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80 year old Invercargill trainer Owen Lawrence doesn't train too many horses these days and although there's been buyer interest in his pacer I'm Trouble, Lawrence is keen to hang on to him. "Dad's had offers for him but we're both enjoying this horse so we'll keep him," said Lawrence's daughter Carol Graham who drives the Changeover gelding in all his work. The three year old has had plenty of groundwork and roadtrips just to get him used to the race day environment.  "He's just come into his own in the last couple of months. He was a bit of a handful in his stall at the races. He knows what racing is all about now. He's always looked as if he would go alright. He went round the trials quite a bit because we didn't realise that we'd qualified him first up."  Today the three year old settled seventh on the outside. At the 400 driver Rory McIIwrick launched I'm Trouble three wide and he cruised up to the leaders just after turning in. He let down nicely to win by a length and a quarter from Better B Ready.  I'm Trouble winning his second race - Photo Bruce Stewart. "Rory said he did it on his ear. He's liked him for a wee while."  I'm Trouble was bred by Hamish Scott and Doctor Kim Lawson and is out of the Troublemaker mare Trouble In The Ranks. She won once from five starts. Her pedigree goes back to a breed the late Andrew Sellars had success with, breeding horses like Sassenach (12 wins), Ryal (9 wins), Zabadak (11 wins) and Stampede (11 wins).  Lawrence used to be a regular buyer at the yearling sales but he's now breeding from Arancia, a Washington VC mare he won four races with. She has fillies by Auckland Reactor and Sir Lincoln.  He's had a licence to train since 1986. His first winner was Our Angela driven by Doug McNaught at Wyndham in February 1987. Today's win was his twenty seventh. Twenty of those have been with trotters.     Bruce Stewart Southland Harness racing  

Roxanne Visser has been appointed Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. She has previously held positions as an operations manager and sales consultant in Auckland and brings overseas experience in the conferencing and event industry. Ms Visser has been Senior Wedding & Function Coordinator for Tres Jolie Wedding Venue in South Africa. She has also project managed health and wellness events and was Conference & Event Co Coordinator at the Cabanga Conference Centre in South Africa. "My career started off in events and so the opportunity to get back into the industry really appealed to me. What's more I've always had an interest in racing having grown up on a stud farm in South Africa. This role at Alexandra Park ticks a lot of boxes including working with a great team," she says. Her responsibilities include running the Friday Night race night themed-events such as the upcoming Mid-winter Christmas parties and Christmas at the Races in November and December. Sales & Marketing Manager Joel Reichardt says the appointment is yet another positive reflection on Alexandra Park's successful functions and events business. He says Ms Visser's experience in weddings will also be invaluable given Alexandra's great reputation in hosting weddings particularly large ones. "Roxanne brings a passion for customer service and has plenty of experience in working in a fast-changing and multi-tasking environment with numerous and competing deadlines. Her excellent communication and organisational skills are already being put to good use given all that's happening at Alexandra Park over the coming months," he says. Alexandra Park's popular Mid-winter Christmas parties are selling out fast. The evenings will be held over four consecutive Friday race nights on 22 and 29 June and 6 and 13 July. For bookings or information on functions or events phone (09) 630-5660, email enquiries@alexandrapark.co.nz or visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz Contact: Joel Reichardt - Sales & Marketing Manager - (021) 786-034.   Cameron Brewer  

Canardly Remembers' win at Ascot Park brought back memories of another horse named Canardly for winning Ascot Park trainer Brent Shirley. "I remember a qualifying trial at Winton and one of Hamish's (Hunter) horses called Rolls Canardly. I was driving Loch Nagar and we thought he was pretty smart. I went up thinking, arrogantly,that we would win, but Hamish's horse beat us easily," Shirley said. Rolls Canardly broke down and never raced while Loch Nagar went on to win six races in a twenty start career. Whilst Canardly Remember is not in that league he has been a consistent money spinner for his latest owners, the Not So Mighty And Regal Syndicate. Today was his second win since the syndicate bought him off breeder Graham Cooney in February 2017. "I tried to buy Porche Canardly but it fibulated so I ended up buying this one. We paid $2,500 for him and another $500 after his first win."  The Not So Mighty And Regal Syndicate has thirteen members which includes Brent's brothers Grant and Peter. Some of the syndicate have raced horses with Shirley before, including Dyed Blonde and Ruby Ruby.   The Not So Mighty and Regal Syndicate - Photo Bruce Stewart. "He's been a good horse for us. I've noticed just recently that not too many horses run past him in a race. He runs past ten times as many horses that run past him," said syndicate manager Tony Harvey.   Canardly Remember from 62 starts, has now won twice, had nine seconds and eight thirds, and has banked $31,963.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness racing  

Hey, did you notice Lazurus won in 1:55.1 at Pocono Saturday? For those of you who have been hearing about the coming of the “Wonder from Down Under” to North America, you may be thinking, “I didn’t even know he was ready to race!” Well, the pacer Lazarus N has not yet raced. And notice there are three differences between the initial sentence and the idea you had after reading the second one: 1) the Lazurus in the first paragraph is a trotter; 2) the trotter spells his name “Lazurus,” while the pacer has “Lazarus” as his birth name – note the difference in middle letters … And 3) the most important difference – because registry books do not “overlap” worldwide, you can have a Lazurus in this country, and then if you bring another horse over, he should be called Lazarus N, to reflect he is a New Zealander in origin. (Yes, these two horses’ names are spelled differently, but I still hope that the USTA requires Lazarus to carry an “N” after his name.) Publicists and announcers are going to dislike this recommendation, because nowadays they are in the habit of dropping “A”s, “N”s, “S”s (which the fastest trotter of all time carries in his North American incarnation), “IT”s, and so on. But it can make a difference in public perception. Earlier this year, there was an import named Waikiki Beach, a fine pacer who is now going in the 1:50 range. But rightfully he is here officially known as Waikiki Beach A, to distinguish him from the talented trotter of not-too-distant history. The using of this end letter I think is an important one. It IS their official name in the land in which they are racing, for the very purposes of avoiding registry (and fan) confusion. This point was driven home to me at Foxboro over 30 years ago, where a horse named Flamboyant A was racing in a “n/w $100 per start” class, and not doing well. The announcer was calling this horse “Flamboyant,” and I thought of Billy Haughton, who had just suffered his fatal racing accident, and the very good trotting filly named Flamboyant he had had, and thinking, “Geez, Haughton would cringe to hear this cheap pacer called the same name as that top trotting filly.” I don’t know why the letter designating country of origin has been largely dropped. Maybe it’s not “cool,” disharmonious in announcing or writing. But I think it is WRONG to drop it. The omission causes confusion, and could cause people doing research to be shaking their heads at the performance discrepancy records of horses similarly-named but not the imports. It’s their name in North America. Like the Biblical Lazarus, we need to bring back using the whole name, with end letter, from the dead pool of fashion it is now in. And it wouldn’t take a miracle to do it. by Jerry Connors, for Harnesslink

Steven Reid is happy being harness racing’s David, able to occasionally slay Goliath. And Reid almost did that twice at the Jewels on Saturday, winning one of the $150,000 pacing divisions with Utmost Delight and only field position costing him doing it again when Star Galleria went down narrowly to Eamon Maguire. Reid left Cambridge a happy man, knowing his Jewels double had only been denied by the most powerful stable New Zealand has ever seen, the Goliaths of the All Stars. “How could I not be happy?” said Reid. “The mare went super to win her race while I think reverse the runs and Star Galleria could have beat Eamon Maguire. “So for a guy with a small team we had a great day and Utmost Delight’s win might have been my first group one since Gold Ace so I’m pretty stoked.” Reid and rival Cran Dalgety with Pat’s Delight in the three-year-old race were the only pacing trainers able to slow the All Stars, who won six races, most of them by big margins. Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen were the deserved stars of the show after a tough, interrupted week, their mammoth harness racing machine honed down to peak performance. But while Reid has been at least remotely close to where the All Stars are, having won a premiership beating Purdon 20 years ago, he says he is happy living in the giant’s shadow. “Things have changed a lot for me since those days and I don’t have the owners for a big team any more and wouldn’t want to train one anyway. “I find it less stressful and my attention to detail is better this way and I can train the horses I want. “And having these two horses means we can have a real presence at the major carnivals next season.” Utmost Delight is the 13th foal of the fantastically flawed mare Victor Supreme. She used to be talented yet weak but the Bettors Delight influence has seen her strengthen with every campaign. “She has turned into a lovely mare and while we will probably stick mainly to mares races next season she might be good enough to be a Cup horse. “Star Galleria will almost certainly bypass Australia over the winter and be set for the New Zealand Cup.” The two Delights -- Utmost and Pat’s -- were rare points of difference as the All Stars were at their ruthless best in the majority of Saturday’s races. Shez All Rock, on loan to them before heading back to Australia, finally broke the Aussie invite duck with a whirlwind performance in the three-year-old Diamond and she might be one of the most talented fillies seen in this part of the world. But her juvenile stablemate Princess Tiffany was just as crushing in the opening race, coming from last to blow her rivals away. Driver Tim Williams used Another Masterpiece’s draw to win the juvenile male pace while Eamon Maguire was fast enough to hold Star Galleria at bay as Rasmussen won a driving game of cat and mouse. Now the super stable will need to sit down in the coming week and decided which horses press on to Victoria and the Breeders Crown riches and who heads to the paddock as they call time on another premiership season during which they have won a record $4.4million domestically and plenty of Lazarus loot in Australia. What they have achieved this season, even with plenty of lows among the highs, has been remarkable in not just its brilliance but its sustainability. But as Reid, Dalgety and Paul Nairn showed on Saturday, even giants are beatable. By Michael Guerin

Tough summer love paid huge winter dividends for Habibi Inta in the sensation race at the Harness Jewels on Saturday. While there were better winning performances on the nine group one raceday, the four-year-old trot was controversial even before it started, with hot favourite Enghien galloping from barrier three in the score-up and driver Ricky May choosing to start from the unruly for the second attempt. Enghien galloped again, losing his winning chance and burning punters, but trainer Greg Hope backed May’s call 100 per cent. “If I had a phone and was able top call Ricky after that first gallop I would have told him to do exactly what he did, start from the unruly,” said Hope. “It was a real shame because he went enormous after galloping. I am starting to think maybe he just doesn’t like Cambridge.” While the incident would have left Enghien punters feeling sour at least the three minute hold up gave some a chance to cover their bets on Habibi Inta, who unlike his arch rival never put a hoof wrong and won easily from in front. And his trainer Paul Nairn says this new, more mature Habibi Inta may have been forged on the rugged hills of Waikari in North Canterbury. “Last season he could be a bit weak, both physically and mentally, so we chucked him into a big paddock on the hills up there and left him there for three months,” says Nairn. “I went back and got him on New Year’s Day and was thrilled with what I saw. He was bigger and stronger and had grown up and he has raced liked that. “The hills are pretty rugged there and they have to keep themselves fit just walking around. Its been great for him. “He has all the tools to be a genuine open class horse next season now.” Habiba Inta always looked a good horse waiting to happen and Saturday was his graduation day. He can now trot 1:56 miles from a mobile, begin quickly from a stand, win over any distance and has developed into being just as potent left or right-handed. That suggests he is Nairn’s next seriously good horse at a time when the career of his older sister Habibti Ivy, a national record holder, is in doubt. But Nairn has two more past Jewels winners in One Over Da Moon and Wilma’s Mate, who returns to jogging soon, to work with also. Which is just as well as the Canterbury trainer is going to have a few more bills in the new season, he and new wife Vangie are expecting their first child together next month.  “We are both very excited and wins like this will help,” smiled Nairn. Habibi Inta’s win mirrored that on Saturday’s two other trots, with both Enhance Your Calm and Winterfell big strong boys who led throughout from good draws. Winterfell has been a huge improver in the last three months and looks an open class star of the future while Enhance Your Calm is unbeaten and so in the zone for a trip to Victoria, where he is owned, for the Breeders Crown wouldn’t surprise. Michael Guerin

Harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety won the Gr 1 $150,000 3yo Emerald this afternoon with Pat's Delight at Cambridge Raceway.  Driven by Dexter Dunn, Pat's Delight blasted to the front early before handing up to Blair Orange and Sheriff with a lap to go.   In the straight Pat's Delight was too strong and easily beat Sheriff by a length to give Dexter a great going away present for his upcoming trip to North America. Solid Gold ran home well from three deep on the fence for third and Alta Maestro had to settle for fourth after sitting parked for the majority of the race. Dexter was euphoric after the race and gave credit to the horse. "He had a great season and although he got beaten a few times he always put up a good run.  "He deserved to get a Group One.  "Coming around that last bend I was travelling that good I was almost galloping but he was spot on  today. "Cran had him perfect," he said. Bettor's Delight managed a trifecta in the last with the first three placings all sired by the Woodlands Stud stallion. Pat's Delight paced the mile in a slick 1-52.7 with the last 800m in 55.6 and closing 400m in 27.4 seconds Harnesslink Media Interview with Chrissie Dalgety Pat's Delight DUNSTAN FEEDS 3YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m   For 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 2 Pat's Delight 2 fr 75,000.00 2/1 1-52.7   D J Dunn C T Dalgety 2 3 Sheriff 3 fr 22,500.00 3/3 1-52.9 1.00 B N Orange N R McGrath 3 1 Solid Gold 1 fr 15,000.00 7/6 1-53.0 1.30 J P Stormont F D Cooney & T R Hopkins 4 5 Alta Maestro 5 fr 6,375.00 5/5 1-53.7 4.90 J R Dunn R J Dunn 5 12 Sicario 12 fr 4,735.00 1/2 1-53.7 5.00 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 10 Triple Eight 10 fr 3,770.00 9/8 1-54.1 6.70 D J Butcher S G Telfer 7 11 Bettor Step Aside 11 fr 3,770.00 12/12 1-54.1 6.80 D M Balle D M Balle 8 7 Hail Christian 7 fr 3,770.00 8/9 1-54.4 8.40 R T May P T Court 9 6 Funatthebeach 6 fr 3,770.00 6/7 1-54.4 8.50 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 10 13 Ohanzee 13 fr 3,770.00 4/4 1-54.4 8.60 T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 11 9 Culpeka 9 fr 3,770.00 11/10 1-54.5 8.70 B M Mangos B M Mangos 12 8 Henry Hubert 8 fr 3,770.00 10/11 1-56.5 19.10 G D Smith R J Dunn $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 4 Hundie 4                     Divs: $3.30. $1.30. $1.60. $4.60. Quinella $4.60. Trifecta $117.20. TAB Double[races-8,9]:(1,2) $4.00. TAB Conc.:(1,3) $1.80. TAB Treble[races-7,8,9]:(10,1,2) $13.50. First4 $809.10. Quaddie[races-6,7,8,9]:(5,10,1,2) $50.30. Pick6[races-4,5,6,7,8,9]:(13,1,5,10,1,2) $200.60. Margins: 1 length, neck, 3 1/2 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 1-52.7 Last 800m: 55.6 Last 400m: 27.4 Placed Horses:       Pat's Delight 2014 3 B c Bettor's Delight - Righteous Franco   (by Falcon Seelster)    Trainer: C T Dalgety, West Melton    Owner: Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd(P Kubala)    Breeder: Charlton Park Enterprises Ltd(P Kubala)    Sheriff 2014 3 B c Bettor's Delight - Jen Marie   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: N R McGrath, Weedons    Owner: G W Deakins, Mrs P P Gillan, R V Masefield, Small Car World Ltd    Breeder: K N Spicer,Mrs A M Spicer    Solid Gold 2014 3 B g Bettor's Delight - Aquileia   (by Falcon Seelster)    Trainer: F D Cooney & T R Hopkins, Taupaki    Owner: Mrs A F Cooney, W H Outtrim, P J Haslam    Breeder: Old Ridge Services No 4 Ltd

Three-year-old Majestic Son trotter Winterfell has given the harness racing All Stars stable six wins on Jewels day by taking out the Gr1 $125,000 Ruby Trot at Cambridge Raceway this afternoon. Trainer driver Mark Purdon had Winterfell in front from the start and the big gelding was never in danger of defeat cruising to victory and beating the Nicky Chilcott trained filly Monaro Mia by three lengths at the line. Australian visitor Wobelee held third a further half a length away after sitting parked for the duration of the race. Trainer Mark Purdon said after the race he did it easy.  "He felt strong in the running and was trotting good and solid. He was little bit rocky on the turn but never felt like he would have broken. "I think he will furnish into a lovely open class horse next season," he said The winner trotted the mile in 1-58.9 with a last half run in 57 seconds. The final 400m was cut out in 28.1 secconds. Interview with owner Trevor Casey Winterfell WHAT THE HILL 3YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1), $125,000, 3YO, 1609m   For 3-year-old trotters. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 1 Winterfell 1 fr 64,462.50 1/1 1-58.9   Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 9 Monaro Mia 9 fr 19,378.00 4/4 1-59.5 3.00 S W Abernethy Miss N A Chilcott 3 8 Wobelee 8 fr 12,814.00 2/2 1-59.6 3.60 C A Alford Mrs A M Alford 4 12 Stress Factor 12 fr 5,472.00 8/8 1-59.9 5.00 T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 5 4 Sundees Son 4 fr 4,033.50 9/9 2-00.2 6.20 J R Dunn R J Dunn 6 13 All American 13 fr 3,140.00 10/10 2-00.3 6.90 S J Lawson J W Dickie & J I Dickie 7 2 Renezmae 2 fr 3,140.00 5/5 2-00.5 8.00 D J Dunn J D Harrington 8 3 Valloria 3 fr 3,140.00 7/7 2-00.7 9.00 G D Smith R J Dunn 9 6 Rachmaninov 6 fr 3,140.00 11/11 2-01.2 11.30 T J Grant T J Grant 10 7 Majestic Man 7 fr 3,140.00 3/3 2-01.6 13.30 Brad Williamson P M Williamson 11 5 Sex On Fire 5 fr 3,140.00 6/6 2-13.5 72.90 J I Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie $125,000.00   Scratchings SCR 10 Puma Road 10               SCR 11 Girls On Film 11                     Divs: $1.40. $1.20. $2.20. $1.70. Quinella $5.50. Trifecta $25.20. First4 $175.90. Margins: 3 lengths, 1/2 length, 1 1/2 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 1-58.9 Last 800m: 57.0 Last 400m: 28.1 Placed Horses:       Winterfell 2014 3 Br g Majestic Son - Una Bromac   (by Live Or Die)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: T G Casey    Breeder: T G Casey    Monaro Mia 2014 3 B f Imperial Count - Monaro Miss   (by Wrestle)    Trainer: Miss N A Chilcott, Cambridge Raceway    Owner: J B Brinsdon, Mrs M J Robertson    Breeder: M J Wharton,Mrs H L Wharton    Wobelee 2014 3 B g Down Under Muscles - Tupenny Bit   (by Sundon)    Trainer: Mrs A M Alford, Victoria    Owner: C W Murphy    Breeder: Bromfield Park Pty. Ltd.

Eamon Maquire has capitalized on a great trip in the running to win the harness racing Gr1 $150,000 4yo Emerald today at Cambridge Raceway. Driven superbly by driver Natalie Rasmussen, the Art Major four year old had a great run in the one by one behind A G's White Socks who sat parked while Tiger Thompson ran them along in front. In the straight A G's White Socks hit the lead but could not withstand the finish from Eamon Maquire and Star Galleria, with Eamon Maquire coming out on top by half a length from Star Galleria with a further length back to A G's White Socks in third. Part owner Graeme Anderson  who trained Eamon Maquire for the early part of his career was jubilant after the race saying it was a no-brainer giving the horse to Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen to train. "We have a small team and can not travel so giving the horse to Mark and Natalie was a no brainer to me. "I am grateful to them for the job they do. They are quite good at it you know,'" he joked. "The horse has always had a lot of high speed and we just had to wait for him to develop, but he will be a better horse in twelve months time," he said. Natalie Rasmussen gave a lot of the credit to Graeme Anderson after the race for the way the horse had been developed. "We got this horse in such good condition and we did not have to do much with him. " I have joked to Graeme he is not getting him back," she said. Eamon Maquire paced the mile in1-51.9 with a final 800m in 56.1 and the 400m in 27.4 seconds. Interview with Graeme Anderson Eamon Maguire   ALLIED SECURITY 4YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 4YO GELDINGS & ENTIRES, 1609m   For 4-year-old pacing geldings & entires. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 10 Eamon Maguire 10 fr 75,000.00 1/1 1-51.9   N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 11 Star Galleria 11 fr 22,500.00 2/3 1-52.0 0.50 Z E Butcher S J Reid 3 2 A G's White Socks 2 fr 15,000.00 3/2 1-52.2 1.50 R T May G P & Mrs N M Hope 4 9 Black Chevron 9 fr 6,375.00 9/8 1-52.6 3.30 J H Abernethy D B Gale 5 1 Northview Hustler 1 fr 4,735.00 6/5 1-52.7 3.90 A P T Poutama R W Green 6 12 Billy Badger 12 fr 3,770.00 7/7 1-52.7 4.00 J R Dunn R J Dunn 7 5 Tiger Thompson 5 fr 3,770.00 4/4 1-52.8 4.10 M J Williamson B K Mowbray 8 6 Italian Delight 6 fr 3,770.00 8/11 1-52.9 4.60 T A Cameron (J) A G Herlihy MNZM 9 8 Check In 8 fr 3,770.00 12/10 1-53.2 6.50 D J Butcher S G Telfer 10 7 Royal Bengal 7 fr 3,770.00 11/12 1-54.0 10.50 B G Barclay K & T Barron 11 4 Classie American 4 fr 3,770.00 10/9 1-54.3 11.60 T W Mitchell R D Richardson 12 3 Run Boy Run 3 fr 3,770.00 5/6 1-55.2 16.10 D J Dunn M P Kerr $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 13 Somewhereinbrooklyn 13                     Divs: $2.40. $1.30. $1.40. $1.40. Quinella $3.30. Trifecta $12.90. TAB Double[races-6,7]:(5,10) $6.70. TAB Conc.:(5,11) $4.00. First4 $163.80. Margins: 1/2 length, 1 length, 1 3/4 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 1-51.9 Last 800m: 56.1 Last 400m: 27.4 Placed Horses:       Eamon Maguire 2013 4 B g Art Major - Kim Maguire   (by In The Pocket)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: B D Sceats, G J Anderson, R Chalklin, S R Pulley, A D Gow, Mrs P P Gillan    Breeder: R L Kennedy,Mrs D C Kennedy    Star Galleria 2013 4 B g Art Major - Starlitnight   (by Tuapeka Knight)    Trainer: S J Reid, Pukekohe    Owner: R N Caldow, S J Reid, J A Screen, Mrs T C Screen    Breeder: R N Caldow    A G's White Socks 2013 4 B g Rock N Roll Heaven - Atomic Gold   (by Soky's Atom)    Trainer: G P & Mrs N M Hope, Woodend Beach    Owner: G P Hope, P G Laboyrie, P I Baken, Mrs V M Robertson, W R Stewart, Mrs C L Stewart, A R Pullar, Mrs B E Pullar    Breeder: P G Laboyrie

All Stars Stables have notched up their fourth Jewels of the day after Another Masterpiece has defeated his rivals in the harness racing Gr1 $150,000 2yo Emerald today at Cambridge Raceway. Another Masterpiece (Bettor's Delight-Elegant Art) was well driven by driver Tim Williams when he worked very hard early to take the lead from the Australian invite Petes Big Jim. Tim Williams kept the pace on and his main rival and TAB favourite Jesse Duke meanwhile had to work hard to find the parked out position after David Butcher kicked up through the middle with outsider Beaudiene Western. After a titanic battle in the straight Another Masterpiece came out on top winning narrowly by a neck from Petes Big Jim who fought on strongly for second with Jesse Duke only a nose away in third. Driver Tim Williams said after the race the horse was very honest and had great ring-craft. "He has been honest all season and today we were lucky enough to come up with a good barrier draw and the horse did the rest. "His ring-craft is great and once we found the fence he dropped the bit and relaxed beautifully. "I can not thank Mark and Natalie enough for what they have done for me. I am lucky I have been on this horse from day one and I am glad the horse is repaying the faith," he said. Another Masterpiece paced the mile in 1-53.4 with a closing 800m in 57.5 and 400m in 28.5 seconds. Harnesslink Media The owners interview Another Masterpiece   McMILLAN EQUINE 2YO EMERALD (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 1609m    (Qualifying Time: 2-06.4)   For 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 5 Another Masterpiece 5 fr 77,356.25 2/2 1-53.4   T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 1 Petes Big Jim 1 fr 23,254.00 3/3 1-53.5 0.30 L R Tritton S P & Mrs L R Tritton 3 6 Jesse Duke 6 fr 15,377.00 1/1 1-53.5 0.40 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 4 2 Make Way 2 fr 6,563.50 10/11 1-53.6 0.80 A P T Poutama R W Green 5 8 War Dan Delight 8 fr 4,829.25 4/5 1-54.2 3.80 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 3 Major Express 3 fr 3,770.00 11/10 1-54.3 4.20 B M Mangos B M Mangos 7 12 Supreme Dominator 12 fr 3,770.00 8/7 1-54.3 4.50 R T May B Purdon 8 11 Heisenberg 11 fr 3,770.00 9/9 1-54.5 5.20 J R Dunn R J Dunn 9 7 A Bettor Act 7 fr 3,770.00 5/4 1-54.6 5.70 B N Orange M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 10 4 Beaudiene Western 4 fr 3,770.00 7/8 1-57.4 19.80 D J Butcher R W Green 11 9 Trojan Banner 9 fr 3,770.00 6/6 1-57.4 19.90 Z E Butcher R W Green $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 10 Extreme Stride 10                     Divs: $3.30. $1.40. $2.00. $1.20. Quinella $19.50. Trifecta $54.20. TAB Treble[races-4,5,6]:(13,1,5) $38.80. First4 $1227.80. Margins: neck, nose, neck Times: Mile Rate: 1-53.4 Last 800m: 57.5 Last 400m: 28.5 Placed Horses:       Another Masterpiece 2015 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Elegant Art   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, Breckon Racing Syndicate, J A Gibbs MNZM, Mrs A Gibbs, G A Woodham, Mrs K J Woodham    Breeder: Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd    Petes Big Jim 2015 2 B g Big Jim(USA) - Foxi   (by Presidential Ball)    Trainer: S P & Mrs L R Tritton, New South Wales    Owner: P Kohlsdorf    Breeder: P T Salathiel    Jesse Duke 2015 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Daisy Dundee   (by In The Pocket)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs J L Feiss, W R Feiss    Breeder: Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd

Love You trotter Habibi Inta has taken out the Gr1 $125,000 4yo Trotters Ruby with a dominant all the way performance for Leeston harness racing trainer Paul Nairn. Driven by leading driver Blair Orange Habibi Inta led from the outset and kept up a solid clip for the duration of the race, winning well and beating Izmock and Colin DeFilippi who trailed all the way with the Australian invite Dance Craze running home late into third in the hands of David Butcher.  The race had a sensation at the start with the favourite Enghien causing a false start by galloping in the score up and then being sent to the outside for the second start.  Enghien galloped again in the re-start and his chances were extinguished. Blair Orange said after the race that the draw had worked out well for him with Habibi Inta. "The one draw definitely helped and Paul had the horse in the right space today," he said Habibi Inta trotted the mobile 1609m in 1-56.5 Harnesslink Media   Here is the interview with Julie Maghzal Habibi Inta CROWE HORWATH 4YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1), $125,000, 4YO, 1609m   For 4-year-old trotters. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 1 Habibi Inta 1 fr 62,500.00 2/1 1-56.5   B N Orange P C Nairn 2 9 Izmok 9 fr 18,750.00 7/5 1-56.7 1.40 C J DeFilippi C J & J DeFilippi 3 10 Dance Craze 10 fr 12,500.00 4/4 1-56.8 1.80 D J Butcher A M Golino 4 5 War Machine 5 fr 5,315.00 5/6 1-56.9 2.20 D J Dunn A L Stratford 5 3 Enghien 3 fr 3,955.00 1/2 1-57.2 3.90 R T May G P & Mrs N M Hope 6 11 BD Khaosan 11 fr 3,140.00 11/10 1-57.4 4.60 J W Cox T D Bagrie 7 2 Sertorius 2 fr 3,140.00 8/9 1-58.5 10.40 J I Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie 8 7 Smokey Mac 7 fr 3,140.00 6/7 1-59.3 14.40 B G Barclay B R Gray 9 4 Musculus 4 fr 3,140.00 3/3 2-00.5 20.30 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 10 6 Galleons Victory 6 fr 3,140.00 9/8 2-06.1 48.20 J R Dunn Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett 11 13 Massive Metro U1 fr 3,140.00 12/12 2-07.2 53.90 T W Mitchell Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett 12 12 Bonnie Highlander 12 fr 3,140.00 10/11 2-21.1 123.00 G D Smith R J Dunn $125,000.00   Scratchings SCR 8 Credit Master 8                     Divs: $2.70. $1.30. $3.30. $2.40. Quinella $30.60. Trifecta $209.70. TAB Double[races-4,5]:(13,1) $9.90. TAB Conc.:(13,9) $41.20. First4 $2655.10. Quaddie[races-2,3,4,5]:(4,5,13,1) $33.30. Margins: 1 1/2 lengths, 1/2 neck, 1/2 length Times: Mile Rate: 1-56.5 Last 800m: 58.2 Last 400m: 29.0 Placed Horses:       Habibi Inta 2013 4 B h Love You - Ten To One   (by Sundon)    Trainer: P C Nairn, Leeston    Owner: Julie Maghzal    Breeder: Gaby Maghzal,Julie Maghzal    Izmok 2013 4 B g Muscles Yankee - Belle Galleon   (by Sundon)    Trainer: C J & J DeFilippi, Broadfield    Owner: C J DeFilippi, Templeton Family Trust, C C Alcock, Mrs C A Alcock    Breeder: K K Chapman    Dance Craze 2013 4 Br m Muscle Hill - La Coocaracha   (by Safely Kept)    Trainer: A M Golino, Victoria    Owner: Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd    Breeder: Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd

Bettor's Delight mare Utmost Delight has won a brutal Jewels race, finally claiming a narrow victory in stirring home stretch battle with harness racing rival Delishka. Utmost Delight had to be the best horse to win after sitting three wide and parked for most of the race while Mark Purdon took the bull by the horns and launched to the front early on All Stars runner Partyon. In the straight Utmost Delight dug deepest and beat Deliska by a half a length with a further length back to Seaswift Joy in third. Driver Ricky May gave credit to trainer Steven Reid after the race. "I have only driven her five times and she has never been out of the first two for me, so Steven always has her pretty spot on,"he said. Steven Reid said it was a great week for him. "All I can say is it has been a great week. "I had my doubts today that she could win but the way she worked during the week I thought she only needs an ounce of luck and she had no luck but still won. "I am just rapt. I am really rapt for the owners and everyone involved in the horse," he said. Utmost Delight paced the mile in 1-52.7  Harnesslink Media   Listen to owner Charlie Roberts son in law Paul Kenny Utmost Delight WOODLANDS STUD 4YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 4YO MARES, 1609m   For 4-year-old pacing mares. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 13 Utmost Delight 13 fr 75,000.00 1/2 1-52.7   R T May S J Reid 2 5 Delishka 5 fr 22,500.00 3/3 1-52.8 0.50 M J Williamson B K Mowbray 3 2 Seaswift Joy 2 fr 15,000.00 2/1 1-53.2 2.40 J P Stormont J P Stormont 4 11 Opoutama 11 fr 6,375.00 8/8 1-53.3 2.80 Z E Butcher B Purdon 5 12 Partyon 12 fr 4,735.00 5/4 1-53.3 3.00 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 7 Step Up 7 fr 3,770.00 9/9 1-53.9 5.60 D J Butcher S G Telfer 7 3 Juice Brogden 3 fr 3,770.00 6/6 1-53.9 6.00 N A Chilcott Miss N A Chilcott 8 10 Bonnie Joan 10 fr 3,770.00 4/5 1-54.0 6.10 D J Dunn C T Dalgety 9 1 Christanna 1 fr 3,770.00 10/10 1-54.5 8.90 P A Butcher M G Berger 10 8 American Empress 8 fr 3,770.00 11/12 1-54.7 9.90 S W Abernethy J M Young 11 6 Bettor's Heart 6 fr 3,770.00 7/7 1-56.0 16.10 J R Dunn P D Bagrie 12 4 Lynbar Rose 4 fr 3,770.00 12/11 1-56.7 19.60 M W McKendry MNZM J M Young $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 9 Carlas Pixel 9                     Divs: $4.20. $1.70. $2.10. $1.60. Quinella $9.30. Trifecta $72.70. First4 $508.20. Margins: 1/2 length, 2 lengths, 1/2 length Times: Mile Rate: 1-52.7 Last 800m: 56.0 Last 400m: 28.2 Placed Horses:       Utmost Delight 2013 4 B m Bettor's Delight - Victor Supreme   (by Placid Victor)    Trainer: S J Reid, Pukekohe    Owner: C J Roberts    Breeder: C J Roberts    Delishka 2013 4 Br m Bettor's Delight - Balishka   (by Badlands Hanover)    Trainer: B K Mowbray, Russley    Owner: Nanticoke Racing Inc    Breeder: E W Knight,B K Mowbray    Seaswift Joy 2013 4 B m Bettor's Delight - Swift Belle   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: J P Stormont, Pukekohe    Owner: M I Shinn, Mrs P G Redmond, J R Redmond, G S Redmond, D C Redmond, A G Redmond    Breeder: M J Prendergast,Mrs P G Redmond,M I Shinn

Shez All Rock has claimed a harness racing Jewels win for Australia by winning the Gr1 $150,000 3yo Diamond at Cambridge today. The immensely talented Rock N Roll Heaven filly blasted straight to the front in today's race for driver Mark Purdon and she gave nothing else a look in, winning untouched in a sensational time of 1-51.8 for the mobile 1609m. Mark Purdon only had to sit and enjoy the ride he said on trackside after the race. "She really did it on her own today. She just rolled along, enjoyed her work and never gave me any problems. I just had to enjoy the ride," he said. Shez All Rock has now had 9 starts for 8 wins and a second, and has claimed the two big races in her two New Zealand starts, winning both the New Zealand Oaks and now the 3yo Jewels. Shez All Rock beat Dizzy Miss Lizzy by five lengths with stablemate Elle Mac running home well for third. Shez All Rock paced her last 800m in 55.2 and the final 400m in 27.3 seconds. The All Stars Stable have now won the first three jewels races and look to have several more winning chances later in the day. Harnesslink Media Trish Trewhitt interview Shez All Rock   BROGDEN HORSE TRANSPORT 3YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 3YO FILLIES, 1609m   For 3-year-old pacing fillies. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 5 Shez All Rock 5 fr 75,000.00 1/1 1-51.8   Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 2 Dizzy Miss Lizzy 2 fr 22,500.00 3/3 1-52.8 5.00 B N Orange N R McGrath 3 12 Elle Mac 12 fr 15,000.00 2/2 1-53.2 6.90 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 4 1 Ruebe Star 1 fr 6,375.00 9/8 1-53.4 8.00 B M Mangos B M Mangos 5 11 Ivana Flybye 11 fr 4,735.00 10/10 1-53.8 9.80 B D Butcher (J) S G Telfer 6 13 Bettor Babe 13 fr 3,770.00 12/12 1-53.9 10.10 T A Cameron (J) A G Herlihy MNZM 7 4 Gold Orchid 4 fr 3,770.00 6/6 1-54.1 11.50 R T May A G Herlihy MNZM 8 6 Dibaba 6 fr 3,770.00 8/7 1-54.2 11.80 T S Chmiel T S & Mrs G S Chmiel 9 10 Bettor Joy 10 fr 3,770.00 4/4 1-54.3 12.30 D J Dunn C T Dalgety 10 9 Just Dance 9 fr 3,770.00 11/11 1-54.3 12.50 M W McKendry MNZM C T Dalgety 11 3 Come Dance With Me 3 fr 3,770.00 7/9 1-54.8 14.60 J R Dunn M P Kerr 12 8 Delight In Me 8 fr 3,770.00 5/5 1-54.8 14.70 T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 7 Kotare Cullen 7                             Divs: $1.30. $1.00. $2.00. $1.30. Quinella $5.70. Trifecta $15.10. TAB Double[races-2,3]:(4,5) $2.10. TAB Conc.:(4,2) $7.50. TAB Treble[races-1,2,3]:(8,4,5) $3.70. First4 $132.50. Margins: 5 lengths, 2 lengths, 1 length Times: Mile Rate: 1-51.8 Last 800m: 55.2 Last 400m: 27.3 Placed Horses:       Shez All Rock 2014 3 Br f Rock N Roll Heaven - Irish Loch   (by Mach Three)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: C J Ryder    Breeder: G F Tennent    Dizzy Miss Lizzy 2014 3 Br f Changeover - Back In The USSR   (by Presidential Ball)    Trainer: N R McGrath, Weedons    Owner: P F W Boag, Mrs K P Boag    Breeder: Norwegian Wood Breeding Limited    Elle Mac 2014 3 B f Bettor's Delight - Goodlookinggirl   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs J L Feiss    Breeder: Breckon Farms Ltd

Australian harness racing owners Danny Zavitsanos and his wife Joanne have won their first Group one race with exciting trotter Enhance Your Calm at Cambridge today. The exciting trotter who was formerly trained by Gavin Smith won the Gr1 $125,000 2yo Ruby for trotters to make it two jewels in a row on the day for leading trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rassmussen after they also won the first Jewels Race of the day with Princess Tiffany.   Danny Zavitsanos said on trackside after the race that he had had over 500 winners but this was his first group one so he was really excited.   "Mark rang me up and said I have got a horse for you if you are interested so I thought about it and bought it.   " I am just really rapt. Mark and Natalie and the team do such a great job," he said   "I had to sell a kidney to buy the horse but happy I can could get it back now the horse has won today," he joked.   Enhance Your Calm (Majestic Son-All Settled Down) led from the start for driver Mark Purdon and was never in danger of defeat winning untouched in 1-59.44 for the mobile 1609m distance.   Mark Purdon gave a lot of the credit to Gavin Smith after the win.   "I give Gavin a lot of the credit, he made the horse and did a super job with him.   "The horse travelled well out there and I put the pressure on at the 600m and he was just too good for them," he said.   Harnesslink Media   Listen to the interview with Danny and Joanne Zavitsanos Enhance Your Calm HARCOURTS TE AWAMUTU 2YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1), $125,000, 2YO, 1609m    (Qualifying Time: 2-11.1)   For 2-year-old trotters. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 4 Enhance Your Calm 4 fr 64,462.50 1/1 1-59.4   Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 3 Full Noise 3 fr 19,378.00 4/4 2-00.3 4.40 B G Barclay B R Gray 3 5 Cheerful 5 fr 12,814.00 6/5 2-00.4 5.10 T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 4 6 Sunnys Little Jestic 6 fr 5,472.00 10/10 2-00.8 6.90 B M Mangos B M Mangos 5 9 Vatican Hill 9 fr 4,033.50 11/11 2-05.3 29.60 T A Macfarlane Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett 6 12 Oscar Bonavena 12 fr 3,140.00 2/2 2-08.5 45.60 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 7 7 She Reigns 7 fr 3,140.00 7/7 2-08.6 46.10 T W Mitchell G A Rogerson 8 8 Tickle Me Pink 8 fr 3,140.00 3/3 2-09.2 49.20 R T May A G Herlihy MNZM 9 13 You Really Got Me 13 fr 3,140.00 5/6 2-13.9 72.70 J R Dunn R J Dunn 10 1 Adelle 1 fr 3,140.00 8/8 2-16.7 86.60 A P T Poutama D W & Mrs C McGowan Disq 11 Doff Your Cap 11 fr 3,140.00 9/9 2-04.3 24.70 C T Jones (J) Mrs L M Jones $125,000.00   Scratchings SCR 2 Splitting Image 2               SCR 10 Tonique De Feu 10                     Note: Doff Your Cap disqualified from 5th Divs: $1.70. $1.10. $2.00. $5.90. Quinella $6.80. Trifecta $107.50. First4 $904.10. Margins: 4 1/2 lengths, 3/4 length, 1 3/4 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 1-59.4 Last 800m: 58.3 Last 400m: 28.7 Placed Horses:       Enhance Your Calm 2015 2 B g Majestic Son - All Settled Down   (by Sundon)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: D Zavitsanos, Mrs J Zavitsanos    Breeder: Mrs S A Smith    Full Noise 2015 2 B g Majestic Son - Knapdale Girl   (by Sundon)    Trainer: B R Gray, Ryal Bush    Owner: Baynes Racing Limited    Breeder: Baynes Racing Limited    Cheerful 2015 2 B f Muscles Yankee - Superbowlcheerleader   (by Sundon)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: B J Whitelock, Mrs C J Whitelock    Breeder: Mrs S Grainger,Studholme Bloodstock Limited    

Art Major filly Princess Tiffany has kept her unbeaten run intact by winning the Gr1 $150,000 Diamond for harness racing 2yo fillies. In an incident laced race, the first upset came when the Aussie horse and expected leader Platinum Revolution was crossed off the gate by the maiden pacer Linc's Bute Girl. Meanwhile Princess Tiffany had to be good to win after getting back near last early out of the early burn before looping the field to win going away for driver Natalie Rasmussen. Natalie was overjoyed after the race and gave credit to the fillies speed and stamina. "She is a super 2yo filly and just feels like an older horse, Natalie said on trackside after the race. "She has just got such an amazing turn of speed and different gears, her toughness and manners just set her apart and she is a credit to the barn," she said. Princess Tiffany was lucky to avoid a skirmish 700m out from home that ruined the chances of several runners including those of the stablemate Kayla Marie. Winning by 5 lengths, Princess Tiffany paced the mile in 1-54.23 and beat the Robert Dunn trained Arma Indie with Havtime running home well into third for driver Zachary Butcher. Interview with Owner Braeden Whitelock straight after the win Princess Tiffany RA & JV YARNDLEY 2YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 2YO FILLIES, 1609m    (Qualifying Time: 2-06.4)   For 2-year-old pacing fillies. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 8 Princess Tiffany 8 fr 75,000.00 1/1 1-54.2   N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 4 Arma Indie 4 fr 22,500.00 10/10 1-55.2 5.20 J R Dunn R J Dunn 3 10 Havtime 10 fr 15,000.00 5/5 1-55.6 7.20 Z E Butcher B Purdon 4 12 Bubbled Up 12 fr 6,375.00 6/6 1-55.8 7.90 T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 5 7 Kayla Marie 7 fr 4,735.00 3/3 1-55.9 8.40 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 6 9 Buzinga 9 fr 3,770.00 4/4 1-56.1 9.50 D J Dunn C T Dalgety 7 11 One Kool Kat 11 fr 3,770.00 11/11 1-59.1 24.80 A P T Poutama D W & Mrs C McGowan 8 1 Platinum Revolution 1 fr 3,770.00 2/2 1-59.3 25.70 L R Tritton S P & Mrs L R Tritton 9 2 Linc's Bute Girl 2 fr 3,770.00 12/12 1-59.8 27.90 B D Butcher (J) R W Green 10 6 Gold Rocks 6 fr 3,770.00 7/8 2-02.8 42.90 D J Butcher R W Green 11 5 Sezana 5 fr 3,770.00 9/9 2-03.0 44.10 B N Orange C T Dalgety Pup 3 Fantasize 3 fr 3,770.00 8/7     T A Macfarlane T A Macfarlane $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 13 Kendra 13                     Divs: $1.80. $1.20. $13.80. $3.20. Quinella $82.70. Trifecta $605.00. First4 $4236.20. Margins: 5 1/4 lengths, 2 lengths, 3/4 length Times: Mile Rate: 1-54.2 Last 800m: 55.8 Last 400m: 28.2 Placed Horses:       Princess Tiffany 2015 2 B f Art Major - Dancing Diamonds   (by Bettor's Delight)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: B J Whitelock, Mrs C J Whitelock, P J Creighton, Mrs M C Creighton    Breeder: B J Whitelock,Mrs C J Whitelock    Arma Indie 2015 2 Br f Well Said - Arma Courage   (by Courage Under Fire)    Trainer: R J Dunn, Woodend Beach    Owner: Miss D L Harrison, J P Mathers    Breeder: Miss D L Harrison,J P Mathers    Havtime 2015 2 B f Mach Three - Bettor Move It   (by Bettor's Delight)    Trainer: B Purdon, Clevedon    Owner: Havtime Breeding Limited, Malcolm Little, Sarndra Little    Breeder: Mrs C M Dalgety,Mrs M C Creighton,P J Creighton,D Zame    Harnesslink Media

Relaxing at a Marlborough vineyard sounds like a lovely way to spend a couple of days. Unless you are supposed to be 800km away preparing two of the favourites for today's Harness Jewels at Cambridge. Welcome to the week of trainer Greg Hope, the man behind Enghien and A G's White Socks, who have the draws and group one records to both win their four-year-old Jewels today. Enghien is a genuine open class trotter up against mainly intermediate grade horses while A G's White Socks beat key rivals Eamon Maguire and Star Galleria in the Taylor Mile six weeks ago. But their week has hardly gone to plan after their Cook Strait ferry crossing was cancelled on Sunday and they had to spend three unexpected nights in Marlborough until they crossed on Wednesday, getting to Cambridge that night. "The first day we just jogged them around the grape vines at my sister's farm in Seddon, where we stayed," says Hope. "It was a bit different but I kinda think they enjoyed it. "And then we worked them properly at the Waterlea track on Tuesday so they haven't actually missed any major work." Hope's main concern was whether the extended trip would tire or tie up the talented pair but blood tests taken on Thursday allayed those fears. "Their blood came back perfect and they worked really well on the Cambridge track on Thursday so I am very happy. "Enghien is spot on but of course he might have to sit parked to win whereas A G's White Sock has had a long season like plenty of these horses at the Jewels. But he is very well." Hope isn't the only trainer thinking an unusual preparation could lead to the winner's circle today, with champion trainer Mark Purdon adamant Princess Tiffany (race one) is better now than before she drove a nail through her hoof on race night at Alexandra Park six weeks ago "She is well over that and has really gone ahead in the last few weeks," says Purdon. "Even from her barrier draw she is the best chance of our three in that race and I can see her following Kayla Marie into the race. But she still might have to sit parked to win." After a bizarre week, Purdon says he is happy with all 21 charges he and Natalie Rasmussen will take to Cambridge today, with the draw seeing him lean toward Shez All Rock in the three-year-old Diamond. "She took a few days to settle in up here but is spot on now." He is happy with their huge team and in the other races where they have multiple starters he rates Enhance Your Calm (race two), Winterfell (race eight) and Sicario (race nine) their best hopes. "But I don't think there is anything between Another Masterpiece and Jesse Duke in the juvenile pace. It could just come down to who gets the better run." Horses in drugs scare get the all-clear The 10 harness horses at the centre of a drug contamination scare this week have all been cleared to start at today's Jewels meeting. Precautionary tests requested by trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen (nine horses) and Terry and Glenys Chmiel (Dibaba) and conducted by the Racing Integrity Unit showed no presence of drugs in any horse. The unusual concerns were raised when two, now former, staff members of the All Stars stables were believed to have used recreational drugs in the last week and had been in contact with all 10 of the horses tested as they were transported from Canterbury to Waikato. One of the staff members provided a sample to a professional drug tester called in by Purdon and returned a positive while the other refused a test and both were subsequently dismissed. Purdon and Rasmussen contacted the RIU on Wednesday and asked for all nine of their horses who had been in contact with the two employees be tested to ensure they were drug-free heading into today's $1,275,000 meeting, while Dibaba as also tested as it has come north on the same transporter. All 10 horses will take their places at today's meeting, which boasts nine group one races. The TAB, which had been asked by the RIU on Wednesday to suspend betting on six of the Jewels races, re-opened those at 4.30pm yesterday. "The RIU is very pleased with the result. The integrity system worked as it should," said RIU general manager Mike Godber. "The trainers were proactive in advising the RIU of the potential contamination." Michael Guerin

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