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Three white pieces of paper covered in scribbled nicknames hold the key to over $5 million of summer harness racing riches. And the first plans contained on those papers go into action this Friday night with a surprise at Cambridge and a champion in Perth. After a complete domination of Sunday's Auckland Trotting Cup meeting - where they won seven of nine races they contested - Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen sat down yesterday to plan where their army of pacing stars go next. The logistics are mind-boggling, with not just tens of millions of dollars of horseflesh heading to all parts of Australasia, requiring flights, ground transportation and handlers, but the bookings for all the staff who need to be in New South Wales and Victoria weeks before the racetrack action starts. An example: While Vincent and his stablemates were running the trifecta in the Auckland Cup, the stable had Lazarus, Ultimate Machete, Have Faith In Me and Piccadilly Princess having a quiet day in Perth, where the All Stars have had a travelling foreman for six weeks. That is where Lazarus will resume on Friday night before he races there the following two weeks, with Ultimate Machete and Have Faith In Me joining him in both the Fremantle and West Australia Cups. "He is working well so this week will be a perfect lead-up to the Cups for him," says Purdon, who is back from suspension to drive Lazarus on Friday night. The blueprint for the rest of the all-conquering stable was only confirmed yesterday and it has some calls which will impact dramatically on pre-post markets as well as the group one racing landscape. The only good news for Australian trainers is the already expected decisions that unbeaten three-year-old Chase Auckland will stay home, as does Elle Mac, while Dream About Me also does as she struggles with soundness. "Chase Auckland has had a couple of hard runs and been great in them but you can't do that every week so he will miss the Derbies in Victoria and NSW and be set for the Northern Derby here," explains Purdon. "And Dream About Me hasn't been quite right so won't go to Australia but we will have Piccadilly Princess and Partyon for the mares races over there." Even without Chase Auckland the three-year-old team for the Derbies in Australia will contain The Devils Own and All U Need Is Faith (NSW), Spankem and Ashley Locaz (Victoria and then possibly NSW). But the other big surprise is that Heaven Rocks will take his unique brand of crazy to both Victoria and NSW, after stopping in at Cambridge on Friday night for the $60,000 Flying Mile. "I was happy with him in the Auckland Cup and after Cambridge he will go to the Ballarat Cup and the Hunter Cup, with Laz going to the Hunter as well. "Then they will both go to NSW to try and qualify for the Miracle Mile." Vincent and Titan Banner will be waiting for their mates at Menangle, with the pair to skip Victoria and Vincent will race in lead ups to the Chariots Of Fire on February 10 and Titan Banner in free-for-alls before the Miracle Mile preludes on February 17. That raises the very real possibility if Ultimate Machete qualifies for the Chariots Of Fire and races well there, the All Stars could have five horses in the running for a Miracle Mile invite. "It is possible that could happen but we are not getting carried away with that, there is a lot of racing to go before then," said Purdon. The one window of opportunity the stable has left open for their rivals is the NSW Oaks, for which they won't have their best fillies in action. "It clashes with the Sales Series at Addington so fillies like Elle Mac will stay home and Bettor Trix and Bare Knuckle will be our NSW Oaks pair." Michael Guerin

Champion harness racing pacer Auckland Reactor has had a hot couple of days as a sire, with his progeny winning several races over the last week including the PGG Wrightson yearling sales final at Alexandra Park on Sunday night with the unbeaten Chase Auckland (Auckland Reactor - Delicata - Falcon Seelster).  Soho Burning Love( 3f Auckland Reactor-Soho Bordeaux - Western Terror) was another big winner for Auckland Reactor on Saturday night at Melton when she blitzed a 3yo fillies field by 30 meters in a stunning 1-52.6 mile rate.  Soho Burning Love is trained and was driven by Michael Stanley. Smoke N Reactor was impressive for Mark Jones at Winton on Sunday when she was attacked for most of the race but was still too good winning in a 1-58.8 mile rate on a slushy track. Smoke N Reactor is out of Smoke N Mirrors a Pacific Rocket mare who won ten races between 2007 and 2009. Ardtoo (Auckland Reactor - Tobetoo - Dream Away) also won at Winton on Sunday and was an easy winner of the Nugget Final. The ease of the win did not reflect the price as Ardtoo paid a whopping $62.60 and $10.30 on the tote. Chase Auckland is clearly the best performed son on the racetrack for Auckland Reactor and has followed in his fathers footsteps so far by winning his first seven races in a row. Auckland Reactor won his first seventeen starts before being tripped up by a standing start race at Cambridge in 2009 where he was beaten by three quarters of a length by the Geoff Small trained All Tiger after breaking badly at the start. Auckland Reactor currently is a clear second on the three-year-old sire's list for money won in New Zealand to none other than Champion sire Bettor's Delight. Ardtoo winning easily at Winton   Smoke N Reactor Soho Burning Love Chase Auckland Harnesslink Media  

Central Otago harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:00am Race 1 - Sweet Loress $2.80 leads win & multi betting easily.   Race 2 - Horse Of Course $2.80 is the only runner wanted in early betting.   Race 3 - Hicori is the big mover here and is into $2.00 from the opening odds of $3.30. Days Of Redemption was late scratched at 6:58pm yesterday and any bets placed prior to that time will have 11% win & 13% deductions applied. Largest bets on Hicori $910 at $3.30, $1,428 at $2.40, $1,818 at $2.10 (X2).     Race 4 - Foo Fighter $3.20 leads win betting over Varenna $5.00 - $4.20.   Race 5 - Tuapeka Trick $1.70 easily leads multi betting. Longshot Firstjoy $30.00 - $26.00 has taken some early win money.     Race 6 - The Dominator $6.80 - $6.00 leads win betting with One Over Da Stars $3.60 leading multi betting over Too Cool $3.80.    Race 7 - The short priced Anna Malak $1.50 easily leads win & multi betting. Largest bet on the favourite early $1,334 at $1.50. Bontz $25.00 - $21.00 has attracted some early win support.    Race 8 -  Raukapuka Ruler $2.50 leads multi betting over Tiger Thompson $2.80 with that runner leading win betting over Eamon Maguire $10.50 - $9.00.   Race 9 -  Harriet Of Mot $1.65 is the only runner wanted in multi betting but in win betting best backed is Jen Jaccka $17.00 - $11.00 with the largest bets $625 & $500 at $17.00.   Race 10 - Sporstcaster $2.60 leads multi betting easily over Frankie Jones $4.20 with Magnate Mara $14.00 - $9.00 leading win betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen repeated their feat of 2009 by winning seven races on the night at Alexandra Park on Sunday. The All Stars Stable won with A Lister, Jesse Duke, Stress Factor, Chase Auckland, Elle Mac, Vincent and Ashley Locaz. Tim Willams drove three winners for the stable, while Natalie Rasmussen drove the remaining four including the Auckland Cup aboard Vincent.  Vincent will now head to Australia in search of more wins and a possible clash with Lazarus later in the year. His first target will be the $100,000 Ballarat Cup on January 20 _________________________________________________________________________________ Olivia Thornley had her first win as a driver when she won during the Banks Peninsular meeting at Motukarara last Friday. The win came on her nine raceday drive on a horse called Awaytocullect, who is trained by Olivia's father Robin at Templeton.   _________________________________________________________________________________ Promising pacers King Size and Steiger have been put down in the last week. Steiger had an unfortunate paddock accident last week and had to be euthanised after he shattered an elbow joint.  One win pacer King Size fell during a race at Reefton on Saturday and had to be put down. Driver Dexter Dunn emerged from the crash unscathed but the race was abandoned after King Size could not be removed from the track.   Harnesslink Media

Auckland Cup hero Vincent won't be protected from champion stablemate Lazarus as the Miracle Mile looms as pacing's race of the season. The red hot favourite led home a Purdon-Rasmussen trifecta in the $250,000 Cup at Alexandra Park tonight (Sunday), downing Titan Banner and Heaven Rocks in a race of twists and turns. After Titan Banner led early and Vincent trailed punters could have expected that order to remain unchanged but David Butcher driving Northview Hustler had other ideas, deciding he didn't want to sit parked so attacked for the lead. He was successful, Titan Banner came out of the trail to re-take the lead and once that game of cat and mouse calmed down Vincent strolled to the front. The magnificent four-year-old then dawdled through the middle stages before things lit up again when Heaven Rocks worked around to sit parked, attacked down the back straight and even headed Vincent at the 500m before racing erratically. But the favourite kicked back in the style of a potential pacing great and at the line was easily holding Titan Banner. "That was a huge win when you consider he is only four," said Purdon, who watched the race from the outside fence of the parade ring because he is suspended. That meant training partner Natalie Rasmussen reined the winner and Purdon admitted it was a strange feeling watching rather than being out on the track. "But it was great to see all three of them perform to that level and when Tim [Williams, driving Heaven Rocks] attacked it made the last lap exciting. The winner is a wonderful horse but I thought the other two went great and it was good to see Heaven Rocks get around in one piece." The win was followed by Ashley Locaz winning the last race to give the All Stars a remarkable seven winners at the premier meeting from only eight races but now their gaze turns to Australia. Lazarus returns to racing in Perth this Friday and the following two weeks before returning to the eastern states, where Vincent will contest the A$200,000 Chariots Of Fire in Sydney on February 10. If they continue on their winning ways both will be invited to the A$750,000 Miracle Mile on February 24 and Purdon says he will not keep the pair apart. "If they are both going well enough and win their way into the Miracle Mile then I wouldn't be scared to start them against each other," he said. So could the new Auckland Cup winner beat the two-time New Zealand Cup winner in Lazarus? "I think he could," says Purdon of Vincent. "I am not saying he would but it is not impossible as Vincent is a very good horse and any horse, even Lazarus, is beatable as we saw in the early heats of the Inter Dominions. "So that could be the first time they clash and I think if it eventuated it would be great for the industry." Earlier, Temporale ended the argument over who is the best trotter racing in New Zealand when he outstayed Speeding Spur in the $100,000 National Trot, the second time he has beaten him this month and suggesting he has earned himself a trip to Victoria next month. Michael Guerin  

Unbeaten pacing star Chase Auckland may be so good he is allowed to turn his back on nearly $500,000 in coming months. The three-year-old grabbed victory from the jaws of what looked to be certain defeat when he fought back when clearly headed in the $230,000 Sales Series Pace at Alexandra Park tonight. After surging to a mid-race lead following some blazing early sectionals from his rivals, Chase Auckland was in a world of trouble as stalemate All U Need Is Faith raced past him at the top of the straight, looking set to break punter’s hearts. But in the last 50m Chase Auckland suggested he may be that little bit special as he clawed back to retain his unbeaten record at start number seven, setting off chaotic winning circle presentation scenes from his huge syndicate of owners. Chase Auckland was purchased and syndicated by stud giant Alabar to try and give his champion father Auckland Reactor a headstart to his stud career --- they couldn’t have dreamed they would purchase what has turned out to be such a stunning racetrack advertisement for the new stallion. But that campaign may not extend to Australia in coming week as co-trainer and driver Natalie Rasmussen says the dual Derbys of Victoria and New South Wales in February may not be on his radar.  “Mark (Purdon) and I will sit down and talk about it but to be honest I think a little let up wouldn’t do him any harm because he was a maiden three months ago,” said Rasmussen. “So he might not head to Australia yet and we have two Derbys here as well as so many other races for him. “But he is a good horse, a really good horse. He had to be to fight back and win like that.”The win capped a mammoth start to the day for the All Stars stable as they also won the early races and took out group one Sires’ Stakes Fillies Championships with Elle Mac. The latter got revenge on her Harness Jewels conqueror Dizzy Miss LIzzy after they stayed out of the early speed duel before roaring around the field to put pressure into the race and leave their rivals gasping. The stable also produced last season’s yearling sales topper Jessie Duke to win on debut in the two-year-old pace, even after he looked unbalanced on the home bend, suggesting he is the early leader of this two-year-old crop. Michael Guerin   Chase Auckland winning his seventh race in a row!

It’s official. The biggest threat to Lazarus, the current champion of Australasian harness racing, lies within his own stable. This will not shock most fans, the depth of the All Stars stable is at an all-time high and the result of the Gr.1 $250,000 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park today (Sunday) only solidifies the point. Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen provided the top three finishers with boom four-year-old and race favourite Vincent defeating Titan Banner and Heaven Rocks in the 3200m stand-start feature. While Lazarus has dominated most open class features this season including his powerful and relentless thrashings of rivals in the New Zealand Cup and Inter Dominion, his stablemate Vincent is well on the way to being his nemesis. His winning effort in the Auckland Cup, his first foray into the Grand Circuit level of elite pacing, clearly underlines the enormous talent that fits into his hulking frame. It’s a lethal combination. Stepping safely and landing behind Titan Banner soon after the start, Vincent travelled comfortably while outsider Northview Hustler challenged hard for the lead and eventually found it before releasing both Titan Banner and Vincent again. Rasmussen positioned Vincent in the lead role passing the 2100m mark. The lead time was covered in a moderate 2:04.9. With Vincent dictating terms, Heaven Rocks and Tim Williams whistled around the field before parking outside of his stablemate with 1200m remaining. The first half of the final mile was covered in splits of 32.7 and 32.7 seconds. Entering the back straight, Vincent was tested by Heaven Rocks who raced keenly albeit pacing like a startled giraffe. Heaven Rocks actually headed Vincent coming off the back straight before pacing very awkwardly, the back straight quarter was covered in 27.4 seconds. But Rasmussen wasn’t perturbed and allowed Vincent to pace comfortably within himself before releasing the shackles in the straight, the margin soon expanded and the highly decorated pacer scored easily by 1.5 lengths from Titan Banner who used inside runs while Heaven Rocks was a further head away in third. The final quarter was covered in 27 seconds. The overall time was 4:04.7 – a winning mile rate of 2:03.0. “That was a professional effort, he stepped away safely and travelled really well and felt terrific in the straight when challenged. He’s a very good horse.” Winning driver Natalie Rasmussen declared. It was Rasmussen’s maiden victory in the North Island feature. The victory of Vincent also provided his champion sire Art Major with his first Auckland Cup winner. The All Stars stable have now won the Auckland Cup on six occasions and have recorded back to back victories following the success of Dream About Me last year. Other winners include Sharp And Telford, Young Rufus, Auckland Reactor and Have Faith In Me. With four legs now complete in the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit, the All Stars stable has won three legs (New Zealand Cup, Inter Dominion and Auckland Cup) while Lennytheshark won the opening leg of the 2017/18 series, the Victoria Cup. The next leg of the APG Grand Circuit takes place on January 19 at Gloucester Park with the running of the Gr.1 $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup, an event that will feature Lazarus. Collectively, the combination of Purdon and Rasmussen have either trained or driven in excess of 50 Grand Circuit winners! Auckland Cup By Chris Barsby

Today is Auckland harness racing’s biggest race of the year - the $250,000 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup. Interest and anticipation in this year’s Auckland Cup Day has been bigger than usual, with Alexandra Park promising some of New Zealand’s best racing combined with a growing number of free off-track attractions. With the gates set to open from 2pm, there will be food trucks, ice creams, a bouncy castle, face painting and much more. Then after the last race there will be a fireworks’ display and a performance by band Split Second. “We’ve brought back the fireworks which promises to be awesome, and will be set off just on dark, so people don’t have to wait around until midnight to celebrate New Year. There is so much for families to enjoy,” says Joel Reichardt, Alexandra Park Sales & Marketing Manager. General admission into Alexandra Park, car-parking, race books and entertainment – both on and off the track - are all free to enjoy. “With over $800,000 in stakes on offer, we can’t wait to see all the Group One action on track today. For the Auckland Cup itself, the field is set to be one of the best and most competitive we’ve seen in years,” says Regan Cotter, Alexandra Park’s Racing Manager. Known as the race of champions, in the past the Auckland Cup has been won by sporting greats such as Cardigan Bay, Young Quinn, Christian Cullen, Elsu and Themightyquinn. For further information on 2017 Auckland Cup Day, visit Contact: Alexandra Park CEO Dominique Dowding: (021) 377-303 or Joel Reichardt – Sales & Marketing Manager - (021) 786-034. Here are the fields;            Race 1 [2:04pm] ALABAR SIRES STAKES FILLIES SILVER (MOBILE PACE)  $12,000, 3YO FILLIES, 2200m  Race 2 [2:39pm] BRECKON FARMS YOUNG GUNS SERIES (HEAT 2) MOBILE PACE  $25,000, 2YO, 1700m  Race 3 [3:14pm] CROMBIE LOCKWOOD HANDICAP TROT  $20,000, 3YO & OLDER R50 TO R60 SPECIAL, 2700m  Race 4 [3:49pm] WOODLANDS STUD YEARLING PARADE JANUARY 15 MOBILE PACE  $20,000, 3YO & OLDER F&M UP TO & INCLUDING R67, 2200m  Race 5 [4:24pm] JACOBSEN HEADSTONES HANDICAP TROT  $20,000, R61 TO R105 SPECIAL, 2700m  Race 6 [4:59pm] SIMS PACIFIC METALS MOBILE PACE  $20,000, 3YO & OLDER R52 TO R60, 2200m  Race 7 [5:32pm] PGG WRIGHTSON NZ YEARLING SALES 3YO FINAL (MOBILE PACE) (Listed)  $230,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 2200m  Race 8 [6:02pm] ALABAR SIRES STAKES 3YO FILLIES CHAMPIONSHIP (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO FILLIES, 2200m  Race 9 [6:34pm] LINCOLN FARMS BLOODSTOCK MOBILE PACE  $20,000, R85 & FASTER, 2200m  Race 10 [7:04pm] WINGER MOTORS 2017 NATIONAL TROT (FFA MOBILE) (Gr1)  $100,000, FFA, 2700m  Race 11 [7:35pm] TRILLIAN TRUST 2017 AUCKLAND CUP (FFA PACE) (Gr1)  $250,000, FFA, 3200m  Race 12 [8:04pm] AUCKLAND CO-OP TAXIS 300-3000 MOBILE PACE  $20,000, 3YO & OLDER R62 TO R83, 2200m   Race 1 [2:04pm] ALABAR SIRES STAKES FILLIES SILVER (MOBILE PACE)  $12,000, 3YO FILLIES, 2200m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Front Line Limit      For 3-year-old pacing fillies. Estimated stake for the consolation (with 6 acceptors) to be $12,000. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 35X10P 3 f     Come Dance With Me   R53 1 Front Zachary Butcher M P Kerr   2 61X352 3 f     Harpagus   MR52 2 Front Philip Butcher B & G J Hughes   3 80X292 3 f     A Lister   MR50 3 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   4 380X32 3 f     Harmony Blue   MR53 4 Front Tony Herlihy A G Herlihy MNZM   5 86 3 f     Feel The Burn   MR48 5 Front Todd Macfarlane B & G J Hughes   6 33X308 3 f     Shandance   MR50 6 Front Maurice McKendry M W McKendry MNZM            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Come Dance With Me to Robert Dunn at Pukekohe, A Lister to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton         Race 2 [2:39pm] BRECKON FARMS YOUNG GUNS SERIES (HEAT 2) MOBILE PACE  $25,000, 2YO, 1700m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Preferential Grid      For 2-year-old pacers. Preferential Barrier Draw Based on: Sex (fillies drawn inside colts and geldings) using the track grid. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 4 2 c     Beaudiene Western   MR50 1 Front David Butcher R W Green   2   2 g     Supreme Dominator   MR50 2 Front Zachary Butcher B Purdon   3   2 g     Star Of Montana   MR50 3 Front Scott Phelan B Purdon   4 2 2 c     Bettor Getta Lover   MR51 4 Front Gerard O'Reilly G R Dunn   5   2 c     Power Dreaming   MR50 5 Front Tony Herlihy A G Herlihy MNZM   6   2 g     Arden Voyager   MR50 6 Front Brent Mangos B Purdon   7 3 2 c     Stun Gun   MR51 7 Front Ricky May P T Court   8   2 c     Jesse Duke   MR50 8 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 9   2 c     Tycoon Tiger   MR50 9 Front Todd Macfarlane T A Macfarlane   10 5 2 c     Pembrook Charlie   MR49 10 Front                Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Bettor Getta Lover to Robert Dunn at Pukekohe, Stun Gun to Steven Reid at Pukekohe, Jesse Duke to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton         Race 3 [3:14pm] CROMBIE LOCKWOOD HANDICAP TROT  $20,000, 3YO & OLDER R50 TO R60 SPECIAL, 2700m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Front Line Limit      For R50 to R60 3yo-&-older trotters. Front: R50 to R58. 10m: R59 to R60. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 210322 4 g     Musculus   R55 1 Front Dexter Dunn C P Iggo   2 235D23 9 g     Jomo   R56 2 Front John Robinson J M Robinson   3 345221 5 g     Swinging   R55 3 Front Tony Herlihy T R Vince   4 94D9X1 3 g     Stress Factor   R58 4 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 DX1 3 g     All American   R58 5 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   6 96X132 5 m     Magnafique   R53 6 Front Michelle Wallis Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett   7 D78254 5 g     Blood And Whisky   R51 7 Front John Dunn Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett   8 06010X 4 g     Mass Destruction   R54 U1 Front Maurice McKendry Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett   9 157X33 4 m     One Bid Buys   R55 U2 Front Todd Macfarlane J L & Mrs M A Teaz   10 X71083 4 g     Galleons Victory   R54 U3 Front Blair Orange Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett   11 10357X 4 g     Billy At Salsa   R50 U4 Front Todd Mitchell Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett   12 X0X351 7 m     Alta Venetia   R60 U1 10m Andre Poutama I J Moody            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Musculus to Richard Brosnan at Ardmore, Stress Factor to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton         Race 4 [3:49pm] WOODLANDS STUD YEARLING PARADE JANUARY 15 MOBILE PACE  $20,000, 3YO & OLDER F&M UP TO & INCLUDING R67, 2200m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Preferential Grid      For up to & including R67 3yo-&-older pacing fillies & mares. Preferential Barrier Draw Based on: Rating using the track grid. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 217544 4 m     Lynbar Rose   R54 1 Front Maurice McKendry J M Young   2 332831 4 m     Kaitlyn   R56 2 Front Rhys Fensom Mrs P N Fensom   3 1P24 3 f     Ideal Lass   R57 3 Front David Butcher S G Telfer   4 967680 6 m     Gupta's Cullen   R58 4 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   5 376451 4 m     Christanna   R58 5 Front       6 717450 4 m     Three Kisses   R62 6 Front Logan Hollis L G Hollis & S M Robertson   7 945301 4 m     American Empress   R64 7 Front Sailesh Abernethy J M Young   8 75X138 4 m     Juice Brogden   R67 8 Front Nicky Chilcott Miss N A Chilcott   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 9 065413 4 m     Queen Lostris   R58 9 Front Tony Herlihy A G Herlihy MNZM            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Gupta's Cullen: SL-Off, BL-On, Ideal Lass: BL-Off    Legend         Race 5 [4:24pm] JACOBSEN HEADSTONES HANDICAP TROT  $20,000, R61 TO R105 SPECIAL, 2700m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Front Line Limit      For R61 to R105 trotters. Front: R61 to R65. 10m: R66 to R71. 20m: R72 to R80. 30m: R81 to R88. 40m: R89 to R105. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 627255 6 m     Lovely Bundy   R61 1 Front       2 0X3124 5 g     Geena's Success   R63 U1 Front Maurice McKendry Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett   3 413555 6 g     Angus Burga   R61 U2 Front Peter Ferguson K D Sefonte   4 206165 7 g     Primus Inter Pares   R67 1 10m Robert Argue(J) R O Paynter   5 266X61 4 g     Sertorius   R66 U1 10m Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   6 222891 7 m     Tereskova   R72 1 20m Luk Chin Dr L S Chin   7 L42363 5 h     Royal Willie   R73 2 20m David Butcher R O Paynter   8 505411 6 g     The Crown Jewels   R74 U1 20m Nicky Chilcott Miss N A Chilcott   9 1175X1 4 g     Heavyweight Hero   R81 1 30m Todd Macfarlane T A Macfarlane   10 061343 5 m     Shady Sadie   R81 2 30m James Stormont J P Stormont   11 98X816 6 m     Princess Mackendon   R88 3 30m Michelle Wallis Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett   12 367722 8 g     KD Hall   R85 U1 30m Tony Herlihy T R Vince   13 414659 7 g     Commander Paris   R94 1 40m       14 846530 7 g     Eyre I Come   R105 U1 40m                Notifiable Gear Changes:    Geena's Success: SL-On    Legend         Race 6 [4:59pm] SIMS PACIFIC METALS MOBILE PACE  $20,000, 3YO & OLDER R52 TO R60, 2200m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Preferential Grid      For R52 to R60 pacers. Preferential Barrier Draw Based on: Rating using the track grid. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 176222 6 g     Hunter Bromac   R52 1 Front David Butcher S G Telfer   2 824935 4 h     Makers Mark   R53 2 Front Peter Ferguson A P & L M Neal   3 13589X 6 g     Loud An Proud   R54 3 Front James Stormont J P Stormont   4 X20681 3 f     Shenandoah   R55 4 Front Nathan Purdon(J) M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 713X2 3 f     Gooddealehemily   R55 5 Front Todd Macfarlane B & G J Hughes   6 771327 4 g     Madiba   R57 6 Front Andre Poutama D C Morrison   7 5436X1 3 c     Charlie Mach   R58 7 Front Tony Cameron(J) A G Herlihy MNZM   8 213285 4 g     Italian Delight   R58 8 Front Tony Herlihy A G Herlihy MNZM   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 9 41 3 f     La Prix   R56 9 Front Maurice McKendry B & G J Hughes   10 022216 3 f     Conway Beach   R56 10 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   11 886134 6 g     M T Pockets   R60 11 Front Jack MacKinnon(J) T R Vince   12 X963X3 5 g     Freedom Fighter   R60 12 Front Zachary Butcher B Purdon   13 971722 4 g     Wrangler   R60 13 Front John Dunn R J Dunn            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Loud An Proud: SL-Off, RD-On    Legend      Horse Movements:    Shenandoah to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Madiba to Peter Fraser at Cambridge, Conway Beach to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton         Race 7 [5:32pm] PGG WRIGHTSON NZ YEARLING SALES 3YO FINAL (MOBILE PACE) (Listed)  $230,000, 3YO COLTS & GELDINGS, 2200m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History   For 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 111226 3 c     King Of Swing   R91 1 Front David Butcher R W Green   2 9X2171 3 c     Culpeka   R71 2 Front Brent Mangos B M Mangos   3 343X13 3 g     Rain Man   R58 3 Front Dexter Dunn S J Reid   4 509X22 3 g     Bettor Step Aside   MR49 4 Front       5 12611 3 g     On The Cards   R71 5 Front Zachary Butcher B Purdon   6 651035 3 c     Alta Maestro   R82 6 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   7 222024 3 c     The Devils Own   R75 7 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   8 3X3293 3 c     Spankem   R75 8 Front Tony Herlihy M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 9 792231 3 c     Hail Christian   R65 9 Front Blair Orange P T Court   10 1X311 3 c     Sheriff   R67 10 Front Ricky May N R McGrath   11 111111 3 g     Chase Auckland   R94 11 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   12 143412 3 c     All U Need Is Faith   R79 12 Front Nathan Purdon(J) M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Rain Man: BL-Off    Legend      Horse Movements:    The Devils Own to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Spankem to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Hail Christian to Steven Reid at Pukekohe, Sheriff to Barry Purdon at Clevedon, Chase Auckland to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, All U Need Is Faith to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton         Race 8 [6:02pm] ALABAR SIRES STAKES 3YO FILLIES CHAMPIONSHIP (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1)  $150,000, 3YO FILLIES, 2200m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History   For 3-year-old pacing fillies. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 790898 3 f     Alta Shangri La   R51 1 Front Zachary Butcher R W Green   2 353 3 f     Tiger Swift   MR51 2 Front James Stormont T A Macfarlane   3 33X308 3 f     Shandance E1 MR50 3 Front       4 X10624 3 f     Bare Knuckle   R57 4 Front Tony Herlihy M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 66X307 3 f     Purest Silk   R54 5 Front Brent Mangos B M Mangos   6 13525 3 f     Delight In Me   R54 6 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   7 21373 3 f     Somethingaboutmary   R57 7 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   8 5102 3 f     Kotare Cullen   R57 8 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 9 114X11 3 f     Bettor Joy   R88 9 Front Dexter Dunn C T Dalgety   10 863147 3 f     Sea Of Gold   R55 10 Front David Butcher R W Green   11 112252 3 f     Bettor Trix   R59 11 Front Nathan Purdon(J) M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   12 35X10P 3 f     Come Dance With Me E2 R53 12 Front       13 9X0430 3 f     New York Rain   R59 13 Front Simon Lawson J W Dickie & J I Dickie   14 42X144 3 f     Elle Mac   R83 14 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   15 511X16 3 f     Dizzy Miss Lizzy   R82 15 Front Blair Orange N R McGrath            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Bettor Joy: SL-Off, Purest Silk: BL-Off    Legend      Horse Movements:    Bare Knuckle to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Delight In Me to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Bettor Joy to Robert Dunn at Pukekohe, Bettor Trix to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Come Dance With Me to Robert Dunn at Pukekohe, Elle Mac to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Dizzy Miss Lizzy to Barry Purdon at Clevedon         Race 9 [6:34pm] LINCOLN FARMS BLOODSTOCK MOBILE PACE  $20,000, R85 & FASTER, 2200m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Preferential Grid      For R85 & faster pacers. Preferential Barrier Draw Based on: Rating using the track grid. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 5111X1 4 m     Utmost Delight   R85 1 Front Brent Mangos S J Reid   2 X51313 4 m     Step Up   R80 2 Front David Butcher S G Telfer   3 X23P17 4 h     Mongolian Storm   R87 3 Front Blair Orange P T Court   4 58X551 6 m     Jo's Dream   R87 4 Front Andre Poutama Miss A M Kiddie   5 116317 4 g     Raptors Flight   R90 5 Front Zachary Butcher B Purdon   6 1X1293 5 g     Motown   R97 6 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   7 13X413 4 m     Partyon   R105 7 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   8 X22113 4 m     Bonnie Joan   R106 8 Front Dexter Dunn C T Dalgety   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 9 2X1504 5 m     American Tart   R92 9 Front John Dunn R J Dunn   10 X71751 4 m     Seaswift Joy   R96 10 Front James Stormont J P Stormont   11 X11259 6 m     Better B Amazed   R118 11 Front Ben Butcher(J) S G Telfer            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Mongolian Storm to Steven Reid at Pukekohe, Partyon to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Bonnie Joan to Robert Dunn at Pukekohe         Race 10 [7:04pm] WINGER MOTORS 2017 NATIONAL TROT (FFA MOBILE) (Gr1)  $100,000, FFA, 2700m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History   For all trotters. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 330874 6 m     Yagunnakissmeornot   R103 1 Front Blair Orange R J Dunn   2 221X22 6 h     Speeding Spur   R121 2 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   3 574144 10 g     Charlemagne   R83 3 Front Kyle Marshall C J Butler   4 230598 6 m     Destiny Jones   R99 4 Front John Dunn K D Townley   5 571361 10 g     Kyvalley Blur   R123 5 Front Tim Williams B A Lilley   6 60X211 5 g     Temporale   R117 6 Front Tony Herlihy A G Herlihy MNZM   7 252233 6 g     The Almighty Johnson   R99 7 Front Tony Cameron(J) A G Herlihy MNZM   8 312615 6 g     Everybody Knows   R113 8 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 9 846530 7 g     Eyre I Come   R105 9 Front Brent Mangos Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett   10 18280X 6 m     Sunny Ruby   R122 10 Front David Butcher Miss A M Donnelly   11 414659 7 g     Commander Paris   R94 11 Front Todd Mitchell Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett   12 112275 7 g     The Foot Tapper   R91 12 Front Barry Purdon B Purdon   13 381507 7 g     Djokovic   R95 13 Front Luk Chin Dr L S Chin            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Eyre I Come: SL-On    Legend      Horse Movements:    Destiny Jones to Robert Dunn at Pukekohe, Kyvalley Blur to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Everybody Knows to David & Clare McGowan at Pukekohe         Race 11 [7:35pm] TRILLIAN TRUST 2017 AUCKLAND CUP (FFA PACE) (Gr1)  $250,000, FFA, 3200m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Front Line Limit      Race History   For all pacers. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 3X4486 9 g     Brydon Ideal   R85 1 Front Maurice McKendry J M Young   2 112963 6 g     Titan Banner   R125 2 Front Dexter Dunn M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   3 312235 4 g     Jack's Legend   R100 3 Front Zachary Butcher B Purdon   4 111X11 4 h     Vincent(AUS)   R114 4 Front Natalie Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   5 10D514 7 g     Maxim   R120 5 Front Brent Mangos B M Mangos   6 431664 4 h     Northview Hustler   R90 6 Front David Butcher R W Green   7 254364 5 g     Max Phactor   R83 7 Front Ben Butcher(J) M G Berger   8 11X112 4 g     Star Galleria   R101 8 Front Tony Herlihy S J Reid   9 94X212 4 g     A G's White Socks   R84 9 Front Ricky May G P & Mrs N M Hope   10 022135 8 g     Imajollywally   R82 10 Front Arna Donnelly Miss A M Donnelly   11 531020 5 g     Heaven Rocks   R125 U1 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   12 337706 6 m     Lusty Mac   R91 U2 Front Philip Butcher M G Berger            Notifiable Gear Changes:    No Gear Changes      Horse Movements:    Titan Banner to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Vincent(AUS) to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, A G's White Socks to David & Clare McGowan at Pukekohe, Heaven Rocks to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton         Race 12 [8:04pm] AUCKLAND CO-OP TAXIS 300-3000 MOBILE PACE  $20,000, 3YO & OLDER R62 TO R83, 2200m    Racebook    Trottech    Gear    Preferential Grid      For R62 to R83 pacers. Preferential Barrier Draw Based on: Rating using the track grid. Book Form Age Sex     Name   Rating Draw Hdcp Driver Trainer   1 612653 3 c     Royal Lincoln   R62 1 Front Andre Poutama R W Green   2 1X2102 3 g     Park Avenue   R63 2 Front Joshua Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie   3 1X7424 5 h     Zadaka   R70 3 Front       4 X33353 4 g     Rhythm N Blues   R71 4 Front Ben Butcher(J) S G Telfer   5 1X4225 3 g     Ashley Locaz   R71 5 Front Tim Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen   6 9X3257 4 g     Forgotten Highway   R74 6 Front       7 422227 4 m     Opoutama   R76 7 Front Zachary Butcher B Purdon   8 312942 5 g     Ideal Roman   R77 8 Front Philip Butcher S G Telfer   ---------------------------- Second Line ---------------------------- 9 29X355 4 g     Check In   R71 9 Front Jack MacKinnon(J) S G Telfer   10 11132 3 g     Triple Eight   R72 10 Front David Butcher S G Telfer   11 1X8200 5 m     Rocknroll Princess   R80 11 Front John Dunn S G Telfer   12 421517 4 h     My Generation   R83 12 Front Kyle Marshall D M Balle            Notifiable Gear Changes:    Ashley Locaz: BL-On    Legend      Horse Movements:    Ashley Locaz to Graeme Rogerson at Hamilton, Forgotten Highway to Robert Dunn at Pukekohe      

Tim Williams likes going to work on New Years Eve. Which is handy because he knows better than anybody how much he has that work cut out for him in tomorrow’s $250,000 Trillian Trust Auckland Trotting Cup. Williams is the 28-year-old third-string driver for the all-conquering All Stars stables, which means his driving career can take some unusual twists and turns. Take tomorrow’s Cup for example. Williams would be watching from the driver’s room had boss Mark Purdon not been suspended for 26 days but instead he is driving the slightly mad Heaven Rocks.  Just six days ago Williams partnered Auckland Cup red hot favourite Vincent to win at Cambridge, but tomorrow co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen jumps back on, leaving Williams knowing exactly what he is up against. But you never hear Williams moan about his role in harness racing’s biggest stable.  “I have had some amazing opportunities, like driving Vincent last Sunday, so I know better than most how hard he will be to beat this week,” says Williams.  “But I can’t worry about him, I have my own job to do.” Williams is good at doing his job on New Years Eve, with two of the richest wins of his career coming at the year ender. He won the Auckland Cup two years ago on Have Faith In Me, a drive Purdon could easily have taken for himself but instead he waited for a successful Williams appeal hearing before staying loyal to the young man. Williams piloted the same horse to win the Sales Series Pace on New Years Eve the previous year. “New Years Eve at The Park has been a happy hunting ground for me,” he smiles. “And I’m lucky to have some good drives again.”Heaven Rocks and Williams have a hate-love relationship: He hates the fact they have combined four times for exactly no wins but Williams would love to change that. Their latest disaster was in the Franklin Cup two weeks ago when Heaven Rocks, galloped, led, hung badly and then galloped again. “Mark has been here working him this week and I hope he can do his magic but a lot with him depends on his body language on the day, he is just that sort of horse. “My first job is to get him away and then I hope we can get around them and make a race of it with Vincent because it would make for a great spectacle.” So can the star he drives tomorrow beat the superstar he drove last Sunday? “Um, maybe. But it will be very, very hard for us to beat him.” Not so hard is tomorrow’s $100,000 National Trot, which has been ravaged by drop outs over the last two months to the point where there look to be three serious winning hopes. One of those is Kyvalley Blur, the Victorian veteran who Williams drove to beat Speeding Spur fair and square at Cambridge last Sunday. There wasn’t a lot between the pair but Kyvalley Blur outstayed his more favoured rival and the 2700m mobile gives him a shot at doing so again, although their career records suggest Speeding Spur is still the better horse. “He trotted beautifully last Sunday and I can’t see why he couldn’t win again but it might come down to who has the luck out of my fella, Speeding Spur and Temporale, who is going well too,” says Williams. Add in A Lister (race one), Stress Factor (race three), The Devils Own (race seven), Delight In Me (race eight) and Ashley Locaz (race 12) and it would surprise if Williams didn’t leave Alexandra Park a New Years Eve winner again.  Which would be the perfect way to end a tough year during which he missed 12 weeks in the sulky after shoulder surgery and came back short on confidence and in need of some time back out on the track. “It was hard coming back and maybe my timing was just a bit off and I was struggling to win races.” That fact is impossible to deny, Williams has driven just five winners this season but 20 second placings, and that figure would be even more disproportionate if it wasn’t for last Sunday’s double. “It was very frustrating but last week’s double came just as the right time and and is a nice confidence boost. ” Right on cue for Tim’s time -- New Year’s Eve. Michael Guerin

We should be about to find out just how good unbeaten three-year-old Chase Auckland really is. Because we know he is very, very good but to win tomorrow's $230,000 Sales Series Pace at Alexandra Park he might need to be special. The three-year-old has suggested that might be the case with six straight wins since he debuted on September 16 including a national record group one in the Sires' Stakes and a last start stunner in the Alabar Classic. But as freakish as he has been, he has led or trailed in five of those wins and sat parked against moderate opposition in his second start. Tomorrow is a totally different challenge, starting off the second line against group one winning opponents in a race where a sizzling time is all but guaranteed. Co-trainer Mark Purdon is undaunted. "He is very, very good and if they go hard I think he can still come sit parked and be the one to beat," he said. Whether punters want to brave taking $1.40 to multi up Chase Auckland (R7, No.11), especially with key rival King Of Swing (1) drawn to lead or trail is another matter. In a deep field the favourite should still win but for bad luck's sake alone the $1.40 may not be worth it as a multi anchor and stablemate All U Need Is Faith (12) might make better place sense. Also facing what looks a tricky draw on paper is Bettor Joy (R8, No.9) but her inside second line marble may not be a disaster as the 150-1 chance she follows out has gate speed and could create a gap early. It has been a mixed crop with no dominant filly but Dizzy Miss Lizzy (15) and Elle Mac (14) can win at their best and Bare Knuckle (4) looks like getting one of the better runs of the favourites. Speeding Spur (R10, No.2) is the best horse in the National Trot but was disappointing by his very high standards when he couldn't run down Kyvalley Blur (5) at Cambridge last Sunday. That was only his second run back after nine months off and with the better draw he is still the one to beat, with Temporale (6) having the weapons to test the two favourites. Early season juvenile races are often not as straight forward as they seem that could apply to Jessie Duke (R2, No.8) who has a reputation as big as his yearling sales-topping price. He has a tricky draw to work with and no Alexandra Park experience so while the opposition don't look stellar yet, if he is odds on, move on. Stress Factor (R3, No.4) was racing out of his grade when he won last start so meets some of the same horses, like Musculus (1), on the same mark so if he behaves he looks the best of the early bank builders. Heavyweight Hero (R5, No.9) is an open class trotter of the future still maturing and even though he is not well handicapped it may not matter while Freedom Fighter (R6, No.12) looks one of the better value options for the day. He was third to two good three-year-olds last start, meets a mixed bunch and his second line draw will boost his dividend. If Vincent (R11, No.3) steps and races up to his recent two wins the Auckland Cup is his to lose with stablemates Titan Banner (2) the logical danger and Jack's Legend (4) the improver and he was, after all, runner-up to Lazarus in the New Zealand Cup. Michael Guerin

Macca Lodge’s Brent McIntyre has been around horses all his life and is still living the dream. It hasn’t been easy at times but he and wife Sheree have survived the lows of farming and also experienced the boom - and that’s helped. Brent was born to be involved in horses. However Sheree is a city girl who’s been a nurse for most of her working life. His racing interest goes back to his grandfather Davey who owned a few nice horses including Embark which won the Wairio Cup when driven by his father’s uncle, Jock McDonald. Brent’s father Graeme also trained horses and drove in the first ever Roxburgh Cup at Gore when he was 18. “Old Davey Todd used to duck shoot over home with my grandfather. When we were kids Cardigan Bay was our hero. He was a good old bugger old Davey and you used to get a whole lot of good stories out of him when you were kids. I got the bug when I was a wee kid,” said Brent. Up until recently Brent has spent most of this working life mixing farming, horses, shearing and being a freezing worker.  He spent three years doing the night shift at the Makarewa Freezing Works and another twelve years at Blue Sky Meats. And he shore sheep for six to seven years. “That’s what you had to do in those days.” And it was while he was at the works that he got his first horse. “I was working in the boning room at Makarewa in those days. It was full of harness boys. Murray Brown, Andy Laidlaw, Ron McEwan and Donny McRae, and all those guys. Ron said he’d been down at Ascot Stud and looked at a horse by Majestic Chance and he thought there was one there that I should buy. Grant Shirley actually owned it. He (Grant) was only a young lad then and so was I – both in our twenties. Anyway I went down there and knocked on the door and Gil (Gil Shirley owner of Ascot Stud) came to the door. I said I just called in to make an offer on that horse. He said ‘offer, there’ll be no offers. It’s Grants horse and its fifteen hundred dollars.’ I said righto.” The name of the horse was Silver Blue (Sonny Silver - Blue Chance) which qualified and started fourteen times but was unplaced. “It had a crook back. I know what was wrong with it now, but at the time I was too inexperienced to know.” At that time Brent and Sheree farmed four hundred acres at Tussock Creek and times were pretty tough. “You were living to keep your name on the mailbox. When the dairy boom happened it made it all worthwhile. We were sheep farming. I worked through that era and I thought I was going to get out earlier but then something would go wrong and I had to stay another few years. When the dairy boom happened, property was worth a dollar and we had a bit of equity.” Transzan was the first horse Brent and Sheree bred. She was by Transport Chip out of the Hi Foyle mare Hi There. And it’s from Transzan that they bred one of their foundation mares Just Jazzan. “Trist Mist was going well at the time and she was by Transport Chip out of a Knowing Bret mare so we bred Transzan to Knowing Bret – reverse breeding - and got Just Jazzan.” As a racehorse Just Jazzan was initially trained by Graeme McIntyre before Brent took over. She provided Brent with his first winner at Invercargill in 1992 and won a total of six races. As a broodmare she only left two live foals. The first Bonnie Lass won ten races and is still being bred from at Macca Lodge. It was while they were at Tussock Creek that Brent spotted that the Northern Southland breeding establishment Jaccka Lodge was on the market. “Charlie’s (Charlie Smaill) place came up and we decided to have a go. I thought that would be more interesting than sheep because I’d had a gutsful of them. When we put the tender in there were two people with the same amount. A dairy farmer and us. If the others had got it, the place would have basically been pulled down and converted to dairy. Obviously Charlie didn’t want that to happen and we ended up getting it.” So in 2008 Brent and Sheree embarked on a new adventure renaming Jaccka Lodge Macca Lodge. A few years later, friend and fellow breeder John Stiven suggested that McIntyre should get into the stallion business and Panspacificflight came on the radar. “I’d read about him. He’d been quite a nice horse early on but he broke down. I just rang up the owners and left a message. I got a phone call about a week later from Jacob Millar. He said ‘did you realise that I’m Amish?’ I said ‘no – what’s that?’ (laughter) and he explained. I said that’s fine - it doesn’t worry me. We ended up doing a hand shake deal over the phone!!! I’d been talking to Max Bowden about doing the deal on stallions and he said make sure you get it signed up or they’ll nail you to the floor. So I said to Jacob ‘do you want me to send over some papers and get things signed up?’ He said ‘no - your word is your word.”     The following year McIntyre with Stiven and Mark O’Connor went to North America, met Jacob Millar, had a good look around and attended the North American Cup. He freely admits that it hasn’t been easy for Panspacificflight but in amongst his small crop numbers he has left some nice horses. These include Last Flight In (1-53.8 AUS), Wick (1-52.8 USA), Arden’s Choice (7 New Zealand wins and $282,296), The Manipulator (4 New Zealand wins), Straight Thru Blue (6 Australian wins), Southern Pursuit (4 New Zealand wins), Little Rascal (8 New Zealand wins and 2 Australian) and Glenisla (10 wins Australia). McIntyre says he generally gets between twenty five to thirty mares each season. “He’s actually done quite a good job. He was North America Two Year Old Sire of the Year with his first crop. But here he was up against the likes of Bettors Delight and Art Major and people don’t like going outside the square. We’ve done alright. He got thirty (mares) last year and twenty the year before that. When you haven’t got the numbers it’s a struggle.” McIntyre said it was while travelling through North America that he secured the services of Net Ten EOM. The Somebeachsomewhere stallion is out of Glowing Report which was the Older Pacing Mare Of The Year in America in 2006. As a racehorse Net Ten EOM had a limited race career but paced a mile in 1-49.4. As a stallion he’s off to a great start in the Northern Hemisphere. At the time of writing he’s had six individual two year old winners from his first crop. “We’re getting some good reports on them down here too. Once you teach them something they remember. We’ve found that they’re quite intelligent horses, good gaited and athletic. There’s not many of them on the ground. John Stiven’s got a nice filly that Mark Smolenski broke in and he thinks the world of it. It’s going up to Barry Purdons. We’ll find out how good it is somewhere down the track.” The name of the filly is Countess Arden (Net Ten EOM – Young Tegan). A recent addition to Macca Lodge is one of Southland’s favourite sons Franco Ledger. He won twenty five races and $682,514. and will stand at Macca Lodge this coming season for free. “He’s got six or seven booked in already. We have to train him up (to serve mares). Bill Keeler’s going to come down and give me a hand.” McIntyre says the population at Macca Lodge has also grown in the last year, since nearby Kina Craig Stud closed down with his property taking on an extra 100 mares. After going through a few gloomy years Brent believes that things are looking pretty good in the South for the coming seasons. “This is the most positive year that I’ve gone into since I started, with the stakes going up. Everyone’s rowing the boat in the same direction down here.” He also says now is the time to buy a broodmare with some nice mares coming on the market, particulary in the middle range. “People have been getting out of it (breeding) so there’s the odd plum to be picked here and there. The real top end mares still demand pretty good money though.” In the last few years Macca Lodge itself has invested in some good families. Brent recently bought Asajah, a Christian Cullen mare out of an Artsplace mare which is closely related to Elsu. Her only foal of racing age is Shenandoah a Somebeachsomewhere filly. “She (Asajah) has all the great broodmare sires all the way through. She leaves nice types. Her first foal didn’t win a race last season but was placed a couple of times in Group Ones.” Hot Toddy is another under the Macca Lodge name. She’s a young Falcon Seelster mare out of the thirteen win Live Or Die mare Lady Toddy. “Sheree ended up buying her. I didn’t know about it. The boys that owned her decided to pull the pin and Hot Toddy was in foal to Pans so Sheree did the deal. I actually drove Hot Toddy one day when I was up at Ken Barrons. I thought she was pretty smart. It stuck in my mind.” They’ve also bought some of the stock from the Cummings family of Lawrence when they culled some of their mares at Tuapeka Lodge. These include young Christian Cullen mare Gracy Lady which is out of Spring Thaw. She has only one foal on the ground - an American Ideal colt called Hindu Pocket which is owned locally by the Thomson Brothers of Branxholme. Another from Tuapeka Lodge is Lillian, a Falcon Seelster mare. Her biggest winner is Caesars Folly the winner of thirty two races in Australia including the Gold Coast Derby. They also bought Raconteur which is the dam of Talkerup and Ask Again. Buying stock off Tuapeka Lodge isn’t new to McIntyre. He bought Albert Albert mare Jamie off the Cummings family in the early 2000s. She went on to win seven races and still holds the Winton and Southland record for 2400 metres stand (mares) of 2-57.2. Another mare he recently bought was Lollipop Dreams - a Dream Away mare that’s closely related to Sweet Talking Man and Stylish Sweetheart. So as spring approaches there are plenty of Macca mares ready to produce the next generation of racehorses. They are: Bonnie Lass (Sweet Lou), Gracy Lady (Art Major) Hot Toddy (Changeover), Jamie (Net Ten EOM), Lillian (Panspacificflight), Lollipop Dreams (Betterthancheddar), Mach N Elle (American Ideal), Nifety Franco (Sweet Lou), Raconteur (Mach Three), Shipshewana Flight (Net Ten EOM), Traceys Delight (Sweet Lou), Art For Artsplace (Panspacificflight) and Mama Cool (Panspacificflight). And after a few years of trying different things at Macca Lodge including a ready to run sale, there’s been a shift in philosophy this season. McIntyre says he’s now going to send his top end mares to the best stallions, while the other mares will be served by Macca Lodge stallions with an eye to breaking their progeny in, getting them running along and leasing or selling them. “That’s what we’re going to do from now on. I used to be ruthless then I became not so ruthless, but I’m back on the drafting gate now. The horses have got to be that good now. We like to dabble around with them. Caine (their son) will get his (training) license shortly and we’ll go into partnership.We looked at getting them running along and sending them to other trainers but we’ve decided to do them ourselves. We’ll just employ someone in the breeding season to help and take turns at going to the races with the horses. It’s quite good to get off the place.” And McIntyre says Caine has become an integral part of the operation. “He’s in partnership on the place now but I’m still breaking him in (laughter). He’s really good on the stud side of it and he’s getting better with the training and driving.” As the ten year anniversary of the formation of Macca Lodge approaches, Brent McIntyre and his family continue to develop and grow their operation with positive commitment to harness racing in Southland.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Art Major is quite simply one of the greatest harness racing sires in the world today. He continually sires both high class fillies and colts. Today's statistics show that he has produced world-wide progeny earnings of just over $170,000,000. He is the sire of the fastest ever two-year-old in both Australia and New Zealand. Without any doubt Art Major is one of the world’s most commercial sires today. He has been Australian leading juvenile sire six times. There are only four yearling fillies in this year's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale by Art Major that are out of mares by the freakish champion sire Bettor's Delight. The best performed mare in this group is the Group 1 placed and Group 3 winning mare Rozelski 1:57.3 ($179,798). Rozelski was unfortunate to have been born the same year as champion mare Adore Me 1:47.7 ($1,677,032) who dominated her class. Rozelski is the dam of Lot 5, Dragon Tattoo the second filly of it's dam, both by Art Major. The first foal, has been retained to race by a Breckon Farms Syndicate and is showing promise and likely to race as a 2-year-old. Dragon Tattoo's second dam is Highview Hazel (1.57.5, 2 wins, $15,705) who is the dam of two winners and a full-sister to Highview Fella (1.51.8, 34 wins, $365,701) and a half-sister to Highview Mystery (1.59.7, 2 wins, $12,525). This is the family of Trikala (1.52.5, 23 wins, $166,115), Michael Thomas (1.59.9, 12 wins, $102,184, incl Vic Maryborough Trotters Cup), Four Jesters (1.58, 3 wins, $23,620), Highview Ana (1.56.7, 17 wins, $153,062), Highview Sign (1.57.9, $47,764), etc. Rozelski winning a Heat of the Sire Stakes Rozelski running second to champion mare Adore Me in a Heat of the Sire Stakes Breckon Farms have a second yearling by Art Major out of a Bettor's Delight mare but this one is a colt and is one of only two colts in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale by Art Major out of a Bettor's Delight mare. This yearling is Lot 115, Harvey Specter by Art Major out of Delightful Dale. This colt is a full brother to the very smart Shandale ($286,505) who made the Final of the recent $1.1 million Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park. Harvey Specter's third dam is the brilliant 1995-96 2yo Pacing Filly of the Year and Group 1 winner Megaera. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Harnesslink Media.  

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:20pm R1 - Poppy Drayton $5.80 leads multi betting over Scanreco Bay $2.40 and Happy Magic $4.00. Lynton Creek $12.00 leads win betting over the longshot Brainstormer $25.00.    R2 - Lion Rock $1.35 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   R3 - Dianne Lorena $1.85 is racing away in multi betting.   R4 - Ruebe Star $3.50 easily leads win & multi betting.   R5 - Volando Denario $15.00 - $13.00 is best backed in win betting with Ivana Flybye $1.70 leading win betting over Bubbles O'Leary $8.80.   R6 - Valour Lustre $4.80 - $4.20 leads win & multi betting easily.   R7 - Danke $7.50 leads win betting over Monseigneur $6.50 who leads multi betting over Realmein $1.80.   R8 - Shanocon $3.40 - $3.00 easily leads multi betting in what is a very quiet win market.   R9 - Xtra Time $14.00 - $10.00 is best backed in win betting over Majestic Stride $15.00 - $13.00. Star Of Olesya $2.10 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Best backed runner on the win 'book' early is in race 4 Ruebe Star $3.50    Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

The Geoff Gibson-Smith trained Chinook Winds was lucky to stay on her feet during the Arden Lodge Fillies and Mares Mobile Pace at Gore today(Wednesday). Driver Robin Swain had to take evasive action when favourite Liberty Rose ducked out in the run home. “I think she was lucky to stand up and for Robin to stay in the cart,” said Gibson-Smith. The Santanna Blue Chip mare in only her tenth start, recorded her first win and Gibson-Smith wasn’t overly confident with a second line draw. “Drawn twelve I thought that it might be hard enough but she got a beautiful run through. The driver made the difference.” The four year old is a ‘home bred’ and goes back to a breed that Bruce Stirling developed.  As a three year old Chinook Winds recorded a number of places but at the end of the season she was having problems tying up. “She’s always been nice. She ran a half in 55 (seconds) at the workouts one day. She’s been a nice pacer but I’ve had a few problems with her tying up last season so we turned her out. I’ve been mindful of that this year. I’ve been feeding her Vitamin E as much as I can. I’m normally a seller but the kids are in on her. We’ll see how she handles the next grade.” Chinook Winds is owned by Kent Gibson-Smith, Scott Gibson-Smith and his partner Charlotte Berry and Glen and Ange Gibson-Smith along with Geoff’s wife Jill. Action photos    -  Bruce Stewart Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

The harness racing catalogue for the 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale has been in the hands of most buyers for two weeks now and what a catalogue it is with 175 outstanding yearlings representing the best stallions and best mares available in New Zealand. This year's North Island Sale, the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale on February the 12th, is without a doubt the best catalogue that PGG Wrightson has ever presented in terms of the stallions that they are by and the pedigree of the mares.  With just  46 days to go before the Sale gets underway the buyers have been lavished with an outstanding array of harness racing yearlings to choose from. There are 44 yearlings by the champion sire Bettor's Delight, 26 colts and 18 fillies. There are 25 yearlings by Art Major, 17 by Mach Three, 18 by Somebeachsomewhere, 15 by American Ideal, 16 by the sensational first season sire Sweet Lou and four by the freakish two-year-old and world's fastest three-year-old He's Watching. Sportswriter has 3 while Sunshine Beach has 2. Alta Christiano, Betterthancheddar, Christian Cullen, Auckland Reactor, Shadow Play, Sir Lincoln, Terror To Love and Tintin In America all have just the 1 yearling represented. On the trotting side the greatest stallion in the world Muscle Hill is represented by 5 yearlings. Pegasus Spur has 4 yearlings, Angus Hall has 3 and Andover Hall, Majestic Son and Quaker Jet have 2 each. Super sire Love You, Bacardi Lindy and Dream Vacation have 1 each for sale. On the dam side there are first foals from the very good race mares River Polka ( 11 wins and $128,521),  Regal Petite (11 wins including the Northern Trotting Breeders Stakes), Albuquerque (8 wins), (Famous) Alchemist (13 wins, $322,870), Crackapaca (5 wins), Can't Teach That (Group placed, $67,950), Cyberspace (Group placed), Gold Elite (6 wins, $70,000), Desire Mhe (6 wins) and Princess Arts (Group placed, 7 wins, $53,000). Two South Island vendors have taken advantage of this year's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale by moving there drafts up to the North Island sale at Karaka. They are Sara Smith (Dancingonmoonlight Ltd) who has entered 13 yearlings and Katie Carville who has entered 8. This writer believes that this 2018 sale, the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale, will provide buyers from all over Australasia with by far the best credentialed yearlings ever presented at one sale in this part of the world. The reason is simple and clear, the results speak for themselves. If one just looks at the current crop of three-year-olds racing just four months into the season you will see the staggering results that the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale can produce. Take the 2016 sale alone and you will find that it has already produced 34 individual winners and 24 additional starters from 154 sold that year, that is a third of the entire catalogue. To date they include the brilliant Chase Auckland (6 starts 6 wins, $135,205) King Of Swing (12 starts 7 wins, $230,637), Alta Maestro (15 starts 6 wins, $120,541) and The Devils Own (3 wins 7 seconds, $173,261). Remember that the three-year-old season is just beginning so the results of this sale are simply hard to beat. The Australasian Classic Yearling Sale is the number one sale for producing winners. Several Australian trainers have already indicated that they will be making the trip to Auckland this year as they believe the catalogue is the strongest yet produced. Here is a list of the winners to date and there Lot numbers when they were sold at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale in 2016; Lot 2 Rubens,  Lot 7 Chase Auckland,  Lot 16 Gentle Giant,  Lot 17 Diamonds N Cash Lot 19 Ultimate Offer  Lot 20 More Shades Of Gold Lot 25 Stress Factor Lot 30 Sea Of Gold Lot 38 Gottabearose Lot 43 Alta Shelby Lot 45 The Thug Lot 51 Best Shot Lot 53 Funatthebeach Lot 54 Deer Hunter Lot 57 Beacbabebeauty Lot 59 The Dorchester Lot 64 A Jewel In The Crown Lot 72 How About Me (Now called Artic Stride) Lot 78 Alta Shangri La Lot 83 Girls On Film Lot 89 Alex Pollizzi Lot 102 Rain Man Lot 111 Alta Maestro Lot 113 King Of Swing Lot 119 Triroyale Brigade Lot 120 Duplicated Lot 122 Purest Silk Lot 125 Linc's Tiger Lot 127 Hail Christian Lot 128 Charlie Hebdo (Renamed Charlie Mach) Lot 142 Waytogo Bruno Lot 143 Park Avenue Lot 148 The Devils Own We may have missed a few as nearly everyday now there are new three-year-olds stepping out. Results from the 2015  Australasian Classic Yearling Sale are just as good. There were 141 yearlings entered in that sale, they are now four-year-olds and here is a list of winners to date; Lot 1 Voltaire (Renamed Shanacon) Lot 5 Smiley Sophie Lot 6 Delightful Zen Lot 7 Melman (Renamed Whittaker) Lot 8 Praise Be (Renamed You Gotta Have Faith) Lot 10 El Gran Senor Lot 11 My Generation Lot 13 Laredo Torpedo Lot 14 Miss Kitty Lot 17 Ring The Till Lot 19 Neighlor Lot 20 Sacred Angel Lot 22 The Tax Cullector (Renamed Mustang Bart) Lot 24 Saxon Rose Lot 25 Smiling Stunner Lot 30 Italian Delight Lot 32 Alta Teresa Lot 33 Ima Classic Delight (Renamed Hot Of The Press) Lot 35 American Dynasty Lot 36 Glenferrie Depot (Renamed The Pima Indian) Lot 37 Sertorius Lot 39 The C E O Lot 40 Acceptance Lot 41 Heart Of Art (Renamed My Kiwi Lady) Lot 43 Runrunjimmydunn Lot 47 Unchanged (Renamed Renske B) Lot 49 Rock Diamonds Lot 51 Spaish Armada Lot 53 Bobs Your Uncle (renamed So Bobs Your Uncle) Lot 54 Dreamy Nights Lot 55 Ready To Fire Lot 56 Forgotten Highway Lot 57 Oxygen (Renamed Shezza GNP) Lot 60 Alltherightmoves (Renamed Its alltherightmoves) Lot 61 Megamind Lot 63 Kissmeimloaded Lot 64 Flash Boy Lot 65 Major Hippie Lot 66 Some Change Lot 68 I'm Just Awesome Lot 71 Di'z Luck Lot 74 Pick My Pocket Lot 76 Kamwood Kid Lot 77 Snoozeyouloos (Renamed Positano) Lot 78 Always The Brave Lot 79 Speculator Lot 81 Strawberry Moose Lot 85 Never Say Never Lot 87 Kiss Me Hardy (Renamed Billy At Salsa) Lot 88 Warloch Lot 89 Nova's Delight Lot 90 Casino Belle (Renamed My Casino Belle) Lot 91 Billy Twelvetrees (Renamed Thomas De Louis) Lot 92 Glenferrie Devotee Lot 95 Pacing Major Lot 100 Pleasurable Lot 103 Anna Barclay Lot 108 Carley Maguire Lot 109 Bettor Under Fire Lot 111 Ace High Lot 114 Cleaver Green Lot 115 Alta Intrigue Lot 116 Accumulator Lot 117 Head Honcho (Renamed Heza Head Honcho) Lot 118 Malik Lot 119 Sky Diamond Lot 120 Ideal Conquest Lot 123 English Rose Lot 125 Vettel Lot 126 Lambros Lot 128 Alta Leonie Lot 129 Crystal Sparkles Lot 131 Thefixer Lot 133 Kharizma (Renamed Strawberry Stride) Lot 134 Trilight Brigade Lot 137 Vasari Lot 141 Show Business There are already 76 winners from the 2015 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale from 141 entered including the top mare Spanish Armada (14 wins $787,470), Pacing Major ($340,626), Rock Diamonds (13 wins, $200,259), Never Say Never ($128,858), Casino Belle ($104,608), Alta Intrigue ($98,631) and the very promising Thefixer ($94,611). Over 80% of the 141 yearlings entered for sale in that catalogue have either won a race or have started in a race to date. With just 46 days to go trainers looking for there next star had better get organised and start putting their buyers and syndicates together now. That is all that is left to do to make the 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale one of the most successful sales ever. If you want to buy a winner then the odds are in your favour, big time, when you buy a yearling from the 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. Check out the catalogue by clicking on this link. Harnesslink Media.    

There is a little bit of Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling about Jack’s Legend’s Auckland Trotting Cup bid on Sunday. But even champion trainer Barry Purdon admits his talented pacer might struggle to get the same result as the now famed Irish raider. In case you have forgotten, it has been less than two months since Rekindling won the Melbourne Cup as officially a four-year-old even though, being Northern Hemisphere bred, he doesn’t physically turn four until March 23 next year. Jack’s Legend also had a decent November, finishing second to Lazarus in the New Zealand Cup and is in the same boat, racing as a four-year-old when he is also bred to Northern Hemisphere time and doesn’t actually turn four until next Friday. “He has done a super job when you consider how late a foal he was,” says Purdon.  “He has only had one really big year of racing and has come from maidens to running second to Lazarus in the Cup in about 14 months. “So with another season like this under his belt I think he will be even stronger, both mentally and physically.” That immaturity may have been why Jack’s Legend disappointed in the Franklin Cup last start, a race won in national record time by Vincent, the $1.35 favourite for Sunday’s $250,000 Cup.  “He had two big races in a short space of time in Christchurch and when he came back his blood wasn’t quite right. So he went into the Franklin Cup needing the run and I think that is why he hit the wall at the 100m mark. But he has trained on well since and is back to his New Zealand Cup form. So with that in mind if he steps well on Sunday I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t in the money. But I am not sure he can beat Vincent at the moment because there might be something a little special about him.” Jack’s Legend and Titan Banner are drawn either side of Vincent handy on the front line and their already obvious chances have been boasted by a little-known change to the Alexandra Park standing start conditions. Many punters will have forgotten the front line limits for standing starts at the track reduced from nine to eight last year, meaning Franklin Cup runner-up A G’s White Socks has to start from the inside of the second line on Sunday. He probably wasn’t a huge winning chance in the race but a legitimate place hope. Now he faces a more difficult task. Meanwhile, Purdon will have remarkably only his second drive of the season behind The Foot Tapper, who he now trains, in the $100,000 National Trot on Sunday. He has won 610 races in the sulky in New Zealand as well as Miracle Miles, Hunter and Victoria Cups in Australia but rarely drives these days, with Zachary Butcher doing most of the stable driving. “It was good to get back out there again last Sunday driving on this horse but his draw this week makes it tough,” he offers. Michael Guerin

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