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The long and colourful harness racing career of Lew Driver is coming to a close but he is still enjoying what he does best, bringing young horses up early. His self-confessed passion for “fast cars and slow horses” has been his trademark. The rise and fall of Lew Driver has been well documented but his interest in horses is only a small part of the story. He started off in the butchery business where he built up a family firm that rivalled The Mad Butcher in the day. He then moved into the hospitality industry where he owned and ran a string of hotels and other businesses. But back in 2001 he could see the toll that the long hours and hard work, not to mention the drinking, was taking on him and his family and decided to wind down his business interests. In 2003 he relocated to Canterbury and decided to put his considerable energy into training horses full-time instead of in the part-time and distracted basis that he had previously engaged. In the 2005 and 2006 seasons he amassed $662,786 in stakes with horses that he owned and trained outright. Those were the days of Presido, The Reckoning, Gretamaro, Fleet Magic and On My Way. But it was his association with Gaelic Skipper that has given him the most highs and lows. Gaelic Skipper raced 135 times over 8 seasons for 13 wins and 31 placings. He earnt $375,305 in stakes and finished 2nd in the 1990 Inter Dominions. The friendship that Lew forged with South Australia’s Les Harding while he was billeted there, has remained until this day whilst Gaelic Skipper lived out his days with Lew until his recent death at the staggering age of 36. Driver is currently working his way through his existing horses and raced exciting 2 year old trotter Liaison at Alexandra Park on Friday night where the babies showed their good manners by trotting all the way. Liaison finished a satisfying 2nd but his home bred Strength Of Heart, went equally well when he ran 3rd at the Saturday workouts. The interestingly bred 2 year old son of Bettor’s Delight and Zenardle should pace but is just a natural trotter and looks to have a big future. The three yearlings that Lew has in the upcoming sale at this year's inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Christchurch illustrate his long association with some of New Zealand’s best families. Inspirational Sir, Lot 181 is a Majestic Son filly from Tip Your Hat Loui. This makes her a half-sister to Gentleman Sir who was sold to Australia for a very large sum several seasons ago. His last start efforts at Manawatu where he sensationally won on both days off extremely long handicaps, will long be remembered. But this is also the family of On My Way which Lew raced with success as a 2 year old and was then a perennial favourite for Michelle Wallis. The ill-fated Triffid is also from this family and raced 29 times for Lew for 8 wins and 12 placings. Gentleman Sir (HRNZ Photo) American Dealer, Lot 253 is an American Ideal colt from Maddison’s Delight. This family is hot to trot at the moment and Amazing Art was high priced Ready to Run colt that Lew purchased out of the broodmare gem Pacing Grace. Lew is currently racing another son of American Ideal, Reckon I’m Smart, who is also from Pacing Grace. Maddison’s Delight is a Bettor’s Delight daughter of Pacing Grace and her first foal is already a 2 year old trial winner in WA. American Dealer, Lot 253 Luke John, Lot 345 is a Mach Three colt from Zenardle. Zenardle has left a host of winners with only 2 yet to race. The exciting 2 year old Strength Of Heart and Lew’s Delight who won’t be seen on the track due to a career ending injury. Her first foal Zenable, won $176,148 in Australia taking a time of 1:51.2. Then came Elroy Jetson who is still winning for Kevin Puzzuto and has $171,943 in stakes with a time of 1:50.8. Zenmach won 6 times in NZ, once as a 2 year old, and has won $45,528. Balfast won 3 here before joining Kevin Puzzuto earlier this season and Drum Withers has had 2 wins and is back in work with Driver. Luke John, Lot 345 Lew Driver has been around for a long time and recently announced his retirement after he reached his personal milestone of training 300 winners, all owned by himself or family interests. Although the end is nigh I am sure that there will still be a horse racing in the ownership of L C Driver for a few years to come. Harnesslink Media

Gentleman Sir enhanced his chances of a 2017 Jewels crown with a courageous win at Alexandra Park last Friday night. But his Kumeu 65-year-old trainer, Lew Driver, like most of us watching, thought the 4-year-old had blown his chances soon after the start of the $14,999 Garrards Horse & Hound R60 to R97 Trot. "I thought, ‘oh no I've booked his tickets and he’s going no good’. What am I doing am I taking him south? But those thoughts went in and out of my head very quickly. When David (Butcher) got him down after a few bobbles I thought ‘yes he can get around them and win this’. "I think the horse just suffered from a 'momentary lapse of reason'. That's the third time he has broken in his career, but David said he's really coming to it nicely. He said he was peaking at just the right time and he hadn’t seen him trot so fluent, once his mistake was behind him," Driver said. "If Saturday's Jewels Final was a stand I'd have my reservations, but after Friday's run, and now that he's drawn three in a mobile mile, he can give that even field a real shake," he added. Gentleman Sir opened up as a $13 favourite to win this Saturday's Group One $150,000 McMillan Feeds 4-year-old Ruby Trot. The Love You-Tip Your Hat Loui (by Continentalman) gelding is now the $14-sixth favourite behind Dark Horse ($2.50), Wilma's Mate ($4), Marcoola ($4.50), and Temporale and Lemond who are both at $7.20. Driver believed one of six or seven horses could win the race, with the trip to suit. "I can see why Dark Horse is favourite because he has got a lot of speed, but you can't discount Lemond, Temporale or Paul Nairn’s one either (Wilma’s Mate). “Actually they have all qualified for the final and any one of them, with the run, can win it. That includes us. My fella has got a bit of ability and we have yet to see the best of him. “His win on Friday impressed me. He's the best horse, and certainly the best drawn horse I've had in a Jewels Final," said Driver. "David might have said he’s trotting in career-best form, but he has still got a wee way to go to be the best trotter I have trained. Triffid (eight wins) finished fourth in a Rowe Cup and was an open class trotter. "Sadly he died of a heart attack when he was leading by six lengths at the Cambridge Trials (October 2001). He was special.” Gentleman Sir was startled by the starting tapes and added another 15 metres to his 10m handicap on Friday. Butcher settled him at the back of the field and they were second last (three-back on the outer) at the bell. Then just prior to the home turn Butcher followed eventual runner-up Yagunnakissmeornot and Jack MacKinnon out of the one-one. Then in the lane they wound down Yagunnakissmeornot in the last 25 metres to win by half a length. The Love You gelding trotted the 2700m stand in 3:29.2 (mile rate 2:04.5) and came home in 59.4 and 28.9. It was the bay's fourth win in 10 starts. He's also placed four times since winning on debut at Cambridge Raceway on January 13. Gentleman Sir was the $2.60 favourite. Driver said his horse had come through Friday's race in good fashion. "He's pulled up real well and his legs are nice and cool and he's eaten up everything. He will fly out early on Tuesday morning and Mark Smolenski will house both of us. "I'm grateful for that and Mark said he was delighted to have the horse back at his property again after he spent his early prep there. “Mark qualified him in early November and then he came up here. After the Jewels he will be spelled at Rosie Trevaris' agistment farm in Burnham," Driver said. Six horses will board that 4am Tuesday flight - one of which will be fellow Alexandra Park winner from Friday - Gotta Go Dali Queen. The Dali - Gotta Go Harmony filly was the only stater from The Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins stable and she obliged as a $9.40 fourth favourite in the seventh event. Maurice McKendry sat patiently with the 3-year-old in the trail and then in the passing lane the bay out-sprinted favourite Alta Intrigue (Zac Butcher) by three-quarters-of-a length in 2:01.5 for the 1700m mobile. Gotta Go Dali Queen has drawn two in Saturday's 3-year-old Diamond Pace and with a last half of 55 seconds even on Friday she must rate at least a place chance against Spanish Armada and company. Zac Butcher might have finished second in that$14,999 R76 to R97 trot, but he did provide the individual highlight of the night. The gifted 25-year-old drove four winners one the 10-race card. They were: The Ray Green trained $3 favourite - King Of Swing (race 2); the Peter and Vaughan Blanchard trained $4.40 second favourite - Lovely Bundy (race 3); the Steven Reid trained $4.50 second favourite - Pleasurable (race 5); and the Barry Purdon trained $9.10 third favourite - Maheer Magic (race 9). Meanwhile, Waikato reinswoman, Megan Teaz, notched up her first driving success of the season when sitting parked and winning behind One Bid Buys in the first event – the $8,000 Reharvest Mobile for the Up to R47 maiden trotters.. It was 364 days since her last win when In Full Flight won for Teaz and her husband Jason at Alexandra Park on May 27 last year. The Ohaupo reinswoman, and Mum, has now driven 18 winners from 363 starters since getting her driver’s licence in 2008. The Teaz husband and wife training duo have now conditioned 21 winners from 220 starters since 2011.   Duane Ranger

If tonight’s Wairarapa Cup at Manawatu Raceway was a mobile then Lew Driver would have a big smile on his face. Instead he’s waiting for the $12,000 event with much trepidation and apprehension. “I just don’t know what Lewy Risk is going to do from a stand. I practised three standing starts with him this morning (Wednesday) and he stepped away from all three nicely. He’s a real head scratcher. All I can say fingers crossed at the start,” the Kumeu trainer said. “All bets are off at this stage.,” he joked. Lewy Risk will start from two on the 10m back mark in tonight’s feature event at the Wairarapa Harness Racing Club’s meeting – the Post Office Hotel Pahiatua Wairarapa Cup for the R60 and faster pacers. “He’s a Cup horse and has started in a New Zealand Cup before, and at his peak he should have their measure, but this is Lewy we are talking about. Anything could happen,” Driver said. ‘Anything’ did happen on the first day on Tuesday when Lewy Risk blew to bits coming around the home turn the first time. The $1.70 favourite broke badly and finished a 65-length last (seventh) in that 2000m, R57 to R68 mobile. “Andre (Poutama) was just asking him to move around the field and he blew his near-side shoe which caused him to go into a wild gallop. “I can’t see that happening again tomorrow. He’s real fit and I know he can win. The first 20 to 30 metres will tell all,” Driver said. Lewy Risk has had 13 standing starts for no wins and no placings. All up in a career spanning back to April 2013 the 7-year-old Elsu gelding has had 65 starts for eight wins, 13 placings and has banked $112,852 in stakes. He has placed twice from five Manawatu starts. Poutama will doing the driving again tonight. Going into Tuesday’s race Lewy Risk finished seventh behind the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Cash N Flow at Alexandra Park last Friday night. Driver said he would return to Auckland after tonight’s assignment for more city racing. “He’s my best chance on Thursday if he steps, but in saying that my other two have eaten up everything and have recovered well from their good runs on Tuesday. I think they can go close again,” Driver said. The Driver trained and Poutama driven Smackwater Jack notched up his fourth career win in an up to R58 pace by half a length on Tuesday. He drew nine that day and has got the four marble today. “That was a good win and he’s probably the pick of them. I expect all three to be thereabouts,” Driver said. Driver’s 3-year-old Rocknroll filly, Belfast finished a two-length second in Tuesday's 3-year-and-older pace. However she has copped the widest front row draw (7) to contend with in tonight’s first event, after drawing three on Tuesday. The last 11 winners of the Wairarapa Cup (with trainers and drivers) have been: 2016: The Paul Chalklen trained Mischief Maker (Kyle Marshall). 2015:The Geoff Small trained The Bucket List (David Butcher). 2014: The Brent Mangos trained and driven Major Star. 2013: The Jim Curtin trained and driven Suu Kyi. 2012: The Andrew & Lyn Neal trained Delight Brigade (Todd Mitchell). 2011: The Stephen Doody trained River Field (Jim Curtin). 2010: The Brent Lilley trained His Honour (Josh Dickie). 2009: The Brent Lilley trained Flyin Interstate (Jay Abernethy). 2008: The Geoff Small trained Victory Spirit (David Butcher). 2007: The Kevin Smith trained Make It Real (Tony Shaw). 2006: The Brian Fleming trained Wicklow Express (Phil Fleming)   Duane Ranger

Lewy Risk has won both of his workouts since New Zealand Cup week but his trainer Lew Driver still thinks he will be a run short on Friday night at Alexandra Park. “He won his first trial back in December (2:02.2 mile rate) and then he cut his foot open. He kicked out at a water-bath at Kumeu and had to have a bit of his hoof cut out. “It’s grown back and I can assure you we only have troughs and no baths at the property now. He just gets a bit full of himself when he’s going well. He has a tendency to lash out a bit,” Driver said. Then last Saturday at Pukekohe Raceway the Elsu gelding won a seven-horse R60 to R83 workout over the 2050m mobile (right-handed) in 2:37.8. He got there by a nose from Rocknroll Lincoln and paced a 2:03.8 mile rate and came home in 57 even and 27.2. "I was pleased with that run. He's completely over his foot injury now, but I would have liked to have got one or two more trials into him before Friday's race. "I've been waiting and waiting for a mobile start for him and this is his first opportunity this week. I'd say three or four weeks down the line he will be at his prime," Driver said. "In saying that he could win on Friday. He never stops surprising me. He's a real enigma though, and just gets too full of himself sometimes" he added. Lewy Risk has drawn six (of eight) in Friday's $14,999 IRT Mobile for the R72 to R90 pacers. He is rated R83. The 7-year-old bay will be driven by James Stormont who got him home in Saturday's Workout. The last time he raced Lewy Risk finished second last in a $18,00 Free-For-All on Show Day and three days prior to that run he also ran second last in Lazarus's New Zealand Cup. “You just never know with him. He’s as bright as a button, which at times can be a worry. Whatever he does on Friday he will improve a heap on the run. We will just hang around with him in Auckland and look for mobiles. “I can’t go anywhere because I have a nice team of unraced 2-year-olds and yearlings coming through the ranks,” Kumeu-based Driver said. Now that Lewy Risk is seven, Driver has his fingers crossed that he could emulate the feat of his former pacing star, Gaelic Skipper. “He ran second in the Inter-Dominion grand final and also won the Cambridge Flying Mile when he was nine so I’m hoping this fella can also get better with age. “It’s just a matter of keeping your fingers crossed with him and hoping he gets around all right. He flaps a knee, cross-fires, and wears spreaders, but I know he can pace and run good times when he’s right. “You just never know with him though. I just want him to get around safely and improve on what he’s done of late,” Driver said. Lewy Risk has raced 60 times for eight wins, 13 placings and has banked $111,282. His most memorable performance to date was when finishing second in the Group Three Rangiora Classic in 2015. He is owned by Driver and was bred by Alabar Stud. Matt Markham

Lew Driver isn’t getting carried away with Lewy Risk’s workout win at Pukekohe last Saturday. In fact he said the son of Elsu still had plenty to prove before he races again. Lewy Risk opened up paying $121 to win the Auckland Cup but Driver never intended started the 7-year-old up the Group One feature on New Year’s Eve. “He’s his own worst enemy. I was devastated when he broke in the (New Zealand) Cup and finished half a lap behind them. He’s a real frustrating animal to train because I know just how good he is when he’s right. On his day and with a trip he can match it with most open class pacers. “He’s not a spent horse just yet, but I think I will just have to target mobiles with him now. He just can’t seem to get his head around standing starts,” Driver said from Christchurch. Driver trains out of Kumeu and Lewy Risk’s nose victory over lesser quality pacers (right handed) at Pukekohe last Saturday hasn’t convinced him enough to line the gelding up at Cambridge Raceway this Saturday or even Alexandra Park on December 31. “He didn’t beat much in that workout but at least he won. I have no idea where he will line up next. I just need to keep monitoring his improvement. Perhaps the mobiles in Australia will suit him long-term, but he’s not going anyway in the near future. I think he has a few more wins in him yet,” Driver said. “He does have a near side knee problem and throw in bad draws and his standing start manners and you can see why he hasn’t had much luck. “At this stage I’m making no immediate plans with him and just taking him week by week,” Driver said. Lewy Risk hasn’t finished in the money for five starts. That was when he and Brent Borcoskie finished third behind Expressive Victor and Maverick in a 5-year-and-older pace. He hasn’t won since October 2015 when he and Colin DeFilippi triumphed in a C4-C9 Pace at Addington Raceway on October 2. He beat favourite Art Union and Franco Harrington that night.  Lewy Risk is owned by Driver and Charles Driver, and was bred by Alabar Stud.  The underrated gelding is the fifth foal, and only New Zealand winner, out of the unraced and now deceased Road Machine mare, Kind Of Fun.   Duane Ranger

Harness racing trainers Geoff and Jude Knight have always been keen supporters of the syndication of horses to race. They have many syndicates in operation but the Central Courage syndicate is the jewel in the crown. Established ten years ago, the syndicate has thirty wins on the board todate and the way their latest acquisition Zenmach is going, there are a few more wins in store yet. Geoff Knight is thrilled with the run they have had. " They are a great bunch of people to train for and they have had a great ride todate. " Tonight actually we are having a tenth anniversary dinner to celebrate our success and hopefully there is plenty more still to come," Geoff said. The old saying about one door shutting and another one opening is never better exemplified by this syndicate. Hot on the heels of selling the well performed Al Raza to North America, the syndicate purchased Zenmach off Mark Smolenski and Lew Driver. Geoff was thrilled with the purchase. " Mark Smolenski has done such a great job educating him and teaching him the ropes." " He is a lovely horse to do anything with and a credit to Mark," Geoff said. A handy first up fourth at Addington was quickly followed by a very smart four length win over some handy two year olds at the same venue a week later. Zenmach franked that form with a last to first performance at Winton in early September and will look to carry on his winning ways at Invercargill this Sunday. Safely through that run, Zenmach will again head back to Addington. " There is a nice $11,000 C1 race for him on October 2nd and then a week later he has qualified for one of those $23,000 Alabar Super Series finals so he will start in that as well." " While he is a very nice three year old, I am not sure I want to take on the All Stars team at this stage of his career so we will just play it by ear in the meantime." " His main aim at this stage is the Southern Supremacy series and his program will be around that series," Geoff said. With the luck the Central Courage syndicate has had in the last ten years, Zenmach may just measure up to the big boys by the end of the season. Harnesslink Media

Many talented types were put through their paces in preparation for tonight’s premier meeting at Alexandra Park at the workouts last Saturday and it is fair to say more than one of them caught my eye. The third heat consisted of seven of the nine two-year-olds that will do battle in the first heat of the Young Guns tonight and, while the Ray Green trained pair of Chachingchaching and Beaudine Boaz were impressive in finishing first and second, there were also a couple of handy runs in behind them. One of them was Tembi, who has opened at very nice odds for tonight’s event. He was never asked for the supreme effort by driver Joshua Dickie and found the line very strongly, finishing hard on the back of second placegetter Beaudine Boaz. He has also impressed me previously at the trials and is definitely one worth specking for value.  Ardee and Follow The Stars also trialled strongly. Race 3  2YO MOBILE PACE.    (Qualifying Time: 2-13.4) Video  Distance: 1700m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 3 Chachingchaching fr 2-16.4 R C Downey R W Green 2 6 Beaudiene Boaz fr     R W Green 3 4 Follow The Stars fr     M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 4 5 Ardee fr     A G Herlihy MNZM Other Starters not necessarily in finishing order UPL 1 Jonny B Good fr     G R Dixon UPL 2 Tembi fr     Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett UPL 7 Iceobar fr     M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen         In the fifth heat of the day Lewy Risk proved he will have no problems going the Auckland way round by destroying his rivals by eight lengths. Sent straight to the front by Lew Driver, Lewy Risk defied a mid-race attack from Stars And Sounds, before bolting away over the concluding stages. Lewy Risk competes in the fourth race tonight and looks to have a very strong chance, despite meeting a field which includes talented types Someardensomewhere and Ultimate Major.   Race 5  MOBILE PACE. (C1) Video  Distance: 2200m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 4 Lewy Risk fr 2-49.2 L C Driver K D Sefonte 2 3 Stars And Sound fr     B M Mangos & H J Cullen 3 2 Going To California fr     B Purdon 4 1 Bronze Ecstasy fr     J W Dickie & J I Dickie       Margins: 8 lengths, 1 length, 1/2 length Times: Mile Rate: 2-03.7 Last 800m: 57.8 Last 400m: 28.9   Bettor Offer, Cyclone Prince, and Tiago Bromac all trialled up strongly in the sixth heat of the day, with Bettor Offer bursting up the inside to beat the latter pair late in proceedings. He looks very hard to beat from his ace alley in the last race of the night, while Master Charlie, who found the line strongly in the same workout, could be one to spice up Trifectas and First Fours. Race 6  MOBILE PACE. (C2 & faster) Video  Distance: 2200m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 1 Bettor Offer fr 2-50.6 Z E Butcher B Purdon 2 2 Cyclone Prince fr     G R Dixon 3 6 Tiago Bromac fr     S J Reid & S W McMullan 4 4 Chokullen fr     Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett Other Starters not necessarily in finishing order UPL 3 Sandpark Senator fr     Miss V S Facoory UPL 5 Master Charlie fr     D M Balle       Margins: 1/2 head, 1 length, neck Times: Mile Rate: 2-04.7 Last 800m: 57.3 Last 40   Love Ya Doosie looks set for the Northern Trotting Breeders Stakes after trialling sensationally in the eighth heat of the day.  After starting from 30 metres behind, driver Zac Butcher circled the field to take up the lead, before handing to Dauntless and taking a trail. The half-sister to the recently retired I Can Doosit then galloped down the back straight, before finding her feet again and powering over the top of them to win by ¾ lengths. Race 8  TROT. (C0 & faster) Video  Distance: 2700m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast    Plc Bk Horse Hcap Time Driver Trainer 1 6 Love Ya Doosie 30m 3-39.5 Z E Butcher B Purdon 2 9 Equulei 30m     Miss A M Matthews 3 8 Dauntless 30m     E J Edwards 4 1 Belles Son fr     K K Chapman Other Starters not necessarily in finishing order UPL 2 Creamee fr     J W Dickie & J I Dickie UPL 3 Sundonna fr     G J Dempsey UPL 4 First Vintage fr     E J Edwards UPL 5 Pretty Awesome 10m     M J Pemberton UPL 7 Maori Invasion 30m     Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett       Margins: 3/4 length, nose, 2 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 2-10.8 Last 800m: 61.2 Last 400m: 30.7   By Mitchell Robertson

Junior reinsman Matthew Anderson pulled off a successful hit and run mission when he was successful aboard the Ken Sefonte trained Letz Hope at Alexandra Park today. “It was my first ever drive at Alexandra Park and winning it was huge thrill,” said the South Island horseman. “When I went out on to the track I didn’t know which way to go around but I got there in the end,” he laughed. Anderson, who works for Leithfield Beach trainer Robbie Holmes, was very thankful to both Ken Sefonte and Lew Driver for providing him with the opportunity. “Lew (Driver) is staying up here with Ken Sefonte at the moment and he jacked it all up for me,” said Anderson. Anderson made the most of a string of early gallopers and worked Letz Hope to the front in the Junior Drivers event. He then rated him to perfection before kicking clear in the home straight to win by four lengths at juicy odds of $29.20. “I watched a few of his videos and thought today was a bit of a step-back for him, so I was actually quite confident,” said Anderson. “Ken (Sefonte) was also confident of a forward showing,” he added.  Anderson also drove Better’s Blastof for Ken Sefonte in a later race but after racing parked he faded to finish to finish at the tail of the field. Anderson flew out of Auckland at 5’oclock tonight and will be back driving at Addington on Thursday. “I have a couple of drives in Lisa Marie P and Tiana Franco. They both look to have chances,” he concluded. By Mitchell Robertson

Harness racing two year old Amazing Art looked sharp and ready for a tilt at the Breeders Crown Series with an effortless win at the Rangiora Workouts on Saturday. Trainer Lew Driver was in the sulky for the workout and was pleased the way the son of Artsplace found the line.

Harness Racing horseman Ray Reekie had to wait until the final race of the day at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club's meeting held at Addington Raceway today (Tuesday) to register his first official tote win in this country.

The PGG Wrightson Ready To Run Sale has continued to be a happy hunting ground for harness racing trainer Lew Driver. Failures have been few and far between for the West Melton horseman, with his latest acquisition destined to follow in the footsteps of previous successes Presido and Fleet Magic.

Zac Butcher had his most successful day in the sulky when bagging three winners at the seven-race Wairarapa Harness Racing Club's meeting at Tauherenikau today (Friday). The talented 17-year-old is only in his second season of driving after having just two drives in 2007-2008.

David and Catherine Butt moved to outright second on the New Zealand training premiership after training half the card at the Manawatu Harness Racing Club's meeting at Palmerston North today (November 18).

The Purdon/Payne juggernaut tolled on at headquarters last week. Mark Purdon drove stable runner Mercurio to impress last Tuesday then on Saturday night the stars came out to play. Firstly, Auckland Reactor exploded away from a smart 3-Win field before Sir Clive kept his unbeaten run in tact with an all-the-way win against his fellow two-year-olds.

A Woodlands Northern Derby heat participant in the form of Another Matter was expected to take care of the New Zealand Community Trust Mobile Pace - a one-win event for junior drivers - but another Derby contender had other ideas.

Where have all the 2-Year-Old races gone? That is the burning question many Canterbury harness followers are asking after a dearth of juvenile events this season in the province that prides itself as an international stronghold of the industry.

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