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Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Trainer Paul Court is counting down the days until he and his family make the move to his wife Chantelle’s homeland, Canada. While Court previously trained in North America, he is electing to put a hold on his training career and devote more time to his family. “Training in Canada was good, I really enjoyed it,” Court said. “But I am getting out of racing to spend more time with the family. “Everything revolves around the horses and it’s hard to get away and spend any time with the kids. So for once I am going to put the family first and go from there. “I have a business idea I wouldn’t mind looking into, but I have got to get over a couple of hurdles first and then look towards that.” Court will see out the season in New Zealand and his family is set to fly out to Canada in August. “We just changed our tickets to accommodate what is happening in the world (COVID-19), so we are all still go,” Court said. “We just have to go through Los Angeles, that’s all.” While Court’s future lies beyond harness racing, he is looking forward to commencing his final stint as a trainer at Addington this week. The West Melton horseman will have a handful of runners at the Christchurch track on Friday night and he has been happy with their progress of late. Seven-win entires Mongolian Calvary and Cast No Shadow will line-up in the Dunstan Athlete Mobile Pace (1980m) and Court said he can’t split the pair heading into Friday. “They have been trialling really good and hitting the line well,” Court said. “I would like to think we are a bit of chance. “There is not much between them and they have been like that all the way through. “Their trials have been really good. Their first one was just a quiet one where they sat in behind and then we let them run up the straight a bit the other day and they hit the line really nicely, so that’s encouraging.” Last-start winner Under Wraps will contest the Dunstan Trifecta Oil Mobile Pace (1980m) and Court said he trialled a lot better than his fourth and fifth-placed results have shown this month. “He has been trialling a lot better than what his trial form says,” Court said. “Both trials he has been in they have run along a bit and have run good times. “He has been progressing well.” Fiery Reactor will be out to try and record his maiden victory in the Dunstan Muscle’n Shine Mobile Pace (1980m). “He has had the one trial and he trialled well the other day. He shouldn’t be too far away on Friday,” Court said. Three-year-old filly Summerpants will be on debut in the Dunstan Sweetmix Mobile Pace (1980m), although Court has reserved expectations heading into Friday. “She is a handy enough horse,” Court said. “Her first trial was nice, she ran third, and her second trial they really ran along and were spread out like browns cows, she was in the back half of the field and that is where she stayed. “But I am happy enough with her progress, but she’s no star.” Court will cap the night with Gilligans Island and Tom Martin in the Equifibre Mobile Pace (1980m). “Gilligan’s Island trialled well the other day, he ran fourth. Tom Martin he ran fifth, but he got pretty keen in the running, so I have taken the blinds off him and hopefully he relaxes.”

It’s taken 66 days but Harness Racing is back, with nine races at Addington today  (Thursday). The first of the day gets underway at noon, and to coincide with racing’s return we have brought together two of the industry’s big fish, Craig “The Whale” Thompson and racing journalist Mick Guerin. They have made their selections for the day in what will be a regular feature. Every race meeting they will cast their eyes over the fields and bring you their top picks. Today they bring you their thoughts for the late quaddie..    Harness Racing New Zealand

The Board of Harness Racing New Zealand has moved quickly to establish executive support to the organisation following the departure of former Chief Executive Peter Jensen. Chair, Ken Spicer, announced today that current Board Member Phil Holden will step into the Chief Executive role on a part-time basis until such time as a permanent appointment is made. “The Board is fortunate to have someone with Phil’s skills and experience available to support the organisation at this critical time.” As an experienced Chief Executive and former CE of Greyhound Racing NZ, Phil will bring strong leadership and industry expertise to bear to support the Board and the wider team at HRNZ during this important transitional period. “I am really excited to be able to pick up the reins and support the HRNZ team at this time. I know it’s a challenging time, but we have a great team in place and I’m looking forward to leading and supporting them.” Phil will take a leave of absence from his Board position in order to undertake the role and this is effective immediately. Ken is confident that between the HRNZ Board, Phil and the Senior Management team, HRNZ has excellent resources to successfully lead harness racing through this transitional period.   Harness Racing New Zealand

Harness racing is set to resume with a bang at Addington Raceway this week with nine races on Thursday, followed by 12 more on Friday. The scheduling of the two meetings back-to-back was prompted by huge numbers of horses ready to race. Initially the first meeting post the COVID-19 enforced break was to be Friday at Addington but then a second meeting was added. “It hasn’t been straight forward,” says Harness Racing New Zealand handicapper Andrew Morris, “we are mindful of having two worthwhile meetings but at the same time Friday is the feature meeting.” Racing will start at noon on Friday with the last race set down for 3.56 pm while Friday’s 12-race programme gets underway at 4.34 and will finish five hours later. “We are very happy with the quality across the board,” said Morris, who says the signs are good for strong fields in the foreseeable future, “we have many more horses coming on at the trials.” “This is a promising start.” Harness racing’s last meeting in this country was at Wingatui in Otago on March 23.   Harness Racing New Zealand

A harness racing double-header has been confirmed for Addington Raceway this week. Initially the sport was to make its long-awaited post COVID-19 return at Addington on Friday but the sheer volumes of horses in and around Canterbury has prompted the rare move to now have meetings on both Thursday and Friday. “Certainly it’s not something I can ever recall happening before,” says Addington Raceway’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt, and he’s been involved with the raceway for nearly four decades. A total of 296 horses were nominated. Thursday’s meeting will be the lower-key of the two and will start around lunchtime, with Friday’s racing set for a 5pm start. “The exact specifics of how the two racedays will look will be decided tomorrow,” says Harness Racing New Zealand handicapper Andrew Morris. Many of the country’s top stables have nominated big numbers including Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon (15 horses) and John and Robert Dunn (12). The fields will be completed first for the Friday meeting, followed by the Thursday one, with withdrawals for both meetings to close at 10 am tomorrow (Tuesday) For more information, contact Brian Rabbitt 0274 077 234

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    The colours of South Auckland trainers Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett are set to feature prominently amongst the northern trotting ranks when racing resumes next week. The South Auckland couple were able to utilise their 20-acre private training property over the COVID-19 enforced lockdown period and kept much of their 18-strong race team in work. “It wasn’t a problem for us really,” Hackett said. “We have got two tracks and a straight-line bungy pool, it was just a matter of carrying on. “We couldn’t go anywhere, so we just carried on working.” The benefits of being able to keep their team in-work over COVID-19 Alert Level 4 were seen at the Pukekohe workouts on Friday where they were represented by their 15-strong team of trotters. Half a dozen of their team featured in the opening heat over 2500m, which was taken out by Our Spitfire, a half-sister to Group Three winner Mum’s Pride. The Wallis-Hackett team was also to the fore two heats later taking out the quinella in the R57 & faster 2500m trot with Vatican Hill and Red Castleton. “Vatican Hill was good, Michelle was really happy with him. He has come through his run well, so onwards and upwards,” Hackett said. Recent stable addition One Over Da Son finished unplaced in that heat, but Hackett said he is looking forward to the son of Group One-winning mare One Over Kenny making his northern debut. “He is a nice little horse and he will race at Auckland (in two weeks),” Hackett said. Hackett was pleased with his team’s hit-out on Friday and is excited about returning to the races next week. “They are all nice horses to get back racing,” he said. “Hopefully we can get the stake money up to make it worthwhile.” Hackett has been pleased with the way his stable has been tracking this season, with nine wins and 34 placings, but said the lockdown came at an inopportune time. “I am happy enough,” he said. “I was just a bit annoyed that we had to go into lockdown. We had a lot of placings, but that is just the way it goes.” Hackett’s barn consists entirely of trotters and he said he enjoys the challenge the squaregaiters can bring. “It’s good when you can shoe them yourself and get them trotting good, it is really rewarding,” he said. 

By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk    A sensational filly on the track, Shez All Rock is a Mum, for the first time. Owned by high profile expatriate Kiwi Chris Ryder in New Jersey, Shez All Rock has had a colt to boom sire Bettor’s Delight. The colt was born on April 27 and the photos of him were taken at 10 days old. Ryder bought Shez All Rock after she won the New South Wales Oaks. In 11 starts she had 10 wins and a second, also taking out the Victoria and New Zealand Oaks and the three year old Diamond at the 2018 Harness Jewels. Her total winnings were just shy of $450,000. “I brought her over here to the U.S. to race but she had a continuing knee problem and I did not race her,” said Ryder. Intially the filly was trained by Mark Pitt in Tasmania before successfully linking up with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen at the All Stars Stable in Christchurch. Ryder is hopeful that he has “an excellent broodmare”. He already has plans to breed her to the 2019 three-year-old colt of the year Bettor’s Wish, who Ryder co-owns and trained.

While the lockdown was “almost business as usual” for trainer Megan Teaz, the demise of all racing domestically did have an immediate impact on her race-calling husband Jason. “Having our own private training track was a huge assist meaning we were still able to earn an income after Jason’s Trackside committments ended,” says Megan. During Alert Level 4 they carried on breaking in and educating a team of 10 at their Ohaupo property in the Waikato. “With the racehorses rejoining the team and the breakers and 2yos heading for winter breaks we are currently working 13 of the 30 we have on the books.” Raceday, Megan says, can’t come soon enough. They will have five starters at Cambridge on May 31. “Of the 5 Hawthornden Hunk would be the best on ability but he can be frustrating and he’s very green and can be a bit ignorant. If he was to show his best he would win.” He’s had a second and a third in six starts The stable’s last winner was Panspacificjet at Stratford in February. Megan says : “he’s enjoyed an easy 3 weeks and unlike some of the others the lockdown came at a good time. He’s only a three year old and weighs 530kg and as he gets older he will continue to improve.” Super Actor is set to debut from the stable. With five placings in 18 starts he was trained previously by Ross Paynter. “His work has been very good and seems a happy horse.” A month away from racing is Hezashadowplaya – “His 4th on debut was very good and will win a few races.” Two-race winner Armed Reactor is back jogging after 5 months off. Megan says “he went for a spell after flopping a few times after winning impressively, although rising 6 he grew significantly during his spell and his poor performances can be attributed to growing pains.” The future looks bright too with a number of juveniles shaping up nicely. “We have a good batch of youngsters with a two year old by Wishing Stone called Wishing Star who would have qualified this season had there been later two year old races. Love And Faith and Ultimate Moment are already qualified as two year olds this year and will make nice three year olds. Of the yearlings we broke in a Majestic Son filly called Emma Joy was a standout.”  

Even Harness Racing New Zealand handicapper Andrew Morris admits to being “more than a little surprised” by the number of horses preparing for racing’s resumption. The sheer volume has prompted HRNZ to run two trial meetings this week, with 19 races today (Wednesday) and 12 on Thursday. That equates to 262 horses. “It is encouraging,” says Morris, “certainly it’s never happened before but we haven’t had this situation before either where racing has stopped for two months and now everyone is plotting the same course to get back to the races.” HRNZ had done research via their database during the lockdown and had a fair idea of how horses would be back, though Morris admits it’s “exceeded that and there are a good amount of horses around.” Nationally pre COVID-19 fields averaged 10.8 horses a race. Now Morris expects that average will rise to 12, with big numbers in Canterbury and Invercargill initially and then Auckland and Cambridge catching up later in June. “All the public training tracks up there were closed during the lockdown so it will take them a bit longer.” With such big trial numbers it all augurs well for big fields when racing resumes at Addington on May 29. “It’s satisfying, we will have more than enough” Fields for Wednesday https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahrs/trial_fields/052032tf.htm Fieds for Thursday https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahrs/trial_fields/052132tf.htm 

Statement from Ken Spicer, Chair, Harness Racing New Zealand It is with regret that the board has accepted the resignation of our CEO, Peter Jensen, for health reasons. Peter has guided HRNZ through a period of great change, including the present proposal concerning the number of venues at which our sport will be held in the new season. While disappointed to receive Peter’s resignation, the board is fully supportive of his decision to focus on his own personal health and wellbeing. Peter Jensen said that this was both an extremely difficult, yet easy, decision to make. “I have underlying health issues and realise these have got to the point where I cannot give 100% to HRNZ, at a time when it requires 150%. I know the timing is far from ideal, but I also understand that I am not able to give the organisation the energy and guidance that it requires at this time, hence my decision to retire and concentrate on my health.” Ken Spicer said that in the interim, the board will help cover the various roles of the CEO and will look to start the recruitment process shortly with a view to making an appointment in the new season. Peter leaves HRNZ on May 22.

Canterbury trainer Cran Dalgety prides himself on being a glass half-full sort of guy. But the lack of racing of late and the issues facing the industry have got him thinking. “I find myself wondering sometimes if working like Trojan is the sensible thing to do, plus the mental stress of it all.” Dalgety only returned to his West Melton property in early April. With the country in lockdown he was forced into quarantine in an Auckland hotel after returning from Sydney where his star filly Dr Susan had won the $100,000 Bathurst Gold Crown. At Kentuckiana Lodge Dalgety and partner Nathan Purdon have 18 horses in work at the moment. Before COVID-19 closed down all racing in this country they had strung together 38 wins from 173 starts. Last week they took 15 to the trials at Addington , picking up a couple of wins, with Invaluable and Star Of Timpany. “With the unorthodox training program we put together they all trialled very well considering. They will all benefit from their runs,” said Dalgety. But it’s two others that have caught his eye of late : “Fabrizio and Twilight Bromac are ticking along nicely.” Fabrizio has won two from eight, including a last start win at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve, while Twilight Bromac is a two-year-old Art Major colt. Addington and Albion Park in Queensland will be the focus in up-coming months, with racing resuming at Addington on May 29. A trainer since the early 1990s, Dalgety’s best year for winners was 115 in 2013. As for his thoughts about the racing industry and its pros and cons he says he’s not being negative, rather he’s ”looking forward to smelling some sweeter roses real soon”.   Harness Racing New Zealand

Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) is proposing significant changes to the number of venues at which it will be holding meetings for the 2020-21 season. HRNZ is proposing to race at 16 venues in the 2020-21 season, down from 31 in the current year, with the number of meetings dropping from 259 (originally programmed for this season) to 246. Forbury Park, Manawatu Raceway and Timaru have not been allocated meetings for next season and it is proposed Southland consolidates to two tracks from four. HRNZ Chief Executive, Peter Jensen, said that this may not be totally unexpected in light of the pressure that the industry is under, but that he understands it will be a huge blow to the harness racing communities in those areas. “HRNZ was left with little choice. To repeat the recent comments of the Minister of Racing, Covid19 has highlighted some serious underlying structural issues within the industry and more tough decisions will be required in the future,” he said. The changes are designed to better align meetings with regional horse populations and to improve wagering income by racing more often at the higher performing venues. It also reduces costs to owners with more horses racing locally and allows Racing Industry Transition Agency to reduce costs by servicing fewer venues. “The importance of the very successful South Island Christmas racing circuits, and also key training and trials hubs, were taken into consideration when these difficult decisions were made. “COVID19 has been the catalyst to accelerate the pace of change, but the reality is that the proposed changes are required to help harness racing become more sustainable, through increasing turnover, improving club’s stakes to funding ratio, and decreasing costs for RITA (Racing Industry Transition Agency), clubs, licensees and owners,” he said. The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club at Addington will host 77 meetings in the new season, compared with 36 for 2019-20. The greater Canterbury area has 47% of total pool of standardbred horses in training and will now host 45% of meetings, up from 36% in the current season. The continuing decline in horse numbers is also a major reason for the decrease in race meetings planned for the new season. “In the 2005-6 season when 245 meetings were run, there were more than 3500 individual starters and 2820 foals bred. In 2018-19 these numbers had fallen to 2811 and 1670 respectively and this has been reflected in field sizes in some parts of the country. “The venue plan is the first phase of a change programme focused on addressing these issues. HRNZ and the wider industry needs to change and reposition itself to make it attractive and relevant to a wider audience. RITA is also undergoing significant change, and when this change is confirmed and the impact at both code and club level is understood, other possible changes, including at HRNZ, will be decided.” The early part of the season assumes that racing will continue on a public-excluded basis. These dates/venues are subject to change if government guidelines allow a different approach. “With funding levels for next season yet to be confirmed, the Harness Jewels are not in the draft calendar at this stage. There will be an opportunity for those affected to make submissions to the RITA Dates Committee regarding the proposed changes. The calendar is a draft and submissions may result in changes, as it has in the past. The consultation period will run through to June 15, 2020. View the proposed calendar here. Harness Racing New Zealand

Consultation with the racing industry on a revised racing calendar from August 2020 to July 2021, which reflects the significant impact of Covid-19 on domestic racing and the critical need for racing industry reform, got underway today.  The implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on the TAB and the wider industry has necessitated an immediate overhaul of the original, ‘pre-Covid’ draft racing calendar for 2020/21 and proposes a reduction of total meetings, including 43 fewer equine meetings, and with no betting licenses for 14 venues being used for any racing which had been previously allocated in the pre-Covid draft calendar. Dean McKenzie, Executive Chair, Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) said the racing calendar was a critical driver to enable the recovery of New Zealand racing and an essential part of the overall reform programme being led by RITA and the three racing codes.    “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on racing, and accelerated the need for significant change across all levels of the industry.  “The leaders of New Zealand racing have repeatedly talked over decades about change but not been courageous enough to address the critical need for venue intensification.  Repeated reports on the industry, including most recently by John Messara, as well as the industry-led future venue plan have identified that there were too many racing venues and this was a commercial drain on limited industry resources. Covid-19 leaves us with no other choice but to act. “Over the last two years the racing Codes have undertaken considerable work identifying their optimal future venue footprint. The impact of Covid-19 has created greater financial need to accelerate the implementation of the codes’ plans.” A key principle of the proposed changes are more meetings closer to where the horse and greyhound population is trained, with resulting increased intensification at venues. “Ensuring meetings are located as close as possible, as often as possible to where the horse and dog population is located will result in improved net returns to the industry,” said McKenzie.  “The racing calendar generates the revenue for the Codes that ultimately end up in the stakes that drive  domestic racing. “The draft calendar means that some venues will miss out on racing licenses, and that is regrettable, but Covid-19 makes servicing almost 60 venues simply unsustainable and unappealing to the owners and participants who travel the length and breadth of NZ for meetings. Maximising the total returns to all of racing is the goal of the racing calendar and with revenue likely to be further challenged next year we have to cut costs and deliver the most efficient programme of racing possible.” Bernard Saundry, CEO, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing said, “Every thoroughbred racing club in New Zealand has a history and a part to play.  NZTR has done significant work over the past 18 months on a venue plan which will future proof the racing industry.   We recognise that the calendar for 2020-21 looks very different to previous seasons with fewer meetings at fewer venues.   The industry cannot survive, let alone move ahead, if we try to fit 2020s racing into a mould which was created last century.” Peter Jensen, CEO, Harness Racing New Zealand said, “The Government and industry participants have for some time been calling for meaningful change to the way racing is run.  HRNZ and the wider industry needs to change and reposition itself to make its offer attractive and relevant to a wider audience. The Covid-19 pandemic has been the catalyst to accelerate the pace of change, however the reality is that proposed changes to our venue footprint are required to help harness racing become more sustainable, through increasing turnover, improving club’s stakes to funding ratio, and decreasing costs to RITA, clubs, licensees and owners.” Michael Dore, Racing Operations and Welfare Manager of Greyhound Racing New Zealand said, “"For a number of years the GRNZ calendar has more-or-less followed the same weekly pattern of meetings.  Travel restrictions imposed by the return from Covid-19 meant changes  to our Monday and Tuesday routines.  We  are committed to maintaining a safe and sustainable racing product and the current situation gives us the opportunity to re-evaluate our racing product and continue with this pattern into the new season to minimise owners’ costs. The consultation period will allow some time for further evaluation of these changes before progressing to the Final Calendar.” McKenzie said this week’s announcement by the Government of two synthetic racing tracks didn’t feature in the draft racing calendar for 2020/21 as it was unlikely these would be built in time to support racing this season. “The draft calendar includes six meetings at the Cambridge synthetic track, which is currently being developed. Having another two world-class synthetic tracks operational in the near future will provide a further opportunity to review our racing venue footprint and ensure the industry delivers on the ambition laid by the Racing Minister ‘to make racing great again’. “These proposals are challenging for everyone in the industry, however action is required as the status quo is not sustainable. While RITA would like to see some further alignment between the codes with their plans going forward with some venues, the progress made with this calendar is very encouraging. RITA commends the racing codes for their leadership and courage in embracing change and making decisions in the best overall interests of the industry’, said McKenzie. A draft racing calendar has been released to racing clubs with consultation on the draft closing on 15 June. It is expected a final calendar will be released on 3 July, prior to the commencement of a new year of racing on August 1.

Stylish Memphis poised for return - But for how long? As Burnham trainer Mark Jones prepares for the return of the best horse in his stable, he’s unsure exactly what the future holds for her. In January star filly Stylish Memphis linked up with the all-powerful All Stars stable for an Australian campaign that included victory in the $200,000 NSW Oaks at Menangle. It was then decided she would stay with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen until the end of the season. That was to include such lucrative races as the Nevele R series, the Oaks and the Harness Jewels, until COVID-19 threw the schedule into turmoil. After enjoying the good life with her owner Wayne Higgs, Stylish Memphis is due to re-join Jones at Overport Lodge in the next few weeks. She has won seven from 13 starts as a two and three-year-old and nearly $250,000 in stakes. And that’s where things get a bit murky. “The plan is to get her back here and then prepare for the Brisbane Oaks. But the stakes aren’t what they were. It used to be a $100,000 race – now it could be $30,000 or so … “ said Jones. And the problems don’t end there. “There are no races here for the four-year-old mares, and her rating is getting up there so she’ll be up against the free-for-all pacers, Henry Hubert and the like.” She’s currently a rating 86, Henry Hubert 92. So Jones is looking at a number of races – some against the colts – and also the Nevele R final on New Zealand Cup day, before heading to Melbourne next year before the Ladyship Mile in Sydney. He says he could remain the trainer or she could be entrusted with the Purdons again. It all depends on timing and circumstances. As for some of Jones’ other horses Willison, Burnham Boy, Plutonium Lady and Majestic Lavros have only started jogging and a Queensland campaign could be on the cards for them. Three look likely to be at Addington when racing resumes : “Deny Everything, Sioux Princess, Queenofdance will be ready to race that first meeting on the 29th.” While racing’s ground to a halt in recent weeks Jones has still kept himself busy. “I have a few two-year-olds to qualify and hope to race June/July and I have sold a few over the lockdown period.”   Harness Racing New Zealand

Bruce Negus has a sense of humour when it comes to his chances when harness racing gets underway later this month. He will be forever linked with the great Courage Under Fire and his 24-race unbeaten streak in the late 1990s. But the Burnham-based trainer doesn’t have that sort of horse flesh at his disposal these days. When racing resumes at Addington on May 29 he could have as many as six horses good to go, though he’s more confident with some than others. “Glacier Coaster, Pat Campbell and Highland Reign are all going to be fit enough if we can trial first. They are all better chances in amateur races.” He’s upbeat about six-win trotting mare She’s Allthe Craze : “She was unlucky premier night and will be ready as she requires little fast work.”’ But he’s not so bullish about two of his others. “Play By Ear and Loissonya require divine intervention.” Play By Ear has been unplaced in all seven starts, while Loissonya has won once in 61 attempts. Negus has had eight wins from 188 starts this season with his most winners (44) coming in 2008.   Harness Racing New Zealand

1: Best horse who you have ever been associated or worked with (owned, bred, jogged, trained, driven): Hard to compare these 2 horses from different eras in an evolving breed. Stig and Call Me Now 2: Best horse you have ever seen live: Lyell Creek 3: Best horse you have seen in any form (live, on tv, on the internet): Varenne 4: If you could have any driver in history driving for you in most important race of your life, it would be?: David Butt 5: The best trainer you have ever seen: Jack Litten 6: Your favourite racetrack: Kaikoura 7: The unluckiest or hardest to swallow defeat of your career: Dr Hook 2nd in Dominion. Dr Hook led I also had Musgrove in the race but he did not back up well from racing Cup Day and couldn't run on. This helped Vulcan to get out late and get up to beat Dr Hook by a head. I told Vulcan's trainer Tim Butt, Vulcan had the ugliest head I have ever seen.I was copying Tim's grandfather Derek Jones one liner when he was beaten on Soangetaha in the 1951 Pacing Interdominion Final into second by Vedette. 8: The race you have never won but would love to: Elitlopp Sweden 9: The horse we never got to see the best of is: I have a number of them, Marvin was one. Call You Later another. 10: The racing win, yours or somebody elses, that gave you the most joy: My first training and driving win Wave Goodbye Maiden Trot Motukarara 12-3-87. I can still remember Colin De Filippi saying congratulations as we eased up and my Boss Bill Doyle shaking my hand after the race. 11: Who is the person in harness racing you haven’t seen since lockdown started you are looking forward to seeing the most when we get back to the track: Bob Butt   Harness Racing New Zealand

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