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There are just the three meetings programmed in again this week but harness racing is on the cusp of ramping up in the next month with grass track racing just around the corner. The Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness host a meeting tonight at Cambridge raceway, while the New Zealand Metropoliton Trotting Club hold their Canterbury Breeders and Owners racenight at Addington on Friday night. Forbury host their Spring has sprung day meeting at on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Geoff Knight who thought Jacks N Jazz would be hard to beat last Sunday at Gore. Jacks N Jazz did win and paid $8.30 and $2.70 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Night Harnesslink Reporter - says Crackared can go close to winning at Cambridge in Race 1 John Curtin - John thinks that Ardens Voyager would be a good winning chance at Cambridge in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre says his best drive this week would be Jo's Dream at Cambridge in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Jim Curtin - Jimmy says his best chance would be Paravani at Addington in Race 3 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Gran Chico as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 5 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Dream About Me would be a good chance at Addington in Race 6 Ricky May -  Ricky thinks his best drive would be Saying Grace at Addington in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks that Stellar Success would be a place chance at Addington in Race 8 Racechat - Lance thinks that Lovey Dovey Moment is a winning chance at Addingont also in Race 8   Forbury on Sunday John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Majestic De Fence at Forbury in Race 1 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Thisladyrocks as his best chance this week in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Itz Major Look as his best chance this week at at Forbury in Race 4 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz might be his best chance again this week in Race 8 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks Fun In The Dark can go close to winning Race 8 Nathan Williamson - Nathan thinks his best chance would be Scarlett Lane at Forbury in Race 9 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Two Ply as his best chance this week at Forbury in Race 10   Harnesslink Media

Four harness racing meetings are programmed in again this week and with a few of our regular trainers and drivers away on holiday the ringaround list may end up being smaller than usual  for the next few weeks. The Forbury Park Trotting Club start proceedings tonight hosting two heats of the Junior Drivers Championship. Addington and Alexandra Park host meetings tomorrow night, then the weekend harness racing heads to Ashburton on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to one of our our Harnesslink reporters who thought Jack Pack would win at Rangiora on Sunday. Jack Pack did win and paid $3.60 and $1.70 on the tote.  The TAB are running $50,000 terminating pick six Jackpots every Thursday and Friday for the month of July.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Bush Man might be his best drive this week in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance might be Grey Power at Forbury in Race 3 Geoff Knight - Geoff says Armstrong would be his best chance this week at Forbury in Race 5 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks that Loma Jaccka would be his best drive this week in Race 8   Alexandra Park on Friday night Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance this week would be Cyclone Banner at Alexandra Park in Race 1 Scott Phelan - Scott is going for In The Shadows as his best drive this week at Alexandra Park in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks his best chance would be Forever Pearl this week at Auckland in Race 5 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that M'Lord Mackendon can go close to winning Race 6 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for The Hulk as his best chance at Alexandra Park also in Race 6 Andre Poutama - Andre says his best drive this week would be Beg For Chevron at Auckland in Race 10   Addington on Friday night John Morrison - John is going for Ruthless Kayla as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks his best drive this week could be The Dominator also in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Kingslayer as his best drive at Ashburton in Race 5 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Miss Pinocchio as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 9   Ashburton on Sunday John Curtin - John thinks Majestic Moment would be a good winning chance at Ashburton in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - says Fynn Frost would be a good chance at Ashburton in Race 4 Racechat - Lance thinks that Trailer Park Girl is a good winning chance at Ashburton in Race 8     Harnesslink Media

The equation is getting pretty simple for Blair Orange. With his first national driver’s premiership already secured Orange needs nine wins in eight meetings to break Dexter Dunn’s New Zealand record 229 victories in a season.  A win a meeting and Orange shares the record, one better than that and the record is his. “I suppose it sounds simple but obviously fields are getting smaller and it is just a matter of getting on the right horses,” says Orange.  “It is in the back of my mind of course because I have got this close but what will be will be. “I’ll just take it one meeting at a time and if I can have a meeting where I win two or three that will take some pressure off.” That could even come at Forbury Park tonight, where while Orange only has six drives because two of the races are for junior drivers in the NZ champs, he has several winning hopes. “A lot of these horse are the same ones racing each other every week and I have a few who can definitely win,” says Orange. He rates Jamies Bad Boy in race seven his best hope with a good draw and some consistent recent form. “And the way Dusky Eyre (race three) won last week he has to be a good chance too.” Madaboy (race one) and Armstrong (race five) are also rated winning hopes while Evangeline Franco at least has some winning form going into the last race. A victory or two tonight could take Orange a fair way toward the record this weekend as he races at Addington tomorrow and Ashburton on Sunday. But he has stopped short of calling in any favours in the record chase. His former boss Mark Purdon has Shez All Rock all but guaranteed a win in a non-tote Breeders Crown heat tomorrow night and Orange could have easily picked up the phone and asked to take the champion filly for a spin as payback for years of service to the All Stars. “But I wouldn’t do that. If I am going to get the record I wouldn’t want to do it that way,” he says.  “I’d like to keep going the way I have been going and obviously getting on the best horses I can but not like that.   “And I am pretty sure Mark will be keen to drive her anyway,” he laughs.   Michael Guerin

Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Forbury Park (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Addington (TS1) Sunday Cambridge (TS1) Timaru (TS1)   Forbury Park – Thursday 28 June Forbury Park Racing Club welcomes on board John Harley and the House of Travel & Orbit World Travel team as primary sponsors of a Junior Drivers Series to be run through our winter programme. The series will consist of 7 races over 4 nights with the first 2 heats run on Friday 15 June, with 2 more heats on Thursday 21 June and Thursday 28 June with the Grand Final staged on Friday 6 July. The winner driver will receive a $2000 travel voucher from House of Travel & Orbit World - but wait there’s more! Just by entering any of the heats, EVERY driver and trainer will be included into a random draw after the Grand Final with Forbury Park Trotting Club presenting a $1000 travel voucher each to a lucky driver and trainer pulled out of the hat. Your support for this series would be greatly appreciated, as is the sponsorship of House of Travel & Orbit World. Thank you John! This week Forbury host the claimer series and junior drivers series, our Bistro is also open from 4pm.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre - Friday 29 July Hello Everyone, We are back racing this Friday!  Be sure to pop along to the races and enjoy our fabulous goodies in Spectators.  Race 1 is 5.17pm. HOT OFF THE PRESS!  We are delighted to announce our new on-line catering business called Addington Pantry Online Catering has gone live this week.  Addington Pantry is here to help and create #fabulouscateringmadeeasy.  If it is a morning or afternoon tea shout, lunch time meeting or even if you would like to send someone a thank you, Addington Pantry Online Catering can deliver tasty food straight to your door!  Please visit our website to view our delicious menu.   http://www.addington.co.nz/addington-pantry/.   For further details please call 338 9094.  BE IN QUICK, OUR FABULOUS CUP WEEK HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE SELLING FAST.  TERROR TO LOVE LOUNGE IS ALREADY SOLD OUT!  Be the first to secure one of the best spots on course and #bepartofthemagic.  For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/cup-week/hospitality/.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz, or 021 0298 5972. STARTING NEXT WEEK FOR THE MONTH OF JULY - MACCA LODGE SOUTH OF THE WAITAKI WINTER WARMER SERIES!  This series consists of three heats and has a total stake money of $42,000.  To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May through to 27 July 2018.  The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to R60 as at the closing of nominations for heat one.  The first place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the final. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/, or ring Brian Rabbitt on 027 407 7234. KICKING OFF FRIDAY 13 JULY  - $50 ALL UP PUNTING CHALLENGE – 3 CHANCES TO WIN $500.  (13, 20 & 27 JULY)! – Simply place a $50 All Up at any of these three meetings, and if your bet has the highest return for the week, you will win an extra $500.  No limit on entries, overall winner to receive an entry into a 2018 Kiwi Punters Championship heat.  Entries and further enquires please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/50-all-up-july-challenge/ LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 JULY. BE IN TO WIN AMAZING PRIZES, INCLUDING A FREE TRIP TO SYDNEY;  http://www.addington.co.nz/events-centre/events/ladies-night/ This fabulous night out includes; Glass of bubbles on arrival Gourmet buffet dinner Entertainment throughout the night with live harness racing action and DJ Luke Demonstrations and a chance to win a $300 tailored skin care package by Caci Riccarton Opportunity to win spot prizes throughout the night including a $350 gift basket from Lancôme Losing betting ticket draw for a $1,500 escape to Sydney, courtesy of HRNZ.  Prize includes return flights for 2 and $500 spending money. Spend $10 in one transaction at the Totalisator and go in draw to win a 1 carat diamond ring, valued at $2,400, courtesy of Pascoes The Jewellers! FRIENDLY REMINDER OF OUR ALMIGHTY 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!  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/070532pg.htm July 5 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/071332pg.htm July 13 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/072032pg.htm July 20 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/072732pg.htm July 27 (Tentative) 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.   Auckland – Friday 29 June Wish or Fish Fundraiser Tasman Room Friday 20th July. A Night of Fundraising The Wish for Fish charitable trust are holding their 3rd annual fundraising night for the Wish for Fish charitable trust. Action aplenty with raffles, giveaways, a punters club ($10 per share) and a live charity auction. Tickets are $130 per person which includes an amazing food and beverage package courtesy of Alexandra Park. Visit www.wish4fish.co.nz to find out more about this great cause and help make a difference!  Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still support this great cause by clicking here. To secure your ticket please call Bryce on 021616601 or email bryce@wish4fish.co.nz https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/wish-fish-fundraiser-2018/ 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 https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/?date=13-07-2018 ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com   Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness – Sunday 1 July At Cambridge Raceway, first race at 12.22pm.   Timaru Harness Racing Club - Sunday 1 July  An eight race card starting at 12.07pm    Ashburton Farming Family Day at the races – July 15 With recent events relating to M Bovis and stress on farmers locally some motivated individuals in conjunction with Rural Support Trust and Federated Farmers have put together a Farming Family Day at the Races on July 15 at the Ashburton Trotting Club meeting.  With the idea of a ‘Get off the farm day’ mid-winter to lift the spirits of rural families in what has become a challenging climate in recent times. The Ashburton Trotting Club are excited to be able to host this event in support of rural families. We will be providing food, refreshments, losing tote spot prizes, children’s entertainment and we also hope to have some accommodation packages to give away on the day with the focus on a positive day out for farmers. Anybody with a rural address and involved with the primary industry in Canterbury is welcome to come along for the day and enjoy some mid-winter relief, an exciting day of harness racing and entertainment.  A chance to meet the top Harness drivers in New Zealand and many other sporting celebrities while enjoying the family atmosphere and betting a dollar or two. Also a chance for a rural fashion in the field competition so put on your best chaff sack and gumboots or tweed suit and hat for the men and for the ladies the options are limitless. Please register your interest via the Facebook page/event “Farming Families Day at the Races” to insure we get the catering and refreshment requirements correct. The first race will be approximately 11.30 am and the day will finish around 5pm with entry free.    Kurow Harness Racing Club – 19 August We have a brand new Facebook Page! Be sure to like Kurow Harness Racing Club on Facebook, like and share our competition post and you could win a $100 dining voucher thanks to Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant in Oamaru! Winner is drawn Friday 29 June so be quick. We will also be utilizing our Facebook page on race day to bring you race previews, interviews and aftermaths with winning connections for our 19 August annual meeting.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ

Four meetings are programmed in again this week, starting with the Forbury Park meeting in Dunedin tonight. Marlborough hold the first of a two day meeting tomorrow in Blenhiem and Auckland race tomorrow night. The weekend harness racing heads back to Marlborough for their second day on Sunday.   Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Rory Mcllwrick who thought Machie Mach would go close to winning at Forbury last Friday night. Machie Mach did win and paid $9.20 and $2.30 on the tote.  The TAB have again injected $10,000 into the Quaddie starting pool on races 2-5 at Auckland on Friday night.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that Majestic Rose might be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 1 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best drive this week might be Beaudine Gambler at Forbury in Race 5 John Morrison - John says that Neverneverland would be his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 6 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks that Born To Boogie would be his best drive this week in Race 9 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says that Glens Of Tekoa would be his best drive this week also in Race 9 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Machie Mach  this week as his best drive at Forbury in Race 10 Geoff Knight - Geoff also thought Machie Mach  would be a good chance at Forbury in Race 10   Marlborough on Friday Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks that his best drive this week is Shamrock Bromac at Marlborough in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Nandolo would be a good winning chance at Marlborough in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Unico Legend as his best drive this week at Marlborough in Race 8 John Curtin - John thinks Wrangler would be a good winning chance at Marlborough in Race 9   Alexandra Park on Friday night Scott Phelan - Scott is going for Realmein as his best drive at Alexandra Park on Friday night in Race 1 Maurice McKendry - Maurice says his best drive would probably be Trinity Bromac in Race 2 Racechat - Lance thinks that Whale Rider is a good chance this week at Auckland also in Race 2 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Lacey's Lad can go close to winning in Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Forever Pearl would be his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 7 Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Commando One as his best drive this week in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

Forbury Park - Thursday 21 June  Forbury Park welcomes on board John Harley and the House of Travel & Orbit World Travel team as primary sponsors of a Junior Drivers Series to be run through our winter programme. The series will consist of 7 races over 4 nights with the first 2 heats run on Friday 15 June, with 2 more heats on Thursday 21 June and Thursday 28 June with the Grand Final staged on Friday 6 July. The winner driver will receive a $2000 travel voucher from House of Travel & Orbit World - but wait there’s more! Just by entering any of the heats, EVERY driver and trainer will be included into a random draw after the Grand Final with Forbury Park Trotting Club presenting a $1000 travel voucher each to a lucky driver and trainer pulled out of the hat. Your support for this series would be greatly appreciated, as is the sponsorship of House of Travel & Orbit World. Thank you John! This week Forbury host the claimer series and junior drivers series, our Bistro is also open from 4pm.   Marlborough - Friday 22 and Sunday 24 June  BACK TO BLENHEIM Good news, with the coast road now open 24/7 we are back racing at Waterlea for our upcoming two day winter meeting after last year holding one day at Addington ALL WEATHER TRACK RESURFACE Thank you to Trainers and Drivers who provided constructive feedback after our 2017 summer meeting regarding improvements needed to the track surface. We are pleased to advise that in March this year a total track resurface project was completed with the assistance of John Denton. Surplus material was removed from inside the pylon line to improve drainage, plus all of the old track surface material has been removed.  Approx 500 ton of washed crusher dust was spread on the track, this has provided consistent footing and a superior racing surface. TRAINERS VOUCHERS BACK FOR WINTER MEETING Kindly sponsored by The Grove Tavern the winning trainer of each race over our two day winter meeting will receive a $50 Grove Tavern voucher   Auckland Trotting Club - Friday 22 June  Wish or Fish Fundraiser Tasman Room Friday 20th July. A Night of Fundraising The Wish for Fish charitable trust are holding their 3rd annual fundraising night for the Wish for Fish charitable trust. Action aplenty with raffles, giveaways, a punters club ($10 per share) and a live charity auction. Tickets are $130 per person which includes an amazing food and beverage package courtesy of Alexandra Park. Visit www.wish4fish.co.nz to find out more about this great cause and help make a difference!  Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still support this great cause by clicking here. To secure your ticket please call Bryce on 021616601 or email bryce@wish4fish.co.nz https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/wish-fish-fundraiser-2018/   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 https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/?date=13-07-2018   ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com   Addington Raceway and Event Centre Hello Everyone, $50 ALL UP PUNTING CHALLENGE – 3 CHANCES TO WIN $500.  FRIDAY 13, 20 & 27 JULY! – Simply place a $50 All Up at any of these three meetings, and if your bet has the highest return for the week, you will win an extra $500.  No limit on entries, overall winner to receive an entry into a 2018 Kiwi Punters Championship heat.  Entries and further enquires please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/50-all-up-july-challenge/ MACCA LODGE SOUTH OF THE WAITAKI WINTER WARMER SERIES IS BACK FOR ALL JULY RACE MEETINGS!  This series consists of three heats and has a total stake money of $42,000.  To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May through to 27 July 2018.  The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to R60 as at the closing of nominations for heat one.  The first place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the final. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/, or ring Brian Rabbitt on 027 407 7234. BE IN TO WIN …. LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 JULY. Dust off your heels, Ladies’ Night is back.  Bookings are essential due to such a great night out, PLUS BE IN TO WIN A FREE TRIP TO SYDNEY;  http://www.addington.co.nz/events-centre/events/ladies-night/ This fabulous night out includes; Glass of bubbles on arrival Gourmet buffet dinner Entertainment throughout the night with live harness racing action and DJ Luke Demonstrations and a chance to win a $300 tailored skin care package by Caci Riccarton Opportunity to win spot prizes throughout the night including a $350 gift basket from Lancôme Losing betting ticket draw for a $1,500 escape to Sydney, courtesy of HRNZ.  Prize includes return flights for 2 and $500 spending money. Spend $10 in one transaction at the Totalisator and go in draw to win a 1 carat diamond ring, valued at $2,400, courtesy of Pascoes The Jewellers! OUR FABULOUS CUP WEEK HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE NOW ON SALE!  Be the first to secure one of the best spots on course and #bepartofthemagic.  For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/cup-week/hospitality/.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz, or 021 0298 5972. FRIENDLY REMINDER OF OUR ALMIGHTY 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!   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/062932pg.htm June 29 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/070532pg.htm July 5 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/071332pg.htm July 13 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/072032pg.htm July 20 (Tentative) 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.   Win with the Kurow Harness Racing Club - 19 August  We have a brand new Facebook Page! Be sure to like Kurow Harness Racing Club on Facebook, like and share our competition post and you could win a $100 dining voucher thanks to Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant in Oamaru! Winner is drawn Friday 29 June so be quick. We will also be utilizing our Facebook page on race day to bring you race previews, interviews and aftermaths with winning connections for our 19 August annual meeting.   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

This week’s Trackside listings (please note these are subject to change) Wednesday 7.30pm The Box Seat (TS1) The Harness Jewels are nearly here! Catch Greg O'Connor, Michael Guerin + Matthew Cross & Craig 'The Whale' Thompson live from Cambridge as they preview all 9 G1 races #GIANThand Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Forbury Park (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Saturday Cambridge (TS2) Sunday Ashburton (TS1)   Forbury Park  – Thursday 31 May We have our Claimers Series starting on Thursday, and our Bistro will be open from 4pm, serving a great range of delicious meals!   Auckland – Friday 1 June Bus to the Jewels in Cambridge Saturday 2nd June Two buses leaving from Alexandra Park at approx.  8.30am. Tickets: $45 return $75 for Bus and entry to the Jewels. One bus will have a Bombay pickup and drop off. Please contact Regan on 631 1163 Wish For Fish Fundraiser - Tasman Room Friday 20th July. A Night of Fundraising The Wish for Fish charitable trust are holding their 3rd annual fundraising night for the Wish for Fish charitable trust. Action aplenty with raffles, giveaways, a punters club ($10 per share) and a live charity auction. Tickets are $130 per person which includes an amazing food and beverage package courtesy of Alexandra Park. Visit www.wish4fish.co.nz to find out more about this great cause and help make a difference!   Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still support this great cause by clicking here. To secure your ticket please call Bryce on 021616601 or email bryce@wish4fish.co.nz https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/wish-fish-fundraiser-2018/ 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   https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/?date=13-07-2018   ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com 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.   Harness Jewels – Saturday 2 June 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 27th 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. For last minute tickets and information please visit www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz   Ashburton – Sunday 3 June At Ashburton Raceway. Entry is free.    Invercargill – Monday 4 June BLUFF RACE DAY - QUEENS BIRTHDAY MONDAY  The very popular Bluff Race Day is on again on Monday 4 June (Queens Birthday Monday). The Invercargill Harness Racing Club will host the race day at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill with the first race scheduled for 11.15am. The feature race is the South Port NZ Ltd Bluff Cup with other races on the day supported by Awarua Synergy, Southern Ocean Safety, Grinaldi Lodge, KB & Associates, the Northern Southland Trotting Club, Barnes Oysters, Southland Farm Services Ltd and Hyde Landscaping while the Terry Dixon Memorial Race will also be held.  This day has become a popular fixture on the calendar since its inception in 2014. Admission to the course is free! There will be a free bag of lollies for every child on course after Race 6 while a draw of losing tote tickets after Race 6 will win one punter a Level One Restaurant & Bar Meal Voucher worth $50.   Nelson Harness Racing Club – June 8 and 10 BIG NEWS OUT OF NELSON - we have increased stakes from what they were in Winter 2017.  The stake for the Winter Cup is now $14,000 and the Handicap Trot has increased to $9000.  The Nelson Harness Racing Club’s winter race meeting will be on Friday June 8 and Sunday June 10. The start time for Race One on Friday is 11.35 am and the start time for Race One on Sunday is also 11.35 am. There is no gate charge and race books will be available from the secretary office and the driver’s room. The weather forecast is for fine weather so make sure you come on up and enjoy some Nelson hospitality. FOOD & BEVERAGES Hot food and drink will be available in the Drivers Room for all trainers, drivers and their staff.  A coffee cart will be outside the numbers room in the stabling area.  Food and drink will also be available to purchase in the bar and at the food and drink stalls. BBQ & BREAKFASTS The club would like to invite all trainers, drivers, staff and owners to attend a BBQ on Thursday 7th June at the OTB rooms from 5 -7pm.  The club is putting this on in recognition of your continued support of our race meeting.  There will be raffles available so bring a few coins. Breakfast will be again available from 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the OTB rooms. PUNTERS COMPETITION $1000 - WINNER TAKES ALL We are holding a punters competition on Sunday 10th June in the Waimea Lounge.  Cost of entry is the betting money $350 ($50 per race).  Teams can be made up of 1 to 4 people.  The competition will be run over races 3 to 9.  The prize is $1000 and of course the money you have made betting.  For more information and how to register contact the club. (Note- We require a minimum of 20 teams to run this competition). STAKE INCREASE      As mentioned above, stakes have increased for this race meeting.  We couldn't do this without the continued support of all our sponsors.   Nelson Pine Industries are again sponsoring our Prelude and the Nelson Winter Cup which we are excited to announce will be for stakes of $10,000 and $14,000 respectively. So bring your R60 plus pacer to Nelson and race for $24000 in stake money! Winning connections will be presented with a trophy and are invited to celebrate their success in the president’s room. MIKE AUSTIN MEMORIAL TROT This year we will be the inaugural running “Mike Austin Memorial Trot” this race is for R40 and faster trotters and will be run on the second day of the meeting over 2400m.  The winner will receive a trophy and a dress rug.  The club would like to thank Jill Austin and family as well as Blair & Lisa Orange for their support.  This race will be a wonderful tribute to “Mike” a great educator and trainer of the square gaiter and once a local Nelson lad. Just to note the R40 and faster Handicap trot on both days will be run over the 2400m distance, previously the second day the race was run over 3000m.  The club spoke to a number of different trainers and drivers about a possible change and the majority decision was to try the shorter distance. PICK PINK We will be again running our Pink Pick Selections we will be asking drivers of the selected horse in each race to wear a pink helmet cover. We have had a really great run with this promotion so keep an eye on the picks. THE NELSON HRC RACE PROGRAMME For nominations and stabling please contact Jason Broad (Raceday Secretary) on 03 5446616 or 021 127 2912.  For all other inquiries please call Kristie Hill on 0274118608.   Addington Raceway and Event Centre Hello Everyone Even though we have a couple of weeks without races, there is still a lot happening on the grounds of Addington. There is definitely something for everyone.  Enjoy reading everything that we have on offer, and we look forward to hosting you again soon. ADDINGTON’S MID-WINTER GREAT OFFICE SHOUT SATURDAY 7 JULY. The Starlets are more than just your standard “sing and stand” act. They are a show piece like you have never seen before.  So get your group together for a great night out and dance the night away!  Evening includes: Drink on arrival (cash bar thereafter or tabs can be arranged on the night), Themed gourmet buffet dinner, Live entertainment from The Starlets $57+GST per person or $566+ GST per table of 10!  CHECK OUT THE FABULOUS STARLETS ON YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlL1bhhdHjA.  Bookings essential, please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/ticket/mid-winter-great-office-shout/ LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY 20 JULY. Our Ladies’ Night is still happening this year, it has just moved to a new date.  This year will be better than ever, so pencil the date into your calendar and start getting your group together.  All the details and bookings will be available soon. 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 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July. RACE NIGHT DINING – FABULOUS OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 14 & 29 JUNE! 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. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES – FRIDAY 29 JUNE & FRIDAY 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.  NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. HIGHLANDERS – FRIDAY 6 JULY 7.35PM. Be sure to enjoy Spectators amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $12 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. BECOME A MEMBER, OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL OFFER - 14 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 14 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/ ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS FROM SATURDY 26 MAY (5-star Race Meeting) 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/052632rs.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/061432pg.htm  June 14 (Tentative) 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.   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

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:00pm Race 1    Pat The Monkey clearly leads Multibetting and is the best backed runner on the FF win book. Some early money for M'Lord Mackendon Race 2    All the early money has been for Itz A Major Babe who has come in from $3.50 to $3.00 on the FF win book. She also leads multis from Dodgethebullet. Race 3    Best backed on the FF win book in Race 3 is Betstars Blue Jean. Leading multibetting easily though is Easton Foxglove who is the current favourite. Race 4    Canterbury visitor Mogul is best backed to win Race 4 and he also leads multis just from Jack N Jazz Race 5    The only horse wanted in Race 5 is Cruisin Reuben who is racing away with multis and is easily best backed on the win book. Race 6    There has been some early support for Reddington in this race at longer odds. Reddington is in from $22.00 to $18.00 and is best backed with Santana's Rocket leading multi betting. Race 7    A quiet market here with Ace Commander leading the win book and also leading multis. Race 8    Bettor Sensation is best backed in multis in this race but leading the win book is One Direction who has come in from an opening price of $13.00 and is now at $8.00. Race 9    Another quiet market here with favourite Fira leading both the win and multibetting. Race 10   Patanjali is best backed in this race but the multi leader is easily Linton Shard   Harnesslink Media (Courtesy of the TAB)

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:10am Race 1 - Amabede $5.20 leads win betting over Miss Bamboocha who leads multi betting over Edesia $4.00.   Race 2 - Fear Rockn $2.70 leads win betting & is leading multi betting equally with Fun Sponge $4.00.   Race 3 - The best backed runner in win betting is Galleons Pleasure $4.80 over One Off $4.60.   Race 4 - Overcast $4.80 leads multi betting over Rydgemont Milly $4.80.    Race 5 - Cullens Avenue $12.50 - $8.50 leads win betting over The Kaik $3.70.   Race 6 - Rah De Rah $11.00 - $9.00 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' over Knockmanaugh $35.00 - $15.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB  

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:25am Race 1 - Katies Nightmare $3.30 is the only runner wanted in early win betting with the $1.95 favourite One Off leading multi betting.    Race 2 - Robbie Royale $14.00 - $9.00 is easily the best backed runner in win betting with Beat The Heat $3.90 racing away in multi betting.    Race 3 - Blarney Babe $5.00 leads win betting with Aidan Junior the $2.70 favourite just leading multi betting over Honour The Bet $5.00.    Race 4 - Glenisthebettor $2.20 is the only runner wanted in multi betting & also leads win betting.   Race 5 - Sundons Wish is the $2.40 favourite & is racing away in multi betting but in win betting Trouble Giero $3.70 - $3.20 holds 97% of the early win money with the largest bet $5,000 at $3.70 & $5,000 place at $1.40.   Race 6 - Dying to See You $6.00 leads multi betting.   Race 7 - Geena's Girl $3.00 is the only runner wanted in early multi betting with Heavenly Love $12.00 best backed on the win 'book'.   Race 8 - Smooth Mara $2.90 leads multi betting over Gunpowder $6.00. Leah Mac $7.00 leads win betting over Gunpowder.   Race 9 - Jakira $1.80 leads multi betting over Rozzano $5.50 with the longshot Mustang GT $21.00 leading win betting.   Race 10 -Bontz $3.60 - $2.70 is the 2nd best backed runner for the meeting on the win 'book' (Trouble Giero R5 best backed) with the largest bets $769 at $3.60, $1,052 at $2.90 & $1,250 at $2.70 (X2). Frankie D $6.50 is starting to attract some support. Bontz leads multi betting over Motu Time To Shine $4.50. Bontz has taken a $4,000 place bet at $1.50 & Fiery Ferret has taken two place bets of $400 at $5.00.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Senior harness racing horseman Alistair Lowe has been handed down an 8 month suspension and fined $1000 for his drive on Sandra Keith at Forbury on 26th October this year. Lowe was charged under Rule 869(3)(a) which provides: “No horseman in any race shall drive incompetently”. His suspension means he will be unable to drive again until after the 11th August 2018. Full details of the hearing BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY UNDER THE RACING ACT 2003 AND IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing BETWEEN RACING INTEGRITY UNIT (RIU) Informant AND MR ALISTAIR LOWE Open Horseman/ Licensed Trainer Respondent Information: A5543 Judicial Committee: Prof G Hall, Chairman Mr D Jackson, Member Appearing: Mr N Ydgren, Chief Stipendiary Steward, for the Informant The Respondent in person Date of hearing and oral decision: 11 December 2017 WRITTEN DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE [1] The informant, the RIU, has laid an information with respect to the respondent, Mr A Lowe. [2] This information alleges that the tactics Mr Lowe adopted on SANDRA KEITH during the running of race 3 at Forbury Park TC race meeting on 26 October 2017 fell below the standard of a competent horseman and thus were in breach of r 869(3)(a). [3] Rule 869(3)(a) provides: “No horseman in any race shall drive incompetently”. [4] Mr Ydgren produced a letter dated 7 November 2017 from Mr M Godber, General Manager of the RIU, authorising pursuant to r 1108(2) the laying of the charge under r 869(3)(a). Informant’s submissions [5] Mr Lowe is the holder of an open horseman’s licence and a licence to train. [6] SANDRA KEITH is a 6-year-old mare, which is owned and trained by the respondent. She has had 17 lifetime raceday starts. Mr Lowe has driven the horse in 10 of these races. Mr Lowe was prevented from driving SANDRA KEITH in the other 7 due to his being suspended. [7] SANDRA KEITH has run in 24 official trials. In all but one of these trials Mr Lowe has driven the horse. SANDRA KEITH has run in 43 workouts. Driving statistics are not available for some of these races but Mr Lowe had driven her in the majority of these races as well. These statistics were said to demonstrate that Mr Lowe knows the horse well. [8] SANDRA KEITH at the time of racing was a rating 40 horse. This is the bottom rating for a horse. She was the equal lowest rated horse in the field and this was reflected in Totalisator odds. She was the 8th win favourite and the 9th place favourite in a field of 9 horses. [9] The form of SANDRA KEITH leading in to the race at issue was 00X00. 13th of 14 (20L) 10th of 12 (103L) 14th of 14 (27.6L) 14th of 15 (31.8L) 9th of 12 (30.9L) [10] Thus, all things being equal, Mr Ydgren said, the pre-post chances of SANDRA KEITH featuring in the finish were low. When this was combined with the horse’s wide barrier position, those chances were further diminished. [11] SANDRA KEITH drew barrier seven. There were horses drawn to the inside of Mr Lowe which had previously shown speed from the mobile and it would be expected that these runners would take up forward positions. Mr Ydgren submitted that this information would have been reasonably accessible to anybody who had put some effort into field analysis. [12] Mr Ydgren submitted that Mr Lowe’s tactics and actions in the race at issue had fallen below what should be reasonably expected of a competent horseman in the circumstances. Mr Lowe had made bad decisions, which had adversely affected his chances. He had not made a competent assessment of his surroundings. [13] Mr Ydgren reviewed the race. [14] In the score up it appears as though SANDRA KEITH does race slightly keenly, however once the field is released, the horse shows no inclination to over-race. It appears relaxed and tractable and there is no film that shows otherwise. Mr Lowe is not having any discernible difficulty with the mare. [15] Mr Lowe can be seen to look inwards on several occasions in the opening stanza. The Stewards assume from this that he is looking to take up a position closer to the rails, as would be expected, and Mr Lowe confirmed this in the interview. [16] When the field enters the first bend, Mr Lowe has not shifted inwards to any significant degree and remains in a position that Mr Ydgren described as 5 wide. Importantly, he said, the field has taken up its pattern and no other horse is wider than 2-wide. This is a very unusual tactic from Mr Lowe. Whilst only very rarely seen, it is always reserved for situations where a horse is uncontrollable, in an incorrect gait or there is broken gear. None of these situations have arisen here. Mr Lowe should have been no wider than 3-wide. [17] At the entrance to the back straight SANDRA KEITH was continuing to race in a position far wider than expected. The horse is still placed at least 5-wide. [18] Mr Ydgren said that when questioned as to the horse being 5-wide, Mr Lowe’s position was somewhat contradictory. His first comment to the Stewards was that he had been stuck out that wide. He then went on to explain that he was so intently focused on trying to restrain and control his horse he did not realise he was this wide. He conceded in the interview that he should not be out that wide and made an attempt to shift her in, however he then said that he was only able to get her in once she was “a bit stuffed” from all the work she had done. [19] Aside from the contrasting comments provided, the Stewards had an issue with the fact that through the back straight on the first occasion SANDRA KEITH appears to be laying inwards. The alternative to this is that SANDRA KEITH is being directed outwards. Clearly from viewing the back straight film, the horse’s head does not track straight. It is for one of those reasons. [20] Stewards also believed it was equally as important to view Mr Lowe’s position in relation to the leaders and those placed at the back of the field. Mr Lowe makes no real decision in the early stages. He does not have a plan as to whether he should race forward or back and instead lands out of the gate in a neutral position. [21] Mr Ydgren said there is no discernible effort or action on Mr Lowe’s part to either restrain SANDRA KEITH to the rear or to encourage her forward. There is nothing in the horse’s disposition that would suggest that at this stage of the race she is not capable of doing so, if asked. It is only near the 1600 metres (600 metres after the start) where Mr Lowe appears to make a decision to improve. That was a decision that had to be made in a far timelier manner and in every race is done so by nearly every driver. Mr Lowe has failed to make a competent assessment of the situation and for this reason failed to make a positive move, to either restrain or go forward. This has led him to racing at least 3-wide for far longer than what should be expected. [22] When Mr Lowe does make the decision to move forward he is racing to the outside of the second last horse. When considering the pre-start chances of his runner and the work the horse has been required to do in the early stages the Stewards accepted and expected that SANDRA KEITH would be restrained to race at the back of the field. Instead, Mr Lowe makes a sharp move forwards to pressure for the parked position. It is only at the time that Mr Lowe nearly takes up this position, that he makes an attempt to restrain SANDRA KEITH. [23] This action of applying pressure to the reins, Mr Ydgren said, was what the Stewards would have expected to see of Mr Lowe in the early stages to gain a more beneficial run. This attempt from Mr Lowe lasts for a short time and Mr Lowe resumes racing 3-wide showing no desire to improve his position. Stewards accept that any action from the 900 metres onwards would not have helped the chances of SANDRA KEITH. Her race had been run and by that stage her finishing position was “a mere fait accompli.” However, she should not have been in that position. Respondent’s submissions [24] Mr Lowe commenced his submissions by stating that SANDRA KEITH was pulling very hard. He was a very strong person and he was having difficulty stopping her shifting out on the track. He said he had a strong hold of her and was doing his best to restrain her. She was “a funny old horse and was in a mood”. [25] Mr Lowe said he had drawn out wide on the mobile and his intention was to see what the other drivers were doing. He made a decision early to go back. However, “the horse took hold, pulled and wanted to race everything”. She was running out, her head was round, and she was hanging in. She made the decision to run out. He could not get her to shift in. However, he felt it was best not to let her go as if he did he would not be able to stop her running out. [26] The respondent said it was “very embarrassing” to go round the track that wide. He was aware that anyone who had invested on his horse would be upset. [27] At one point he thought if he could get up outside the leader and get her to relax, he might have had a show. But she would not relax and he had no control despite the fact he believed he had her under a strong hold on both reins. This was the first time she had ever run out. She had done a few other things in her races, though. She tried hard but had no commonsense. He added she was uncontrollable on the day and had given him a very difficult drive. If the pace had slackened, he believed he would have had a tough job to stop her running into the cart in front. [28] Mr Lowe said he owned the horse and had now sacked her from racing. The statistics of the horse showed she had had 17 starts for no placings. She had never been in the first 4, and her best finish was sixth. [29] Mr John Morrison, gave evidence on behalf of Mr Lowe. He spoke to his experience driving the horse. He said the horse had issues and was uncontrollable at times. She would take off and trying to restrain her was difficult. [30] Mr Morrison said he had driven her in her first four race starts. He had had problems pulling her back and steering her. She was okay if she was following another horse but on her own she could be difficult to steer. He believed she had got worse over time. [31] Mr Morrison said he had viewed the video of the race and he believed the respondent was trying to restrain the horse and that SANDRA KEITH was fighting him. Mr Morrison said he had trouble when he drove her in her first start at Oamaru on 22 May 2016. He had difficulty in getting her in when she was 3 or 4 wide early. [32] Mr Ydgren played the video of the Oamaru race. SANDRA KEITH had drawn 7 at the mobile. He demonstrated that Mr Morrison had been able to restrain her back to sit in the 2 wide line. He emphasised the horse was not sitting 4 or 5 wide in that race. Mr Morrison agreed he had been able to restrain her and that he was leaning back in the cart to do so. [33] Mr Morrison said when the horse had galloped for him on one occasion it was one of his worst driving experiences. She had been very difficult to control. He said SANDRA KEITH lacked ring craft and was harder to hold in open spaces. He said his assessment was also based on seeing her perform in workouts and race at Forbury Park. [34] Mr Lowe said SANDRA KEITH had been co-operative at Oamaru, as that had been her first raceday start. In the race at issue, SANDRA KEITH was in a foul mood and he could not do anything with her. He emphasised he was an experienced driver, having been involved in the industry since the 80s. He had never been stuck outside the field as no horse had ever run out before, including her. [35] Mr Lowe said he could not get on to the back of another horse and he had enough control to not be going forward but not enough to get her back. He said he had not steered her out. She had simply decided to go out on the corner. He agreed it was not an abrupt shift. It was her decision that she would “take the world on”. She was out of control. [36] When questioned as to why he had not let SANDRA KEITH go forward and sit outside Mr Chmiel, he said Mr Chmiel had indicated he would not pull back and he believed he would then be 3 wide without cover. Instead, he was trying “to draw her back and get her to relax”. Mr Ydgren said at this point in the race it was evident that the respondent was making some effort to restrain SANDRA KEITH. He asked Mr Lowe, for example, why he had not leaned out the back of the cart earlier. Mr Lowe said he was only successful at that point in the race because SANDRA KEITH had done a lot of work and had used herself up. She had wasted a whole lot of energy and was now slightly more controllable. Summing up [37] Mr Ydgren submitted that an accepted and common definition of incompetent is “not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully”. The RIU believed that in this instance Mr Lowe had not shown the necessary skills and requirements of a competent horseman and instead had made poor decisions. This had led to him not doing his job successfully. [38] Mr Ydgren believed in the circumstances that unfolded Mr Lowe should have taken up “an economical run as early as possible and hope[d] for the best.” Instead he set the horse an impossible task and “the result was quite unsuccessful and unspectacular”. His style of driving had cast “a poor light over Harness Racing”. Horsemen work hard to portray themselves and their industry in a positive manner, and a drive like this being broadcast across TV undid a lot of that work. The industry had to promote itself as professional and one that warranted investment. To turn on trackside and see a demonstration such as this would have had the exact opposite effect. [39] Mr Ydgren submitted Mr Lowe should have made a decision earlier than he did. This would have ensured he could have enjoyed a far more economical run. He should have raced in a far tighter position closer to the field instead of covering a considerable amount of extra ground. There was no discernible effort by Mr Lowe to restrain SANDRA KEITH until the horse was outside Mr Chmiel. The horse just appeared to have landed in the position it did in the race and stayed there. [40] Mr Lowe reiterated SANDRA KEITH was a very difficult horse to drive. He was restraining her. He was very strong and fit. Mr Morrison had had problems with her and he was not as strong as him. The horse had no brains and drawing 7 was the worst place for her. She took control and he could not stop her. He had had “a heck of a job to get her back in”. It took a strong hold to stop her going forward. She was not in the right mood to race. Decision [41] Mr Lowe is an experienced horseman. Sitting 4 and 5 wide for a distance of some 600 metres before making a decision to press forward is not the action we would expect from a competent and an experienced horseman. The respondent has contended repeatedly that SANDRA KEITH is a difficult horse to drive and she was in “a foul mood” on the day. We have studied the videos intently and can find no evidence of anything untoward in the behaviour of SANDRA KEITH. There is certainly no abrupt outwards movement at any time. This may be because, as Mr Lowe has said, he had a strong hold on the horse. However, we cannot see any action on Mr Lowe’s part to either restrain SANDRA KEITH to the rear or to encourage his horse forward until just after the 1600 metres mark in the 2200 metres race. [42] In addition, there is no evidence until this time of Mr Lowe attempting to bring SANDRA KEITH closer to the field, in say a 3-wide position, rather than sitting 4 and 5 wide in a position that is to the outside of the body of the field. When the horse does eventually land up outside Mr Chmiel, who was racing 2 wide without cover near the front of the field, there are the first discernible actions of Mr Lowe to restrain the horse. We accept his explanation that trying to cross Mr Chmiel may have simply resulted in his sitting outside that horse 3 wide if Mr Chmiel kicked up. However, the damage to SANDRA KEITH’s chances have occurred prior to this time through the horse sitting outside the field 4 and 5 wide for a distance, as we say, of around 600 metres. The horse then continues to race 3 and 4 wide for another 400 metres although it is then being restrained towards the back of the field. The horse eventually tires and drops out of the race. [43] Mr Morrison has given evidence that SANDRA KEITH is a difficult horse to drive. We observed his drive at Oamaru, to which he specifically referred, resulted in his being able to restrain the horse 2-wide at the rear of the field shortly after the start. There is nothing in SANDRA KEITH’s performance on that day that was similar to Mr Lowe’s drive that is at issue before us. Nonetheless, we accept his evidence that SANDRA KEITH is a difficult horse. [44] Our concern is that the respondent has sat 4 and 5 wide and has not made any effort to progress forward or to restrain SANDRA KEITH to the rear of the field for the first 600 metres of the race. He has then been out 3 and 4 wide for the next 400 metres, although at this time he is making an effort to restrain and does eventually restrain the horse. We are satisfied, despite factoring in the fact that SANDRA KEITH can be a difficult horse to drive, that Mr Lowe’s actions in race 3 at Forbury Park on 26 October last have fallen well below the standard we would expect of a competent horseman. We thus find the charge proved. Submissions as to penalty [45] The penalty guide provides a starting point of an 80 drive suspension or a $4000 fine for a breach of r 869(3)(a). [46] Mr Lowe has had 376 lifetime drives for 6 wins. So far this season Mr Lowe has had 9 drives. Last season he had 19 drives and the season before he had 8. Mr Ydgren said it was apparent that it would take Mr Lowe a very long time to achieve even the starting point number of drives. Mr Lowe has had a previous breach of this rule. On 20 December 2015 he allowed a trotter to pace for 2000 metres and was suspended for just over 7 months and was fined $400. Prior to that Mr Lowe had twice failed to return a trotter promptly to its proper gait. [47] The Stewards classed the breach as mid-range and Mr Lowe’s penalty record as “worse than neutral”. Whilst in the past year he has not been charged with a breach of this rule, it was only 28 drives from the date of this hearing that Mr Lowe faced his last incompetent charge. From the day of his drive it was 26 drives since he was found to be in breach. [48] Mr Ydgren observed that our penalty jurisdiction is restricted by r 1003(1) in that the maximum suspension is one of 12 months. [49] An 80 drive suspension for Mr Lowe would take approximately 6 seasons to serve. For that reason the RIU submitted that the penalty should be one of a lengthy term of suspension combined with a fine. Their recommendation was that a suspension of 10 months and a fine of $600 be imposed. [50] The RIU made no submissions as to costs. [51] Mr Lowe submitted that the penalty be less than that submitted by Mr Ydgren. He emphasised he continued to believe he was not in breach of the rule and would appeal our decision no matter what. [52] Mr Lowe said he was in a position to pay a fine, if that was part of the penalty that we imposed. Decision as to penalty [53] The starting point in the JCA Penalty Guide is an 80 drive suspension or a $4000 fine. [54] We are clearly constrained by the infrequency with which the respondent drives and the one year maximum term of suspension provided in r 1003(1). A combined penalty is thus appropriate. [55] We believe the breach itself is at the higher end of mid-range. Mr Lowe was 4 and 5 wide for a considerable distance. Were the horse not difficult to drive, we would have categorised the breach as high end. [56] Mr Lowe’s record under this rule unfortunately evidences a previous breach in December 2015. He had only driven 26 times before again being in breach. A fine itself is insufficient to hold the respondent accountable and to denounce and deter him and others. [57] Mr Lowe’s failure to admit the breach is of course not an aggravating factor but, in contrast, is the absence of a mitigating one. [58] The 5th schedule of the Rules of HRNZ states: 5.1 The purpose of proceedings before a Judicial Committee or Appeals Tribunal includes: (a) to ensure that racing is conducted in accordance with the code rules; (b) to uphold and maintain the high standards expected of those participating in the sport of racing and the racing industry; (c) to uphold and maintain the integrity of the sport of racing and the racing industry; and (d) to protect the participants in the sport of racing, the racing industry, and the public. [59] These principles are clearly applicable in this case. [60] Doing the best we can in the circumstances we have outlined, and not wanting to impose a penalty on Mr Lowe that is crushing, we fine him the sum of $1000 and suspend his horseman’s licence for a period of 8 months, commencing on 12 December and concluding on 11 August 2018. [61] The RIU do not seek costs and there is no award of JCA costs on this occasion. Dated at Dunedin this 20th day of December 2017. Geoff Hall, Chairman

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 5:30pm Race 1 - Sage Trouble $3.20 is the best backed on the win 'book' with Fancy Woman $%2.40 leading multi betting over Our Gracie $3.10.   Race 2 - Jetenara $2.90 easily leads multi betting.   Race 3 - Frankie D $3.90 - $3.20 leads win betting with CC Jones $2.20 racing away in multi betting.   Race 4 - Crimson Lane $4.80 leads multi betting over Futura Easton $5.50.   Race 5 - Sea Rover $3.70 & Troy Castleton $3.50 dominate multi betting in what is a quiet win market early.   Race 6 - Hot Off The Press $2.50 is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Mighty Empire $3.60 leads win & multi betting.   Race 8 - Highview Illusion $4.00 is a clear leader in win & multi betting over Classie Margaret $13.00 - $11.00     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of TAB    

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:30am Race 1 - Shona Mary $3.20 leads multi betting over Landora's lassie $3.00.   Race 2 - Possente Cavallo $3.00 easily leads multi betting.   Race 3 - The debut runner Ripsnorter $2.10 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Highview Illusion $4.80 leads in betting with To Ri Alby $2.30 leading multi betting.   Race 5 - The longshot Playboy's Brother $21.00 leads early win betting.    Race 6 - Lorretta Franco $4.80 leads win betting.   Race 7 - Breenys Cullen $4.00 leads win & multi betting over Valmagne $9.50.   Race 8 - Eamon Maguire $2.80 leads win betting with the $2.40 favourite Rocknroll Magic $2.40 leading win betting.   Race 9 - Playboy Prince $7.50- leads win & multi betting.     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)

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:30pm Race 1 - Girlz N Boyz $2.40 - $2.30 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 2 - Idealistic Lass $5.80 - $4.60 is the big win mover in this race with Sky City King $4.80 just leading multi betting over the former runner. Rainy River $10.50 - $7.50 has also attracted some early win money with the largest bet $500 at $9.00 .     Race 3 - Myboyloliepop $1.95 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Say Your Pres $.20 - $4.00 leads win & multi betting over Whatasista $4.00.   Race 5 - Grace O'Malley $4.20 leads multi betting over Jaccka Josh $8.20.   Race 6 - Raphoe $9.50 leads early win betting.   Race 7 - Essence Of Easton $3.30 leads multi betting.   Race 8 - Millwood Daisy $2.00 leads win & multi betting over Balius $8.00.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Forbury harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:20pm   Race 1 - Our Gracie $6.50 - $4.60 is best backed in win and multi betting.   Race 2 - Life Lavros $1.70 - $1.60 is the only runner wanted here in win and multi betting.   Race 3 - Easton Karere $6.20 leads win betting over Nakayla Franco $2.60 who easily leads multi betting.   Race 4 - Belmont Jet $6.20 - $5.50 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' with the largest bet $750 at $6.20.   Race 5 - Say Your Pres $4.50 leads multi betting over Stellar Success $5.50.   Race 6 - Silver Dale $5.00 - $4.60 leads win betting over Sky City King $4.20 who leads multi betting over the former runner.    Race 7 - Millwood Daisy $1.90 - $1.80 easily leads win & multi betting.   Matthew Williamson $3.00 leads the He's Watching Drivers Challenge (Option 808)     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

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