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A look at how to play Harness Jewels at Cambridge on Saturday. HOW TO PLAY JEWELS DAY Race 1 The race: Aussie raider Platinum Revolution could lead, run and make it hard for those chasing but stable believe Princess Tiffany is better than she has been. She may have to sit parked to win though. The bet: Princess Tiffany (8) to win, $2 a realistic price. Race 2 The race: Very deep juvenile trot field but draw a huge assist to Enhance Your Calm. Full Noise and Oscar Bonevena might be as talented but maybe not as advanced. The bet: Hard to take the long odds-on for Enhance Your Calm (4) so quinella up with 3-12. Race 3 The race: Could be for the early lead and whoever wins is likely to want to trail NZ Oaks winner Shez All Rock, who should win. The bet: Dizzy Miss Lizzy (2) to trail and therefore place. Race 4 One of the trickiest races of the day with gate speed across the front line and  with likelihood of mid race moves, one of the few genuine potential swoopers races all day. The bet: Utmost Delight (13) might be fast enough to win with the right cart into it, maybe save on Seaswift Joy (2) Race 5 The race: The two best trotters, Enghien and Habibi Inta, have the right draws, with class Aussie mare Dance Craze likely to give them a decent start. The bet: Habibi Inta (1) to win as he has more options than Enghien. Race 6 The race: Dominated by the All Stars, who have four class acts drawn wide on the front line and therefore likely to keep rolling forward and make this a tough test. The bet: Another Masterpiece (5), as he might get to $3 as stablemate Jesse Duke shortens. Race 7 The race: Should be a beauty, with raw speed on the front line and two class acts in Eamon Maguire and Star Galleria ready to get involved later. Early sectionals will be crucial. The bet: Star Galleria (11) could get straight on the back of Eamon Maguire and slingshot him. Race 8 The race: Depends if Winterfell can lead, with his trainers confident but it is hard to be certain as he was rocky in gait last start.  If he gets crossed then Aussie star Wobelee and Majestic Man could be the big winners. The bet: Winterfell (1) too short unless you taking multis. Wobelee (8) each way the next best. Race 9 The race: The early burn will be crucial with three potential leaders. If they go crazy then Sicario might outstay them late but if Sheriff or Pat’s Delight get the right markers run then will be hard to catch. The bet: Pat’s Delight (2) could be the trailer and gets his chance today. Michael Guerin

The horses tested for possible drug contamination when travelling from Christchurch to the Harness Jewels meeting in Cambridge have all returned negative results. All the horses are therefore all clear to start in their respective events at the Jewels on Saturday. The New Zealand Racing Board has reopened betting on the six affected races. “The RIU is very pleased with the result. The integrity system worked as it should. The trainers were proactive in advising the RIU of the potential contamination. The process then put in place by the RIU, working in conjunction with the New Zealand Racing Board, Harness Racing NZ and the Racing Laboratory was transparent, ensuring the public were fully informed and could have confidence in the integrity system," said RIU General Manager, Mike Godber.   Mike Godber                                                        Nick Ydgren General Manager                                                  Chief Stipendiary Steward

The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) is pleased to release the 2018/19 domestic racing calendar. The calendar, which covers the period from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019, has been approved by the NZRB Dates Committee following extensive consultation with Codes, clubs and other recognised racing organisations. A total of 1,031 race meetings will be hosted, down four from last year. The number of greyhound meetings increases by two and fans will continue to enjoy eight hours of racing most Tuesdays, similar to the current season. There will be an additional two harness meetings and a change in venue for the Harness Jewels, with the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club to host at Addington for the first time on 1 June 2019. New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing have removed eight race meetings across the country to improve the quality of fields. These eight meetings were assessed based on seasonal impacts for specific regions where available starters are less and also considers track conditions. The 2018/19 racing calendar also accommodates the closure of Ellerslie for a track upgrade. This is due to reopen on 27 October 2018 and sees a change in venue and date for the Pakuranga Hunt meeting, the Auckland Racing Club Great Northern meeting and the Auckland Racing Club Premier meeting. NZRB estimates this calendar will deliver increased financial benefits to the industry, similar to the additional $3 million forecast for the current season. Over the past three years, NZRB has been working with the wider racing industry to develop a domestic racing calendar that maximises revenue, improves the quality and competitiveness of racing and optimises the cost of its delivery - the Optimise the Calendar project. Optimise the Calendar is one of a number of key strategic initiatives currently being progressed - other activities include an automated fixed odds betting platform and forward-looking Customer and Channels strategies. These initiatives will deliver a significant lift in annualised net profit once fully implemented and help NZRB build a long-term sustainable future for racing in New Zealand. Here is a summary of the key dates, features and changes to the 2018/19 racing calendar: Thoroughbred Spring Carnival commences in Hastings on 1 September 2018 NZ Cup and Show Week runs from 10 to 17 November 2018 Wellington Cup Day is on 19 January 2019 Karaka Million Twilight Racing is on 26 January 2019 Auckland Cup Week runs from 2 March to 9 March 2019 Printed 2018/19 racing calendar booklets will be available free from TAB retail outlets in August. Kate Gourdie Manager, Media and Corporate Communications New Zealand Racing Board   m +64 21 994151 e w Level 1, 60 Stanley Street, Auckland, PO Box 37649, Parnell, Auckland 1151  

Aussie challenger Shane Tritton has learned a valuable lesson about taking on New Zealand's best at tomorrow's Harness Jewels — don't try to be a Kiwi. Tritton and his wife (and stable driver) Lauren train two of the five Australians at tomorrow's huge meeting at Cambridge, with both Platinum Revolution (race one) and Pete's Big Jim (race six) drawn the ace. Which is exactly what the Trittons wanted and an advantage they will not be giving away. "I have learned from campaigning horses like Salty Robyn at the Jewels before and having Suave Stuey Lombo at the NZ Cup meeting," admits Shane Tritton. "We have come over here and tried to race like the Kiwis, almost been fooled into it. "With Salty Robyn at the Jewels at Ashburton we handed up to one of Mark Purdons and I still regret it because you are not going to beat him doing that. "We have to race the way we know best and that is to try to outstay them and get them out of their comfort zone. So we came here this time hoping for draws that we could do that from, to be masters of our own destiny, and we have got them. So we are going to use them." Tritton's horses are well-known for their catch me if you can tactics and just a few months ago he declared a comparative outsider in Anything For Love would lead and run against powerhouses like Soho Tribeca in a Miracle Mile prelude. He did and won his way into the Mile in typical Tritton fashion so his pre-race bravado tends to not be just hot air. His best chance tomorrow looks to be Platinum Revolution, a horse co-bred by the voice of Addington, Mark McNamara. She has good gate speed and is aided by the two All Stars big guns in the race, Princess Tiffany and Kayla Marie being drawn wide, meaning it should take them at least until the 1000m mark to get outside Platinum Revolution and apply any real pressure. "She is a better filly than people realise and Mark Purdon's pair, and the rest of them, are going to need to be good to run past her," Tritton says. Pete's Big Jim meets opposition of more depth and doesn't have the same sparkling formline but has only been with Tritton for the last two weeks. "He has improved a bit coming from a smaller stable and he will fly the gate. He trialled in 1:53 at Menangle last week and if this race was there on Saturday he would pace 1:52. Whether the others in this race can go that quick, I don't know." The answer is, judging on previous years, probably yes, with Jesse Duke maybe the horse peaking at the right time. Tritton says winning in the Australian green Jewels colours at Cambridge would be a career highlight for Lauren and he. "We probably have more respect for the Kiwi horses and industry than just anybody in Australia and about 90 per cent of our horses are from over here. "So to come over here and show everybody we can train with the best of them would mean the world to me."   Michael Guerin

There has been a change of plans for ‘Team Tritton’s’ attack on New Zealand’s Harness Racing Jewels. With just three days to go, driver and co-trainer Lauren Tritton flew over to the Shaky Isles a day earlier than planned. The Group 1 winning reinswoman arrived in the North Island yesterday to put the final touches on Platinum Revolution and Petes Big Jim ahead of their upcoming feature assaults. “I was meant to fly out on Thursday but I changed my flight so that I could drive both horses in fast work,” Tritton said. “I like to drive them in track work too because you get a better gauge of where they are at.” And that has been the case with ‘Team Tritton’s’ recent stable acquisition Petes Big Jim. The gelding was transferred to their stable just over a fortnight ago and will face his biggest test to date when he lines up on the Two-Year-Old Emerald at Cambridge Raceway this Saturday. In preparation for this he won a trial at Menangle in 1:53.5 – more than six seconds quicker than any race he has won. “I really like him,” Tritton said. “After driving him we’ve changed some of his gear and hopple length and we’re really happy with where he is at.” Petes Big Jim has drawn barrier one in his $NZ150,000 test and so did his new stablemate Platinum Revolution  in the Two-Year-Old Diamond. And Tritton will be making the most of these draws. “I don’t want to go home with a hard luck story,” she said. “They are both talented two-year-olds and both drawn well so well so we have to make the most of it.” Shane Tritton claimed Platinum Revolution is “the best two-year-old filly I’ve ever had!” “She’ll definitely hold the front . . . the track favours inside runners so if we get to the front we can control our own destiny.” Back home, Team Tritton will be relying on outside drivers to control other aspects of their destiny starting with Lynnsanity who is engaged in one of tonight’s Breeders Challenge heats at Penrith. He will be driven by Lachie Manzelmann who has also landed the top drive on Yayas Hot Spot at Menangle on Saturday night, while Anthony Butt will also drive for the stable that night. For the record, only 12 Australian horses have taken part in the Harness Jewels in the past 11 years. Amanda Rando

The harness jewels are almost upon us and there is another busy week of harness racing coming up with five meetings programmed, starting with the Forbury Park meeting tonight. Auckland has a 9 race card on Friday night. Then the weekend harness racing heads to Cambridge for the Jewels on Saturday, followed by Ashburton on Sunday.  Invercargill host a meeting at Ascot Park in the deep south on Monday.  Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Stephen Richardson who thought Jack Nicholson would go close to winning at Alexandra Park on Friday night. Jack Nicholson did win and paid $9.10 and $2.40 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Forbury on Thursday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Dolce Denario as his best drive this week at Forbury in Race 6   Penrith (Australia) on Thursday night Mark Jones - Mark thought that The Bus could win again at Penrith tonight in Race 6   Alexandra Park on Friday night Andre Poutama - Andre says his best chance this week is Le Girl at Auckland in Race 4 Todd Macfarlane - Todd thinks his best  chance is Seize The Moment at Auckland also in Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Forever Pearl would be his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 7 Jay Abernethy - Jay is opting for Brooks Belle as his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 9   Cambridge on Saturday (Harness Jewels) Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Buzinga would be a good chance in the 2yo Diamond Race 1 Brent Barclay - Brent is going for Full Noise as his best chance this week in the 2yo Ruby Race 2  Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Tickle Me Pink can go close to winning in Race 2   Ashburton on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Lovey Dovey Moment is a good chance of winning at Ashburton in Race 1 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks his best drive this week could be Sweeney Todd at Ashburton in Race 3 John Morrison - John says that Ruthless Kayla would be his best drive this week at Ashburton in Race 9 Blair Orange - Blair thinks Over The Love is going to be his best drive this week at Ashburton also in Race 9 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks his best drive this week is Miss You at Ashburton in Race 11   Invercargill on Monday Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Dangerous at Invercargill in Race 7 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory thinks his best drive this week is I'm Trouble at Ascot Park also in Race 7 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Vintage Cheddar as his best drive this week in Race 8 Allan Beck - Allan says his best drive this week is Repartee at Invercargill in Race 10   Harnesslink Media

Wobelee is used to overcoming obstacles. Champion Aussie horseman Chris Alford says he can do that again from what looks a horror barrier at the Harness Jewels on Saturday at Cambridge. One of the best juvenile trotters produced in Australia, the now three-year-old will start from the outside of the front line in his $125,000 mobile mile, a draw almost certainly made worse by hot favourite Winterfell drawing the ace. But few Australian horsemen know more about beating the Kiwis, even on their home tracks, than Alford, who has won group ones at Addington and Alexandra Park as well as more than 6000 races in his homeland. And Alford is adamant Wobelee, trained by his wife Alison, can win. "I have watched a lot of videos of the locals and they are no better than him," says Alford in his matter-of-fact way. "Winterfell was good winning the Derby but went a 2:0 mile rate whereas my horse went the same mile rate winning the NSW Derby after galloping and losing 50m early. "I am not saying we are going to just turn up and win because it won't be easy but he is good enough to overcome that barrier." Wobelee has been overcoming obstacles his whole life. When he was born his legs were so badly conformed he couldn't stand for days. Hence, his name. He tends to need a little help along the way, as he can be cranky pre-start and will be spending the minutes before the score up on Saturday with an attendant or keeping the clerk of the course's horse company. "He is fine as long as he doesn't have to circle with the other horses and I have explained that to the stewards. "But he will be good as gold during the race and while we might have to sit parked to win, I think he can." Michael Guerin

Steven Reid is hoping for a nasty Harness Jewels on Saturday. Like aggressive nasty. Drivers getting stuck into each other out on the track, unfriending each other on Facebook the next day, food fight in the drivers' room type nasty. That might be hoping for a bit much but it might be then, and only then, Pukekohe trainer Reid has a shot as a Harness Jewels double. There is no doubt both Reid's four-year-old Star Galleria (Emerald) and Utmost Delight (Diamond) are good enough to win their $150,000 divisions. In fact, give them the appropriate front line draws and they could be close to good things, definitely warm favourites. But the problem is both Star Galleria and Utmost Delight have drawn wide on the second line in their mobile miles, often the kiss of death at Cambridge. Unless, of course, Saturday's races are run upside down, with super fast sectionals early, making rare swoopers victories a reality. If that dream scenario unfolds Reid is adamant he has the horsepower to take advantage. "I need them to go hard in both my races or maybe we can't win, it could be that simple," admits Reid. "Mile racing at Cambridge can be hard enough but if you have to come wide and they run home [800m] in 55 seconds it can be impossible. "But looking at the fields I think we have a chance because they could be really hard run races." Reid has a point as both four-year-old pacing dashers lack a dominant favourite to lead and deter attackers and they also have enough gate speed and form doubts spread across the front line to suggest early fireworks. Take Star Galleria's race. If key rival Eamon Maguire was drawn to lead the race could be as good as over, with very little likelihood of attack. Instead, he is drawn the second line and Reid hopes driver Zac Butcher can turn his rival into an ally. "I am hoping Zac can get straight on his [Eamon Maguire's] back and get a cart into the race, either early or late." If that happens Reid knows his rep has the raw speed to capitalise, with Star Galleria brilliant at Alexandra Park last Friday. He has already claimed some serious open class scalps this season, including Heaven Rocks when he led and won the Flying Mile on this track in January. "He is right back to his best but that tempo is crucial. I hope they go nuts up front." Utmost Delight looks one of the few horses all day who can come wide and win. Utmost Delight is a group one winning mare who looks at her peak in a race where some key rivals have form or barrier draw (Bonnie Joan) concerns. "She has needed her last two runs to bring her back to her peak, which often my horses do. "But she was great last Friday night and has really come on with it this week. There looks to be some speed and some aggressive drivers in her race so again, we need that early burn. "If we get that and she gets the right three-wide cart into the race I know she can win." As good as Utmost Delight is, she has got into tight odds at $3.50 for a mare with her draw and punters will almost certainly be better waiting to back either of Reid's pair on the day or on the tote. Wait, and then hope, for some good old fashioned aggression. Michael Guerin

Racing Integrity Unit Release  30 May 2018        The Stewards have been advised by the trainers M Purdon and N Rasmussen that the following horses may have been exposed to a possible contamination during their transportation to Cambridge for the Harness Jewels.   Princess Tiffany Stress Factor Funatthebeach Sicario Winterfell Cheerful Bubbled Up Kayla Marie War Dan Delight . The Stewards have therefore ordered swabbing of the horses. The RIU has advised the New Zealand Racing Board, and they have agreed to suspend betting on the races the horses are engaged in.   The results of the testing will not be available until after 4pm on Friday afternoon when a further announcement will be made.    Mike Godber - General Manager                 Nick Ydgren  - Chief Stipendiary Steward   HRNZ

Betamerica, a filly with a royal pedigree, opened her account yesterday (Tuesday). Stepping out for the second time in her fledgling career at Albion Park, the American Ideal – Splendid Bet filly scooted the sprint lane and scored a narrow yet decisive victory in the Cammibest @ Burwood Stud 2yo Pace. Betamerica defeated Zaras All Good and Saint Kilda Beach. The Shannon Price and Scott Miller prepared filly rated 1:58.7 rain affected track. Splits of 27, 32.7, 29.5 and 29.7 seconds. Chris Petroff took the winning drive. “It’s a great result for many reasons, the fact she is a proven winner and rating the time she did only adds to her future value. This family just keeps producing all the big name horses and it’s exciting to have this filly,” Miller said. “We have no plans this season with her, maybe a few more runs before having eight weeks off and then coming as a three-year-old. Hopefully her attitude will change during that time; she’s very set in her ways.” He added. Purchased last year at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale in Auckland for a whopping price of $137,500 from Woodlands Stud draft and Charles Roberts, Team Raboki was determined to get their filly despite some spirited bidding from several parties. The brown filly hails from the hottest family in the stud book, the Scuse Me lineage. Betamerica is the second foal from the Bettors Delight mare and is closely related to the likes of Adore Me, Christen Me, Dream About Me, Hands Christian, Maxim, Have Faith In Me, Imagine Me and Abide With Me among many others. Her older full brother Chief Joseph is in work with leading Christchurch trainer Cran Dalgety but is currently unraced. Chris Barsby

Sometimes your dreams come at a cost. Trainer Nigel McGrath will discover the exact price at the Harness Jewels on Saturday. It has been 54 days days since McGrath won the race he has coveted his whole life, the New Zealand Derby at Addington with Sheriff. In one of the great modern day derbies, Sheriff nosed out Pat's Delight and Sicario in national record time, with the trio set to clash again in the last race on Jewels day. The Derby hurt, with the 3:5.4 time for the 2600m mobile akin to what the older horses do to themselves in a New Zealand Cup. His recovery has been slow, giving McGrath one of the biggest challenges of his career. "To be honest, straight after the Derby I would have been happy for his season to be over," says the Canterbury trainer. "It had already been a long season and it was an incredible Derby and he was tired. "So I eased right up on him and while I have kept him fit and happy, I haven't asked him for much since." That was in evidence when Sheriff raced below his best at Addington last start and maybe again when he was a solid but hardly sensational second at the Cambridge workouts last Saturday. "I was initially disappointed but Todd Mitchell drove him and rang me straight away to say it was a good run and I trust his opinion. "And he is a Bettor's Delight, we know they can be different horses on raceday. "So I think he will improve and come out on Saturday and be the good horse he is. But whether that is good enough to win, we will find out." While the front line for the mobile mile looks one of the fastest of the day, McGrath says he may add pull-down blinds to Sheriff's gear to get him keen enough to work to the lead and then give driver Blair Orange a turbo button to hit at the top of the straight. But with Pat's Delight drawn to be close by and Sicario having thrilled his connections with his work this week, anything below the Derby-winning version of Sheriff is going to have a huge fight on his hooves. McGrath actually takes one of the three previous Jewels winners racing to Saturday's meeting, with Dizzy Miss Lizzy brilliant at this meeting last season but missing in action since. She has had nine starts since her Jewels stunner, all this season for a fresh up win and a second in the Sires' Stakes Final, the other seven being unplaced and largely disappointing performances. "She has been terrible for much of the season," is McGrath's blunt assessment. "But she has had all sorts of problems. She has been in season a lot and I think she is over that and she has actually worked the best she has in a long time this week. "I think she might be back to something like her best." From barrier two in the three-year-old Diamond, Dizzy Miss Lizzy has the option to try and lead and could even hand up to hot favourite Shez All Rock, which would make her a value place hope. Michael Guerin

"Syndicates offer Kiwis an affordable way to race well-bred horses trained by top trainers. They also provide great networking opportunities and most importantly they're a lot of fun," says Andrew Jamieson, Syndicate Manager at the Auckland Trotting Club. He says the Auckland Trotting Club's 2019 Syndicate is now open and is selling fast. This follows the club choosing three leading New Zealand trainers to select and buy three horses at the yearling sales earlier this year for syndication. Each young horse comes with great breeding and much promise. "Our 2019 Syndicate will be racing three well-bred yearlings by top sires Bettor's Delight, American Ideal and up-and-comer Alta Christiano." The three horses people now have a chance to own and race are called Bet West, Christianshavtime and Alta Redeemer. The latter is a half-brother to recent Addington winner Alta Orlando and will be trained by Robert Dunn. Syndication, or shared ownership, is fast becoming the most popular means for people to race horses. Mr Jamieson says as an authorised syndicator, the club has a great track-record when it comes to establishing and overseeing successful horse racing syndications. Advertising is now underway, with the call going out: 'Ever wanted to own and race a pacer?' He says over 30 shareholders have been locked in already, with many more making enquiries and impressed with the quality of the horses on offer. Auckland Trotting Club's Racing Manager Regan Cotter says the club is committed to ongoing increases to stakes, making joining a syndicate an even more exciting proposition. What's more he says there's no bigger thrill than watching your own horse compete. "Key to harness racing's future is lifting ownership and involvement regardless of anyone's level of expertise, budget, or prior interest. Syndicates play a big part in that," says Mr Cotter. To find out more about syndication, the three horses, or have an information pack sent to you, visit: or contact Andrew Jamieson on (09) 238-9212, (021) 253-8765 or Andrew Jamieson - Auckland Trotting Club Syndicate Manager - (021) 253-8765 Regan Cotter - Auckland Trotting Club Racing Manager - (0272) 491-205          

When harness racing first starter Mallee Reactor won at Ouyen, Australia on Sunday, he became the 17th individual two-year-old winner for the promising stallion Auckland Reactor. Mallee Reactor is the third foal and second winner from the In The Pocket mare Our Angel Flight. The 17 two-year-old winners include Auckland Reactor's first crop $100,000 Group 1 winning gelding Gold Reactor who is the only winner to date out of the Ball And Chain mare Channelling Gold. Mallee Reactor is the 39th individual winner for Auckland Reactor to date. Auckland Reactor's progeny are headed by the outstanding multiple Group 1 winning three-year-old gelding Chase Auckland (1:52.2, 9 starts 8 wins, $392,329 to date including the NZ Sires Stakes 3yo Final and the Northern Derby) and the very good multiple Group 1 placed filly Soho Burning Love (1:52.6, $111,570, 3rd Vic Oaks, 2nd NSW Oaks). They also include the unbeaten New Zealand three-year-olds Jazzy Star (1:55.8) and Revolver - 2 starts each for 2 wins. With just two months of the New Zealand racing season left, Auckland Reactor currently sits a clear third behind Bettor's Delight and Mach Three on the three-year-old sires list and with just the two crops racing he is placed 8th on the all-age list. Significantly, his progeny have now earned over $1 million in stakes. With 127 of his foals already raced or qualified as two and three-year-olds, Auckland Reactor is well placed to build on this figure and establish a highly successful siring career. Interestingly, the dams of his 39 winners to date are by 29 different stallions. The ability to cross with a wide range of broodmare sires and often sire the best horse produced by a mare are attributes common amongst leading sires. It is something that will no doubt stand by Auckland Reactor, one of the great New Zealand champions, as his burgeoning siring career progresses. Weanling Sale The Autumn Weanling & All Age Sale is being held by PGG Wrightson at Karaka, Auckland this Friday, 1 June. The sale represents the strongest catalogue of weanlings presented in New Zealand and features eleven by Auckland Reactor. The Auckland Reactor weanlings are headed by half-brothers to the Group 1 winners Eamon Maguire (2018 NZ Messenger Ch’ship) and Chilli Palmer (1:51.5, $290,985). There are also Auckland Reactors from the dams of Star Of Isis (1:55.7, 8 wins), The Fascinator (1:53.9, $155,162) and Hip Hop Anvil (1:55.6, $138,122), from a full-sister to Tintin In America (15 wins, $800,572), from half-sisters to Gotta Go Cullen (NZ 2yo & 4yo of the Year), Presido (1:56, $137,885) and Dash (1:50.8, $418,187) and a colt out of The Black Pearl (1:58.1, 6 wins). There is an open day on Thursday afternoon (31 May) at the Karaka complex to allow the opportunity to inspect all the weanlings in the sale. The sale itself kicks off at 10am on Friday (1 June). Chase Auckland - Great Northern Derby Soho Burning Love - 1:52.6 Tabcorp Park Melton Jazzy Star - 1:55.8 first start Auckland Reactor quinella at Alexandra Park / Revolver - Red Reactor Auckland Reactor as a four-year-old - New Zealand FFA

One of New Zealand’s most promising trotters has been bought by one of the legends of the industry just days out from the Harness Jewels. Which means Oscar Bonavena will join the All Stars army for Saturday’s massive meeting at Cambridge. After having looked an outstanding talent in just two start for trainer Phil Williamson the two-year-old colt was sold to former Kiwi now US-based trainer Chris Ryder and the godfather of New Zealand harness racing Roy Purdon. Roy’s son Mark will be the new trainer, with partner Natalie Rasmussen to drive Oscar Bonavena on Saturday in the $125,000 two-year-old trot. “He is a lovely colt and I was very impressed at Addington last start when he finished second to our other horse, Enhance Your Calm,” said Purdon.  “So we are thrilled to get him for Chris and of course for Dad.” While no trainer likes to see a horse as good as Oscar Bonavena leave the stable, Williamson was all smiles yesterday.  “It is a good sale and I hope he turns out to be a champion for them,” said Williamson.  “It is a very good price, which it needed to be as we had a lot of interest in the horse.  “And obviously he is going to a great home.”  Williamson got a kick out of Roy Purdon taking a half share in the son of Majestic Son after he came out to watch Mark trial Oscar Bonavena on Monday.  “I said to Mark at the time, you are not bad having a bloke like him (Roy) come and give you a second opinion.  “But I am thrilled Roy got a share in him, he is the legend after all.”  Usually any horse joining the All Stars days before a group one race would shorten dramatically in the market but with Williamson one of the most highly regarded trainers of trotters in this part of the world, any great price slash for Oscar Bonavena would be an over-reaction. Michael Guerin

This week’s Trackside listings (please note these are subject to change) Wednesday 7.30pm The Box Seat (TS1) The Harness Jewels are nearly here! Catch Greg O'Connor, Michael Guerin + Matthew Cross & Craig 'The Whale' Thompson live from Cambridge as they preview all 9 G1 races #GIANThand Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Forbury Park (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Saturday Cambridge (TS2) Sunday Ashburton (TS1)   Forbury Park  – Thursday 31 May We have our Claimers Series starting on Thursday, and our Bistro will be open from 4pm, serving a great range of delicious meals!   Auckland – Friday 1 June Bus to the Jewels in Cambridge Saturday 2nd June Two buses leaving from Alexandra Park at approx.  8.30am. Tickets: $45 return $75 for Bus and entry to the Jewels. One bus will have a Bombay pickup and drop off. Please contact Regan on 631 1163 Wish For 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 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 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   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 Andrew Jamieson – ATC Syndication Manager Tel:  + 64 9 238 9212 Mob: + 64 21 253 8765 Email: If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Harness Jewels – Saturday 2 June Please find below important information for Owners and Licence Holders with connections to horses competing at the 2018 Harness Jewels OWNERS: Entry Tickets Each named owner will be issued with two (2) General Admission tickets via email on Friday 25th May after the final fields are announced. This includes all named syndicate members, who are officially named in a Syndicate that is registered with HRNZ The email address they will be sent to is the email address registered with HRNZ. If HRNZ doesn’t have your email, please send a message to with the horse they are connected to.  Entry Owners are to enter through the main entry off Taylor Street or via the Stables, float park if arriving with horses.  Racebooks will be given out upon entry. Owners are to go to the Info Marquee, located adjacent to the public village, to collect their owners ribbon and drinks voucher for the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar. Owners Ribbons and privileges are also able to be collected between 10am and 4pm Monday 27th May to Friday 1st June from the Cambridge Raceway Office. Privileges Each named owner will receive a drink voucher which can be redeemed in the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar The club have made an entire lounge in the main stand available for Owners, Members and industry participants.  This is located on Level One of the Main Stand. Here, a subsidised cash bar will operate and food options will be available. Owners are also welcome to bring up food from the Public Village Food Trucks. Access is via Owner Ribbon, WBOP Members Badge and HRNZ Licence only This lounge has access to the main grandstand where there will be owners reserved seating in the seating bowl. Access to the Stables Minors All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the stables complex. Security will be under instructions to not allow unaccompanied minors to enter. They must remain under the supervision of an authorised adult at all times Owners Owners are reminded to take care when entering the stable complex due to unpredictable nature of horses. All Owners that enter the stables do so at their own risk and agree that they will adhere to any instructions or requests made by the Clerk of the Course, Cambridge Raceway Staff and or members of the RIU. LICENCE HOLDERS Licence holders are reminded to bring their official HRNZ Licence to ensure they gain entry to the course and stabling area. Access to the stables will be via HRNZ Licence, official Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Stable Pass only. Those industry persons who are attending the day in an official working capacity, who are not licenced with HRNZ, may get an official Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass upon entry to the stables via the float park off the Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee representative. Those entering via the stables who are not eligible for a stable pass or who are not HRNZ Licenced or an official owner on the day will be required to purchase a General Admission ticket at the entry to the stables. Purchased online in advance these are $25. There will be no access to the stables from the Grandstand Side unless a driver is in his or her gear, or without showing security an HRNZ Licence, Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass. No exceptions. For last minute tickets and information please visit   Ashburton – Sunday 3 June At Ashburton Raceway. Entry is free.    Invercargill – Monday 4 June BLUFF RACE DAY - QUEENS BIRTHDAY MONDAY  The very popular Bluff Race Day is on again on Monday 4 June (Queens Birthday Monday). The Invercargill Harness Racing Club will host the race day at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill with the first race scheduled for 11.15am. The feature race is the South Port NZ Ltd Bluff Cup with other races on the day supported by Awarua Synergy, Southern Ocean Safety, Grinaldi Lodge, KB & Associates, the Northern Southland Trotting Club, Barnes Oysters, Southland Farm Services Ltd and Hyde Landscaping while the Terry Dixon Memorial Race will also be held.  This day has become a popular fixture on the calendar since its inception in 2014. Admission to the course is free! There will be a free bag of lollies for every child on course after Race 6 while a draw of losing tote tickets after Race 6 will win one punter a Level One Restaurant & Bar Meal Voucher worth $50.   Nelson Harness Racing Club – June 8 and 10 BIG NEWS OUT OF NELSON - we have increased stakes from what they were in Winter 2017.  The stake for the Winter Cup is now $14,000 and the Handicap Trot has increased to $9000.  The Nelson Harness Racing Club’s winter race meeting will be on Friday June 8 and Sunday June 10. The start time for Race One on Friday is 11.35 am and the start time for Race One on Sunday is also 11.35 am. There is no gate charge and race books will be available from the secretary office and the driver’s room. The weather forecast is for fine weather so make sure you come on up and enjoy some Nelson hospitality. FOOD & BEVERAGES Hot food and drink will be available in the Drivers Room for all trainers, drivers and their staff.  A coffee cart will be outside the numbers room in the stabling area.  Food and drink will also be available to purchase in the bar and at the food and drink stalls. BBQ & BREAKFASTS The club would like to invite all trainers, drivers, staff and owners to attend a BBQ on Thursday 7th June at the OTB rooms from 5 -7pm.  The club is putting this on in recognition of your continued support of our race meeting.  There will be raffles available so bring a few coins. Breakfast will be again available from 7am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the OTB rooms. PUNTERS COMPETITION $1000 - WINNER TAKES ALL We are holding a punters competition on Sunday 10th June in the Waimea Lounge.  Cost of entry is the betting money $350 ($50 per race).  Teams can be made up of 1 to 4 people.  The competition will be run over races 3 to 9.  The prize is $1000 and of course the money you have made betting.  For more information and how to register contact the club. (Note- We require a minimum of 20 teams to run this competition). STAKE INCREASE      As mentioned above, stakes have increased for this race meeting.  We couldn't do this without the continued support of all our sponsors.   Nelson Pine Industries are again sponsoring our Prelude and the Nelson Winter Cup which we are excited to announce will be for stakes of $10,000 and $14,000 respectively. So bring your R60 plus pacer to Nelson and race for $24000 in stake money! Winning connections will be presented with a trophy and are invited to celebrate their success in the president’s room. MIKE AUSTIN MEMORIAL TROT This year we will be the inaugural running “Mike Austin Memorial Trot” this race is for R40 and faster trotters and will be run on the second day of the meeting over 2400m.  The winner will receive a trophy and a dress rug.  The club would like to thank Jill Austin and family as well as Blair & Lisa Orange for their support.  This race will be a wonderful tribute to “Mike” a great educator and trainer of the square gaiter and once a local Nelson lad. Just to note the R40 and faster Handicap trot on both days will be run over the 2400m distance, previously the second day the race was run over 3000m.  The club spoke to a number of different trainers and drivers about a possible change and the majority decision was to try the shorter distance. PICK PINK We will be again running our Pink Pick Selections we will be asking drivers of the selected horse in each race to wear a pink helmet cover. We have had a really great run with this promotion so keep an eye on the picks. THE NELSON HRC RACE PROGRAMME For nominations and stabling please contact Jason Broad (Raceday Secretary) on 03 5446616 or 021 127 2912.  For all other inquiries please call Kristie Hill on 0274118608.   Addington Raceway and Event Centre Hello Everyone Even though we have a couple of weeks without races, there is still a lot happening on the grounds of Addington. There is definitely something for everyone.  Enjoy reading everything that we have on offer, and we look forward to hosting you again soon. ADDINGTON’S MID-WINTER GREAT OFFICE SHOUT SATURDAY 7 JULY. The Starlets are more than just your standard “sing and stand” act. They are a show piece like you have never seen before.  So get your group together for a great night out and dance the night away!  Evening includes: Drink on arrival (cash bar thereafter or tabs can be arranged on the night), Themed gourmet buffet dinner, Live entertainment from The Starlets $57+GST per person or $566+ GST per table of 10!  CHECK OUT THE FABULOUS STARLETS ON YouTube  Bookings essential, please visit LADIES’ RACE NIGHT – SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY 20 JULY. Our Ladies’ Night is still happening this year, it has just moved to a new date.  This year will be better than ever, so pencil the date into your calendar and start getting your group together.  All the details and bookings will be available soon. RACE MEETING DATE CHANGES We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July. RACE NIGHT DINING – FABULOUS OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 14 & 29 JUNE! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES – FRIDAY 29 JUNE & FRIDAY 27 JULY Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email  NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. HIGHLANDERS – FRIDAY 6 JULY 7.35PM. Be sure to enjoy Spectators amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $12 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit   HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. BECOME A MEMBER, OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL OFFER - 14 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 14 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS FROM SATURDY 26 MAY (5-star Race Meeting) Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit; 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!  WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). 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 UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC  June 14 (Tentative) To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

Horse trainers usually treat the news a key rival has been scratched from a group one race with a kind of political grace. Which means they more or less lie and pretend they are upset for their fellow trainers, when in reality they are thrilled their horse is one step closer to the winner’s circle. But not Cran Dalgety. Not this Saturday. Dalgety was genuinely shocked and disappointed to hear star Aussie mare Carla’s Pixel was pulled out of the Harness Jewels on Monday, even though she might have been the hardest for Dalgety’s mare Bonnie Joan to beat. The pair were set to both start off the second line in the $150,000 four-year-old Diamond but Carla’s Pixel will now not get on the plane across the Tasman after a poor last start performance.  While that should make Bonnie Joan’s task on Saturday easier, it has almost certainly made it enormously more difficult. Bonnie Joan was originally drawn barrier two on the second line and set to follow through behind a fast beginner and get handy, which is about as good as life gets from the second line in a mile race at Cambridge. But Carla’s Pixel’s withdrawal has hit Bonnie Joan hard on two front fronts. Firstly she moves to the inside of the second line, but it also lets emergency Christanna into the race and she has drawn the ace. So Bonnie Joan has gone from being all but guaranteed being handy in the running line to starting directly behind an 80-1 chance who is certain to take a trail, meaning Bonnie Joan is facing a traffic nightmare.  “Oh, that is not good,” said Dalgety upon hearing the news of Carla’s Pixel’s scratching.  “I was quite comfortable with two on the second line but now everything has changed. I’m really happy with the mare but Dexter (Dunn, driver) is going to have to find some luck somewhere. And to be honest, I don’t know where.” The race is likely to be Bonnie Joan’s last as she heads to the broodmare paddock a valuable commodity and the scratching of Carla’s Pixel and the subsequent draw reshuffle makes the race one of the most puzzling of the day. Dalgety takes seven horses to the Cambridge mega meeting and while others have draws suggesting they will need luck, he is very keen to take that out of the equation with Pat’s Delight in the last race for the three-year-old boys. The speedster has had a rollercoaster season, looking a potential early star when beating good older horses, racing below par on his Northern Derby trip then only going down a nose in the New Zealand Derby. “We have had some good luck and bad but we want to take that out of the equation this Saturday,” said Dalgety.  “We are drawn inside the other favourites and have good gate speed so I want to see him in front and staying there.  “If we do that and they are still good enough to beat us then so be it, “But we don’t want to be handing up and I don’t think there are going to be a lot of drivers who do this week.” Pat’s Delight is locked in a three-way battle for favourtism around the $3 mark with his Derby conqueror Sheriff and Sicario for the last race, always one of the more dramatic on Jewels day.  The blazing early gate speed from at least of the horse on the front line coupled with the fact the All Stars have three reps in the race who will need to move early to have any chance suggest it will be one of the highlights of the day again.   Michael Guerin

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