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Outstanding European stallion Orlando Vici’s small first Down Under crop is only two but already they are making an immediate impact on the harness racing track as they have in every country he has been available. Orlando Vici sired the 2YO quinella in the Mary Mifsud Memorial 2YO Trotters Handicap at Kilmore on the weekend. New Zealand-bred Orlando Jolt showed impeccable manners in his debut to go to the front for John Caldow, and set the pace while his stablemate Montpelier dropped into the trail. Turning for home the two went clear, with Jason Lee steering Montpelier down the passing lane to get the victory. Montpellier and Orlando Jolt are both trained by Anton Golino at Yabby Dam Racing’s  Cardigan, Victoria stables. From just 19 Australasian foals in his first crop, now 2YOs, Orlando Vici has already had seven to the track for two individual winners and four individual placings plus a number of other qualifiers to date. The French-bred Orlando Vici, a nine-time group winner himself, continues to be a top stallion in the two powerhouses of European trotting, France and Sweden. There are more than 200 sires in Sweden including all the top American ones and more than 500 active sires in France. A sire of champions in half a dozen countries, Orlando Vici has continued to produce stars wherever he has been available, with classic performers in France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany. Orlando Vici’s progeny have won close to 32 million euros. Montpelier . 4 6:34pm MARY MIFSUD MEMORIAL 2018 2YO TROTTERS HANDICAP 2150M $7,000 2YO. 2T0 Or Better. RBD. Stand Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money Hcp Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 MONTPELLIER  $ 3,990 FT Fr1 2 Anton Golino Jason Lee   $ 9.00   3 CMP D/CCMP USL   BAY COLT 2 by ORLANDO VICI (FRA) out of THE KAHMOTION NZ (DREAM VACATION (US))  Owner(s): Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd  Breeder(s): Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd 2 ORLANDO JOLT NZ  $ 1,050 FT Fr4 5 Anton Golino John Caldow 3.50 $ 16.60   L 1 3 WALKABOUT SUNRISE  $ 700 10m Fr2 9 Greg Lewis Neil McCallum 11.50 $ 33.20   9 RR 4 STARLIGHT RED  $ 350 FT Fr5 6 Brian Bourke John Newberry 19.70 $ 111.00   5 5 ONEOFTHECLAN  $ 210 FT Fr3 4 Anton Golino Vincent Robillard-Voisin 85.20 $ 26.20   BX2 NAT 17 6 FLINGANDWINGIT  $ 140 FT Fr2 3 Steven Duffy Ryan Duffy 118.30 $ 4.20   L BX2 B NAT 17 7 ALL CASHED UP  $ 140 20m Fr1 10 Anton Golino Nathan Jack 136.70 $ 1.70 fav  SCAS BX2 NAT 17 8 ACTOR UP  $ 140 FT Fr6 7 Rita Burnett Rita Burnett 177.00 $ 108.00   BB CODS 7 B 9 NORQUAY  $ 140 10m Fr1 8 Anton Golino Anthony Butt 212.40 $ 10.80   RS LCD BX2 NAT 17 Scratchings   FLAKE 1 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:53:2 Mile Rate: 2:09:7 Lead Time: 46.4 First Quarter: 32 Second Quarter: 32.6 Third Quarter: 31 Fourth Quarter: 31.2 Margins: 3.5m x 8.0m    

Four harness racing meetings are programmed in again this week and with a few of our regular trainers and drivers away on holiday the ringaround list may end up being smaller than usual  for the next few weeks. The Metropoiltan Trotting Club start proceedings tonight with a meeting at Addington. Forbury and Alexandra Park host meetings tomorrow night, then the weekend harness racing heads to Rangiora in the South on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to John Curtin who thought Tokyo Joe would win at Timaru on Sunday. Tokyo Joe did win and paid $3.30 and $1.60 on the tote.  The TAB are running $50,000 terminating pick six Jackpots every Thursday and Friday for the month of July.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   NZ Metro on Thursday night Mark Jones - Mark thought Cullenburn would be very hard to beat tonight at Addington in Race 1 Bob Butt - Bob is going for Prestonpans as his best chance tonight at Addington in Race 3 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Three Ideas as his best drive this week also at Addington in Race 3 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Majestic Moment can go close to winning in Race 5 Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that The Tin Soldier might be his best drive this week in Race 9   Auckland on Friday Maurice McKendry - Maurice thinks his best drive is Best Western at Alexandra Park in Race 4 John Curtin - John thinks Annaliese Lincoln would be a good winning chance at Alexandra Park in Race 5 Tony Herlihy - Tony is going for English Rose as his best chance this week at Auckland in Race 7   Forbury on Friday Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best drive this week might be Noble Gamble at Forbury in Race 1 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Machie Mach  this week as his best drive at Forbury in Race 5 Geoff Knight - Geoff also thought Machie Mach  would be a good chance at Forbury in Race 5 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks that Diane Lorena would be his best drive this week in Race 8   Rangiora on Sunday Harnesslink Reporter - says Jack Pack would be a good chance at Rangiora in Race 6 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Warhorse as his best chance this week at Rangiora in Race 7 Racechat - Lance agrees and thinks that Warhorse is a good winning chance at Rangiora in Race 7   Harnesslink Media      

Several leading harness racing drivers have had their fines reduced after being charged for failing to come up into and/or maintain their position behind the starting gate at this years harness jewels at Cambridge. The normal penalty for breaking this rule is $100 but the Judicial Committee however, in all cases imposed higher penalties as the meeting was a major one with all stakes being higher than $40,000. Gavin Smith, Ricky May and Mark Purdon were fined $400. Natalie Rasmussen was fined $500 because she had been warned earlier in the day. Brent Barclay was fined $200 and his licence was suspended for one day and Terry Chmiel had imposed on him a three day suspension. All drivers appealed their penalties and all were succesfull with the fines reduced to $200 for Mark Purdon, Gavin Smith, Ricky May and Natalie Rasmussen. Terry Chmiel had his suspension reduced to two days and since two days had already been served there was no further penalty. Brent Barclay had his penalty reduced to the fine of $200 only.   Full details below: BEFORE AN APPEALS TRIBUNAL OF THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY FOR RACING UNDER THE RACING ACT 2003 IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Harness Racing BETWEEN MARK PURDON TERRY CHMIEL BRENT BARCLAY NATALIE RASMUSSEN RICKY MAY GAVIN SMITH Appellants AND RACING INTEGRITY UNIT Respondent Appeals Tribunal: Mr Garry Thompson, Chairman Mr Russell McKenzie, Member Written decision issued on the 30th June 2018 It was ordered by consent that the appeals be dealt with on the papers. DECISION OF THE APPEALS TRIBUNAL OF THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 Each Appellant was charged under Rule 857(7) which states “no horseman shall fail to come up into and/or maintain his position” 1.2 The Rule referred to above is normally dealt with as a minor offence being listed in the Minor Infringement Schedule but the Race meeting at which this was held being the Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness Racing Club (Harness Jewels meeting) meeting on 2nd June 2018 at Cambridge Raceway had every race carrying a stake of $40,000 or greater being what is described in the Penalty Guide as a major race. 1.3 Accordingly, the RIU stewards sought to uplift the penalty amount which had a standard penalty of $100 and therefore filed the charge with the raceday Judicial Committee. 1.4 The Stewards submitted that a 100% increase in the normal penalty be imposed since in all cases these were major races. They therefore submitted that a penalty of $200.00 or an equivalent suspension was appropriate. 1.5 The Judicial Committee, however, in all cases imposed higher penalties. Messrs Smith, May and Purdon were fined $400. Ms Rasmussen was fined $500 because she had been warned earlier in the day. Mr Barclay was fined $200 and his licence was suspended for one day and Mr Chmiel had imposed on him a three day suspension. All have appealed. 2. THE APPEAL 2.1 It is necessary for the Appeals Tribunal to form its own decision on the matters placed before it and in this case the Tribunal has directed that this be dealt with on the papers. 3. SUBMISSIONS FOR THE APPELLANTS 3.1 Mr Lawson submitted that what the Stewards submitted by way of penalty was appropriate and that the penalties imposed by the Judicial Committee were excessive. 3.2 Mr Lawson raised a number of relevant matters including the fact that it was not suggested that the penalties had previously been manifestly inadequate, the losing driving fees after 6th position were the same as any other meeting, the visual aspects of knowing where 1609m starting point was created a difficulty and the mobile barrier moved faster than normal because of the distance of the race and the quality of the horses. 3.3 Mr Lawson admitted that the penalties should all be $200.00 except that Mr Barclay who received a one day suspension as well as a $200 fine simply have this replaced by a $200 fine only and Mr Chmiel who received a three day suspension, but no fine have his suspension reduced to two days. 4. SUBMISSIONS FOR THE RESPONDENT 4.1 Mr Ydgren submitted that a 100% increase on $100 being the standard penalty to $200 was appropriate except in the case of Mr Chmiel who had a previous breach of the rule so his penalty it was submitted be a two day suspension which had already been served. 4.2 Mr Ydgren explained the allowance horsemen have of half a length grace and stated that drivers are required to know where the starting position is on the track and that in the circumstances all the horseman either made a simple error and misjudged their position or were unaware of where the actual starting point was. 5. DECISION Having considered the submissions on behalf of the Appellants and the Respondent we are satisfied that a 100% increase in the penalty prescribed by Minor infringement Scheme is appropriate in the circumstances this being the submission of the RIU stewards at the Race Day Hearing. The onus is on the Appellants to show that the penalty imposed by the Judicial Committee was manifestly excessive and in our view the Appellants have discharged that onus. 6. PENALTIES We impose a penalty of $200 fine on Mark Purdon, Gavin Smith, Ricky May and Natalie Rasmussen. We impose a penalty of a two day suspension on Terry Chmiel he having had a previous breach of this rule and since two days have already been served there is no further penalty. Brent Barclay was issued with a fine of $200 and had his licence suspended for one day and his penalty is reduced to the fine of $200 only. 7. COST AND FILLING FEE Mr Lawson has made no application for costs and submits that costs should lie where they fall. He has submitted that the $250 filing fee be refunded. We agree with both those submissions. The penalties we are imposing are what were submitted by the RIU at the hearing and the Respondent should not be penalised because the appeal is successful. The Appellants should not be out of pocket as they were successful. Dated this 30th June 2018 Garry Thompson CHAIRMAN   Harnesslink Media

Empire Stallions in Avenel, Victoria proudly announces superstar Australian harness racing 'Horse of the Year' Lennytheshark p,2,1:57.2; 3,1:55.9; 1:49.2 ($3,007,585) has been retired and will join their powerhouse stallion line up for the upcoming 2018/19 breeding season. One of Australia’s greatest racehorses to ever have looked through a bridle, Lennytheshark raced against and defeated the very best of his generation. In 82 lifetime starts – “Lenny” racked up an impressive 39 wins, 20 seconds and 13 thirds while banking over $3 million in earnings. He also has a remarkable 23 Group victories to his credit with 7 at Group 1 level. An outstanding juvenile performer at 2 & 3 winning 9 times, Lennytheshark signalled his potential for greatness right from the start. At two, conditioned by John Justice, Lenny won a heat of the Vicbred Super Series as well as his semi-final for the Australasian Breeders Crown earning a two-year-old mark of 1:57.2. As a three-year-old, Lenny returned to score further wins in a heat of the Victoria Derby and semi-final of the Empire Vicbred Super Series. Lennytheshark posted his first Group 1 triumph in the $200,000 NSW Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle where his performance was nothing short of brilliant - he paced his last two quarters in 27.2 and :27.4 respectively for a mile rate of 1:57.3 over 2400m. Transferred to the David Aiken stable at 4, Lenny remained perfect for that season winning 6 races in 6 starts including a clean sweep of the Empire Vicbred Super Series posting wins in a heat, semi-final and the $100,000 4YO (GR1) Final. As talented as Lenny was at 2, 3 & 4, it was as an Aged horse where he excelled in the open ranks and elevated his status as a hero for the sport. He was a formidable competitor winning back to back Victoria Cups (2016 & 2017) as well as the $100,000 Canadian Club Sprint. It was his victory in the 2016 $1.3 Million Inter Dominion Grand Final in Perth that stamped Lenny as the premier pacer in the country.  He turned in yet another stunning performance winning the Final in 1:54.8 for the 2,536 metre journey after sitting parked outside the leader. And, who can forget the images of “The Shark” happily swimming at the beach in Perth days before the Final with his trainer smiling widely on his back. If you weren’t a Lenny fan before seeing those photos, you sure were afterwards. He was a wonderful ambassador for the sport! Inter Dominion Final Of all the memorable moments Lennytheshark gave us during his illustrious career, without a doubt, his most exciting performance was in the GR1 $750,000 Miracle Mile. In a star-studded field that included Lazarus, Hector Jayjay and Our Waikiki Beach, Lenny faced the breeze nearly the entire mile. He showed tremendous heart, grit and determination when he fought hard to put his head in front on the line to stop the clock in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.2. Lenny’s regular pilot was Australia’s champion reinsman Chris Alford, who said “He is the best horse I have ever driven – full stop. LENNY’s win in the Miracle Mile was that of a very special horse. It really showcased his incredible will to win.” Miracle Mile It’s no surprise Lenny was destined for stardom – his pedigree is loaded with black type performers. His sire, Four Starzzz Shark has made his mark as one of the leading international sires in the industry. Worldwide, Four Starzzz Shark has sired the winners of nearly $50 Million with 543 Winners, 16 in 1:50, 198 in 1:55 or faster, 121 $100,000+ Earners, 5 World Champions and 3 Millionaires. Each season, Four Starzzz Shark continues to sire talented colts and fillies alike that are highly competitive winning throughout Australia at every level including the sensational multiple Oaks Winner & Breeders Crown Champ FRITH p,1:50.1 ($1,180,345), the 2018 Chariots of Fire Winner Jilliby Kung Fu p,1:48.8 ($506,710) and the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Filly Champion Molly Kelly p,1:54.8 ($260,080) – just to name a few. Lennytheshark’s dam is the 2016 Australian Broodmare of the Year Botswana. Not only does Botswana’s resume include Lenny, but she is also dam of the 2YO Australasian Breeders Crown Filly Champion Led Suitcase p,1:55.8 ($261,395) and the WA Sales Classic Winner Blissfull Boy p,1:54.3 ($241,970) - both by the former Empire Stallion Blissfull Hall. Lenny’s second dam, Lourenco Marques is the dam of 7 winners including the GR1 Australian Oaks winner Newbold Penny, Penny Veejay p,1:54 ($387,114) and Lord Marques p,1:52.8 ($214,830), etc. One of Lenny’s greatest attributes was his versatility. He had an uncanny ability to win on any sized track, over any distance, racing on the front end, in the death or coming from behind. Trainer David Aiken said this about his star pupil. “Lennytheshark is the complete package. He had brilliant high speed and a faultless gait which enabled him to run fast times on smaller tracks. Lenny was a once in a lifetime horse – he has a special place in my heart and he has stolen the hearts of racing fans all over the country. I can’t wait to see what he does as a sire.” Lenny is a spectacular looking bay stallion standing 15.3 hands with outstanding conformation, an excellent temperament and a fondness for apples. It makes perfect sense that he would begin his stallion career in Victoria as he is truly an all-Victorian horse. He was bred by Kevin Newbound’s Forest Lodge Standardbreds, is owned by Kevin & Martin Riseley and family, trained by John Justice & David Aiken, driven by Chris Alford and sired by a Victorian-based stallion out of a mare by another Victorian-based stallion the late ALBERT ALBERT. “We are very excited to be standing Lennytheshark this season” said Empire principal David James. “We have followed his career with great enthusiasm and cheered him on every step of the way. His credentials are second to none and we believe that he will have wide appeal to breeders. His progeny should be highly sought at the yearling sales and we are certain that Lenny’s legacy will continue through his sons and daughters.” Lennytheshark’s progeny will be Vicbred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, SA Southern Cross and NSW Breeders Challenge eligible – conditions apply.

The Harness Half Hour is set to return next Tuesday 10 July. A harness racing industry showcase, the Harness Half Hour is an audio show that features news interviews, industry profiles, club news, a Bookie Update with Richard Wilson of the NZRB and updates on harness racing related events. Previously hosted on Trackside Radio, the HRNZ Marketing Department will present the show in a podcast format which will be available via the HRNZ website, HRNZ Facebook page and HRNZ Twitter feed each Tuesday afternoon. Clubs are encouraged to contact Jess at Harness Racing New Zealand should they wish to promote any upcoming events, which will complement the weekly Club News bulletin on the HRNZ website.   Jess Smith jess@hrnz.co.nz 027 261 4427            

Addington bosses are on the hunt for Australia’s best pacers as the local open class stocks hit an all-time low for this year’s New Zealand Cup. And a series of factors appear set to play into their hands, with at least one of Australia’s biggest stars all but confirmed to be crossing the Tasman for the Cup and others set to follow. The Cup may be four months away on November 13 but it is already more attractive to Australia’s leading trainers for two very obvious reasons. Firstly with the new Inter Dominion series to have only a A$500,000 final, the $800,000 New Zealand Cup sits alongside the Miracle Mile in February as Australasia’s richest harness race. Add in the $200,000 NZ Free-For-All three days later and the elite pacers can race for $1million, making it the richest pay week in Southern Hemisphere harness racing. And perhaps just as important is who won’t be there, namely two-time NZ Cup hero Lazarus, who has been exported to North America along with Heaven Rocks and Waikiki Beach while Auckland Cup winner Vincent and champion mare The Orange Agent have been retired.  That leaves the New Zealand open class stocks looking the weakest they have been in a decade and while horses like Ultimate Machete won’t be pushovers, Addington racing manager Brian Rabbit admits some Aussie star power will be crucial. “The Cup is always a special race and a special occasion but we do look to have a bit of a shortage of big name locals at the moment,” says Rabbit. “So we will be very keen to get some of the leading Australians across and the early indications are we will. “We had Tiger Tara last season and would love to get him back while Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull are two others we would really like and Soho Tribeca sounds likely. “With the stakes we have now it has become the richest carnival anywhere in Australasia.” While Aussie speedsters like Field Marshal, Jilliby Kung Fu and Hectorjayjay and almost certainly better suited at home, Rabbit looks set to get his wish with Soho Tribeca, who already has the Cup as his main aim for the remainder of the year, even though the Inter Dominion is in his home state of Victoria a few weeks later. “Everything we are doing at the moment is geared toward the New Zealand Cup,” trainer Michael Stanley told the Herald. “I qualified him from a stand a few weeks ago so we can start in the race and we intend coming for the week and racing in the free-for-all too. “And we will probably have a lead-up race over there as well, maybe somewhere like Ashburton. “We would be mad not to target it. The owner is very keen and its $1million in a week rather than four races in two weeks for a A$500,000 final at the Inters. “We might do both but we don’t have to decide that until after the NZ Cup.” With Tiger Tara a luckless third to Lazarus last season and second the year before he would seem a likely returnee and if you add those to locals like Ultimate Machete, last season’s runner-up Jack’s Legend, Star Galleria, former Auckland Cup winner Dream About Me and Jewels winner Eamon Maguire a potentially intriguing but far more open Cup than recent seasons comes into focus. Nominations for our greatest harness race close on August 29. Meanwhile, Addington could have a new distance in play for Cup week and more importantly for the Harness Jewels pending the outcomes of a trial this month. Starting from this Thursday the premier track will change 1950m mobile races to 1980m for a month-long trial at the behest of the horseman’s association. “It will give them a slightly longer run to the first bend and we are happy to trial it and listen to their feedback,” said Rabbit. “And we will then discuss if the 1950m races we usually hold now become 1980m races and if they do permanently then that will be the distance for the Jewels here next season too.” Michael Guerin

Former Hedgehope and Winton harness racing trainer Maurice Skinner and wife Val are enjoying retirement and both have fond memories of the industry they’ve been involved with for years. Maurice, who is now 87, doesn’t get to the races at all these days but it doesn’t stop him from enjoying it on the tele and reminiscing about the good times. And he’s still getting around with that wicked laugh and the pigeon toes that are too late to be reshod. His memory isn’t too bad either but sometimes it just needs prompting and Val is very good at that. Maurice is the oldest of three children of Arthur and Flo Skinner. He was born in Mataura and brought up in Tuturau and Tisbury where he started school. They moved to Hedgehope in 1936 to a 213 acre farm which was to produce many winners over the years. Arthur, or Pop as he was known, developed a five furlong track on it and started to train a few horses. As the years went on he became a successful trainer with one of his best being the good trotter Worthy Admiral, which he bought for twenty five pounds. Worthy Admiral ran second in the Rowe Cup twice; in 1957 he was beaten by Tapuwae by a length - driven on that occasion by Roy Purdon – and the following year driven by Doug Grantham, Recruit beat him by a nose. Arthur Skinner also had some association with Rowe Cup winner Quick Silver. She won seven of her sixty starts mainly for Arthur, but the record books state she was trained by Wally Tatterson when she won the 1954 Rowe Cup. Pop and Flo brought up three children and both the boys Henry and Maurice became jockeys with Maurice joining the ranks in 1942. Maurice Skinner aboard Hakim at Trentham - Photo Supplied “I became a jockey when I was twelve. I was with Andy McKay who trained three or four horses just past the Riverton racecourse. I served my time. He trained Excellency who was a top three year old,” he said. McKay trained Excellency during her two and three year old seasons. At two her wins included the 1946 Welcome Stakes at Riccarton and the McLean Stakes at Wingatui. At three she won the Middle Park Plate at Riccarton over a mile. Later in her career she won the 1949 New Zealand Cup when trained by Fred Ellis. Maurice also worked for a while for ‘Ripper’ Boyle. And he ended up riding twenty two winners as a jockey. Brother Henry was riding at the same time and were both attached to the Maurice Corkery Riverton stables until increased weight forced them to switch to the trotting game. “After four years I also got a bit homesick and wanted to go home,” said Maurice. During those early years he took a break from racing and did a stint driving Railway buses in Te Anau which is where he met Val whom he married in 1956. Val’s father Tom (Plato) had begun working in Te Anau in 1929 helping to build the road to Milford Sound. Home for him in those days was a tent and a paillasse stuffed with straw. Val’s mother Evie (nee Lloyd –originally from Stewart Island) joined him in 1935 after they married and home for themselves and their seven children for six months was a tent on the Te Anau lakefront with an open fire, with a camp oven for cooking and only kerosene lamps for light. They later moved into a public works house. Back to Arthur. He took out a professional licence in 1951 and his first winner was trotter Factotum which scored at the Birchwood Hunt Club’s meeting in 1952. At that point Maurice took out his professional drivers licence and a horse called Johnny Smith, trained by his father was his first winner at the Gore meeting on Boxing Day 1961. He was by Irish Orator out of Matareri and was 12-13 in the betting. He won by a head and paid seven pounds to win. Maurice drove 4 winners in his first season. In August 1966 Maurice joined his father in a training partnership and drove most of the team. Arthur also drove for a while before a bad smash at Roxburgh in 1961 unfortunately halted his driving career. Maurice, Arthur and Henry Skinner - Photo Supplied Together the partnership trained 33 winners with Maurice’s first winner in partnership with Arthur being Fort Nelson in October 1966 at Forbury Park. Maurice Skinner rates him as the best horse he ever drove. Fort Nelson was owned by Drummond farmers Ian Kincaid and Cyril Keen and started his career with a fourth in the 1966 Kindergarten Stakes won by Holy Hal. Arthur Skinner was quoted back then as saying “He’s a tough young horse that needed to be ironed out.” Maurice agreed. “He was an outlaw to start with. If he didn’t want to do it, he wouldn’t do it no matter what you tried. He was the best and fastest pacer I trained and drove.” Skinner recalls that Fort Nelson had to be practically broken in each time he was brought back into work but as a four year old all those traits had disappeared. There was always plenty of buyer interest in Fort Nelson and he was nearly sold when he was two.                     “There was a discussion about selling him. I think the price was about four thousand pounds,” Val said. As a three year old he was taken north to Auckland in December 1966. He won on the 24th and repeated the dose three days later. Then four days later he ran second to Governors Frost in the 1966 Great Northern Derby beaten by a head. He then returned to Addington and won on January 2nd - four starts in ten days. One of Fort Nelson’s other wins was in a heat of the 1968 Interdominions in Auckland. He ran 8th in the final which was won by the Australian pacer First Lee. The field included some of the New Zealand pacing greats such as Holy Hal, Chequer Board and Humphrey. Fort Nelson with Maurice Skinner winning at the Spring Handicap at Addington on Cup Day in 1967 beating Royal Fame by a head with Curragh Dan a half a neck back in third -Photo Supplied He also won a heat of the Easter Cup before finishing third to Allakasam and Stewart Hanover in the final. His New Zealand racing career ended in April 1968 at Gore when he ran third behind Humphrey and Stewart Hanover in the Southland Invitation Stakes. His final tally was eleven wins from his thirty five starts in New Zealand. After his run at Gore Fort Nelson was sold to an American syndicate headed by New York trainer Eddie Cobb. “He was the first horse to be sold for $100,000,” said Maurice. Records show he was sold for $80,000 with a $20,000 contingency. He went on to race 31 times in America for 7 wins - earning his new owners $139,552.00. According to Maurice’s son Neville the new owners of Fort Nelson couldn’t get the horse going early on and wanted his dad to head to America to sort things out.                    “He got his passport ready but they phoned three or four days before he was due to go and said they’d finally got him going,” Neville said. Another good horse Maurice was associated with was King Suva which won five races.                                                                                                                                        “He was owned by Bill Hickey and Allan Duncan from Central Otago. They’d come down to the races, have a few drinks and then went back to Omakau. Those were the days when drink driving wasn’t a problem.” Another good horse was Fab and his win in the National Handicap in August 1973 was his seventh in eight starts. It graduated him to Cup Class and was a nice birthday present on Maurice’s forty third birthday. Fab started twice in the New Zealand Cup - both times driven by Skinner. He finished 12th in the 1973 Cup won by Arapaho which beat Globe Bay and Young Quinn and he was 12th the following year in a cup won by Robalan. Skinner rated Haughty Romeo highly and he was one of the country’s top three year olds. At four he had three wins and four minor placings leading into the Messenger in Auckland. In that race he finished seventh. He had five more starts that season and was put aside to have a splint removed. Maurice Skinner and Haughty Romeo - Photo Supplied Haughty Romeo was raced by Rewa Burns, wife of long time secretary of many Southland clubs Peter Burns. He ultimately won nine races – 8 of those under the guidance of Maurice. Over the years there were many good horses. Maurice drove Kawarau Gold trained by Frank Oliver and his win in the Kindergarten Stakes was the first for stallion Majestic Chance. Others included Maori Maiden, Mark Antony, Tetarney for Joe Morgan, Ben Rodden for Graham Hale, Lynsalle, Kawerau Chip and Dream Ahead which was raced by Shelley, Val and Judy. He also drove Spanaway which won five of twenty starts including the 1967 Gore Cup, Dollar Man which won four races and Gaylee which won six. He also trained Ann’s Globe early in her career. She was owned by Harold Jenkins (father of Ray Jenkins) and was to become the dam of good trotters Globe Pride (8), Golden Blue (9) and Tobago (15) Another highlight of Maurice’s long career was training Balgove Boy which was his son Neville’s first driving success in October 1978. Maurice was Southland Trainer of the Year for the 1967-1968 season with 18 winners, eight more than Harry Cox. He prided himself on getting trotters winning and Brown Maiden a mare bred by the late Colin Baynes, provided Skinner with a great source of square gaiters over the years. She left Adiantum which won eight races, seven of those for Maurice. “With Adiantum you couldn’t do anything with him at all. There was this fella Mainland down the road and he told me his father said if a horse didn’t go they used to put a bag over his head so he couldn’t see. That’s how we got him to go.” Neville was riding him on the lead one day with the bag on his head, and I lent over and took the bag off him, well did he buck after that. Poor Nev didn’t stay on for long. The process amused many visitors to the Hedgehope property. “Charlie Anderson was down at our place one time. He was the caretaker at Addington. He was working in my garden and Morrie was getting out of the stables with a horse with a bag over it’s head. Charlie couldn’t believe it. They spent hours and hours with that one horse,” said Val. Another trotter he has fond memories of is Classic Countess. She won five races and became the dam of New Zealand Cup winner Bee Bee Cee (14 wins). “Those owners were my favourite syndicate. Russell Morton, Kevin Dukes, Ernie Atkin and Peter Grace. They worked at the smelter and were just genuine guys, Southlanders. We won with her at Gore on Boxing Day. It was a wet shitty day and they all arrived at Hedgehope. They had a great night at our place,” said Val.  He also had great success with the progeny of Princess Way. She left Arbitrator (3 wins), Gregory Peter (6), Arlington (3) and Whizz Way (4) which were all trained by Maurice. Her best foal however was Sundon’s Way. Over five seasons on racing he won fifteen races and recorded lifetime earnings of $316,723. Whizz Way is now owned by Neville and local retired vet Peter Williams. She’s left good trotting winners in Appian Way (6 New Zealand wins), Idid It Myway (14 wins) and Any Old Way (7 wins) In amongst all the horses Maurice and Val had three children Judy, Shelley and Neville. Shelley now works for McConnell and Dowell in Auckland as a PA. The company manages big construction projects and they’re responsible for the Auckland Tunnel and Frankton bridge projects. Judy and her husband David run the Night and Day store in Balclutha while Neville works for Corrections at the Invercargill Prison. Neville and Judy still have an association with Standardbreds. They raced an ill-fated Alley Way which unfortunately died out of the blue. Neville holds his trainers license and Judy is on the committee of the Tuapeka Trotting Club. In all, Maurice Skinner drove 238 winners, last driving in the 1998 season. His best seasons as a driver were 1980 and 1982 (20 wins in each year) and his last winner was Whizz Way in December 1997. As a trainer he trained 150 winners (59 trotting) in his own right between 1970 and 2000. The first winner he trained on his own account was Southern Hanover which won at the Northern Southland meeting in November 1969. It was the Van Hanover geldings only win. It’s interesting to note that amongst the beaten lot that day were Kiwi Direct which became the dam of Direct Kiwi (13 wins), Vonnell the dam of Trevira (16 wins), and Trilobal (9 wins). Over the years Skinner drove against some of the legends of the sport. Locally, names like Robert Cameron, Doug McNaught and Ken Balloch whilst on the national scene he competed regularly against Peter Wolfenden and Jack Smolenski. He rates Maurice Holmes as the best. “He was a hard case. He’d be sitting inside of you and the next thing he’d push you out. He did it a few times until one day I nearly put him over the running rail. He yelled out hey boy, hey boy. He didn’t do it again.” Over the years Maurice he was involved in some bad accidents. Val relates, “He got chucked out at Addington one night driving Gaylee. He landed on the running rail. He was black from his waist to the tip of his toes.” Maurice decided to retire from driving pacers in December 1992 after his brother Henry was involved in a bad smash at the Riverton Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park. Maurice had suffered a serious accident ten years earlier also at the Riverton meeting when Paul Revere fell. He ended up with three cracked vertebrae, a broken collar bone and serious rib damage. He was side-lined for two months. Ironically the race was the IR Kincaid Memorial. Ian Kincaid had been one of the owners of Fort Nelson. “They kept him in (hospital) overnight. He came home the next day and he could hardly walk. They rang me up a week later to say ‘I hope Mr Skinner is resting because we’ve relooked at his x-rays and he’s got three cracked vertebrae,” said Val. Many young horseman went through the Skinner stable over the years including close friend Owen Cameron. “He’s still like our second son. He was there for seven years, coming straight from High School,” said Val. Cameron’s first winner was the Les Norman trained Valiant Prince which was owned by his father. Second that day was Smithfield driven by his boss (Skinner). Brendon McLellan was another who learned the trade from Skinner.                                        “He came from school as well. Snow was great but by God you couldn’t get him out of bed in the mornings.” Others included Ken McFarlane, David Larkins and the Barron brothers who came out at weekends. Not all were perfect students. “We had one fella who was hopeless. I was talking to Dick Prendergast who said ‘how’s ya staff going.’ And I said I’ve got one there that’s bloody hopeless and Dick said so have I. He said why don’t we swap. We did, and we got the worst one,” said Maurice. Outside of trotting Skinner enjoyed white baiting and he owned a stand on the Aparima River near Riverton for twenty years. “We had a lot of fun there. Some of the neighbours were the Mulqueens from Colac Bay and Ritchie Folster.”   Maurice was also a great follower of the Midlands Rugby team and up until recently he looked after the scoreboard and clock at their home ground in Winton just down the road from their home. Maurice is one of the true characters in the Southern Harness scene, always happy to offer a bit of advice along with a bit of cheek. One of his favourite pastimes is to sit on the swing chair under the back porch, handing out sound advice to Val who still enjoys her garden.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

EVEN rival reinsmen could not believe their eyes. The short-priced favourite for today’s TAB.com.au Len Smith Mile was gone as soon as the starter let them go. Soho Tribeca went into a full stretch gallop just as the mobile arm let them go and suddenly this whole Group One feature completely changed complexion. My Field Marshall found the front but his reinsman Anthony Butt had no hesitation handing up the front to Cruz Bromac (Chris Geary) in that frantic run to the first turn. After that the young man who is regarded as one of the finest young horsemen in the land, Geary was able to dictate terms to suit himself and Cruz Bromac did the rest. His trainer Kevin Pizzuto later relayed how confident he was going into the Len Smith Mile: “He worked so well when I fast-worked him yesterday morning I actually told the owner he was a moral,” grinned Pizzuto. “As a matter of fact we were so confident we probably won more on the punt then the race was worth so it’s been a pretty good result all around.” Owner Denis Zavitsanos also paid tribute to Pizzuto: “He’s only had the horse for less than a month and he’s already taken him to the next level,” said the part-owner. photo by Ashlea Brennan Photography Geary was also stoked after scoring the biggest win of his fledgling career: “The owners could have more an older more experienced driver on him but they stuck by me and I have to give them a big thank you for trusting me with such an important drive,” he said. “Kevin said the horse was going really well and he’d have him ready to win and he’s rarely wrong.” After coming out of the gate in 26.4s, Geary was able to back the speed off with a fairly leisurely middle half of 57.2s (splits of 28.9 and 28.3) which meant the son of Falcon Seelster was able to dash home in 26.4s for a 1:50.1 mile. Cruz Bromac finished up scoring a four and a half metre win over My Field Marshall, who tried hard but couldn’t run him down after getting clear late in the straight, while Mach Doro was a strong third, just ahead of Gotta Go Ya Hu. And another feature race was headed home to one of Australia’s most successful stables – the Kevin Pizzuto barn. As for Soho Tribeca? He trailed home a long last.   Mandy Madern     6 3:26pm TAB.COM.AU LEN SMITH MILE (GROUP 1) 1609M $100,000 RBD. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 CRUZ BROMAC NZ      Fr6 7 Kevin Pizzuto Chris Geary   $ 25.90   GS L QUER SWAB   BAY GELDING 6 by FALCON SEELSTER USA out of CROWN DEFENDER (NZ) (LIFE SIGN USA)  Owner(s): D Zavitsanos, P M O'Shea, Z D O'Shea, J Zavitsanos, W R Viney  Breeder(s): Bromac Lodge Ltd 2 MY FIELD MARSHAL NZ      Fr1 1 Tim Butt Anthony Butt 4.60 $ 5.40   PRBT SWAB 3 MACH DORO      Fr3 3 Craig Cross Luke McCarthy 7.60 $ 23.80   PRBT HUE SWAB 4 GOTTA GO YA HU NZ      Fr5 6 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lachie Manzelmann 7.90 $ 79.60   PRBT D/F$400 UW 5 CELESTIAL ARDEN NZ      Fr4 5 KerryAnn Turner Robert Morris 8.90 $ 28.80   RAS 6 TACT TATE NZ      Fr7 8 Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull 9.60 $ 33.80   RAS 7 MAJORDAN      Fr9 10 Kevin Pizzuto Todd McCarthy 11.70 $ 12.30   PRBT 3WE WF QUERP VXAR NAR 8 FRANCO NELSON NZ      Fr10 11 S P Tritton, L R Tritton Lauren Tritton 12.50 $ 18.40   RAS 9 MATCH IN HEAVEN      Fr8 9 Paul Fitzpatrick Blake Fitzpatrick 14.70 $ 48.70   PRBT 10 SOHO TRIBECA      Fr2 2 Michael Stanley Michael Stanley 375.90 $ 1.40 fav  PRBT HOSU GO WI VXAR CR SD7D SDVC Scratchings   CHARLAVAL 4 ULTIMATE ART 12 Track Rating: GOOD   Gross Time: 1:50:1 Mile Rate: 1:50:1 First Quarter: 26.4 Second Quarter: 28.9 Third Quarter: 28.3 Fourth Quarter: 26.5 Margins: 4.6m x 3.0m  

Think About Me probably earned a late addition to the Breeder's Crown team from All Stars after his impressive win at Addington on Friday. Think About Me coasted home in a way which made the $1.60 price seem long and might now go on to greater things. Certainly the Breeders Crown is a step up but a recall of his earlier form suggests he will not be out of his class by any means. Think About Me is a son of female star Imagine Me by Christian Cullen, and Imagine Me was by Dream Away from Scuse Me making him standardbred elite by any standard. Certainly he was well beaten in the Sires Stakes Final won by Chase Auckland but bear in mind his no 13 draw and the fact he had had only one previous start when a strong finishing 3rd in a Sires Stakes heat on debut in a 1.53 mile rate making ground strongly late. "I leave it up to Mark and Natalie about the plans" said co-owner  Paul Kenny who races Think About Me with his wife Mary and Charlie Roberts. He made a lightning trip from Auckland to watch the race typical of the Kenny's support of all their racing team.  "I think the Breeder's Crown will be the aim now" Natalie said after the race. The stable has a strong Breeder's Crown lineup but there is a space for a top three year old. While Think About Me only ran 3.17 for the trip on Friday he won with such ease the race was virtually over  from the 400m and he should only improve. Earlier on he was highly regarded in the stable and, like many from the family, has stepped up considerably from two to three years. The local heat for the Breeder's Crown is at Addington in two weeks for three year olds. Courtesy of All Stars Stables http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/

Classie Brigade can bounce back from his shock last start defeat at Alexandra Park tonight but he will have to do it without one of his best mates. Because regular reinsman Blair Orange will stay in the South Island to drive at Addington tonight to galvanise his lead in the national driver's premiership which, while still healthy, was cut back by a rampant Dexter Dunn last week. In Orange's absence, Nathan Purdon, who now works for his uncle Barry, will partner Classic Brigade, with Barry having looked after the open class pacer for much of the last month. Nathan was on Classie Brigade when he returned from a 15 month layoff to win two starts ago but Orange was reunited with him in the $40,000 Uncut Gem last start when he dropped out to run fourth behind race rival tonight in Billy Badger. "Initially I was very disappointed but when you analyse it they went 2:38 [for 2200m] on a winter night and he was only second up without any hard racing," says trainer Nigel McGrath. "So I think he just wasn't ready for that sort of time, especially in a race where he had to work. "Barry has been looking after him since and you couldn't ask for a better man for the job so I am sure he will be fitter." McGrath said Orange offered to come north to drive Classie Brigade even though it would have meant passing up several winning chances at Addington. "But I told him to stay down there and keep getting winners for the premiership. I'm sure Nathan will do a great job." The race may not come down to Purdon's skills as much as what unfolds in front of him. If Billy Badger can step well from his 15m handicap and work around to the lead, leaving Classic Brigade to do all his own work, then it becomes a huge challenge. But if natural front runners like Juice Brogden or Seaswift Joy get the lead and their drivers are keen to stay there then Classie Brigade could get the perfect drag on Billy Badger's back and be the horse to beat. Billy Badger's trainer Robert Dunn holds a key hand in tonight's main trot too with Woodstone and Sundees Son both in winning form and with the speed to threaten open class rival One Over Da Moon. The latter has been favourite for similar races recently but not well suited by handicaps. And while the best version of him would win back to the 1700m mobile tonight, Woodstone in particular looks to be racing at least as well if not better. Michael Guerin

Five harness racing meetings are programmed in again this week, starting with the Forbury Park meeting in Dunedin tonight. Addington and Alexandra Park host meetings tomorrow night, then the weekend harness racing heads to Timaru in the South on Sunday, with Waikato Bay of Plenty also running a meeting the same day. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Andre Poutama who thought Commando One would be his best drive at Alexandra Park last Friday night. Commando One won and paid $6.00 and $1.80 on the tote.  The TAB have again injected $10,000 into the Quaddie starting pool on races 2-5 at Addington on Friday night.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night Mark Jones - Mark is going for Fancy Women as his best chance this week at Forbury in Race 1 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks that Loma Jaccka would be his best drive this week in Race 4 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best drive this week might be Dachy at Forbury in Race 7 Craig Ferguson - Craig says his best drive this week might be Sportzstar at Forbury also in Race 7 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Machie Mach  this week as his best drive at Forbury in Race 9 Geoff Knight - Geoff also thought Machie Mach  would be a good chance at Forbury in Race 9   Auckland on Friday night Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Delight My Soul as his best drive this week at Alexandra Park in Race 1   NZ Metro at Addington on Friday night Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says his best drive would probably be Agatha Tyrone at Addington in Race 1 Racechat - Lance thinks that Miss Pinocchio is a good chance this week at Addington in Race 3 John Morrison - John says that Ruthless Kayla would be his best drive this week at Addington in Race 4 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Jaw D Nancy can go close to winning in Race 6 Blair Orange - Blair is going for J B Mauney as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 7 Matthew Williamson - Matthew thinks that The Tin Soldier might be his best drive this week at Addington in Race 9   Timaru on Sunday John Curtin - John thinks Tokyo Joe would be a good winning chance at Timaru in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Hercules Morse would be a good winning chance at Timaru in Race 3   Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness at Cambridge on Sunday Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Littlebitoflove as his best chance this week at Cambridge on Sunday in Race 2 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Charlie Mach would be his best chance this week at Cambridge in Race 7   Harnesslink Media  

Southland produced it best crop of three year old colts and geldings for some time this season with plenty to like about the top stakes winners in this group. Duke Of Wellington was the standout. He qualified at the end of October last year and started ten times, never running out of the money. He won five races and ended up winning in the $45,000 Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes. His season's earnings were $54,280, the highest stakes earner (any age or gait) to be trained in Southland. The next best three year old stakes wise was the Nathan Williamson trained Franco Santino which currently sits on four wins from eight starts and earnings of $29,220. Branxholme trainer Alister Black produced three nice three year olds as well with Kilowatt Kid leading the trio recording three wins from ten starts and earning his owners Lindsay and Ian Thomson $27,430. They also own Vintage Cheddar which won two of it's seven starts and $18,390. Lawrence, also owned by the Thomsons, was Black's other nice three year old. He won twice in ten starts and earned $17,320. Other handy three year olds in the south this season were: Mighty Conqueror which won three of his four starts and earned $20,000, Ardtoo which won twice and banked $13,400 and Convair Hustler which earned $13,160 including one win. Interestingly Franco Santino, Ardtoo, Convair Hustler, Kilowatt Kid and Mighty Conqueror all won a final of the Nugget Series run in Southland this season. The series was a new initiative with each of the ten finals carrying a stake of $12,000. The Northern Southland Trotting Club also held a $20,000 Super Nuggets Final which included all the early Nuggets winners. This was won by Kilowatt Kid. Three year olds won ten of the eleven Nuggets Finals (including the Super Nugget) with colts and geldings winning eight. Two three year old fillies Dunrobin and Born To Boogie, won the last two finals. The odd one out age wise was four year old Zealand Star which won it's final at Winton in February. The Nuggets proved a great stakes springboard for Southerners wanting to gain entry into the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes with nine of the twelve runners this year coming from the province. Entry to the Supremacy is gained through stakes won in Southland during the season. Wouldn't it be great if Southland was to put on a four year race next season to cater for these quality horses.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Dexter Dunn’s American dream is turning into a nightmare. But the 10-time champion reinsman is still hoping to get to North America this winter for what is now shaping as a shortened working holiday. Dunn expected to leave New Zealand two weeks ago to drive in North America for up to four months but that goal has been stymied by visa issues. US immigration are withholding a working visa until, as  Dunn understands it, he can provide more prove he is world class at his job. While the internet would seem to to provide ample proof of that, especially considering Dunn has won the World Driving Champs, the process has slowed to an alarming rate. “I now have a lawyer up there working on it for me,” says Dunn. “It is frustrating and obviously I had hoped to be up there driving already but there isn’t much I can do about it. “I respect the fact it is harder to get working visas up there than it used to be but I am still keen to go. “But really I would have liked to be there at least two weeks ago, getting some drives and setting up for the summer. “So I am still hopeful it will happen but if it takes too long I might not go at all. I’m really in limbo at the moment and can’t plan anything, here or there, until I know about the visa.”  Dunn says if his visa come through in the next two or three weeks he could still drive for the entire months of August and September in the States before deciding whether he comes back to New Zealand in early October. If he does go his return is becoming increasing likely because every day he is not in the States is another step further from picking up the drive on a serious stakes horses for one of the summer features. And unless Dunn was having a magical run or had a realistic winning hope in a series like the Breeders Crown in late October, he would have little reason to stay in the US and miss the build up to New Zealand Cup week. “But I am still keen to go, to drive and to learn so hopefully it can all be resolved soon.” Dunn isn’t letting the paperwork hassles affect his winter form as he has driven superbly over the last week and even closed the gap on runaway premiership leader Blair Orange to below 20. But he had given up a while ago on retaining the title he has won the last 10 straight years and instead has a different goal should he not be Stateside inside a few weeks.  “I’m only five shy of 200 or the season again so that is my new goal and it would be good to get there again.” Orange is on 214 going into a busy weekend of racing and only needs 16 more wins to pass Dunn’s national mark for either equine code of 229 wins set last season. Michael Guerin  

With recent events relating to Mycoplasma Bovis and stress on farmers locally some motivated individuals in conjunction with Rural Support Trust and Federated Farmers have put together a Farming Family Day at the Races on July 15 at the Ashburton Trotting Club meeting.  With the idea of a ‘Get off the farm day’ mid-winter to lift the spirits of rural families in what has become a challenging climate in recent times. The Ashburton Trotting Club are excited to be able to host this event in support of rural families. We will be providing food, refreshments, losing tote spot prizes, children’s entertainment and we also hope to have some accommodation packages to give away on the day with the focus on a positive day out for farmers. Anybody with a rural address and involved with the primary industry in Canterbury is welcome to come along for the day and enjoy some mid-winter relief, an exciting day of harness racing and entertainment.  A chance to meet the top harness drivers in New Zealand and many other sporting celebrities while enjoying the family atmosphere and betting a dollar or two. Also a chance for a rural fashion in the field competition so put on your best chaff sack and gumboots or tweed suit and hat for the men and for the ladies the options are limitless. Please register your interest via the Facebook page/event “Farming Families Day at the Races” to insure we get the catering and refreshment requirements correct. The first race will be approximately 11.30 am and the day will finish around 5pm with entry free.    Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Forbury Park (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Addington (TS1) Sunday Cambridge (TS1) Timaru (TS1)   Forbury Park – Thursday 28 June Forbury Park Racing Club welcomes on board John Harley and the House of Travel & Orbit World Travel team as primary sponsors of a Junior Drivers Series to be run through our winter programme. The series will consist of 7 races over 4 nights with the first 2 heats run on Friday 15 June, with 2 more heats on Thursday 21 June and Thursday 28 June with the Grand Final staged on Friday 6 July. The winner driver will receive a $2000 travel voucher from House of Travel & Orbit World - but wait there’s more! Just by entering any of the heats, EVERY driver and trainer will be included into a random draw after the Grand Final with Forbury Park Trotting Club presenting a $1000 travel voucher each to a lucky driver and trainer pulled out of the hat. Your support for this series would be greatly appreciated, as is the sponsorship of House of Travel & Orbit World. Thank you John! This week Forbury host the claimer series and junior drivers series, our Bistro is also open from 4pm.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre - Friday 29 July Hello Everyone, We are back racing this Friday!  Be sure to pop along to the races and enjoy our fabulous goodies in Spectators.  Race 1 is 5.17pm. HOT OFF THE PRESS!  We are delighted to announce our new on-line catering business called Addington Pantry Online Catering has gone live this week.  Addington Pantry is here to help and create #fabulouscateringmadeeasy.  If it is a morning or afternoon tea shout, lunch time meeting or even if you would like to send someone a thank you, Addington Pantry Online Catering can deliver tasty food straight to your door!  Please visit our website to view our delicious menu.   http://www.addington.co.nz/addington-pantry/.   For further details please call 338 9094.  BE IN QUICK, OUR FABULOUS CUP WEEK HOSPITALITY PACKAGES ARE SELLING FAST.  TERROR TO LOVE LOUNGE IS ALREADY SOLD OUT!  Be the first to secure one of the best spots on course and #bepartofthemagic.  For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/cup-week/hospitality/.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, or wish to book, please contact Joanne McMaster on joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz, or 021 0298 5972. STARTING NEXT WEEK FOR THE MONTH OF JULY - MACCA LODGE SOUTH OF THE WAITAKI WINTER WARMER SERIES!  This series consists of three heats and has a total stake money of $42,000.  To be eligible for this series, horses had to be registered with HRNZ in the name of a trainer(s) based South of the Waitaki River as at 1 May through to 27 July 2018.  The series will be for 3YO and older pacers assessed up to R60 as at the closing of nominations for heat one.  The first place getters in each heat will have automatic entry into the final. For further details, please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/, or ring Brian Rabbitt on 027 407 7234. KICKING OFF FRIDAY 13 JULY  - $50 ALL UP PUNTING CHALLENGE – 3 CHANCES TO WIN $500.  (13, 20 & 27 JULY)! – Simply place a $50 All Up at any of these three meetings, and if your bet has the highest return for the week, you will win an extra $500.  No limit on entries, overall winner to receive an entry into a 2018 Kiwi Punters Championship heat.  Entries and further enquires please visit; http://www.addington.co.nz/racing/50-all-up-july-challenge/ LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – FRIDAY 20 JULY. BE IN TO WIN AMAZING PRIZES, INCLUDING A FREE TRIP TO SYDNEY;  http://www.addington.co.nz/events-centre/events/ladies-night/ This fabulous night out includes; Glass of bubbles on arrival Gourmet buffet dinner Entertainment throughout the night with live harness racing action and DJ Luke Demonstrations and a chance to win a $300 tailored skin care package by Caci Riccarton Opportunity to win spot prizes throughout the night including a $350 gift basket from Lancôme Losing betting ticket draw for a $1,500 escape to Sydney, courtesy of HRNZ.  Prize includes return flights for 2 and $500 spending money. Spend $10 in one transaction at the Totalisator and go in draw to win a 1 carat diamond ring, valued at $2,400, courtesy of Pascoes The Jewellers! FRIENDLY REMINDER OF OUR ALMIGHTY MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!  HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/070532pg.htm July 5 https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/071332pg.htm July 13 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/072032pg.htm July 20 (Tentative) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/072732pg.htm July 27 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Auckland – Friday 29 June Wish or Fish Fundraiser Tasman Room Friday 20th July. A Night of Fundraising The Wish for Fish charitable trust are holding their 3rd annual fundraising night for the Wish for Fish charitable trust. Action aplenty with raffles, giveaways, a punters club ($10 per share) and a live charity auction. Tickets are $130 per person which includes an amazing food and beverage package courtesy of Alexandra Park. Visit www.wish4fish.co.nz to find out more about this great cause and help make a difference!  Even if you are unable to attend the event, you can still support this great cause by clicking here. To secure your ticket please call Bryce on 021616601 or email bryce@wish4fish.co.nz https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/wish-fish-fundraiser-2018/ Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00 https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/?date=13-07-2018 ATC 2019 Syndicate: Over the last two decades, the Auckland Trotting Club has formed 17 syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and racing between 2 and 4 horses. To date, all 17 syndicates have proved, or are proving, very successful: At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale or the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, the Auckland Trotting Club 2019 Syndicate’s yearlings were selected by the top trainers Robert Dunn, Brent Mangos and Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson: Name: Alta Redeemer Trainer: Robert Dunn Name: Christianshavtime Trainer: Logan Hollis / Shane Robertson Name: Bet West Trainer: Brent Mangos When you join an ATC Syndicate, not only do you get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses, but you can also be very involved in Harness Racing generally, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and then quite possibly venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia, as some previous ATC Syndicates have. There are many advantages involved with being part of one of the Auckland Trotting Club Syndicates. These include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand, making new friendships with like-minded people, having total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and having the opportunity to participate in social events and possibly travel throughout the year. Every month, syndicate members receive a detailed newsletter documenting each horse’s progress, member news, and other information. Regular updates are placed on a phone-in message service, which can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in New Zealand free of charge. We have already had syndicate members from a wide geographical location around New Zealand, from Kaeo and Kaitaia in the North, to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South, as well as from the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Each year of establishing a new Syndicate, the Auckland Trotting Club has implemented their hugely successful formula of buying three richly bred yearlings at the Yearling Sales, with these horses being selected by and trained by some of New Zealand’s leading trainers. For further information please contact or go to www.alexandrapark.co.nz/racing/syndicates: Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email:  ajamieson175@gmail.com   Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness – Sunday 1 July At Cambridge Raceway, first race at 12.22pm.   Timaru Harness Racing Club - Sunday 1 July  An eight race card starting at 12.07pm    Ashburton Farming Family Day at the races – July 15 With recent events relating to M Bovis and stress on farmers locally some motivated individuals in conjunction with Rural Support Trust and Federated Farmers have put together a Farming Family Day at the Races on July 15 at the Ashburton Trotting Club meeting.  With the idea of a ‘Get off the farm day’ mid-winter to lift the spirits of rural families in what has become a challenging climate in recent times. The Ashburton Trotting Club are excited to be able to host this event in support of rural families. We will be providing food, refreshments, losing tote spot prizes, children’s entertainment and we also hope to have some accommodation packages to give away on the day with the focus on a positive day out for farmers. Anybody with a rural address and involved with the primary industry in Canterbury is welcome to come along for the day and enjoy some mid-winter relief, an exciting day of harness racing and entertainment.  A chance to meet the top Harness drivers in New Zealand and many other sporting celebrities while enjoying the family atmosphere and betting a dollar or two. Also a chance for a rural fashion in the field competition so put on your best chaff sack and gumboots or tweed suit and hat for the men and for the ladies the options are limitless. Please register your interest via the Facebook page/event “Farming Families Day at the Races” to insure we get the catering and refreshment requirements correct. The first race will be approximately 11.30 am and the day will finish around 5pm with entry free.    Kurow Harness Racing Club – 19 August We have a brand new Facebook Page! Be sure to like Kurow Harness Racing Club on Facebook, like and share our competition post and you could win a $100 dining voucher thanks to Fat Sally’s Pub and Restaurant in Oamaru! Winner is drawn Friday 29 June so be quick. We will also be utilizing our Facebook page on race day to bring you race previews, interviews and aftermaths with winning connections for our 19 August annual meeting.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ

The final stage of the 2018 Airpark Canterbury Cadet of the Year competition is upon us with the four finalists excelling in all of their regional challenges.   Representing Canterbury is the regional winner Ben Hope. Ben, a finalist last year, was a convincing winner who scored highly in all three components of the regional competition.   Travelling up from the Deep South to contest the title this year will be Ellie Barron, the Southern regional winner and the Northern regional winner Luke Whittaker will also make the trip down.   This year along with the three regional winners, the next highest score from all of the competitors would advance through to the final. Olivia Thornley, also from Canterbury, took these honours and will be joining her four counterparts.   All four finalists have displayed a comprehensive range of skills in their horsemanship, driving and all-round general knowledge to set the stage for an exciting and competitive final.   They will now battle it out for the right to call themselves the Airpark Canterbury Cadet of the Year.   The final competition has been designed to call on not only the contestant’s equine knowledge but to also challenge the finalists in a diverse range of practical, theoretical and technical tasks.   Each phase of the competition will be evaluated and marked and the Cadets will earn points for each task based on performance, accuracy and speed. The final will be held throughout Christchurch on Wednesday the 25th of July.   The winner will be announced at the 2018 Annual Harness Racing Awards Function on Saturday the 29th of September this year to be held at Alexandra Park.   For any further information please contact Natalie Gameson on 03) 964 1193 or natalie@hrnz.co.nz   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc      

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