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Bookmaker Richard Wilson updates us on some of the big bets placed on Cup Day and where the money was going. Tuesday – Addington Cup day A bumper day for Fixed Odds turnover with a Singles-only hold of a tick over $2m.  Last year, including Mulits, the hold was $1.7m and the two years before that we held $1.6m each.  Total turnover, including the tote, was up 1.9%. Race 1 – A massive move in the first of the day with Robbie Royale opening @ $12 & closing @ $5.50.  Just a tick under $25,000 on him in win singles.  Sundons Flyer $26-$16 and Overzealous $9.50-$9 were also well liked.  The biggest bets in the race were $1,200 Robbie Royale @ $8.50, $2,000 Matua Tana @ $4.80 & $2,200 Robbie Royale @ $2.90 Top3. Race 2 – Another big move with Dream Of Glory $8-$9-$5, almost $21,000 on him in the win book.  Punters also warmed up to the favourite Sugar Loaf close to start time.  $3,000 bets on Dream Of Glory @ both $7 & $5;  $3,000 Sugar Loaf @ $3, $1,000 @ $2.90 & $2,000 @ $2.80. Race 3 – Another move & punters on the ball here with Bonnie Highlander $4.40 into $3 and a tick over $40,000 on her.  Theodosia also well backed late @ $6-$5.  Big bets on Bonnie Highlander were $2,500 @ $4.40, $2,000 @ $3.80, $6,000 @ $3.40, four $1,000 bets and a $2,000 bet @ $3.10;  also $1,000 on Theodosia @ $5.50. Race 4 – Junior FFA.  A two horse war here with a swing over the weekend for Triple Eight $2.90-$2.10-$2.20 making him the favourite for a time, then a swing back for Ultimate Sniper $2-$2.40-$2.05.  $1,100 Triple Eight @ $2.80, $4,000 @ $2.40, $2,000 @ $2.10 & $1,000 @ $2.20;  $1,000 Ultimate Sniper @ $2.30.  600 more bets on  Ultimate Sniper made him the best backed in the end. Race 5 – Nemera Franco & Better Fly well backed here with third favourite Wild Excuse a welcome winner.  The largest bets on Better Fly were $1,000 & $4,000 bets @ $4, $1,600 @ $3.90 & $1,000 @ $3.70.  $800 & three $600 bets on Nemera Franco @ $2.30 and plenty of $400-$500 bets on her @ $2.40 & $2.30. Race 6 – Trotting FFA.  Winterfell was another very well backed runner here.  Almost $45,000 invested on him in the win book @ $5-$3.40.  $4,300 @ $5, $9,000 @ $1.95 Top3, $2,000 @ $4.40, $2,000 @ $3.90, $1,500 @ $3.70, $2,000 & $1,500 @ $3.40;  Tough Monarch: punters warmed up late with three $1,000 bets, $1,400 & $2,000 all @ $3. Race 7 – Sires Stks Final.  Just over half of the win book was on One Change @ $2.10-$1.95 & he justified the support, just.  A near miss here with $1,000 EW Copy That @ $31 & $5 getting very close.  Other big bets $2,000, $3,500 & $1,000 bets on One Change @ $2.10;  $2,000 Flying Even Better Top3 @ $2.90. Race 8 - A two horse battle again here with Heisenberg $3.30-$2.50 the best backed & punters rallying behind Amazing Dream @ $1.65-$1.90 late.  Big bets on Heisenberg were $7,000 @ 2.90; $3,000 & $5,000, three $1,200 bets, $1,500 & $2,000 all @ $2.50.  Bets on Amazing Dream were $1,000 @ $1.85, three $1,000 bets and $4,200 all @ $1.90. Race 9 – Punters initially specked quite a few here, mainly Gliding Away $26-$16 before settling on Belmont Major in a big way.  He was $2.40-$2.90-$2.15 and held almost $60,000 of the $100,000 win book.  Big bets were $300 Gliding Away @ $26 & $400 @ $21;  $1,000 Mach Da Vinci @ $12; $1,000 Howard Hughes @ $7.50; $4,300 Belmont Major @ $2.90, $3,000 & $5,000 @ $2.40, and three $1,000 bets @ $2.15. Race 10 – NZ Cup.  Spirited betting in the NZ Cup again this year.  The least backed horse was Hail Christian and there was $1,793 in more than 500 bets on him.  Stablemates, Spankem $2.20-$2.40 & Thefixer $3.20-$2.80, held 61% of the win book between them with Spankem being the best backed.  The biggest bets in the Cup were $4,000, $3,250 & $2,000 on Spankem @ $2.40;  $3,300 @ $2.90,  $2,500, $2,300 & $2,200 on Thefixer @ $2.80, and $1,000 San Carlo @ $11.  The winner, Cruz Bromac was fairly good for us in both the Final Field and Futures Books.  He opened @ $12 on March 7th in the Pre-nom book & hit a high of $16 around 10 June 10.  After nominations, he opened @ $11 and hit a peak of $21 for a few days around October 10.  This week in the Final Field book he was $9 out to $13 & was the 6th best backed runner with a smidge over $11,000 on him.  A couple of $200 bets @ $12 were the best. Race 11 – Our worst results here were Never Mind $10-$8.50 and Girls Let Loose $26-$12, both being about $50,000 liabilities.  Best backed was the favourite B D Kasothon with $3,500 @ $2.40 the biggest bet.  Other big bets were $1,000 & $1,500 bets on Lone Star Lad @ $4.80 as well as $1,000 @ $4.50;  $900 Never Mind @ $9 & $700 @ $8.50. Race 12 - The biggest bet of the day came in the last with $25,000 on Taxman @ $1.45 coming up short.  Tango Tara wasn't a great result for us though with over 1,000 individual bets on him.  $1,000 @ $6.50 was the biggest & there were also $5,000 & $4,000 Top3 bets @ $1.85 on Tango Tara.  $2,000 @ $2.20 & $1,000 @ $2.10 on Dan Fernando to run TOP3 meant punters finished on a great note.  Multi of the Week:  $20, 2-leg Multi @ Addington Lovey Dovey Moment @ $7.50 Ascalabus @ $31 Returned $4,650. Best Cash-out of the Week:  $10  Multi Sugar Loaf @ $3 Bonnie Highlander @ $3.10 Ultimate Sniper @ $2.40 Tough Monarch @ $2.40 One Change @ $2.10 Spankem @ $2.20 Would have returned $2,474, BUT was cashed out for $757 before Spankem ran 2nd in the cup. Worst Cash-out of the Week:  $20 - 4 Leg Multi Lovey Dovey Moment @ $2.90  TOP3 Sugar Loaf @ $3 Amazing Dream @ $1.90 Line Up @ $4.50  TOP3 Would have returned $1,487 BUT was cashed out for $575 before Line Up claimed 3rd in the Sires Stks Final.

DRIVERS CHALLENGE ON AGAIN AT ASCOT PARK RACEWAY    The border rivalry is back! The Downbytheseaside Drivers Challenge takes place at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Thursday (7 November). Supported by Woodlands Stud the drivers challenge has taken on many formats over the years and now, for the third year running, this year’s event will again see teams of six from North and South of the Waitaki lock horns. The South of the Waitaki Team is the defending champion while Nathan Williamson took the individual title last year and this year the “home” team returns with a strong line up featuring Nathan, Matty and Brad Williamson, Brent Barclay, Craig Ferguson and Kirstin Barclay. Travelling south to try and wrest back the title they won in 2017 is the North Of The Waitaki Team of Blair Orange, Ricky May, John Morrison, Sam Ottley, Sheree Tomlinson and former Southlander Mark Hurrell. Racing is scheduled to commence at 3.05pm and included in the eight races programmed are four point scoring heats for the Downbytheseaside Drivers Challenge. Racing continues until the last race at 6.26pm so there is a great opportunity to stop in and catch some action even after work. Points will be allocated as follows for each heat – 1st 10, 2nd 7, 3rd 5, 4th 3, 5th 1 and points scored will go to both the individual tally in the challenge and the teams total. Admission to the course will be free. One punter will take home a meal voucher from Level One Restaurant & Bar in Invercargill when a draw of all losing on course tote tickets is made after Race 6 while also after race 6 all children on course receive a free bag of lollies.   Wyndham - Sunday 10 November TEN RACE PROGRAMME AT WYNDHAM ON SUNDAY The Wyndham Harness Racing Club host their first meeting of the season at Young Quinn Raceway in Wyndham on Sunday 10 November. The first race is scheduled for 12.02pm with the last of ten races at 5.07pm. The feature race will be the Kubala Seeds Stella Frost Stakes timed to start at 2.47pm. Admission to the course is free.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, This Friday is the last race meeting prior to Cup Week!  Good luck to all horses and connections racing this Friday! It is all go!  The team are working hard for our biggest week!  We are track with our build schedule.  We have installed 3 marquees, 118 still to go!  Addington Cup Week Hospitality – wait listing only Corporate Hospitality  - is all sold out for both days.  If you are still looking for tickets, please call the lovely Joanne McMaster on 021 0298 5972 or email her on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz and I am sure she will be able to assist.  LIMITED TICKETS LEFT -  TAB Trackside Retreat -  For the ultimate betting experience with friends or colleagues there is no better place to view all the top racing action.  TAB Trackside Retreat is positioned in a reserved area in The Edge Public Village directly in line with the 75m mark.  It has easy access to a private viewing area and direct views to the large screen.  10 SEATS LEFT - Reserved Seating Tickets – only $65 per person + booking fee - A reserved seat offers prime viewing to capture all the entertainment and thrilling racing action.  Anyone booking a reserved ticket is able to access everything that is available in the General Admission area!  SHOW DAY RACES – There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.   SPECTATORS BAR & BISTRO - A seat in Spectators to watch all the racing action on TV’s or via the exclusive outdoor area to the Lindauer Lawn.  You’ll have the opportunity to order one of Spectators famous pizzas amongst other delicious treats, snacks and refreshments off the menu. 2019 Spectators Bar & Bistro Ticket Prices: Adult (available 2 Sept until sold out) – $30 per person + booking fee Children (aged 14 years and under) – Free (limited tickets) There are numerous public areas available with your gold coin entry including the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns, Twiggers and the Christian Cullen Lounge where tasty Kiwi treats and refreshments will be available. Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you soon!   Alexandra Park News – Friday 1 November Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races  |  November & December Plan the perfect Christmas Party to celebrate the end of the year with Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races. Enjoy a delicious Christmas buffet surrounded by colleagues, friends and family. We’ve got premier harness racing action featuring the IRT Inter Dominion Championship and live entertainment after the last race. Don’t delay as this is our busiest time of year, head to alexandrapark.co.nz to get your tickets! IRT Inter Dominion Championship Series  |  November & December Witness the ultimate test of equine speed and strength at this years’ IRT Inter Dominion Championship Series at Alexandra Park throughout November and December. Start with the Welcome Cocktail Party being held at the Rydges Rooftop Terrace on Thursday 28th November. Then get absolutely engulfed in harness racing action with the IRT ID19 heats (29th November, 3rd December, 6th December). Don’t miss the Barrier Draw Brunch at The Alex Bar & Eatery on Sunday 8th December to get you amped up for the GRAND FINAL on Saturday 14th December where you’ll see the best of the best go head to head to take out the championship! Keen to find out more information? Go to www.id19.co.nz   Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has two stallion tenders on offer. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE – a son of Somebeachsomewhere Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Speeding Spur – now competing at the highest level in the USA Sire of Paramount Gee Gee 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Please send all tenders before then to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz   Harness Racing New Zealand

McMillan Equine Feeds 3YO C & G Sires Stakes Series 36 Click here! All five heats have been run for the above series, click on the link above to see how the McMillan Equine Feeds Final field is shaping up (in ranking order), which will be run on Cup Day, Tuesday 12th November. Alabar 3YO Fillies Sires Stakes Series 36 Click here! Click on the link above to see the results from the first two heats run for the Alabar 3YO Fillies Series.     Michelle Harris Harness Racing New Zealand | Communications & Website Coordinator

TAB News Pick6 this week - $25K Pick Six Manawatu Thursday. $25K Pick Six at Alexandra Park Friday $25K Pick Six at Kaikoura Monday Bonus Quaddies Friday - Alexandra Park Night Harness: $10k BONUS LATE Quaddie Last 4 Races Sunday - Kaikoura Harness: $10k BONUS LATE Quaddie Last 4 Races   Methven Trotting Club - Friday 1 November The Methven Trotting Club is breaking new ground with its first ever twilight meeting this Friday starting at approximately 3pm. Track preparations have been challenging with the constant rain but despite that Carl Markham and his team have the old place in tip top order and with things finally starting to feel like summer everything is ready for a big afternoon. The club is hoping that it will present Friday night socializers at pubs and clubs with some rare grass track racing on a Friday evening and hope to entice  local and Christchurch patrons to head to the Mt. Harding track for some exciting harness action. The differences don’t stop there with a preponderance of sprint events both mobile and standing starts for the lesser performed trotters and pacers. Other differences include the second outing for a new menu which attracted much favourable comment at the October Methven Cup well done to all involved love the lamb rolls! So for a quickfire  afternoon at the races head down to Methven with your punting shoes on you won’t need a jacket  as at Methven the sun always shines! Mike Heenan for Methven Trotting Club   Alexandra Park News – Friday 1 November Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races  |  November & December Plan the perfect Christmas Party to celebrate the end of the year with Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races. Enjoy a delicious Christmas buffet surrounded by colleagues, friends and family. We’ve got premier harness racing action featuring the IRT Inter Dominion Championship and live entertainment after the last race. Don’t delay as this is our busiest time of year, head to alexandrapark.co.nz to get your tickets! IRT Inter Dominion Championship Series  |  November & December Witness the ultimate test of equine speed and strength at this years’ IRT Inter Dominion Championship Series at Alexandra Park throughout November and December. Start with the Welcome Cocktail Party being held at the Rydges Rooftop Terrace on Thursday 28th November. Then get absolutely engulfed in harness racing action with the IRT ID19 heats (29th November, 3rd December, 6th December). Don’t miss the Barrier Draw Brunch at The Alex Bar & Eatery on Sunday 8th December to get you amped up for the GRAND FINAL on Saturday 14th December where you’ll see the best of the best go head to head to take out the championship! Keen to find out more information? Go to www.id19.co.nz   Kaikoura Trotting Club – November 3 and 4 The Kaikoura Trotting Club is already preparing for the annual Alabar Weekend of Racing at South Bay Racecourse to be held this year on Sunday November 3 and Monday November 4. Working bees are underway, and the club are calling for trainers to please contact them in advance to arrange horse accommodation and assistance with any accommodation for trainers/drivers and owners. Minimum stake on Sunday’s twilight meeting is $8,000, with other races with stakes of $9,000 and $11,000.  The Club will pay all non-stake winners an additional $100 to assist in transport costs for this day. On Alabar Kaikoura Cup Day on Monday the minimum stake is $10,000. If anyone has any questions or wants to book their accommodation for horses please contact the club directly or Grant Anderson on 027 450 5468   Harness Racing Waikato - Tuesday 5 November Melbourne Cup Day @ Cambridge Raceway  Join us at Cambridge Raceway and enjoy live coverage of The Melbourne Cup on the big screen followed by on course Harness Racing action. Our Public Bar provides the perfect spot for the live broadcast and promises to be a great afternoon (and evening) of entertainment.  All welcome on the day with FREE ENTRY to the public bar. There is also the option to click on the link to reserve a table for only $20 & enjoy a a bucket of 4x Corona on arrival.     Date: Tuesday 5th November 2019 Location: Public Bar (ground floor), Cambridge Raceway Timings: 12:00pm – Doors open 12:30pm – 5.30pm, Live coverage of the Melbourne Cup 6:09pm – First race 9.50- Last race Price: FREE ENTRY Book a table: $20 & receive a bucket of 4x Corona* on arrival  Head to- Cambridgeraceway.co.nz to book! *Alcohol will not be served to anyone intoxicated or under the age of 18. The owners of each race winner on the day will receive a special gift basket as well as well as hospitality in the Presidents Room where crayfish will be part of the menu. The first race is scheduled from 12.24pm and admission to the course is free.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, This Friday is the last race meeting prior to Cup Week!  Good luck to all horses and connections racing this Friday! It is all go!  The team are working hard for our biggest week!  We are track with our build schedule.  We have installed 3 marquees, 118 still to go!  Addington Cup Week Hospitality – wait listing only Corporate Hospitality  - is all sold out for both days.  If you are still looking for tickets, please call the lovely Joanne McMaster on 021 0298 5972 or email her on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz and I am sure she will be able to assist.  LIMITED TICKETS LEFT -  TAB Trackside Retreat -  For the ultimate betting experience with friends or colleagues there is no better place to view all the top racing action.  TAB Trackside Retreat is positioned in a reserved area in The Edge Public Village directly in line with the 75m mark.  It has easy access to a private viewing area and direct views to the large screen.  10 SEATS LEFT - Reserved Seating Tickets – only $65 per person + booking fee - A reserved seat offers prime viewing to capture all the entertainment and thrilling racing action.  Anyone booking a reserved ticket is able to access everything that is available in the General Admission area!  SHOW DAY RACES – There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.   SPECTATORS BAR & BISTRO - A seat in Spectators to watch all the racing action on TV’s or via the exclusive outdoor area to the Lindauer Lawn.  You’ll have the opportunity to order one of Spectators famous pizzas amongst other delicious treats, snacks and refreshments off the menu. 2019 Spectators Bar & Bistro Ticket Prices: Adult (available 2 Sept until sold out) – $30 per person + booking fee Children (aged 14 years and under) – Free (limited tickets) There are numerous public areas available with your gold coin entry including the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns, Twiggers and the Christian Cullen Lounge where tasty Kiwi treats and refreshments will be available. Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you soon!     Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has two stallion tenders on offer. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE – a son of Somebeachsomewhere Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Speeding Spur – now competing at the highest level in the USA Sire of Paramount Gee Gee 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Please send all tenders before then to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz   from Harness Racing New Zealand

Tom Kilkelly’s ownership journey has been one of loyalty and friendship, but also more recently it’s had a touch of serendipity. Because when Tom Kilkelly purchased U May Cullect as a weanling in Auckland he had absolutely no inclination of the rollercoaster of emotions he was about to climb aboard. “He was no stunner,” Tom admits. “He was a nice horse, by an average sire and the good thing about it is that anyone could have got him, and had the fun we have had.” “You don’t have to have a huge amount of money to get a horse like him; you just have to have faith.” It was that faith and loyalty that has seen Tom involved in harness racing for 55 years and still loving the game. “As a 13-year-old I got a job in a harness racing stables in Greymouth, helping out before and after school and on the weekends and holidays,” Tom said. “I got the princely sum of 10 shillings a week.” A little later in life Tom moved to Invercargill where he and a friend leased a trotter to race. And although that horse didn’t win, they enjoyed being a part of the ownership experience. It would be following meeting with the late Brian Swain in 1988 that saw Tom lease a horse named Man Of The Match, who went on to win three races and was then sold to American buyers. “I thought after that the game was easy, I thoroughly enjoyed myself,” explained Tom. And even prior to U May Cullect arriving on the scene Tom experienced some big thrills whilst training and owning his own team of horses. “The biggest highlight for me (pre U May Cullect) would be the day I owned and co-trained four winners with Tracee Faithful on Regent Race Day,” said Tom. “I’ve had some nice horses over the years like Ask McArdle (5 wins), Western Arden (13 wins) and Guns N Roses (9 wins), however the thrill of a lifetime is obviously having a horse like Carlos (U May Cullect).” “Everyone in this game dreams of owning one like him, and fortunately for us the dream has come true. Sadly we won’t be at the Cup this year, but look out in 2020,” Tom laughs. But with having a horse like U May Cullect does come the unique and immense pressure of public expectation. “I don’t usually get too nervous on raceday unless Carlos is racing, as there is so much expected of him. The pressure of owning him has been ok, I was just disappointed for all of his followers when he sustained his latest injury,” said Tom. “I was in Japan working and I got a text from Kirstin (Barclay) that just said “ring me” and I knew something was wrong. But as I say, he will be back.” The journey they endeavored on with U May Cullect has also changed the way they look at other horses, and they now have another potential comeback story in the wings. “We have one horse called Ask Me Major, who is a half to Ask McArdle, and he had three starts for a win and two fourths before he did a tendon. We gave him away to trekking stable, but after what has happened with Carlos we decided to get him back and give him another go,” Tom explained. “We gave the guy at the trekking stable a ten percent share, and the horse is now a nine-year-old but is only a few weeks away from the workouts. It could be an amazing story if he was able to come back and win!” Tom has had success as an owner in both New Zealand and Australia, placing horses with Adam Kelly in Melbourne once he feels they have reached their mark here. But his partnership with Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis has really seen things flourish over the last couple of years. “I have a great relationship with both Tank and Kirstin. I think they complement each other well with their own set of different skills. Kirstin is like family to Julie and I,” Tom said. “The best part about being an owner and not a trainer now is not having to get out of bed in the middle of a rough winter’s morning and freeze in the cart,” Tom laughed. “But of course the thrill of winning a race is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced. I don’t get into too much of the celebrating, but I do like to head home with Julie and have two or three cold ones and watch the replay.” “I would highly recommend anyone to get involved in this game, obviously syndicates are the best way to get started as you get to meet new people and still experience the thrill of owning or leasing a horse.” Tom is keen to help others on their own ownership journey as well. “We have ten mares in foal this year as well as six yearlings on the ground. We won’t be able to race them all, so hopefully we can encourage some new people into the game in years to come.” For more information on harness racing ownership and how you can get involved, please email Jess Smith - HRNZ Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator, jess@hrnz.co.nz   Harness Racing New Zealand

Welcome to the Harness Half Hour Podcast brought to you by HRNZ marketing and Airpark Canterbury. Jess Smith brings the latest harness racing news and interviews with colorful and interesting industry participants from New Zealand and around the world. This week's show features junior driver Zev Meredith following his first win; Grant Anderson of the Kaikoura TC updates us on their travel subsidy for their Sunday meeting; Jim Crawford of the Tuapeka HRC is with us ahead of their annual meeting this weekend also. And Richard Wilson as usual provides us with the Bookie Update.   Jess Smith

In 2019, Christmas at the Races celebrates its 13th season - over one million people and counting have attended a Christmas at the Races event to date! This season, the first event is on 1 November, with 36 events Nationwide across both equine Codes. On average, 20% of guests at each Christmas at the Races event experiences their first time ever on a racecourse at a race meeting - this is a large audience who are new to racing and betting. Through the Santa's pick promotion (the driver wearing the santa cap cover in each race), the industry looks to engage with those new to racing and encourage on-course participation by encouraging them to not just join in the party, but also to interact with the horse racing action on-track. The Santa’s Pick promotion gives people an ‘easy pick’ for their bet, and engages them with racing, ultimately resulting in more bets placed on-course. When a customer places a bet of $5 or more including a Santa’s Pick runner, they are handed an entry card with their betslip. They simply fill in their details on the card and drop it into an entry box on-course to go into the draw to win a dream trip for 2 to Singapore including a VIP experience at the Kranji Mile 2020! This season, alike to previous seasons, we ask drivers, trainers and owners to support the initiative for the Clubs and industry by wearing the red Santa cap - this ensures the attendees at the event can follow the 'Santa's Pick' in each race, and engage with the action on-track. Clubs make the Santa's Pick selections, and we would appreciate your support in ensuring each of the Santa’s Pick selections wear the Santa cap cover in each race.   HRNZ

By Garrick Knight Handy Canterbury mare Uptown Lady has been sold to American interests. The daughter of Art Major left for Colts Neck, New Jersey, last Friday. Her former trainer, Mark Jones, says it was disappointing to lose a mare of her quality. “She has a good turn of speed, a great attitude and will love the hard racing over there. “I was sad to lose her but the lack of fillies and mares’ options here was a reason to sell. “And we lose a nice future broodmare, too.” Accompanying her across the Pacific was another four-year-old Art Major mare in Flashazz, a one-win daughter of former Harness Jewels winner, Pembrook’s Delight. Also on the flight was Global Domination, who ran fourth in last year’s New Zealand Derby behind Ultimate Sniper and had just resumed racing for the new season with a couple of inauspicious performances. He’ll join the stable of Peter Tritton, a prodigious buyer of New Zealand stock over many years. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Former Group 1 winning trotter Great Things Happen has had a minor setback. After a disappointing resumption in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup at Addington on October 4, Rangiora trainer Gavin Smith got the horse checked out. “It was the worst he’s ever gone – he just doesn’t do that,” Smith said of his 10-length defeat at the hands of Oscar Bonavena after doing no work in transit. “I thought something had to be drastically wrong. “So, we got him scoped and he was full of snot. His bloods were fine so it’s no wonder we couldn’t detect it beforehand.” With the horse requiring an easy time of it, his Dominion Trot preparation has been compromised and Smith now faces a race against time to get him fit enough for the November 15 feature. ___________________________________________________________________________________ An old friend is about to reunite with the dominant All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Cruz Bromac is due to return to their Rolleston stable next week for a second Spring stint in Christchurch. The New Zealand-bred pacer won last year’s New Zealand Free For All on Show Day after being slightly unlucky in the New Zealand Cup three days earlier. He then contested the Inter Dominions for Purdon and Rasmussen, going undefeated in the heats before running third behind Tiger Tara in the Final. He stayed in Australia through the winter and recently resumed for trainer Amanda Grieve, running third in Saturday night’s Victoria Cup. Purdon confirmed the $12 fifth favourite for the New Zealand Cup was due in the next 10 days when speaking on Radio Trackside on Monday. “He’s going to join us; we’re making arrangements this week to fly him over so hopefully they’ll have him on the way by next Sunday. “It was an eye-catching run in the Victoria Cup; he made up good ground for third. “I’ve spoken to Dean Braun and he’s been very, very happy with his preparation and how he is.” Cruz Bromac is also nominated for December’s Inter Dominion Series in Auckland. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Story courtesy of Mark Jones Harness Racing. Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones was saddened by the passing of former Balcairn trainer Maurice Bailey at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, recently. Maurice, who died aged 87, was a great supporter of Mark in his early junior driving day. The North Canterbury trainer enjoyed a top strike rate with a small team until retiring from training in 2000. He was instrumental in lifting Mark’s profile in his first year as a junior driver, putting him on a big mover in the trot ranks in Andrew Eyre. Just two months after Mark scored his first career win with Lord Phantom, trained by his father Peter, at Blenheim in November 1996, Mark was winning with Andrew Eyre at Nelson in January 1997. Andrew Eyre, who had won his Motukarara maiden with Peter Jones driving him in January 1996, came of age in 1997. After winning for Mark at Nelson, he’d won seven on end by March 29, with Mark steering him home in six of them, and Karen O’Connor saluting in another junior event. Mark went on to win a Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup in October 1998 with Andrew Eyre for Maurice, and another two Addington wins. Peter Jones trained the horse later in 1999, with Mark driving him to win the South Bay Trotters Cup at Kaikoura and run a Group One third to Lyell Creek and Sundowner Bay in the 1999 Dominion. Mark also drove Andrew Eyre in the last of the horse’s 14 wins (from 55 starts) at Addington in December 1999. “I will never forget how good Maurice was to me and without fail, there was a $200 cash sling after every win,” Mark said.  “I’ve always said I would never be where I am today without Maurice.”  Mark says drivng Andrew Eyre put him on the map. Also in May 1997, Maurice gave him drives on Sandtross, winning first-up in May. Mark scored six pacing wins between May and August, 1997, with the then in-form Macatross gelding. By 2003, Mark had become a World Driving Champion. “I’ve also been friends with Maurice’s two sons, Anthony and Phil, ever since driving for him,” Mark said. “We’ve had great nights since, as they owned night clubs. When I was  17 and winning races for Maurice, it made it easy for me to get in.” “He was an amazing trainer. He never used a stop-watch. His horses were always great-mannered and had a top strike rate.”   Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Following the successful trial in which most elements of discretion were removed from the ratings handicapping system, the HRNZ Board has resolved to continue the format for the foreseeable future. The ‘No Discretion’ system will take over from the extended ‘No Discretion Trial’ from Monday 14 October 2019. The following are the key recommendations of the Handicapping Sub-Committee that have been subsequently approved by the Board. Race Winners’ Matrix A simplified, four-step Race Winners’ Matrix was approved for use from 14 October. It is available to view here Rating Floor for Multiple race winners Horses that have won two or more races shall not be permitted to drop to a rating below R45. Note: this will not be applied retrospectively. Treatment of Unplaced Horses Handicappers have the ability to drop unplaced horses (6th to last) up to a maximum of three points, if the horse in question is rated from R61 to R80 and has had at least three unplaced starts since its last win or re-rating. Handicappers have the ability to drop unplaced horses (6th to last) up to a maximum of three points, if the horse in question is rated from R81 to R99 and has had at least two unplaced starts since its last win or re-rating. Horses rated R100 and above may be re-rated by Handicappers following an unplaced run (6th to last) up to a maximum of three points. 2YO Concessions 2YOs winning their first race with a stake of $20,000 or less capped at R50. 2YOs males winning their first race with a stake in excess of $20,000 receive four points. 2YOs fillies winning their first race with a stake in excess of $20,000 receive three points. All 2YO wins following the first 2YO win shall be applied as follows: four points for 2YO males, three points for 2YO fillies, regardless of stake.  The complete updated Guiding Principles of the Ratings Handicapping System are available to view here  Andrew Morris Handicapper Harness Racing New Zealand

Bluff based harness racing owner John Edminstin has enjoyed ownership from many different vantage points. During his 15 years on the ownership journey he has experienced memorable moments as an outright owner, a breeder, a shareholder and also as a syndicate member. “My earliest memories of harness racing were from going to the race track with my parents,” recalled John. “I think that’s where my love of harness racing started out.” John, who also runs the popular Bluff Oyster Festival, was a part of the Bluff Bowling Club (BBC) Syndicate who had great success with their horses over the years. “We had ten members and had some wonderful horses,” John said. “We had the likes of Bet’s Bet who won eight races, Capitol Drive who won five and also Ted West who won six here before being sold to Australia.” “We had some really fun moments as a syndicate. We were quite social and liked to head to the races together. It was a great experience to enjoy that with others.” John was able to also pursue ownership in his own right, racing the likes of When The Music’s Over who won five races and sits fondly in John’s memories. “I would have to say he was one of my favourites,” John said. “He was so honest and gave it his all, he even placed in a few country cups but unfortunately just couldn’t pick one up. Be he stands out in my favourite moments as an owner.” He has also recent tasted success after turning his hand to breeding. “I bred from Kentucky Girl because I was told her family would be quite commercial,” John explained. “She has a lot of good blood in her family so I decided to give breeding a go and she has had a promising start. I bred Onesmartfella (by Tintin In America) on my own out of her, and then my friend Earl Shannon came on board after that and we have together bred her to A Rocknroll Dance and Sportswriter. She is now in foal to Vincent.” Kentucky Girl quickly returned the faith put in her by producing Onesmartfella to win the Nugget final last week at Northern Southland. He has now had one win and a second from just two career starts. As many owners know though the path to the winner’s circle is not easy. John has too experienced his fair share of bad luck and disappointment. “We had horses that for some reason or another we did not see the best of,” John admitted. “Turbine was a big brute of a horse, which is why he was named that, but he had a wind issue and we had to retire him after winning three races.” “Rochester won three of five and was sold to Perth before he broke down, and Dunrobin who won a Nugget final. They were two that had huge ability but sadly we didn’t see them best of them either. That’s just horse racing I guess, and it makes the wins even more special.” “It can be an expensive past time, but I have spread it out over the years.” “I would probably describe ownership as a bad habit. The best part of being an owner is winning,” John laughed. “But it is also about the sharing the ups and downs with friends and being a part of a syndicate is also fun and an affordable way to experience ownership.” To find out more about how you can be involved in ownership please contact Jess Smith, HRNZ Ownership Co-Ordinator by emailing jess@hrnz.co.nz   Harness Racing New Zealand

Fast 10 Horse Racing is arriving this December. Quick Horse Racing Ltd is excited to be bringing you a world first, Fast10 Horse Racing – a live action packed daytime event at Addington Raceway on 20th December 2019, starting from 11.30am. Fast10 Horse Racing is combining the best of racing for our true racing enthusiasts along with an exciting, action packed event including a colourful array of entertainment. This event will include ten races each featuring 10 horses in just over 2 ½ hours! Fast10 is the next level of racing - it’s faster and quicker than ever before, racing in half the time but doubling the fun. Owners, Tony Russell and Glenn Hames have been working on this concept for over two years and are thrilled to be bringing the first event to Christchurch. They are both passionate about the racing industry and wanted to “reignite passion and interest in the industry while creating a fun and exciting event to appeal to new customers”. The concept of Fast10 is similar to other sports such as T20 Cricket by creating a new product based on a traditional sport. “We have seen how T20 cricket has changed Cricket and we believe that Fast10 can provide that same effect to racing in New Zealand”. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates here  Hospitality options will be available soon, we will update the public as soon as they are on sale. For further information on Fast 10 Horse Racing, please contact: Glenn Hames - ghames.qhr@gmail.com or 0272032746 Tony Russell - trussell.qhr@gmail.com or 0274326522 Pure racing, Pure excitement, Pure fun   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

The first harness racing rankings for the IRT Inter Dominion 2019 are now available from here   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

At the first meeting of the HRNZ Board held on 28 September 2019, the following positions were confirmed: Chair: Ken Spicer Vice-Chair: Colin Hair Finance Chair: John Coulam HRNZ will now be represented by a board of eight. The other current directors are Kevin McNaught (elected by the clubs and kindred bodies) John Grainger (appointed by the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club) and  Ross Johnson (appointed by the Auckland Trotting Club). The process for the recruitment of the two independent directors is currently underway. HRNZ hopes to have the two additional directors in place by the end of November.   Harness Racing New Zealand

TAB News Pick6 this week - $25K Pick Six Winton Thursday. $25K Pick Six at Addington Friday. September - Harness First4 - $6K Bonus First4 Race 4 Addington Friday.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre – Friday 27 September World first to be held at Addington Raceway this Friday In a world first, the Addington Catch Driver Championship will be held at Addington this Friday night. Players of Catch Driver who are oncourse can enter the heats, and if they win the final will win a trip to Mooloolaba for two courtesy of Addington Raceway and Westview Racing! Plus other great prizes on offer too! To enter you must register with Jess Smith at HRNZ before 12noon Thursday 26 September. Entrants will be drawn after that. Register by emailing jess@hrnz.co.nz Hello Everyone, It is all go at Addington!  We are pretty much racing every week up until Cup Week!  We have exciting racing ahead with the Road to the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup underway and the Road to the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot soon to commence! Below we have outlined all the fun areas for the week.  Be sure to read what is available and visit addington.co.nz to book your spot and to be part of the magic! CHRISTCHURCH CASINO NZ TROTTING CUP DAY – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! A big congratulations to Christchurch Casino, our naming rights sponsor and principal partner, on celebrating their 25th anniversary in November!  Please join Christchurch Casino and Addington Raceway as together we offer an exceptional range of places to toast their anniversary and enjoy Australasia’s biggest harness racing day. #letscelebrate #nzcup19 GENERAL ADMISSION You will be right in the heart of the action to view all races on the trackside grassed area or via big screens.  Venture into The Edge Public Village to have an epic experience in The Edge Activation Garden.  Thanks to The Edge, there will also be a phone charging station to keep you up to date with your social media and betting. The cutting-edge fashion heats and semi-finals of The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition are now open and will be held in The Edge Public Village.  If you wish to become fashion royalty of the year and to be in to win thousands of dollars in prizes, make sure you enter this elite event.  You will be at crossroads of what to do between races!  Make sure you check out the Speights Beer Garden with your mates as The Rock will be on course with their ‘Beat The Bar Activation Challenge’. Check out our crossroads signage in The Edge Public Village to choose a bet you won’t forget at one of our many totes.  For refreshing beverages and delicious treats, race over to our bars and some of Christchurch’s top international food providers. Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on The Edge Public Village Stage will be ..…… avoid FOMO, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! 2019 General Admission Ticket Prices: Earlybird (2 September to 31 October) – $25 per person + booking fee Standard (1 to 12 November) – $35 per person + booking fee At the gate (12 November) – $45 per person (cash only)   Reserved Seating Tickets – only $65 per person + booking fee A reserved seat offers prime viewing to capture all the entertainment and thrilling racing action.  There are only 100 tickets available in the public stand (uncovered), so be sure to get in quick!  Anyone booking a reserved ticket is able to access everything that is available in the General Admission area!  LINDAUER LAWN You will be making a beeline to the sought after revamped Lindauer Lawn to watch spectacular racing, fashion finals and presentations from the lawn, or via an elevated view from the rooftop. But wait, what is Lindauer doing this year? For the first time, Lindauer are giving the first 100 people on course an elaborate glam gift.  Prior to entering the Lindauer Lawn be sure to stop, a complimentary Lindauer will be served to the first 1,000 stylish and racing ready people! For delicious treats and thirst-quenching refreshments, make sure you trot over to one of our many bars and food offerings. To make a bet you won’t forget, race over to one of our tote operators who will be happy to assist. Addington is also raising the stakes!  Only those who purchase a Lindauer Lawn ticket will be in to win!  But, to win what…watch this space! Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day headline act on the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop Stage will be……??? All will be revealed about Addington’s prize and entertainment on the Lindauer Lawn & Rooftop via our social media pages!  Make sure you follow us to be the first to hear everything that will be on offer in this fabulous area. Please note this is an R18 Area. Guests will be age-verified. 2019 Lindauer Lawn Ticket Price: Lindauer Lawn (available 2 September until sold out) – $75 per person + booking fee Oops, you were after Corporate Hospitality as you wish to provide the ultimate hosting experience to thank valued clients, staff, and friends, and to network with business leaders who attend this iconic event every year? That’s fine, for further details or to book visit addington.co.nz. TAB Trackside Retreat -  For the ultimate betting experience with friends or colleagues there is no better place to view all the top racing action.  TAB Trackside Retreat is positioned in a reserved area in The Edge Public Village directly in line with the 75m mark.  It has easy access to a private viewing area and direct views to the large screen.  Be in to win – book your spot! PLEASE NOTE This is an R18 Event Fully licensed venue and no food or alcohol is able to be brought on course SHOW DAY RACES – PUBLIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Show Day Races is truly a fun cost-effective day out for everyone.  There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.   So be sure to pop along and celebrate elite racing at its best on one of NZ’s richest race days. Racing highlights of the day are the Woodlands NZ Free-For-All and the Airpark Canterbury Dominion Trot.  The NZ Kidz Kartz Final is definitely a crowd pleaser for all ages. This year we will have again having a FREE kids’ entertainment zone, home to many exciting activities for all ages including, for the first time a FREE petting zoo. There are numerous public areas available with your gold coin entry including the Lindauer and Blanc de Blanc Lawns, Twiggers and the Christian Cullen Lounge where tasty Kiwi treats and refreshments will be available. Show Day Races headline act on the Lindauer Lawn will be……, make sure you follow our social media pages to be the first to hear who will be entertaining you! SPECTATORS BAR & BISTRO A seat in Spectators to watch all the racing action on TV’s or via the exclusive outdoor area to the Lindauer Lawn.  You’ll have the opportunity to order one of Spectators famous pizzas amongst other delicious treats, snacks and refreshments off the menu. Yay – children aged 14 years and under are FREE.  Be sure to get in quick as numbers are limited. 2019 Spectators Bar & Bistro Ticket Prices: Adult (available 2 Sept until sold out) – $30 per person + booking fee Children (aged 14 years and under) – Free (limited tickets) Spectators will be open to everyone after the last race. #letscelebrate #showdayraces Have a great week everyone.  We look forward to hosting you soon!   Alexandra Park News – Friday 27 September Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/mezze-a-night-of-sharing/ [WIN!] Journey to Thailand with Thai Airways |  Friday 27 September from 5.30pm Revel in the beauty of Southeast Asia, a tropical wonderland known for its’ rich culture, diverse communities and flavoursome food. Our ever popular Thai-inspired night at the races will take place in the Tasman Room located on level one with direct access trackside. Those who book and attend have the chance to go in the draw to WIN Flights for Two to Bangkok, Thailand thanks to our friends at Thai Airways. This is a night you do not want to miss so we recommended booking sooner rather than later! Save time, book online www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/journey-to-thailand     Cheviot Harness Racing Club – Stallion Tenders The Cheviot Harness Racing Club has two stallion tenders on offer. DOWNBYTHESEASIDE – a son of Somebeachsomewhere Equal fastest 2yo in Standardbred history, paced 1.49 - Breeders Crown Final 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $6,000+GST. PEGASUS SPUR – sire of Speeding Spur Sire of Speeding Spur – now competing at the highest level in the USA Sire of Paramount Gee Gee 2019/20 Service Fee RRP – $3,000+GST. Tenders close 14 October, please send all tenders before then to kirsten_mcnabb@yahoo.co.nz   Cambridge - Waikato Bay of Plenty Faulty Towers at The Races- October 3rd at Cambridge Raceway In what is almost certainly a world first we're hosting a very special Faulty Towers Dinner Show at the races!  Featuring the side-splittingly funny trio of Basil, Sybil and Manuel alongside thrilling harness racing action. The Auckland-based comedy troupe is returning to Cambridge Raceway following their hilarious debut at the venue in June, but this time they're merging their renowned performances with the racing action.  Enjoy their performance from the comfort of the Skyline Lounge, the custom show will take place between the races and it will be an interactive experience like never before.  Fingers-crossed they'll be able to steer you into a winner or two! Tickets are only $35 per person! For more info or to book tickets headlong to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/faulty-towers-dinner-show/ INTRODUCING OUR LATEST INNOVATIVE RACE NIGHT EXPERIENCE AT CAMBRIDGE RACEWAY START YOUR WEEKEND RIGHT... UNDER THE LIGHTS Friday Nights Under The Lights is a fusion of harness racing action, social interaction, exciting light displays, inspired music and culinary adventure. Held at Cambridge Raceway over seven Fridays, Friday Nights Under The Lights is the perfect event to take after work drinks to the next level or commit to a regular night out with your besties. Feel the rush of the harness racing action, reach out and network, indulge in the food truck-style cuisine, witness the bright lights, catch up with your mates, make new friends, listen to the music, dance the night away and repeat. It's light therapy for your senses! For more info, head along to: https://www.cambridgeraceway.co.nz/page/friday-nights-under-the-lights/    Kaikoura Trotting Club – November 3 and 4 The Kaikoura Trotting Club is already preparing for the annual two day meeting at South Bay Racecourse to be held this year on Sunday November 3 and Monday November 4. Working bees are underway, and the club are calling for trainers to please contact them in advance to arrange horse accommodation and assistance with any accommodation for trainers/drivers and owners. Minimum stake on Day One’s twilight meeting is $8,000, with other races with stakes of $10,000 and $12,000. On Alabar Kaikoura Cup Day on Monday the minimum stake is $10,000. If anyone has any questions or wants to book their accommodation for horses please contact the club directly or Grant Anderson on 027 450 5468 Kaikoura TC Stallion Tenders Thanks to ALABAR NZ, the Kaikoura Trotting Club is pleased to be able to offer the following stallions for tender: One service to Art Major (valued at $14,000) One service to Majestic Son (valued at $5,000) Tenders close at 5pm on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 For enquiries and copy of Tender Form please contact Geraldine Stanbury 021 351 615 or email on ger.stanbury@xtra.co.nz   Southern Harness Website Southern Harness is pleased to announce the launch of their new website.  www.southernharness.co.nz

An amazing trip for two to Mooloolaba is up for grabs this Friday at Addington Raceway in the world’s first Harness Racing E-Sport Catch Driver Championship.   Catch Driver is a harness racing game where players can race live against other players from all over the world by using their touchscreen mobile phone or device.   Catch Driver is now live in its new 3D version, which means players will be able to get closer to the action than ever be- fore, and it’s all at your fingertips on your smart phone.   Following the recent trials at Addington Raceway, Catch Driver will be holding the world’s first E-Sport Harness Racing Championship this Friday oncourse with three heats and final to be held between races.   Run in conjunction with Addington Raceway and Harness Racing New Zealand, the Catch Driver team have finalized a live coverage of the game which will broadcast this Friday’s heats and finals.   Contenders play in special and exclusive Addington ‘game events’ via their phone, while the race is broadcast live on the Big Screen on the infield, and also on selected television screens around the track.   Three heats of nine players will be held this Friday, with the first three in each heat home through to the final to be held later in the evening.   The fantastic prizes in the Addington Catch Driver Championship Grand Final are:   First place – A trip for two to Mooloolaba, Queensland Australia. Accommodation at the stunning Peninsular Beachfront Resort, Mooloolaba for three nights thanks to Addington Raceway. With a $1,000 travel voucher towards travel costs, thanks to Westview Racing.   Second Place – Two tickets to the Lindauer Lawn on Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day thanks to Addington Raceway.   Third Place – 2,500 Catch Driver Horse Shoes thanks to the Catch Driver team in Canada. Players can register their interest by emailing Jess Smith at HRNZ – jess@hrnz.co.nz Space is very limited for this exciting event and successful entrants into the heats will be contacted directly and sent an entry form to complete.   Please note entrants must check in at the registration desk next to the Lanson Lawn by the birdcage area at least 30 min- utes before their heat is run. Should they fail to do so their space will be taken by the next person on the waiting list.   It is also the responsibility of the player to ensure they have enough ‘Catch Driver Cards’ to compete in the heat or final. Finalized times for the heats and finals will be made available very soon.   We are thrilled to present this Championship as an introduction to the Catch Driver game, giving the Harness Racing in- dustry a world first and the game will be a regular part of the Addington oncourse entertainment options for race goers.   To download the game visit: http://onelink.to/p9zknf   Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

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