown gelding hasn't raced since July 8 last year. It’s been a long, arduous road for the son of Pegasus Spur and Landora's Image. His career looked as might as if it had come to an abrupt halt after he ran 22-length 10th in his last tote assignment at Cambridge Raceway. The verdict: stifle disease. “He had been suffering from bad stifles and only one-to-one special care from Nicky has ensured his recovery. It didn’t look good there for a while there, but at least now he’s back on the track again. “Nicky lined him up just so to see if he could negotiate the corners okay and he appears to have come through it well. Even though he was nominated for tomorrow’s meeting at Alexandra Park (Friday), that was never going to happen,” said co-owner, Barry Lichter. “We would rather line him up in a 2200m than 2700m , so he will have his first race back in over a year in the next few weeks,” he added. The Crown Jewels and Chilcott won his first workout back at Cambridge Raceway last Saturday by half a length and six lengths, trotting the up to R50, 2200m event in 3:08.7. “We are not getting too carried away but we would expect him to beat those maiden horses. It’s encouraging all right, but he still has a bit of a mountain to climb yet,” said Auckland-based Lichter, who co-owns the gelding with Donna Chisholm (Auckland), Neslisa Turan (Cambridge), David Lichter (New York), Garry Ferris (Auckland), Gary Birkett (Auckland), and Philip Taylor (Auckland). Lichter and the Chisholms (Donna, Alan, and Graham) did the breeding. The Crown Jewels has so far won two of his 24 starts and placed in seven others for $21,217 in stakes. Lichter said the gelding had undergone arthroscopic surgery, which is a surgical procedure on the stifle joint. An endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision. “He’s always had a bit of ability and it’s just so good to see him back on the track again after a year off. In some ways that is success in itself because it didn’t look good there for a while. “Nicky’s intensive around-the-clock care has got him back to where he is now. All the praise has to go to her. I can’t stress that enough. She is a brilliant horsewoman,” Lichter said. Lichter said the arthroscopic surgery discovered the stifle problem. “You couldn’t see the problem but the ligament was definitely damaged. Then he had to go through a very strict procedure. He was boxed in a very small box for three months and then he graduated to a small yard “He has done a lot of treadmill work and has been trained on the beach at Raglan. It’s all about keeping the pressure off his joints. At this stage and then hopefully he can build up to becoming a race horse again,” Lichter said. “It’s just good to have a the old horse almost back again, but you can’t get too excited after what he’s been through,” he added. Duane Ranger

Poppy Drayton’s fiery family traits could be seen in the winner’s circle shortly after the 3-year-old filly notched up her second career win at Cambridge Raceway last Friday. The Steve Phillips trained daughter of Bettor’s Delight led all the way in the fifth event for the R51 to R55 pacers at Waikato Harness Racing’s penultimate meeting of the season. "She was really full of her herself when Sailesh (Abernethy) brought her back. Anne (wife and co-owner and breeder) couldn't get near her to get her photo taken with her. She just didn’t want to be there. "It's a trait which has been passed on down through her family. She can be a bit scary at times. Shannara (dam) and Chloe Hanover (grand-dam) both had an attitude as well," Phillips said. "In some ways it's good because it's what can make good fillies and mares," he added. When Phillips saw that Poppy Drayton had drawn one in the $7,000 Fairview Motors Cambridge Pace, he thought Abernethy would lead with her, or at least be near the pace. “Sailesh rated her extremely well. She was allowed to bowl along setting her own terms in front. It was a lovely drive,” Phillips said. Poppy Drayton paced the 2200m in 2:46.7 (mile rate 2:01.9) and came home in 59 even and 28.3. She bolted in by four-and-a-half lengths and was the $3.90 second favourite. The brown filly is the only horse Phillips currently has in work. The former accountant and now 'Godfather' of amateur harness racing in New Zealand, has now trained two winners from seven starts this season. The other win also came via Poppy Drayton and Abernethy at Alexandra Park on April 7. They paced the 2200m mobile in 2:46 even that night. Poppy Drayton could now follow in the footsteps of the former Phillips trained Windinherhair, who won eight races here and three more in Australia between February and August of 2014. “We will see how this filly progresses in the next few weeks but Australia could be an option if she keeps performing well. “We did the same with Windinherhair and that proved beneficial. Nicole Molander trained her for us and ‘Poppy’ could go there too. “We brought Windinherhair home and retired her to the broodmare’s paddock. Anne and I are breeding from her now,” said Glenbrook-based Phillips. Poppy Drayton is the first foal out of the 2006 Elsu - Chloe Hanover mare, Shannara, who won five races and $27,617 for the Phillips'. Shannara in turn was was the fifth of 10 foals out of Chloe Hanover (11 wins, $93,076, 1:57.3). Footnote: Five members of the Butcher family lined up in the last event on Friday with 'Uncle' Philip causing an upset win behind the Mike Berger trained $21.30 outsider, Dun It Bad. His nephew Zac finished third behind the Ray Green trained Linc's Rule; Zac's brother Ben was fourth behind the Paul Green trained Sasha Banks; their father David finished eighth on the (David) Butcher trained Midnight Murray; and David's nephew Stephen was seventh behind the (David) Butcher trained Miranda Maguire. Harness Racing Waikato’s last meeting of the season will be on Sunday July 16. Duane Ranger

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 5:00pm   Race 1 - The Rev $11.00 is best backed in win betting but surprisingly is yet to take a bet in multi betting. Easily the best backed in multi betting is Majestic One $2.40.      Race 2 - Dreamy Nights $3.00 leads win betting with Franco Hamilton $2.30 leading multi betting over Chrissie Jet $6.50.     Race 3 - Danke $4.80 leads win betting over KD Hall $3.80. KD Hall $3.80 just leads multi betting over I'm Just Awesome $2.90.     Race 4 - Regal Grin $6.50 leads win betting over Spirit Of Love $14.00 but in multi betting it's all one way traffic on Runcle $3.00.     Race 5 - Nga Mihi Nui $3.20 is easily best backed in win betting & leads multi betting over Poppy Drayton $3.80.     Race 6 - Rocknroll Lincoln $5.50 - $4.20 is best backed in win betting over R Gee Three $21.00. Sky Diamond $3.40 easily leads multi betting over Rocknroll Lincoln.     Race 7 - Monnay $1.60 is the only runner wanted here.     Race 8 - Lola Jones $8.00 is best backed in win betting with Bet Out Of Ell $1.45 easily best backed in multi betting.     Race 9 - Happy Magic $2.90 is best backed in win & multi betting.     Race 10 - Ruebe Star $4.40 leads win betting over Linc's Bute $198.00 - $12.00.   In the Drivers Challenge David Butcher is best backed $3.80 - $2.90 over Maurice McKendry $6.50.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)  

Cambridge Raceway’s leading trainers in 2016-2017 – Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick can increase their lead at the top of the track’s training premiership tonight. Telfer and Garlick have notched up 107 points this season – 11 more than Todd Mitchell and 21 more than Barry Purdon. Tim Vince is fourth with 73 points. Garlick said his stable would be represented by two pacers in races eight and nine tonight - and rated them both winning chances - with runs to suit. “It’s hard to split the pair of them actually. They are both working well and can both win if things go their way. Happy Magic has the better draw but Lola Jones is a better beginner,” said Garlick who is working about 20 horses with Telfer at Ardmore. He then went in depth about the duo. Here’s what Garlick had to say: Race 8: Lola Jones (5) Todd Macfarlane - "Six-year-old McArdle mare who meets a stronger field this time, but in saying that she's a real genuine race-horse with great manners. From the 10m handicap, and with just two horses off the front, Todd should be able to put her in a nice position. She likes Cambridge (seven of her eight wins have been there) and hasn't been far away of late. She won well here earlier this month and even though there's a couple of smart ones in this, she can still go close. Each-way." Happy Magic (3) David Butcher - "Grinfromeartoear 3-year-old gelding, who is having his second run back since October. He drew one at Cambridge when resuming a couple of weeks ago and ended up three-back on the fence and came home real nice. I think this field might be a bit stronger, but he will be definitely better for the run as well. He should get handy again on Friday and is drawn to be thereabouts. He's won and has placed from three starts on the track. Each-way.” Meanwhile, the feature event - the $8,000 Ray O'Connor Memorial Handicap for the R71 to R78 pacers should see the Arna Donnelly trained Bat Out Of El (Zac Butcher) and the Scott Dickson trained duo of Ralph Elliot (Maurice McKendry - MNZM) and Marshall Star (Philip Butcher) be the hardest for Lola Jones to beat. With no racing at Alexandra Park this week Harness Racing Waikato was able to receive 99 nominations and therefore post 10 races - starting and finishing at 5.37pm and 10.06pm.   Duane Ranger

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

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:55pm   Race 1 - Best backed in win & multi betting is Dreamy Nights $2.80 over P Tomado $8.50.   Race 2 - Shanocon $2.90 easily leads win & multi betting. Runcle at $11.50 is attracting some early multi support.    Race 3 - Majestic One $2.50 leads multi betting with Madhubala $8.00 & Meyer Lansky $15 the best backed runners in win betting.   Race 4 - In what is a quiet win 'book' early Shandance $4.20 - $3.60 leads multi betting over Lincoln Lovely $3.00.   Race 5 - Monnay $2.40 leads win betting over Dauntless $10 but he is currently friendless in multi betting.   Race 6 - Lola Jones $2.70 leads win betting over Sky Diamond $13. Stunin Banner, Tact Ollie & Fizzi Lizzi were all scratched this morning and all final field win & place bets placed prior to the scratching time will have 42% win & 39% place deductions applied.   Race 7 - Shadow Pass $2.90 leads multi betting easily with R Gee Three $8.80 & Better Than Most $16 best backed on the win 'book'.    Race 8 - Happy Magic $5.50 - $4.80 is best backed in win & multi betting over the $2.70 favourite Cherokee Warrior.   Maurice McKendry $3.50 - $3.30 is best backed in the Drivers Challenge (Option 519)   Best backed runners in multi betting at 2:45pm in order: R6 - Lola Jones $2.70 R7 - Shadow Pass $2.90 R5 - Monnay $2.40 R4 - Shandance $3.60  R2 - Shanocan $2.90 R8 - Happy Magic $4.80       

There are five meetings this week for the harness racing ringaround with two in the North and three in the South Last week there were several winners selected again with a number of placings as well. Blair Orange had the best dividend last week when Dizzy Miss Lizzy won Ashburton and paid $5.40 and $2.00 on the tote.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday night Jay Abernethy - Jay says his best chance is Regal Grin at Cambridge in Race 2 Maurice McKendry - Maurice thinks Shandance would be his best chance this week in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Lincoln Lovely as his best drive this week also in Race 4 Stephen Richardson(TAB) says Lola Jones is a good winning chance tonight in Race 6   Nelson on Friday Harnesslink reporter - says Beach Skipper can run in the top three in Race 2 Ricky May - Ricky thinks his best this week is English Rose at Nelson in Race 10 Gavin Smith - Gavin says his best drive this week is Dreams To Reality also in Race 10   Alexandra Park on Friday night Scott Phelan - Scott thinks Primus Inter Pares would be his best drive this week in Race 1 John Curtin - John thinks Ideal World can go close to winning Race 4 Tony Herlihy - says that Moving Money would be a good place chance in Race 5   Invercargill on Saturday Andrew Suddaby - Is opting for Noble Gamble as his best drive this week in Race 1 Racechat - Lance thinks Danielle Amore can go close to winning in Race 2 Matthew Williamson - is going with The Arbitrator as his best chance in Race 3 Mark Jones - Mark thinks his best chance this week is Bettor Under Fire in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Alderbeck as his best drive in Race 8 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is opting for Golden Gate as his best drive also in Race 8 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best this week would be Cullens Avenue in Race 9 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best chance would be Tact Rousey in Race 10   Harnesslink Media

Less than a week after joining Tony Herlihy in the MNZM ranks, Maurice McKendry believes he can go close to training his first winner of the season at Cambridge Raceway tonight. McKendry (62) was bestowed with the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit at the annual Queen’s Birthday Awards last weekend. The Methven born and raised horseman, who has won 3,185 races since 1975, is second only to Tony Herlihy (3,417) on the list of all-time winners in New Zealand harness racing history. McKendry has trained 115 winners since 1982 and has had one second and a third from 13 starters in 2016-2017, but feels he can go close to breaking his duck tonight. “Both Shanocon (race 2) and Shandance (race 4) are capable of winning. They have both worked well, and of the five I have in work, they would be my best two," McKendry said. McKendry will steer Shanocon from gate five in the $6,000 Ooby Ryn Cambridge Mobile for the maiden for the up to R49 pacers. "He's a nice enough colt who was a little bit disappointing last start at Alexandra Park. He's better than what he showed that night and from the handy draw I think we will push forward. “I’m happy with the way he has progressed since that run and if he doesn’t win he can certainly place,” McKendry said. The 3-year-old Bettor's Delight - Veste colt has had one start at Cambridge for an encouraging second behind Father Frank on February 16. Although Shandance had drawn the outside of the front row, McKendry believed the 2-year-old Art Major filly could go also close in the $6,000 C N Taylor Consulting Mobile for the maiden pacers. "She's lightly raced but goes okay. She's a nice little filly who only needs time, but in saying that she can win first-up at Cambridge. "She went nice on debut at Auckland last month (fourth - May 12) and then was ordinary next start. She's in the same boat as her stablemate - good enough to win and certainly good enough to place," the Pukekohe horseman said. Shandance is the full sister to the former McKendry trained Shandale, who won eight races here, and is now plying his trade in Australia. Their dam is Delightful Dale, a 9-year-old Bettor's Delight mare who qualified for Gareth Dixon in 2010, but never raced. Meanwhile, McKendry has five drives at Cambridge Raceway tonight. He said the stablemates were his best winning chances, but also be wary of the Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett trained Donna May in race three; the Scott Dickson trained Ralph Elliott in race six; and the Eddy Clarke trained Will Desire in the last event (race eight). Donna May looks the pick of the rest but she will have to get past the likely favourite, Majestic One, who has drawn seven compared to Donna May’s eight. Duane Ranger

Expect New Zealand's leading amateur driver to go four wins ahead in the national premiership following the first race at Cambridge Raceway tonight. Sheryl Wigg has driven seven winners from 16 starts in 2016-2017. She has also placed four times and boasts and very healthy 0.5625 UDR strike-rate. Canterbury amateur, Colleen Negus, is second with four wins. “I’m hoping I can make it eight wins after Thursday because my drive is working real well and should go close. He’s copped an awkward draw but I still think he’s good enough to win from seven,” Wigg said. The 45-year-old Kumeu driver opted for the Tim Vince trained and R66 rated Drover’s Eyre over the R71 ranked Chal Shocked (David Branch), who has drawn the outside of the front row in the $6,000 Fairview Amateur Drivers Mobile for the R56-plus pacers. “I actually thought my (twin) sister was going to drive Drover’s Eyre but she has her own horse in the race (Bourbon Street). “Drover’s Eyre worked real well this morning and is really firing on all cylinders at the moment. I think he can win,” Wigg said. Meanwhile, the top six North Island and top six South Island amateurs will head to Canterbury next week for the New Zealand Amateur Driving Champs at Addington Raceway and Rangiora. “I’ll be heading down for one heat at Addington next Friday and then another two at Rangiora two days later. I finished second behind John McDermott last year and would so love to go one better. I want to be New Zealand champion,” said Wigg. Wigg has now driven 14 winners from 47 starters (all pacers) since becoming an advanced amateur in 2014-2015. Her career UDR strike rate is a brilliant 0.4539. “My aim at the start of the season was to double my tally (5) and win 10 this season. I’d like to think that I can still get there but it’s so hard when there’s only one club in the North Island that conducts amateur races,” said Wigg. Wigg, who owns the 'Meow Meow Motel' boarding cattery in Waimauku, also works at her partner Tim Vince's Kumeu stable. Vince and Wigg are experiencing their best season yet with 16 winners, 18 place-getters and $107,237 won in stakes. That is seven wins and $38,804 more than his previous best season he recorded in 2015-2016.. In February Vince-trained standardbreds had won eight of their last 11 races. His last win came when Romanite and Wigg won at Cambridge Raceway on March 23. “Romanite is a nice horse but I really like Driver’s Eyre. He’s a real buddy. I’ve won three races on him this season – hopefully four on Thursday,” said Wigg.   Duane Ranger

The town’s rugby league team isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire, but Newcastle sure does know how to produce promising young harness racing drivers. Evidence of that came at Alexandra Park last Friday night when Newcastle 15-year-old Andrew Bourke claimed the eighth edition of the Lizzie Of Rosslands Rising Stars Kidz Kart Drivers Series. Twelve Kidz Kartz drivers (eight girls) took part in the six-race series at Cambridge Raceway and Alexandra Park. Bourke, was one of two Australians in the line-up. Gemma Howard-Coney, who finished fifth, was also representing New South Wales. Both Islands here were also represented. Bourke won the Series easily with 70 points. Tayla Collins (Taranaki) and Kaleb Bublitz (Cambridge) both finished with 57 points but Collins won the runner-up prize on a count-back. Bourke was rapt with his win. “I’ve competed in the New South Wales Champs, the Mini Miracle Mile and the Interdominions back home but this is the best I have ever done. “It’s different driving over here, but I loved it. I’m glad I won because this will be my last year with the mini trotters,” Bourke said. Three races were staged at Cambridge Raceway last Tuesday and then another three at Alexandra Park on Friday. The drivers sat behind ponies that were allocated to them. The champion pony – Ruff Rufus was trained by long-time Kidz Kartz stalwart, Murray Goldsworthy from the Kumeu Club. Bourke is in Year 10 at Maitland Grossmann High School and said he would like to be a vet when he left school and also drive in his spare time. “I really enjoyed driving over here. Alexandra Park was very different to back home. That’s the first time I’ve driven that way around. “It was a memorable trip and I would like to thank all the organisers and hosts for what they did for us. I really appreciated it and had a great time in New Zealand,” Bourke said. Series spokeswoman Gayleen MacKinnon termed the two-night event as a success and paid a special tribute to the series sponsors: The Hoggard family, Drill Force, Dunstan Horse feeds, Wallfield Farm, Tony Shaw Transport, Brogden Horse transport, Lincoln Farms, and Photo Force Photography. The final points were: Andrew Bourke (NSW) 70, Tayla Collins (Taranaki) 57, Kaleb Bublitz (Cambridge) 57, Jordyn Bublitz (Cambridge) 52, Anna Howard-Coney (NSW) 51; Brittany Edwards (Franklin) 46, Navana McLachlan (Kumeu) 42, Temika Apuwai Bishop (Otago) 39, Harrison Darby (Franklin) 39, Tyrone Neil (Canterbury) 35, Amber Mitchell (Franklin) 33, Kate Coppins (Waikato) 31. Past winners of the Lizzie Of Rosslands Rising Stars Drivers Series have been: 2015: Kerryn Tomlinson (Canterbury); Kerryn Tomlinson (Canterbury); 2014: Linda Pringle (Kumeu); 2013: Sheridan Rapley (Kumeu); 2012: Dylan Ferguson (Waikato); 2011: Dylan Ferguson (Waikato); 2010: Shane Chalklen (Franklin).   Duane Ranger

This season’s Parawai Thames Grass Cup winner, Sir Richie, is now the 2017 North Island Country Cups champion. The 5-year-old Christian Cullen - Wicklow Express gelding won last night's (Tuesday) $25,000 Revital Fertilisers sponsored event at Cambridge Raceway by two lengths. It was Sir Richie’s seventh career win in 35 starts and he was the $23.40, 10th favourite of the 11 starters. He was the seventh highest qualifier for the Final. For his trainers Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick, it was their first North Island Country Cups title. “It’s really satisfying winning a race that you have set a horse for several months ago. He’s been a bit unlucky in recent starts and Maurice (McKendry) has got on well with the horse for most of his career. “He might have paid more than $20 but going into the Final I thought he was an each-way chance because it was a fairly even field and any horse with a good trip could have won,” Telfer said. After a nice start from gate two McKendry settled Sir Richie third and then nabbed the one-one position at the bell. In the lane Sir Richie had too much stamina and held out second favourite Mo Casino (Zac Butcher) and the pace-making, Beyond The Silence (Lyn Neal). Sir Richie paced the 2700m stand in 3:23.1 (mile rate 2:01 even) and came home in 60.9 and 30.5. Telfer said Sir Richie’s owners could be looking to sell him but he would know more when they had returned from overseas. “He’s found Alexandra Park a bit tough in recent starts and I know there was talk about selling him. Tim and Jane Fleming from Taranaki own him and we will be talking to them when they return from Canada. “Apparently they are delighted with his win. They watched the race on the internet,” said Telfer who is working about 25 standardbreds with Garlick at Ardmore. “He’s a good honest horse who would do a good job in Australia, but I think there’s still a win or two left in him here. Maurice drove the horse a treat last night. “He gave him the good trip and then got him home without over-using him. We are rapt. That was a lovely drive,” Telfer said. Sir Richie was bred by Brian Fleming. Meanwhile, the Peter and Vaughan Blanchard trained Tact Ollie (Peter Ferguson) was the only horse to record a sub-two minute mile-rate at yesterday's twilight meeting. The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding notched up his second career win in the second event - $10,000 Lizzie Of Rosslands Kidz Kartz Pace. The most impressive winner of the evening came in the third event when the Logan Hollis and Shane Robertson trained Three Kisses (Hollis), won the $8,000 WF Feeds Maiden Pace by a whopping 10 lengths. It was the 3-year-old Mach Three filly's first win in 11 starts.   Duane Ranger    

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