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Te Awamutu at Waipa - Saturday 20 January. - Providing a great picnic option for those wanting to jump in the car for a trip from the busy centres nearby, this meeting will be held on the grass surface at Waipa Racecourse in Te Awamutu. After almost 30 years away from the Waipa course, harness racing returned to the venue in 2006 and provides race goers with picturesque settings in which to enjoy their day out. The feature race is the Te Awamutu Grass Cup and for the family there will be a bouncy castle and face painting. Kidz Kartz will also be present on the day with exhibition races and entry to the course is free. Marlborough Friday 19 and Sunday 21 January This year the two day meeting will be held on the grass track, featuring the Marlborough Prelude and Summer Cup. As usual there will be plenty of family entertainment and corporate hospitality available, with the grass track bringing the action even closer. Petrina Shutkowski was appointed as club Chairperson, the first female in the club's history, just eight weeks ago and is looking forward to her new position. She noted that with the grass track mobile races starting at the 1850m point, it will bring the racing action even closer to the crowd. And the club and track caretaker had been working hard at keeping the grass track in good condition for the two day meeting. With the coastal road now open again between Christchurch and Picton it will give racegoers and trainers a new outlook as they travel to the meeting. "The Majestic horse transport team drove the road the other day and noted that it is only 30 minutes more than pre-earthquake. So it will be a great scenic trip for anyone who is coming to the meeting," said Shutkowski. With a carry forward from last Sunday's pool of $21,000 this Sunday's Marlborough meeting also will host a $50,000 Pick Six. Southern Harness Update Two weekday meetings feature in the south this week preceding Cup Day at Invercargill on Saturday 27 January. First up the Wyndham Harness Racing Club host a ten race programme this week on Thursday afternoon (18 January). The first race is scheduled for 2.52 pm with the last timed for 7.59pm. The twilight programme means that it is still ideal to pop out to Young Quinn Raceway after work to catch the last few races. Next Monday, 22 January, the Invercargill Club have an eight race card commencing at 12.19pm with the last timed for 4.27pm. Admission to both these meetings is free. Tent sites and corporate hospitality is still available at the Invercargill Club's Cup Day on Saturday 27 January. The day features the Ascot Park Invercargill Cup and the Arden Lodge Robin Dundee Crown. Ladies Fashion In The Field offers a top prize of seven nights accommodation at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort at Mooloolaba with a $1000 travel voucher from Beach Road Holiday Camp to help you get there while old favourite The Bets In The Bag is back. The children's entertainment is all free as is admission! Alexandra Park - Friday 9 February Celebrate the year of the Dog with us on Chinese New Year 2018! Enjoy a night of Harness Racing action from the Top of the Park, which will be beautifully themed and decorated, complete with a delicious all you can eat Chinese buffet dinner and traditional entertainment. Pakages start from just $60 per person for buffet only. This is sure to be a fantastic evening, so get your colleagues, family or friends together and come along. For more information call 09 630 5660 or book online at www.alexandra park.co.nz or email dining@alexandrapark.nz Alexandra Park - Friday 2 March A glamorous evening the Park. Come one come all to enter MitoQ Best Dressed at the Oaks - an night of fabulous fashion, Harness Racing action, stunning prizes to be won and VIP judges, including New Zealand's very own style icon Colin Mathura Jeffree. Best Dressed at the Oaks 2018 categories: Best dressed woman, best dressed man, best headwear, best dressed at the Oaks (overall winner). Competition entry is free, and with fantastic prizes up for grabs you should definitely come along and put your best foot forward. However please note you must be over 18 to enter! For more information call 09 630 5660 or book online at www.alexandra park.co.nz or email dining@alexandrapark.nz Ben Waters To Play At Addington Raceway We are excited to announce Ben Waters, who has played alongside The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis, will be performing at Addington at 6pm on Thursday 15 February 2018. The list of accolades Ben has received are impressive. Mick Jagger has quoted Ben as being "F...ing Brilliant". Jools Holland, the most popular pianist and bandleader in the UK, has described Ben as "being one of the best pianists of all time". We are extremely fortunate that Ben Waters is also bringing his incredibly talented friends; Derek Nash, who has played with Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Sir Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Tom Jones and is UK's best saxophonist, Mike Story, Ben's favourite bass player and H KAA, a drumming marvel to Addington. Join us for this unforgettable evening for only $89 per person. Your ticket includes a light buffet dinner and $25 from each ticket will be donated to The Champion Centre charity - a centre that is building futures for children with special needs. A cash bar will be available on the night. Please visit the following link to view an example of Ben's brilliance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5P0HxGJc-g To learn more about The Champion Centre; please visit: http://www.championcentre.org.nz/ To purchase tickets, visit: http://www.addington.co.nz/ticket/ben-waters-and-friends/ Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club The Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club holds its annual two day race meeting at the Otaki Race course on Friday 2nd February and Sunday 4th February 2018. The only harness racing to take place in the Wellington region annually. North Island grass track racing at its very best on a perfect sole of grass. Stakes on offer are the best in the North Island on the grass track circuit. Minimum of $9,000 per race each day, with the HRNZ non winners' $1,500 incentive added to the winners' stake, thus non winners racing for $10,500. The Cups each day have a stake of $12,000. The feature on Friday February 2nd is the recently reintroduced Wellington Trotting Cup, mobile 2200 metres. A time honoured event once raced by open class pacers at Hutt Park. The Taranaki Kidz Kartz will be in attendance both days with some very competitive races between these young people, the future of our industry. Patrons are encouraged to be on course Friday to participate in the All-Up Place Competition with a $500 prize up for grabs, for five place selections in a row with a $20 entry (all entries placed on the tote, and all successful keep their winnings). The feature race on the Sunday Inter Island Summer Festival Race day, February 4th, is the $12,000 Otaki Cup run over 3000 metres from a stand. Taranaki Kidz Kartz will be in attendance again with free sulky rides and plenty of free activities for the children , including bouncy castles, face painting , fun run events, treasure hunts, pony rides and much more. Oncourse entertainment will include live music and 'Flash Dancing' displays, and in the Public Car Park a Farmers Market with a huge array of produce on offer. Join in the popular Punters Club and enjoy the success of recent years by the guest selector. Two days not to be missed on the Kapiti Coast. Outstanding stakes, very competitive racing on a perfect grass track surface. Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Timaru fixed odds movers as at 12:30pm Race 1 - Skyline $2.70 leads win & multi betting over the $2.60 favourite One Over Da Skye.    Race 2 - Chromozone $5.00 - $3.90 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' over Lets Hustle $3.80 who does lead multi betting.   Race 3 - Cullens Joy $6.00 leads multi betting over Katies Nightmare $6.50.   Race 4 - One Over Da Stars $4.20 is best backed on the win 'book' with the largest bet $1,500 at $4.20. Whatasista $6.00 leads multi betting.   Race 5 - The Dream Maker $1.45 is the only runner wanted here with the largest bets $3,333 at $1.60 & $4,000 at $1.50.    Race 6 - Cindy Bromac $3.50 leads win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Trouble Giero $6.50 - $5.50 is the best backed runner with the largest bet $1,818 at $6.50. Castlereagh $3.20 easily leads multi betting.   Race 8 - Gypsy's Choice $6.00 is best backed on the win 'book' over Back In Black $9.50.   Race 9 - Boomer Bailey $9.50, Acuto $3.60 & Mighty American $4.20 are all well backed in multi betting. Boomer Bailey leads win betting.    Race 10 - Linton Shard $5.20 - $3.80 is best backed on the win 'book'but is unwanted in multi betting. Burning Rubber $3.80 leads multi betting over Stompem $10.00.   Race 11 - Some Legend $2.40 is easily best backed on the win 'book' and is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Oakwood Stud in County Offaly, Ireland has reported that semen from their top harness racing pacing stallion, Foreclosure N, will be made available in Australia and New Zealand shortly. Kody Charles of KTC Bloodstock in Perth, Australia has been friends via Facebook with Derek and James Delaney of Oakwood Stud for years and they finally met face-to-face in 2015. "When we first got Foreclosure N in Ireland," Derek Delaney explained, "Kody contacted me to say he has his dam in Australia and he had a keen interest in him and had followed his success as a sire in the USA. He asked about shipping his frozen semen to use for some of his mares and we stuck a deal to also make it available for outside mares too." This will be the first time that KTC Bloodstock, which is run by Kody with his mom and dad and Brittany, have been involved with shipping semen overseas and they are very excited to see his foals on the ground next year in Australia and New Zealand. "This is a new venture for KTC Bloodstock," said Kody Charles. "We are very pleased to be selected as Agent for the frozen semen of Foreclosure in Australia and New Zealand. "It has been a dream of ours for some time to get involved in a stallion, Kody explained. "and I can't think of no better stallion to get involved in at our first attempt. He is already competing with the best in the states and already has the points on the board from his first small crop. I think he will a big plus for local breeders. He will be supported by our own mares and frozen semen will be available in Australia and New Zealand for a fee of $2,500 including GST." Foreclosure N, (Rocknroll Hanover - Pleasing Package A - Fake Left) was bred in USA and foaled in NZ, then shipped back to USA as yearling, raced in the USA and Canada, then bred one crop with 21 foals in the USA. His oldest foals are now age 4 and have earned over $1 million through their three-year-old season. He finished 6th on the top 20 sires for average earnings for three-year-old pacers in 2017 and sired the Ohio Sire Stakes Championship winner, Drunk On Your Love p,3 1:51.1f. He was also recently honored as the top Ohio-bred 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the year in 2017 and earned $328,286 to date. Foreclosure N's richest daughter is Rosemary Rose p,3 1:51.4h $255,692, and holds the track record for 3-year-old fillies at Northfield Park with her record mile of 1:51.4 and won multiple legs of the OHSS and won the Grand Circuit event, the Courageous Lady. World renowned driver Tim Tetrick had this to say about Foreclosure N: "I think this stallion has a very good opportunity at stud," Tetrick said. "He is already having fantastic results from a small crop in the USA. I really liked him as a racehorse. He was a real professional on the track that tried hard every inch of the mile. He had a great gait with a great attitude and really wanted to do his work and was one super-fast horse." Foreclosure N was sold to Oakwood Stud in 2015 and bred mares in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England and now is going to be breeding foals in Australia and New Zealand, so it's fair to say he's well-travelled once again in his career. "Our first crop here in Ireland from Foreclosure N are now 2," Derek Delaney said. "and in training they look superb and the feedback from trainers is phenomenal at this early stage." For more information about getting semen down under for Foreclosure N, please contact either Oakwood Stud at www.oakwoodstud.ie or KTC Bloodstock at www.ktcbloodstock.com.au. By Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud      

It is out of the frying pan into the fire for headstrong pacing star Heaven Rocks this week. The dual Jewels winner makes his Australian debut in the Ballarat Cup on Saturday night, taking on his Auckland Cup conqueror Vincent and local Victorian hero Lennytheshark. With a campaign aimed at the Hunter Cup (February 3) and the Miracle Mile (February 24) his connections have decided Heaven Rocks has to be taken off the unruly from mobile starts so he can at least have a shot at being competitive rather than always settling last. But they probably didn’t expect the huge pacer’s first night back in the draw to result in barrier one in a hot field, which will present its own series of challenges on Saturday night. Heaven Rocks has only had one mobile start this season and behaved himself when not really asked to take on to the field in the score up in the Flying Mile at Cambridge two weeks ago. But the inside draw in the push and shove of Australian racing could see him bolt to an early lead or have no idea what to do when the outside pressure comes --- neither would surprise. Either way Vincent has emerged as the horse to beat in the A$100,000 group one over the 2710m mobile, even from barrier six, with Lennytheshark to start off the second line. Saturday’s meeting will also play host to three heats of the Victoria Derby, which is run a week earlier this season, with Spankem and The Devil’s Own the Kiwi reps against a strong local three-year-old crop. Meanwhile, an Australian campaign is off the cards for New Zealand Cup runner-up Jack’s Legend. The Auckland pacer was initially being aimed at the Chariots Of Fire in Sydney on February 10 and would have needed to contest a qualifying race but trainer Barry Purdon says the four-year-old will be staying home. “He hasn’t been quite as sharp in his last few starts and with his two huge runs during Cup week maybe he is feeling the effects of a busy start to the season,” says Purdon “We have plenty of good four-year-old races still to go up here so I will set him for those instead.” With races like the Taylor Mile, Messenger and Jewels just a month apart in the north this season and the four-year-old ranks containing Vincent, Ultimate Machete, Jack’s Legend and Star Galleria among others, that last-season treble could prove one of the highlights of the pacing year. Michael Guerin

The biennial Hurunui Race and Gala day will be held this year on Saturday 10 February at the historic Hurunui Race Course on Medbury Road, North Canterbury. Proceeds from the day go towards helping local cancer support groups. Just ten minutes north or Waikari, the race day will also feature Kidz Kartz as well as pacing and trotting equalisator events.  A non-win pace, open pace and an open trot at this stage are planned, but nominations will dictate events. To compete horses must be qualified, and drivers must have at least a stable hand license. Field sizes are limited to six per race. Nominations to Amanda Tomlinson – 027 435 1380 For more information on the event click here HRNZ

Harness Racing New Zealand are thrilled to announce that following the huge amount of support for the Teal Pants Campaign, all female drivers have agreed to be a part of the appeal. Starting February 1st 2018, all female race day drivers around the country will wear teal pants to help raise awareness around Ovarian Cancer in New Zealand. The campaign will run until 11 March 2018 and three ambassadors have been selected to also wear teal silks. They are Samantha Ottley (Canterbury), Sheree Tomlinson (Southland) and Nicky Chilcott (North Island). Ottley is thrilled to be a part of the first New Zealand campaign. “I’m so pleased to be able to be a part of such a great cause. It’s such a big thing in Australia, so it’s pretty cool to see us Kiwis getting behind it too. Here’s hoping I can drive a few winners in the pants and raise a bit of money!” The first female driver to win the Dominion Handicap, junior driver Sheree Tomlinson is excited to be able to help the cause. “It’s a great way to be able to support women with ovarian cancer, but to also help raise awareness about it and band together as an industry,” Tomlinson said. “I’m really looking forward to being an ambassador for this important cause.” For Nicky Chilcott the chance to be an ambassador hit her on a personal level. “When I was asked to be an ambassador I jumped at the chance to help. My mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer 25 years ago and I’m thrilled to say she is a survivor of it, but I know how hard it was on her and the extended family going through that. She’s very lucky to be here,” said Chilcott. “If we can help anyone going through that terrible experience then I think that’s a huge part of giving back.” The Teal Pants movement initially started in Victoria in 2014 following the loss of Duncan McPherson’s wife Lyn in 2010 to ovarian cancer. It then was held throughout Australia last season. Determined to ensure her passing was not in vain, McPherson came up with the concept to raise awareness, as the symptoms of ovarian cancer often are not obvious. It is a silent killer. He found that often partners of the women taken by ovarian cancer were left lost and without support also, which meant he was often on the other end of a cold call from men who just needed to talk to someone who could understand and help them cope. McPherson has focused a lot of the awareness campaign around targeting men to get them to support their female partners in getting tested early if something doesn’t seem right. But the main message around the Teal Pants Campaign in both Australia and New Zealand is the dire need for better awareness, services and early detection. HRNZ Marketing

Raging Bull's first winner is now his first Group Race winner. Bare Knuckle put a month's worth of unlucky runs behind her when she made her Australian harness racing debut a winning one at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night. Sent out favourite in the #30,000 J L Raith Memorial, Bare Knuckle won the Group 3 mile event in quite sensational fashion because she paced roughly for a brief period at the start and gave away any advantage she'd had by drawing three behind the mobile. Settling last of the eight-horse field after that, Bare Knuckle remained there until well inside the 600m point when Natalie Rasmussen pulled off a piece of pure driving genius - shooting up the inside to a position three-deep, then using the camber of the final bend to come through between her rivals swinging for home. It meant Bare Knuckle was quickly into a position to pounce from, and that she did, steaming home centre track to win the event 'going away' by nearly four metres. With the four sectionals of the mile zipping by in 26.9, 29.5, 27.6 and 27.5, Bare Knuckle stopped the clock at a sizzling 1:51.5 - but with how much of a start she was giving her rivals as the halfway point came and went, Bare Knuckle must've also paced her final 800 metres in close to 54 seconds to get home. It was an emphatic example of the Raging Bull filly's sheer speed, something which Rasmussen and co-trainer Mark Purdon have always rated about her. Bare Knuckle's 1:51.5 mile was just two-tenths of a second outside the fastest mile recorded by a 3-year-old filly on Australian soil, an honour which just happens to belong to her illustrious stablemate Partyon who achieved the accolade in the exact same event last season.

One of the world’s best ever drivers will be showcasing his skills in New Zealand over the next fortnight. And for Hall Of Fame horseman David Miller that will hopefully mean his first time race driving on grass at Motukarara on Sunday week. Miller is accompanying Kiwi horseman Richard “Nifty” Norman, who has been based in North America for much of his career, when Norman returns home this week. So Miller will bring his driving bag and is available for drives at Alexandra Park this Friday, at Addington the following Friday and at Motukarara the following Sunday. Trainers interested in using his services should either contact the clubs involved or Cran Dalgety. “It is great to have a guy like David driving down here and Nifty tells me he is really looking forward to it,” says Dalgety. “So I’d love to see him get some drives up there (Auckland) and then of course down here. “Apparently he is really looking forward to having a go on the grass.” While Alexandra Park’s right-handed track and the grass at The Mot may be relatively new experiences for Miller, not much else in harness racing is. He has driven around 13,000 winner in his extraordinary career and the winners of over US$10million in a season a remarkable 13 times. Michael Guerin

Mark Jones has joined an elite group of harness racing trainers by training the winners of 500 races. Jones was sitting on 497 wins before the Nelson two day meeting kicked off on Friday.  He won with Saveapatrol, and the The Bus on Friday and then again with The Bus in the Nelson Cup yesterday to bring up his milestone. The Bus (Art Major - Rondel Franco) was impressive on Friday for driver Samantha Ottley, running a 1-59.0 mile rate to easily account for a rating 54 to 69 field. He was even better yesterday rating a 2.00.5 mile rate from a stand over the staying test of 3000m. Cable Beach was just as impressive in second after leading for driver Dexter Dunn but he could not withstand the late burst from The Bus who beat him by a neck at the line. Saveapatrol (Christian Cullen - Rondel Franco) a converted pacer who easily won his first trotting the first day at Nelson is a half brother to The Bus. Both horses are out of the good mare Rondel Franco who won 2 races in New Zealand before being exported overseas and winning another 35 races in the USA and Canada. The Bus winning the Nelson Cup yesterday. Harnesslink Media

Champion New Zealand pacer Lazarus's $2m summer is in doubt after he has been struck down by soreness. The magnificent stallion is out of this Friday's West Australian Cup and there have to be doubts over his participation in both the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile next month until co-trainer Mark Purdon knows the extent of the hoof problems. Lazarus produced one of the great modern day pacing performances in defeat when second after being three wide for the entire Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park in Perth on Friday night (Saturday morning NZ time). He covered up to 50m more than some of his opponents but was only grabbed late by NZ-bred pacer My Hard Copy, with his effort stunning even the most pragmatic members of the harness racing industry. But Purdon's pride in his champion turned to concern over the weekend after Lazarus started to feel the effects of the run. "He was fine the next morning and went out into the paddock tired but with no real problems," Purdon told the Herald. "But when I brought him back in about an hour and a half later because of the heat, he was quite sore in the hooves. "And that didn't improve when we put him back in his box or today (Sunday) like we hoped it would and he is still sore now. "We have had the vet to him and we are pretty sure it is in his hooves and probably a concussion thing from the race. "But we won't know exactly how bad it is and whether that is all that is wrong until we have a few more days with him. "So it has come as a bit of a shock but at this stage the vet thinks it is related to a hard run on the hard track." Purdon did not think the brutally hard run Lazarus had on Friday night was the reason for his problems. "I think even if he had an easier run and won he would have been sore afterwards. I just think the track has got to his hooves." The five-year-old, who was sensational winning the Inter Dominion in Perth last month, will be swum this week to try and maintain his fitness while he is kept off the track. "But the WA Cup this week is definitely gone for him and the next target will be the Hunter Cup. "We definitely haven't give up getting him to that and we have nearly three weeks but it is also not certain he will make it. "It is all a bit up in the air at the moment." The two-time New Zealand Cup winner was the hot favourite for not only the WA and Hunter Cups, the latter at Melton on February 3, but the A$750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle on February 24. "I hope by Miracle Mile time he will be fine, unless there was something else wrong with him, but obviously we can't guarantee that." Fremantle Cup If Lazarus does miss the A$500,000 Hunter Cup the Purdon-Rasmussen stable will still have Heaven Rocks in the race, with the latter set to make his Australian debut in the Ballarat Cup this Saturday. But the stable will resist any temptation to step Auckland Cup winner Vincent up to the Hunter Cup as Lazarus's replacement. "Vincent has the Chariots Of Fire at Menangle the week after so I don't think we would target the Hunter with him but at this stage we are still hoping to have Laz there." Stablemate Ultimate Machete also pulled up slightly sore after his fourth in the Fremantle Cup but nowhere as bad as Lazarus. "He was like that for a few days after he won the Golden Nugget here last month too but I still very much expect him to make it to the Chariots Of Fire on Feb 10 and race on this campaign." Michael Guerin Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald

Nelson fixed odds movers as at 11:20am Race 1 - Tyrons Bettor,s Ella easily leads multi betting over Over Charged.   Race 2 - Dolly Jones is the big mover in from $14.00 on opening to a current price of $8.00. Valloria leads multibetting from Loveyoutidoit.   Race 3 - Editorial leads multi betting over Bronx Village who is best backed.   Race 4 - When I See You $1.55 is the only runner wanted and easily leads multi betting .Longshot The Bounder has taken some early money and is in from $26.00 to $18.00   Race 5 - Earthquake $2.20 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Red Moon Rising $1.95 - $1.85 is the only runner wanted in win betting & he leads multi betting over Tuapeka Trick $5.00   Race 7 - Destiny Jones $5.50 is best backed but Sundees Son is racing away in multi betting.   Race 8 - Black Art is the big mover $11.00 in to $7.50 but Saying Grace $1.90 easily leads multi betting.   Race 9 - The Bus is the best backed in this race in from $4.50 to $3.90 and Hopeful Harriet has taken some early support and is in from $13.00 to $9.50. Don Domingo leads Multibetting.   Race 10 - Feel The Money is best backed in multi betting and FF win from Benhope Rulz.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

When we talking about generational speed we are referring to the stallions that break world records and produce progeny that break world records. For example American Ideal was the first three-year-old in the world to break 1:48 going 1:47.4 and he sired He's Watching 1:46.4 the equal fastest three-year-old in history. American Ideal is the sire of 9 millionaires in North America (2 in Australia) to date including the mares; American Jewel 1:48.2s ($1,834,823) Idylic 1:50f ($1,301,865) Romantic Moment 1:50.1f ($1,077,352) Bedroomconfessions 1:48.4s ($1,068,778) And boys; Heston Blue Chip 1:48f ($1,779,373) Sunfire Blue Chip 1:48.3f ($1,301,865) Great Vintage 1:49.1f ($1,173,033) He's Watching 1:46.4 ($1,129,215) In The Arsenal 1:49.1 ($1,056,803) He is the sire of 581 winners, 204 with earnings of over $100,000, 36 in 1:50 or bettor with total earnings to date of just on $73,000,000. In New Zealand his progeny have earnings of over $6,000,000 including the brilliant mare The Orange Agent ($746,423), Ideal Scott ($875,711), Besotted ($255,744), Democrat Party ($254,688), Ideal Belle ($204,316) and Luisanabelle Midfrew ($225,107). In Australia he has produced progeny earnings of a little under $8,000,000 to date including the two outstanding millionaires Bling It On ($1,591,077) and Hard Copy ($1,011,550) and Soho Tribeca ($588,609). My Hard Copy won last night's Fremantle Cup beating Champion Lazarus at the post. American Ideal is ranked as New York’s number one money-winning pacing sire again in 2017. He was also second in North America, behind only Somebeachsomewhere, in both two and three-year-old earnings and in total number of stakes winners. His 2017 sale yearlings were led by a $170,000 colt in Lexington. American Ideal’s World Champion 2017 two-year-old daughter Youaremycandygirl p,2,1:50 ($943,115) tacked an exclamation point onto a remarkable season as she drew off to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2YO Filly Pace Final at Hoosier Park. (Watch Race). The Bill Donovan-owned filly, purchased last fall at Harrisburg for $150,000 from the Concord Stud Farm, agent consignment, has now posted nine wins in eleven career starts. She is both the fastest and richest of her division, giving her a clear path to year-end divisional honours. In addition to her wins in the Breeders Crown elimination and final, she paced to a 1:50 world record victory in the Red Mile’s International Stallion Stakes and a 1:50.4 score in the $500,000 She’s A Great Lady at Mohawk. American Ideal is by Western Ideal from a good race winning Matts Scooter daughter of the super race mare and world champion Three Diamonds. Western Ideal is a sire of sires including Rocknroll Hanover, Always A Virgin, Vintage Master, Artspeak and Big Jim. American Ideal is one of his best proven sons. American Ideal RACE RECORD - Won four of seven at two but was no star earning just $29,800 and going 1:55.2f. At three he really shone through, winning ten of twenty-two with stakes of $855,928 and taking his lifetime mark and a world record at that time of 1:47:4m at The Red Mile, Lexington  He was noted for his great gait and for having blinding speed. American Ideal in world record 1:47.4 (2005) A son of American Ideal, He's Watching in a world record 1:46.4 Breckon Farms have three outstanding yearling colts by American Ideal in this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, on the 12th of February.  They are; Lot 22 – Joshua Richard (brown colt American Ideal / Taylor Kate) The 4th foal and 2nd colt from a qualified Artsplace mare who is already the dam of a black type winner in Crystal Sparkles and who is a half-sister to 5 winners including 3yo Pacing Filly of the Year Lauraella. Lot 22 – Joshua Richard (brown colt American Ideal / Taylor Kate)   Lot 34 – Mr Cornelius (bay colt American Ideal / Toast To Cullen) This colt is from the Christian Cullen mare Toast To Cullen who is a half-sister to 6 winners and the dam of 4 foals to race for 4 winners. Lot 34 – Mr Cornelius (bay colt American Ideal / Toast To Cullen) Lot 156 – Hotfoot It (bay colt American Ideal / Hothooves) From the Bettor’s Delight mare Hothooves who is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Cincinnati Kid (26 wins, $499,495) and is closely related to 6-time Group 1 winner and 3yo Pacing Filly of the Year, 4yo Pacing Mare of the Year, Older Pacing Mare of the Year 'The Orange Agent'. Lot 156 – Hotfoot It (bay colt American Ideal / Hothooves) To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Muscle Hill - World's greatest trotting sire Speedster He’s Watching a life-changer Golden cross, Andover Hall - Muscles Yankee Harnesslink Media

If the old adage there are no certainties in harness racing was ever in question, then last nights $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup is surely one of the better candidates to prove the saying is right on the money.  After declaring Lazarus unbeatable in the race, driver Mark Purdon was forced to sit three wide the entire race outside the leaders, eventually going down by a narrow margin in what was a herculean performance by the kiwi champion. This was probably one of the greatest performances ever seen at Gloucester Park. Trainer Gary Hall Snr had three horses in the race and rated Chicago Bull the best of them. He was not mincing his words before the race declaring Lazarus would not get his own way.  “Going forward, that’s the plan,” Hall Snr said.. "Chicago Bull will go forward and if Bettors Fire (barrier one) doesn’t hand up, we will keep the breeze and keep Lazarus three wide when he comes", he said. “Everyone has got Lazarus past the post and If we just let him go to the breeze, the race will develop into a walk with a sprint home and Chicago Bull can’t win then. We can’t make it easy for Lazarus. My owners don’t want to make it easy for him. I think Chicago Bull can win, but he will need a lot of luck." Those words came to fruition last night and another Gary Hall Snr trained runner My Hard Copy who sat on the back of Lazarus stormed home to win the cup by a head. My Hard Copy driven by Clinton Hall became the 11th millionaire produced in the world for the stallion American Ideal.  Lazarus was monstrous in defeat and Chicago Bull was good also. He posted Lazarus out three wide and stuck on bravely for third. Ultimate Machete could be considered unlucky sitting in the 1x1 behind Chicago Bull but getting room too late for driver Natalie Rasmussen and running home up the inside for fourth. He was examined by the vet and stood down immediately after the race. Harnesslink Media My Hard Copy - Fremantle Cup 5 7:44pm RETRAVISION FREMANTLE PACING CUP MS PACE (SKY 1) 2536M $300,000 M0 Or Better. RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 MY HARD COPY NZ      Fr6 6 Gary Hall Snr Clinton Hall   $ 53.80   COTFB PRBT RAS W2 3WMLT SWAB   BAY HORSE 8 by AMERICAN IDEAL USA out of READALLABOUTIT (NZ) (PRESIDENTIAL BALL USA)  Owner(s): S K Chapman, C Chapman, D Chapman  Breeder(s): Woodlands Stud Ltd 2 LAZARUS NZ      Fr5 5 Mark Purdon Mark Purdon HD $ 1.30 fav  PRBT GS RW SCT W1 SWAB 3 CHICAGO BULL NZ      Fr4 4 Gary Hall Snr Gary Hall Jnr 2.50 $ 9.20   PRBT GS 3WE L1W 2 SWAB 4 ULTIMATE MACHETE NZ      Fr2 2 Mark Purdon Natalie Rasmussen 4.50 $ 6.20   PRBT GS L1W OTE CTS C RR 4 VXAR CR SDVC 5 SOHO TRIBECA      Fr9 9 Bryan Cousins Kim Prentice 8.00 $ 24.90   PRBT GS W3 3WMLT 6 VULTAN TIN      Fr3 3 Phil Costello Chris Voak 9.80 $ 73.70   PRBT 6 7 DEVENDRA      Sr1 10 Todd Rattray Nathan Turvey 12.40 $ 60.00   PRBT 3 8 OHOKA PUNTER NZ      Fr7 7 Gary Hall Snr Stuart McDonald 13.60 $ 208.20   PRBT RAS 8 9 THE BUCKET LIST NZ      Sr2 11 Michael Brennan Michael Grantham 14.90 $ 39.40   PRBT 5 10 MOTU PREMIER NZ      Sr3 12 Ross Olivieri Chris Lewis 16.20 $ 99.70   PRBT 7 11 GALACTIC STAR NZ      Fr8 8 Skye Bond Ryan Warwick 17.40 $ 228.00   PRBT RAS W4 12 BETTORS FIRE NZ      Fr1 1 Kyle Harper Kyle Harper 19.20 $ 22.00   PRBT GS L 1 Scratchings   RUN ONEOVER NZ 13 ZACH MAGUIRE NZ 14 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:01:8 Mile Rate: 1:55:4 Lead Time: 66.5 First Quarter: 29 Second Quarter: 29.8 Third Quarter: 28.5 Fourth Quarter: 28 Margins: HD x 1.9m      

Thames harness racing fixed odds movers as at 10:30am Race 1 - Redmaro $4.80 leads win betting over Scanreco Bay $2.80 who leads multi betting over Happy Magic $5.50.   Race 2 - My Cash $14.00 - $7.00 is the big early mover here and leads over Carlaw Park $8.50 - $7.00. The $3.80 2nd favourite leads multi betting over Carlaw Park & My Cash.    Race 3 - Delia May $3.40 easily leads multi betting in what is a very quiet early win 'book'.   Race 4 - Tahlia Franco $5.00 leads multi betting over Toll Gate $8.50.   Race 5 - Whitehaven Beach $4.00 leads multi betting over Knights Desire $4.20.   Race 6 - Missinmemate $11.50 - $10.00 leads early win betting.   Race 7 - Queen Lostris $1.85 is easily the best backed runner on the card in multi betting.   Race 8 - Mo Casino $6.50 - $4.40 is the best backed runner on the card in win betting early.    Race 9 - Burt Munro $17.00 - $16.00 leads win betting with Grey Stoke $6.50 leading multi betting over Massive Metro $4.20.    Race 10 - Better Buy A Rose $3.20 - $3.00 easily leads win betting with Helix $3.30 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 11 - Dauntless $5.00 easily leads multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

On paper it may have looked as if Somejoy was slightly disappointing at her last start when she ran seventh at Winton (at the end of last month), but trainer Clark Barron says after reviewing the mare's performance he was prepared to just walk away from the result. "It was a very biased track at Winton the other day so I decided to come away from that run and forget about it. If it's wet, it's a different track. On the day anything that did work stopped, and all the favourites got beaten," he said.  That all changed yesterday (Thursday) when Somejoy easily won a heat of the Southern Belle Speed Series at the Northern Southland Trotting Club's meeting at Ascot Park. Barron took the Somebeachsomewhere mare forward from gate seven and ensured the race was run at a very fast pace. Her winning margin at the end of the 1700 metres mobile event was two lengths. Goodlookin Chick was second and there was another length and a quarter back to Hopes And Dreams in third place. The fourth runner was a further seven and a quarter lengths back.   The winning time of 2-01.5 was only 0.1 of a second outside of the All Comers Track, Mares and Southland record of 2-01.4 jointly held by Betta Go Fernco (2017) and another trained Barron mare Raksdeal (2014). The final 800 metres was run in 56.9 seconds with the last 400 timed in a smart 26.8. Somejoy beating Goodlookin Chick and Hopes And Dreams           - Photo Bruce Stewart. Barron says Somejoy has got stronger this season and is better equipped to stand up to the rigours of hard racing. "Last season as a three year old they were running 57 mile rates for 2700 metres and she was running fifth or sixth. She's got a high cruising speed."   Barron said after yesterday's run that he doesn't have any long term plans for the four year old mare other than the Southern Belle Speed Series Final. There are a couple of Group events at Addington for mares at the beginning of next month.    "The main target is the series down here. The Robin Dundee Crown ($14,000 over 1700 metres) on Invercargill Cup Day is another race we'll look at. We'll see how we go in that and then we might look a bit higher. I don't know." Yesterday's win was Somejoy's fifth in just fourteen starts and it continues the remarkable run of wins Barron has had with mares from this family. However he's reluctant to compare Somejoy with her dam and granddam at this point.   "She's probably got a way to go yet. Her mother (Jumpforjoy) was pretty special and her mother (Joyfulbelle) was very good." Barron also trained Giftofjoy, an Art Major filly out of Pride N Joy, to win her first race. The three year old was having her third start after finishing second and fourth respectively in her previous two races. She's out of Mach Three mare Pride N Joy who is also out of Joyfulbelle. Giftofjoy winning in the hands of Blair Orange                - Photo Bruce Stewart. "Very pleasing and once again the family stepped up. It was great to get a win and a mile time. I've got a full brother in the sales."   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing Somejoy winning in 1-55.0

It's great when a plan comes off - and it did yesterday when the Nigel McGrath trained three year old Aloka won the House Of Travel Lakers Summer Cup at the Northern Southland Meeting.  "Nigel wanted the race run at tempo from the front. He was on his hands and knees at the finish but everything else was as well luckily," said driver Blair Orange. Orange took the Bettor's Delight colt straight to the lead and made sure the race was run at even quarters.  "He's not with the top tier of three year olds but he is with the ones in the middle. There's still a few things he does wrong but I think he'll get better and be a better horse in twelve months." The winning margin was two and a half lengths with a game The Big Boss, which sat parked for most of the trip, finishing second.  The overall time for the 2700 metres mobile was 3-21.0, a second outside the track and Southland record for three year olds of 3-19.1 held jointly by Highview Tommy (2009) and Eamon Maguire (2017). Aloka remains unbeaten at Ascot Park. In his only other start on the track last April as a two year old, he won the Diamond Creek Farm Two Year Old Classic. Returning to the birdcage                                           - Photo Bruce Stewart. The win was one of three for Orange, the country's leading reinsman. The others were with the Clark Barron trained Giftofjoy and another McGrath trained runner Gore Bay.  Orange says it's likely Aloka will be back in late April to contest the $45,000 Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes on Diamonds Day.  Aloka has a full-brother in next months Sale of the Stars in Christchurch. Meanwhile Ryal Bush trainer Brett Gray and stable driver Brent Barclay scored a treble at the meeting yesterday. The three winners were Bettor B Ready, Zealand Star and The Heart Rulz. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing Aloka winning his race.

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