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After well over a decade of being mentored and working with some of the best, Kelly Stuart-Mitchell is about to launch her own harness racing career. The 31-year-old former Kiwi was granted a Victorian trainer's licence about five weeks ago. And she is wasting no time jumping in the deep end with her first starter going around at Cranbourne this Sunday night. Three-year-old bay gelding Hey Listen (Crazed-Catchya Maya (Yankee Spider) will make his debut in the $7000 Aldebaran Park Trot at 7.30 pm. The enthusiastic horsewoman has the pedigree for success, with her father Robert a former outstanding trainer, and her brother Todd a highly respected trainer-driver. "I grew up in a 'horsey' town, Cambridge, on the North Island," Kelly said. "There were always horses around when I was growing up because Dad had big teams in work and mum did the yearling preparations. I can clearly recall the first horse I ever got-it was given to me for my fifth birthday!" she said. "Dad enjoyed the square-gaiters and that may be rubbing off onto me a little because three of mine are trotters." Kelly has worked for some of the best along her journey, having had stints with legendary NZ Hall of Famer Barry Purdon for seven years and the formidable Victorian team, Andy and Kate Gath for five years. She also spent nine months with the highly-successful WA combination of Greg and Skye Bond. "They have all been a massive influence on me, not only as mentors, but as friends. As well I'm so grateful for all the help that Joe Pace is giving me. I'm working my horses out of his place at Melton and I just love it there," Kelly said. "I'm pretty excited to have my own starter after all this time. A win of course would be a fairytale, but I'm really just hoping that he does everything right," she said. "He didn't put a foot wrong in a recent trial and we were happy with the way he handled himself. There's quite a few owners in the horse, including my partner Darren Aitken, who along with my parents and family, is my greatest supporter." And while she's starting quietly, Kelly expects soon to build the stable to four, and eventually to get a good team together. "We have one in New Zealand that Todd is keeping ticking along while we're waiting for transportation to get it over here," she said. "I thoroughly love training them. I did drive in trials many years ago, but I'll leave that side of things to the experts!" Hoofnote: Robert Mitchell enjoyed success with Just An Excuse (Live Or Die-My Excuse (Smooth Fella) winner of two NZ Cups, the 2004 $75k Ballarat Pacing Cup and several other feature events. The gelding retired with 16 wins and eight placings from 27 starts for $877,000. Todd drove the superstar for his dad. Robert is now retired on a huge farm at Raglan, a small beachside town on the North Island of NZ, where he prepares yearlings for sale.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington again today with a nine race program starting at 5:25pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington.   Addington Selections 3rd July   Race 1 Cochy Malc workout winner who strikes a suitable race on debut. Tote will tell the story but he can win first up…..Alderbaran Belle not far away in her previous runs and draw a help. Include in this field…..Build A Bridge has been racing well and mobile suits can place again……Yea You manners the major concern with him but mobile might do the trick. Win hope on his best behaviour. Selections:  Cochy Malc  (4),   Alderbaran Belle (2),   Build A Bridge (8),    Yea You (6)   Race 2 Fast Ace can lead from the draw and make a race of it. Winning claims…..Beaudiene Hustler ace draw a plus and he should run top three here…..Alta Sensation top driver booked but was disappointing last start. Give another chance…..Scotlynn On The Beach wide draw a problem but he has a bit of ability. No surprise to see him figure here. Selections:  Fast Ace  (2),   Beaudiene Hustler (1),   Alta Sensation (5),    Scotlynn On The Beach (8)   Race 3 William Wallace looks to have back strong with his workout efforts. Top selection here……Seamark he ran some top races last campaign and ok at trials good chance in this field….Bossmaro he ran them off there feet last start but this is harder and wide draw. Can place with luck….Melody’s Mischief not far away from Taste Of Honey at workouts and that form stacks up with Taste Of Honey winning easily fresh up. Include. Selections:  William Wallace (8),  Seamark (6),   Melody’s Mischief (7),    Bossmaro (9)   Race 4 The Dominator good second last week and this field is easier. Looks the winner with manners…..The Player good from a stand and he looks the leader in this race. Can win if luck goes his way…..Phoebe Onyx usually a reliable beginner who should land close to the speed. Can win if the others make mistakes…..Clyde in good form and is a place chance again from the draw. Selections:  The Dominator  (9),   The Player (6),   Phoebe Onyx (2),    Clyde (1)   Race 5 Red Envy tidy win at the Rangiora trials and stable can get them winning first up. Top selection here…..Spirit Of Arden has been running home well in most of his trials and workouts and should get a decent run through from the draw. One for longer odds here…..Best Trio he has a sharp sprint when saved for one run at them. Needs a cart into it but not the worst with a run to suit…..Invaluable getting better with racing and form is pretty good the last couple. Wide draw a concern but he will probably go forward early. Selections:  Red Envy  (6),   Spirit Of Arden (11),   Best Trio (14),    Invaluable (8)   Race 6 Change Is Good getting fitter with racing and stand no problem. Can win….Overarm will step and find the markers. Place hopes here at good odds…..Matt Damon has been burning it up at trials and the 20m handicap should hold no fears for him. Will probably head forward at an early stage of the race and can win…..Mikey Maguire big run last start and he is a place hope with a repeat performance. Selections:  Change Is Good  (11),   Matt Damon (14),   Overarm (4),   Mikey Maguire (13)   Race 7 Ohoka Matty should lead early and find a good spot. Can win at nice money…..Storm disappointing last start but can bounce back here.Will start favourite……Carlos Bromac has been racing well this campaign and a chance to get a win on the board with luck in the running…..Anamajor racing well but his is a stepup. A place hope if she can find the pegs early. Selections:  Ohoka Matty  (1),  Storm (4),   Carlos Bromac (9),    Anamajor (2)   Race 8 Majestic Action easy workout win and stable can get them running fresh. Top selection here……Sioux Princess Racing well this time in and small field will help her style of racing. Winning claims…..Idle Stuartia last couple of runs have been good and draw suits. Win chance if the other favourites make mistakes…..Palisade comes up with a plum draw and racing well. Needed here. Selections:  Majestic Action  (10),   Sioux Princess (11),   Palisade (1),    Idle Stuartia (3)   Race 9 J R Bromac nice finish for second last week and a good chance to go one better here. Top selection…..Cheddar Valley racing well and a danger to the favourite with luck in the running…..Skippys Delight a fraction disappointing this campaign but gets a draw to punch through early. Winning claims……Mossdale Lottie terrible draw but a place hope if she can get a cart into the race before the turn. Selections:  J R Bromac (3),   Cheddar Valley (8),   Skippys Delight (11),    Mossdale Lottie (9)   Harnesslink Media

Friday night could be the calm before the open class storm for John Dunn. But just because he has to wait until next Wednesday to see his and father Robert’s stable stars back in public, doesn’t mean he can win a race or two beforehand. John is preparing to bring trotting superstar Sundees Son back to the workouts at Rangiora on Wednesday along with big-name pacers like Henry Hubert, Classie Brigade and Heroes Square. “It will be good to get them back and they are coming up well,” says Dunn. “I am really happy with Sundees Son and next Wednesday will only be a kick off point but I think if the right races are programmed we could have them all back racing in early August.” The Dunn horses have raced well since resuming after lockdown with eight wins in June as they count down toward Robert’s first premiership. “Obviously they haven’t been the best horses in the barn but almost all the horses we have taken to the races have raced well. “And that looks the case again this Friday.” One of the issues for the Dunn horses is anything but a win can seem disappointing because punter gravitate toward them, especially with no All Stars rivals. A point in case is The Player in race four tonight, who has had two placings in three starts since coming back. “He is actually racing well, he finished third to Matua Tana last start which is good form for this type of race,” explains John. “But his problem if he can over-race when he leads and that is where he likes to be. So hopefully he can settle better with a trail and would be a good chance.” Dunn opts for Cheddar Valley in race nine as perhaps his best of the weekend even though he meets a handy last-start runner-up in J R Bromac. “He has been racing well and came home (last 800m) in 55.4 seconds last start but something came off his back to beat him.” The stable has three even chances in race seven, with Dunn reluctant to choose between Anamajor, Kensington Bill and Carlos Bromac. “They could all win with the right run cause it looks a tricky little race.”   Michael Guerin

DAVID FAIRLIE Secretary / Manager, Franklin Trotting Club Inc. March 1980 – 2010 Dave was the Franklin Trotting Club Inc Secretary / Manager for 30 years joining the club in 1980 from NAC airlines in Tauranga. During Dave’s time at the Franklin Trotting Club saw strong racing and training interest at the Pukekohe training complex. Throughout his tenure there were several substantial additions made to the complex including increasing the acreage, new stables and housing, cafeteria and a third training track among other facilities that were completed on the site. Dave saw in this time the evolving and expansion of the Franklin Trotting Club and harness racing industry generally on a whole with the club increasing to eight race permits per season. The Franklin Trotting Cup being a major feature race for the club each season and was run under the Pak’n Save sponsorship for all the races on the night which Dave helped co-ordinate for many years. Dave took a keen interest in all aspects of standardbred racing and breeding. Over the years Dave also raced and bred horses with good success and enjoyment   HRNZ

By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk    In 36 years as a Bloodstock Agent Bruce Barlass has seen some massive highs but also experienced grief that still brings him to tears. A high profile figure in the industry Barlass has literally been involved in the sale of at least 20,000 horses since the 1980s. He's seen the industry go from hand-written pedigrees to on-line auctions. Now the 65-year-old is retiring - “I’m moving on, I’m a bit sad about it sometimes but the time is right”. Over the decades he worked for various incarnations of Wrightsons and Pyne Gould Guinness, before moving to New Zealand Bloodstock three years ago. Based at Harness Racing New Zealand's offices in Christchurch, Barlass worked for NZB as a Standardbred Adviser. James Jennings, director and operations manager NZB Standardbred, wrote, "We, along with all of the New Zealand harness racing industry, take this opportunity to offer an immense thank you to him for the remarkable contribution he has made to the standardbred industry. "We will sorely miss his great eye for detail and zealous personality." February 22 2011 was a day Barlass, like many New Zealanders, will never forget. He was involved in the PGG Wrightson's NZ Premier Yearling sales in Christchurch when the 6.2 earthquake hit. “We thought ‘that was a decent one’ but we didn’t realise the devastation of the day…” Only later did he find out that among the victims were 18 people from the Pyne Gould Corporation building in Cambridge Terrace. It chokes Barlass up just thinking about it. “Part of our building had fallen down…people died in our building, people lost their legs in that building…and we didn’t know....I remember driving home at 10 o’clock at night and it was like a war zone.” Nine years earlier Barlass had had his own close encounter with death. “18 years ago I died, twice”. It was Waitangi Day and he’d spent the day hosting clients. “My chest started hurting and I thought this isn’t going away” and I died. Fortunately they sent an ambulance with a defibrillator and they got me going again.” An operation and some stents later and he’s still going. “It took two years before I could walk around the block, that’s how stuffed I was”. Barlass first tipped his toes into harness racing when he was still a teenager. “It started off with Graham Holmes, I went to school (Christchurch Boys High School) with his son, and another boy Zane Gregg and we were all mates and we used to go to the Holmes farm at Templeton at the weekends and that’s where it all came from.” On leaving school he started studying for what he thought was going to be a banking career. “But I loved the horses too much” After a five-year stint with Sam Ballantyne at Eastwood Lodge he got offered a job by Paul Davies at Wrightson Bloodstock. For as long as Barlass has been involved in bloodstock, so too has his sidekick, Peter Lagan. They are a tag team. “Peter and I are very different people, we have disagreed but never had an argument.” And Barlass jokes that Lagan is fastidious about two things, “mowing lawns and horse pedigrees. He also had a photographic memory". With his accountancy background Barlass was his perfect foil. Together they set up Pyne Gould Guinness Bloodstock (after the Wrightson’s arm of the business was sold) and then moved to PGG Wrightson . Prior to 1987 there were seven organisations selling Standardbreds in New Zealand. In 1991 Barlass and Lagan sold horses for the first time at Karaka. They would run two sales, the NZ Premier Yearling sales in Christchurch and the Australasian Classic Yearling Sales in Auckland. “We were southerners, we were from Christchurch trying to run the North Island sales and the thing we did that they didn’t was that we drove up driveways.” Relationships and networking were their hallmarks. “The whole thing is people. You never burn a bridge because one day you may need to go over it again.” In 1988 their sale produced a chart topper that hasn’t been beaten in the more than 30 years since. A filly Roydon Reign (Smooth Fella – Roydon Dream) sold for $340,000. It was about the time of the sharemarket crash, and Barlass remembers some purchasers getting into big trouble. “I had to regularly go round and collect money to get paid and one of them had a great big Alsatian …. That was the most nerve wracking.” Nowadays he says things are different to how they once were.“People get ready for the sales a month out rather than turning up on the day and saying that they look nice in the ring, that’s what they used to do.” Over the years Barlass has seen super sires like Smooth Fella “he changed the game” to Vance Hanover, Christian Cullen and Bettor’s Delight – “people thought no sire could replace Christian Cullen, Bettor’s Delight has done it." As for the future Barlass is expecting changes. “People want instant results ..who wants to own a block of land, get a broodmare, send it to the stud, wait 11 months, and hopefully get a live foal, it’s not the psyche of many people these days. More of the studs will breed and provide the numbers because they have the land and the stallions.” From now on Barlass is scaling down on what’s been his life for nearly four decades. As to his future, “I haven’t got to where that’s going to get to yet,” But it will involve some dancing. He is a competitive ballroom dancer - "It’s a lot of work, it’s frustrating but it’s very good for your mind.” And he will still be involved in some parts of the industry. He'll continue his 30-year-old involvement with the Sires Stakes Board (20 as treasurer), helping with its transition following the recent retirement of Doreen Graham, who'd been the secretary for 37 years. "I've worked with wonderful teams of people over the years and made lifelong friends, it's been a tremendous ride."

By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk    Junior driver Ellie Barron’s hoping a change of scene will equate to a chance of luck, with the Southlander moving north for a short stint at Mark Jones’ Burnham stables. “I was just keen to learn a bit more, especially for a stable that’s always supportive of junior drivers.” On Sunday at Addington she will team up with his trotter Kowhai Sundown as she tries to secure her first driving success since winning in Invercargill on March 1. That followed four winners in February. “I felt like I was on a bit of a roll before Covid ….” Barron has had the odd spell in Canterbury before, working for her uncle Ken Barron. This time she’s staying with him  - “we’re flatmates” -  and working at Jones’ Overport Lodge just down the road. Barron’s best known for her quick actions that saved fellow driver Ricky May’s life after he collapsed during the Central Otago Cup at Omakau in January.  A trained physiotherapist she performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived.   Just how long she’ll be in Canterbury is uncertain. She says it’s just “for the time being” with the likely scenario she’ll return south in the spring. “All of dad’s (Clark Barron) horses have been turned out but by the end of September/October they will be ready to rumble.” In the meantime she’s looking forward to driving some of Jones’ horses, the likes of Burnham Boy, Plutonium Lady, Lulu Le Mans and Willison. But firstly it’s Kowhai Sundown, a winner two starts back for Sam Ottley, before a seventh last Sunday.   “He was just too far off them last start, he’s back to mobile on Sunday” He has won from a mobile before, by four lengths, though it was two years ago  ( 2018 Haras des Trotteurs 2YO trot silver). And another junior driver Mikayla Lewis has also moved stables. She’s linked up with Mark Purdon, Natalie Rasmussen and the rest of the powerful All Stars team at Rolleston.  She’s driven 10 winners since her first in 2018, with the bulk of them for Ashburton trainer Brent White. “Brent got me started in the driving ranks and we did quite well but I needed to look closer to Christchurch. One night we were out socially with Mark and Natalie and Nat said that if a position became available they would be interested if I was and here I am” Lewis’ partner is Nathan Purdon (Mark’s son) who trains in partnership with Cran Dalgety at West Melton. While working at the stables and driving at the trials is her immediate priority, she could well don the stable’s famous colours for the first time on raceday in the new season.

You know when driving legend Tony Herlihy launches one from last like he did at Alexandra Park on Wednesday night it must have a motor. So remember the name Prince Of Pleasure because that motor is going to take him far. The three-year-old scored a quite stunning win in a strong maiden race to open the card, breaking 55 seconds for his last 800m, part of it three wide. The 2200m maiden even had looked relatively standard until he got involved, with Marathon Man leading and giving favourite punters every reason to feel confident. But when Herlihy gave Prince Of Pleasure his head from last at the 800m his response was instantaneous. He roared straight past his rivals and then held Marathon Man at bay up the straight even though the latter had last-start race fitness on his side. The normally conservative Herlihy was all smiles after the race, knowing this won’t be the last time Prince Of Pleasure comes back to the winner’s circle at Alexandra Park. “He is pretty smart,” said Herlihy, which verges on decent praise from the master. “I liked him last year and he finished fifth in a good Sires’ Stakes heat at Cambridge against Copy That and Line Up. “But he has strengthened up this time in, which you saw in the last 100m tonight.” With all the feature three-year-old races gone, Prince Of Pleasure will be allowed to work his way through the grades but he looks a five-win horse without even having to improve. “He has some breeding on his side and his owners have been patient with him and they are getting the rewards now.” Prince Of Pleasure wasn’t the only reason Herlihy had to smile on Wednesday night as open class trotting mare Kenny’s Dream produced a classy return in the main trot. She looked the winner when she loomed up to Tricky Ric at the top of the straight but having not raced since March found her out and she went down fighting, impressive stuff considering she gave the race fit winner a 30m start. “That was good effort, especially as Tricky Ric is a nice trotter off that mark.” Tricky Ric’s win was no shock as he got into the race off the same handicap as last start with trainers John and Josh Dickie having used a claiming driver in Craig Smith for his last start win. As befits a horse who went within a nose of winning the Jewels last season, he looks headed for open class.   Michael Guerin

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    Pukekohe trainer Ray Green was dealt a mixed hand at Alexandra Park on Wednesday night. While promising colt American Dealer won the Dawson Harford Mobile Pace (2200m), two of his runners went amiss. American Dealer’s stablemate and race rival Man Of Action looked to have the race sewn up when he kicked clear by a length at the top of the straight, however, he lost all chance when breaking with 200m to go. Later on the card Group One performer Copy That over-raced during the McMurty Farms Handicap Pace (2700m) and was eventually pulled up by driver Maurice McKendry. Trainer Barry Purdon took out the quinella in the race with back marker On The Cards and promising pacer Major Jellis. Green was philosophical about the night and said both Copy That and Man Of Action took no ill-effects from their runs. “Man Of Action should have won, he was well clear, but he just lost concentration halfway up the straight and had a gallop,” he said. “Copy That started hitting the wheels and foot rests with his back feet when he (Maurice McKendry, driver) tried to get him back in behind. “He flipped out and he was off. He did the big bolt and Maurice did the right thing and pulled him up. “There is nothing wrong with the horse, he is 100 percent and pulled up beautifully.” Green was pleased with American Dealer’s winning efforts, with the son of American Ideal now boasting a record of two wins from just three starts. His only unplaced run came in the Gr.1 Cardigan Bay Stakes (1700m) in March where he finished fourth behind Krug. “It was very good considering it was his first run for quite a while,” Green said. “I was pretty happy with him, he is a little tradesman. “I thought he was probably our best chance of winning the race. “It is our first run in a while and the trials were good, but a trial is a trial, and a race is a race. “You really don’t know where you are at until you put them out there. He went quite well.”

Don’t be put off by star young trotter Ultimate Stride having never had a standing start in New Zealand just because he faces one at Invercargill today. Because trainer Phil Williamson is adamant it won’t be a problem. Ultimate Stride (Race 11, 4.35pm) takes on not only older horses but that standing start but trainer Phil Williamson says neither factor concerns him. “He has beautiful manners so I’d be stunned if he galloped from the standing start,” says Williamson. “Being a big field there is always the chance being off 20m they can have traffic problems but on the whole he should be too good for them.” The high-priced yearling purchase, Ultimate Stride dominated Australia’s best young trotters winning the Breeders Crown last season and returned with an effortless win in a mobile start race two weeks ago. Punters looking for a lunchtime bet could do worse than double down in race two on the Williamson team. “We have two trotters in the second race and I think one of the two will win,” says the trotting supremo. “The two-year-old Love N The Port might be the best of them and would probably win on raw ability but if he doesn’t then one of our others in Springbank Mason is also a good chance.” Michael Guerin

By Jonny Turner    A good problem has led to Canterbury trainer Mitchell Kerr lining up quality 3yr-olds A Taste Of Honey and Koenigsegg at Ascot Park on Thursday. Having too many smart 3yr-olds in the same grade has forced Kerr to send his pair south to avoid them clashing with The Flying Fijian, William Wallace and Storm, who will race at Addington on Friday night. It is also hoped A Taste Of Honey and Koenigsegg will return to Canterbury in even better shape than before they left. “I have got quite a few horses in the same grade, so these two are going down south so I can split them up,” Kerr said. “Neither of them has had a trip away, so it should be really good for them.” A Taste Of Honey will step out for the first time in over a year in race 9. A growth spurt and the Covid19 lockdown are the main reasons the Art Major pacer has not been seen since last year’s Harness Jewels. “She had a few wee growing pains – they hit her after the Jewels,” Kerr said. “She went through a massive growth spurt, so we decided to give her plenty of time out.” “We did have her ready to go before lockdown, but we got a bit unlucky there and had to put her out again.” A Taste Of Honey has impressed in three post-lockdown trials and workouts ahead of her return to racing. The 3yr-old ran on late in the first, before running second to her smart stablemate, Storm, in the next. A Taste Of Honey then won her latest Rangiora workout, when reeling off a 56.9sec last 800m. Those efforts signalled the lightly tried filly is ready to make another impact at the races. It is now just up to driver Blair Orange to find clear running for her from barrier 1 on the second row of the mobile. “She is a really nice filly and I am really happy with her,” Kerr said. “She has got the visitor’s draw, so she just needs a little bit of luck.” Koenigsegg will start for the first time since last October when stepping out in race 10. The 3yr-old’s recent time on the sidelines has been largely for the same reasons as his stablemate. “He is in the same boat as A Taste Of Honey – he went through a massive winter growth spurt,” Kerr said. “He had a real good break and he has come back in fine fettle.” Koenigsegg has had two Rangiora trials and workouts ahead of his return. The 3yr-old beat his stablemate William Wallace in the first, before chasing home star 2yr-old Krug when third a week later. “I didn’t really push him at the workouts either,” Kerr said. “So, he is going really well and I couldn’t really be any happier with him.” Koenigsegg meets a smart line up in what will be just his fourth career start with Orange in the sulky. The Mach Three pacer clashes with Southland up and comer Love On The Rocks and fellow Cantabrian Rocknroll King, who will be suited by the race 10’s mobile conditions. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Invercargill again today with an eleven race program starting at 12:09pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Invercargill. Invercargill Thursday 2nd July 2020 Race 1 Racing Minister in top form and he should be winning this race……Kiwi Jewel improved performance last start for third and she can o on with it…….Miss Ivy good draw to work with and place claims from there…..The Naenae Express coming in fresh and should get a cosy run on the fence. Can finish into a placing in this field. Selections:  Racing Minister  (7),   Kiwi Jewel (6),   Miss Ivy (1),    The Naenae Express (9)   Race 2 Love N The Port trials have been encouraging and from a top trotting stable. Winning claims fresh…….Top Pocket Chance has been disappointing the last couple but better placed in this field. Can win……Springbank Mason had support fresh but blew it at the start, Can atone with manners……It’s Summertime manner a big concern but has ability, one for longer odds here. Selections:  Love N The Port (7),   Top Pocket Chance (3),   Springbank Mason (9),    It’s Summertime (14)   Race 3 It’s Me only fair last start but good draw again and top driver takes the reins. One of the leading chances……Man I’m Good should get a decent run from the draw and can place with luck in the running….Jabali going good races and a place hope here even from the terrible draw……Mighty George coming in fresh but good at workouts. Is stronger and can win. Selections:  It’s Me (2),   Mighty George (4),   Man I’m Good (1),    Jabali (8)   Race 4 Bardot good fresh up and weaker field to contend with here. Winning claims…..Delight looks the early leader again and can go close with no attackers mid race…..Olive Cook down from racing better fields in Canterbury. Can get some travel money here…..Flight Crew only a maiden but has a big reputation. Needs to bring her a-game but can win. Selections: Bardot  (4),   Delight (6),   Olive Cook (9),    Flight Crew (10)   Race 5 Savvy Bromac in good form and is a great chance to get her maiden win here…..Sweet Annie has the draw and has been unlucky. Good winning chance in this field……Tres Chic from a strike rate stable who can win freh. Tote the guide…..Insarchatwist should get a cosy run on the fence and needed in this line-up. Selections:  Savvy Bromac (6),   Sweet Annie (1),  Tres Chic (7),    Insarchatwist (9)   Race 6 Ride In A Concorde Fresh up for new stable and she has prior good form in Canterbury. Should be hard to beat……Longueval has been threatening for a while and gets his chance here. One of the better chances in this field…..Motor Mouth ok at his last campaign but trick draw. Leave out at your peril…..Rin Tin Tin draw suits and he has been getting better with racing. Winning claims. Selections:  Ride In A Concorde (2),   Longueval (6),   Motor Mouth (7),    Rin Tin Tin (3)   Race 7 Tony The Pony good late run last start in a strong field. Better draw here and can win…..Targaryen not the worst in this field from the draw. Good place chance……Cassius Bromac was a bit disappointing last start and cops another bad draw. Allow another chance……Matrika ok last start and he might try for an all the way win. Include Selections:  Matrika (5),   Tony The Pony (3),   Targaryen (1),    Cassius Bromac (7)   Race 8 Richard The Third good second last start and one of the leading chances in this field. Needed…….Tweedledee good finish for third last start and getting better with racing. Can win……Alpine Retreat manners a concern but can place if he trots all the way. One for longer odds…..Smudgee ok last start and will be fitter. Place hopes best here. Selections:  Richard The Third (6),   Tweedledee (10),   Smudgee (4),   Alpine Retreat (1)   Race 9 A Taste Of Honey has good trial form in Canterbury and the draw the only worry. Should be winning if she can clear traffic…..The Maroon Marauder another with good Canterbury form in strong fields. Driver change and has winning claims…..Call Me Keith ok last start and draw suits. Place chance here…..Lite Percussion run down late after leading last start. Similar tactics here maybe and can place again. Selections:  A Taste Of Honey  (9),   Call Me Keith (1),   The Maroon Marauder (8),    Lite Percussion (7)   Race 10 Koenigsegg trailing well and drawn to lead. Goodwinning chance here with top driver on board….Love On The Rocks going well winning his last two but stronger field here. Has winning claims….Franco Huntington he goes ok with a strong pace and drawn to trail. Not the worst at good place value…..Deus Ex terrible draw but he can leave the gate ok. Has winning claims if he can find the front early. Selections:  Koenigsegg  (2),   Franco Huntington (1),   Love On The Rocks (4),    Deus Ex (8)   Race 11 Ultimate Stride easy win fresh and looks like continuing the picket fence formline here….Count Eyre ok last start after an early gallop. Can place….Fanny Hill not sure she can beat the favourite but has place claims here…..Rydgemont Son racing well and can place. Manners the concern early with him. Selections:  Ultimate Stride  (11),   Count Eyre (3),   Fanny Hill (10),    Rydgemont Son (13)   Harnesslink Media

It’s great news that three key 2019-2020 Southern Group races are to go ahead in the new season. The Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes, Nevele R/Macca Lodge Southland Oaks and Diamond Creek Farm Classic for two year olds have been confirmed for the new season although the exact date and venue are still to be confirmed. “It’s a fair old calendar for the two and three year old colts and geldings. And the three year old fillies have the remainder of the Nevele R Fillies Series and the final which will be run on Cup Day,” said John Price who’s the main driving force behind getting the races back on track. The Supremacy and Oaks will be Group Three races. “It is good for the breeders, the owners, and Southland to get them up and going,” he said. The stake level is likely to be $30,000 for each, but before a final figure can be settled on Price has to have talks with key sponsors regarding their contributions. “I can’t see too much of a problem with them agreeing.” Southland Standardbred Breeders Association, SBSR, New Zealand Bloodstock, Southern Harness, and the National Body of the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders all supported the application to run the feature races. “There was good genuine support right across the board to run the finals.” The top qualifiers for the Southern Supremacy are: Spirit Of St Louis, Pembrook Playboy, See Ya Write, Minstrel, Yossi, Forsure, Burnham Boy, Tyron’s Bit Of Lemon, Carlos Bromac, Willison, Major Meister, Croesus and Longueval. The leading contenders for the Southland Oaks are: Watch Me Now, Pearl Harbour, Bailey’s Dream, Plutonium Lady, American Eyretime, Renegade Rose, Sugar Loaf, Need You Now, Delightful GNP, Princess Jessie, Stylish Memphis, Flossie and Mossdale Lottee. Price is also advocating that the final of the Southern Belle Speed Series be run on the same day.   Bruce Stewart

Shartin N, the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, returned to defend her harness racing title in winning form once again, capturing the $33,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at Yonkers Raceway. It was just the second start of the 2020 season for Shartin N as she remains undefeated for trainer Jim King. Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick.  The fifth race feature started off with Snobby Town and driver George Brennan shooting out to the early lead with Cavairt Ally (Andrew McCarthy) leaving from post seven and settling on the lead as they went by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. They raced single file until the half mile marker in :57.2 and that is when Tetrick made his move from fourth place with Shartin N. The world champion mare moved up to collar Caviart Ally and start to pass her by at the three-quarters in 1:24.3. Unable to completely clear to the lead on the final turn, Shartin N kicked in another gear in the stretch and went on to win by one and one-half lengths over Snobbytown in 1:52. Caviart Ally was third.   Owned by Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N is a seven-year-old mare by Tintin In America and she paid $4.20 to win as the even money favorite. 2019 was a banner year for Shartin N as she won 15 of her 19 starts and $982,177 in purse earnings, leading toward her being named the Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Lifetime Shartin N has 43 career wins and $2.1 million in earnings. by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk    A flamboyant finish line flourish told the story for Jason Thomas. The young trainer-driver had just won with a first start trotter Martha Stuart that he’d had “from day dot” “It was really special.” To make it even sweeter the victory at Addington on Sunday in the Non-winners 3YO+ MR46 to MR50 event (2600 metres) was his first winning drive since 2014 when he was still a junior driver. These days his “good mate” John Dunn is his go-to driver though on Sunday he was committed to his own horse and favourite Yuri who ended up running second to Thomas. “It was cool because we have a great group of owners, there’s dad (Ian Thomas), Nick Vertogen, Jed and Greg McIntosh and Stu Dolamore, who’s been a big supporters of ours, so to have a good horse for them …” Thomas had acquired the bay filly (Superfast Stuart – Dusky Wishes) from fellow trainer Bruce Negus as a yearling. “It probably took us two and a half years to get her to the races so it’s been a while coming.” It was Thomas’ second win in a week, after Dunn reined The Diva home at big odds ($31.60 and 8.30) the previous Sunday. With 15 career wins as a driver and nine as a trainer, Thomas has a team of around a dozen in work at Charing Cross, a 45 minute drive from Christchurch where he leases facilities at Elrae Lodge. Next season he’ll go into partnership with his father. “Dad does a lot of chiropractic work on the horses, specially the trotters with their bodies and muscles and joints.” “It’s a big part of what we do.” And more winners could be on their way, he’s looking forward to seeing two-year-old Evangalista in action, hoping she too can do a “Martha Stuart” on debut this Friday.

Over the years, Melbourne harness racing trainer-driver Mario Attard has tried his hand successfully at a number of business pursuits, but horses have always been in the background. Attard, based at Rockbank, just minutes away from Tabcorp Park, Melton, now admits that he's fully focused on his small team of pacers-and the results are certainly coming. Two of his three horses in Don't Hold Back (Courage Under Fire-Braeview Express (Badlands Hanover) and Power Of Faith (Art Major-Golden Showgirl (Armbro Operative) recently scored longshot wins at his home track. Three-year-old filly Power Of Faith started the ball rolling with a narrow victory on June 22 at bolter's odds of 40/1 and stablemate, seven-year-old stallion Dont Hold Back, joined the party with a win last Saturday night at 15/1. "I've been licensed for nearly 40 years, but during most of that time I was trying to run businesses and do the horses at the same time. To be honest, the horses probably weren't getting the care they needed," Attard said. "So I decided not all that long ago to give it my best shot. I'm a happy sort of guy, but I'm really enjoying it at the moment," he said. "I've nursed Dont Hold Back along for a number of years and now I'm going for broke with him. He ran a good fourth first up at Melton after a little break and then his last start win in 1.55-5 was solid." Dont Hold Back has been a marvellous performer for Attard with 14 wins and 11 placings from 52 starts for nearly $250,000. After starting out as an electronics technician, which involved making specialized gauges for refineries, Attard was lured to the automotive industry in the late 1980s. "I was one of the first in Melbourne to be qualified to convert motor vehicles to run on gas. I put in a huge amount of hours for probably 12 or 13 years," he said. "Then I went into curtains and drapes for a bit before running a big building business called New Look Homes Pty Ltd. I was in that with one of my sons, Ian, and we had four supervisors and a team of office staff. "It was successful, but one day I just thought to myself that I'd had enough. So I went and told Ian of my decision-he was okay with it because he'd had the same feelings. "There were a few other ventures. It was all fun and it certainly taught me how to deal with a lot in life, particularly learning how to read people. "We dabble in a bit of development now. But the boys take care of me. 'Leave it to us', they tell me! Our other son Darren has Dream Design Build in Melbourne, while the oldest, Karen, runs Que One Homes with her husband. "My wife Anna is my biggest supporter in harness racing, while our children and 10 grandchildren are in it for the fun." Attard was always going to be involved in the sport with his father Charlie being a successful trainer-driver for many years, while his late grandfather Tony was also a keen participant. Charlie, who still attends meetings with Mario, was associated with many great horses when training at nearby Sydenham. He was involved with such smart pacers as Lombo Limmo (23 wins including the 2008 Devonport Cup), Bells and Whistles (Moonee Valley 2yo recordholder, 12 wins, $99k), Oh Lord (21 wins, $40k, before continuing a successful career in the US), and Gold Glen (4 wins from just a handful of starts). "Dad had a great eye for a nice horse. He could pick them out and he never paid a lot. He was also very good with young ones and got them going, just by understanding them," Mario said. And the Attard father-and-son team will be back at Melton tonight with Power Of Faith, one of the top fancies in the IRT Australia 3yo Pace.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Alexandra Park again tonight with a nine race program starting at 6:11pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Alexandra Park Alexandra Park Wednesday 1st July 2020   Race 1 Franco Nandor he ran some tidy races last campaign and has been good at workouts, Include……Captain Nemo another of the strong Ray Green stable. He was ok last start and can win with the right trip, needed…..Doubtless Bay good draw and running on ok last start. Not the worst in this field and over the odds……Marathon Man beaten by a good horse fresh up from a terrible draw. Best draw here and can go one better in this field. Selections:  Franco Nandor (6),   Captain Nemo (5),   Doubtless Bay (2),    Marathon Man (1)   Race 2 Milner good finish last start and well placed in this field. Top selection……Silk going great guns now winning his last two. Will head forward and can win again…..Sheffield Sparky unlucky not to win last campaign and has a good draw. Needed…..Accelere he might get a cosy run from the draw and is a player if he can clear traffic. Selections:  Milner (10),   Silk (4),   Sheffield Sparky (3),    Accelere (9)   Race 3 Asteria Lavra Has been losing her chance at the start in her previous two runs. Can trot and only needs manners to go close here…..Rastusburn up from Canterbury and a trotter with a bit of ability. Trainer does well with ex South Island horses and has winning claims…..Hill of Peace another horse with ability who would be a major threat if he brought his a-game, can win…..Miss Slippers ok second last start and no surprise to see her put in a good effort again here. Selections:  Asteria Lavra (10),   Hill of Peace (5),   Rastusburn (11),    Miss Slippers (3)   Race 4 Hot And Treacherous he looked to have a bit left in the tank when winning fresh up. Good draw and winning claims again…..American Dealer big run to win fresh up at his last campaign. Has to right in the fight in this race……Larry Lincoln tricky draw but good winner first up. Can place here…….Kerri Maquire good run for second here last start. Draw ok if she can get some room in the run home. Selections:  Hot And Treacherous  (3),   American Dealer (6),   Larry Lincoln (7),    Kerri Maquire (10)   Race 5 Credit Master of a decent handicap and fresh up. Top pick on ability and can win….Tricky Ric nice effort to win last start and should be thereabouts again with a head start on his favoured rivals……Xebec blew it with a midrace gallop last start but easy winner prior.Needed here……Sertorius has good form on the track and should go close to a place again with manners. Selections:  Credit Master (9),   Tricky Ric (4),   Xebec (3),    Sertorius (7)   Race 6 Cee Whatadelight has good form on the board and nice draw. Should run top three….Weren’t Watching good finish last start for third and form in the south prior was good. Tough draw but needed here…..Kuyomi fresh up third was tidy and this field is in her range. Can win at good odds….Spirited Belle gate speed from out wide last start and stuck on ok in the straight. Can place. Selections:  Cee Whatadelight (4),   Kuyom (8),   Weren’t Watching (7),    Spirited Belle (9)   Race 7 Copy That serious talent coming in fresh. Should win this if he can step away with them at the start….Major Jellis steps up in grade but gets a good headstart on the favoured runners, Can place……Yorkshire stand start manners a concern but ok last start. One for longer odds in this…….On The Cards good beginner who will suit the staying distance of this race. Can win. Selections:  Copy That (6),   On The Cards (7),   Major Jellis (2),    Yorkshire (3)   Race 8 Edamfast ok here two starts ago and draw suits. Not the worst at good odds…..Rainbow Wiri beat a similar field here last start but draw not great. Getting good odds again……Happy Place should get a good run through from the draw and will probably start favourite in this. Needed…..Lynton Creek top effort for third last start and always a place chance in these amateur driver races. Selections:  Edamfast (4),   Rainbow Wiri (7),   Happy Place (10),    Lynton Creek (11)   Race 9 Tears Of Joy upset winner here last start beating Daisy Hill. Might be the quinella again here…….Daisy Hill the class horse here and will start favourite. Winning claims with manners…..Kristofferson good effort for third last start and similar field. Could be hard to beat if he found the front…..Bro Fawkes S probably not a winner here but he steps well and is a place chance fresh… Selections:  Tears Of Joy  (8),   Daisy Hill (9),   Kristofferson (2),    Bro Fawkes S (1)   Harnesslink Media

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