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Driver Tim Williams is certain Dream About Me will strip a fitter pacer at Addington tonight than she did a week ago — he just isn't sure whether stablemate Thefixer will be just as improved. And the answer to that question could decide the first group race of the harness season, the $30,000 Maurice Holmes Vase. Williams will partner Dream About Me, who hasn't won a race since the 2016 Auckland Cup but has rarely gone a bad one since either. Last season she was dogged by bad luck and chasing Lazarus and the now six-year-old mare produced the run of the race in the first open class contest of the season at Addington last Thursday. Tipped by champion trainer Mark Purdon to be in need of a run, Dream About Me looked just that as she sat parked for the last 800m and was only caught late by Thefixer. So if Dream About Me is fitter, which Williams is sure she is, then back to free-for-all conditions tonight she should win, right? "That would seem to make sense and she will definitely be better but the thing is we don't know how much fitter Thefixer will be too," admits Williams. "They both hadn't raced for a long time heading into last week and I think reverse the runs and reverse the result. "But we don't really know how good Thefixer is. A couple of years ago he came off Vincent's back and beat him in the New Zealand Cup that day so maybe he is a really good horse. So either of them could win without surprising me because these small field can provide very tactical racing." If Dream About Me can lead the race looks hers to lose because last season when she led it took Lazarus to beat her in the Flying Stakes at Ashburton. One thing looks certain, an All Stars victory. As good as the opposition are, it is hard to see any of them holding both the Purdon-Rasmussen stars at bay, with key rival John Dunn opting for Captain Dolmio as the best of his three chances and he was beaten after leading last week.   Michael Guerin

Tonight the long awaited review of the New Zealand Racing Industry the "Messara report" was presented at Claudelands Arena and Live-Streamed via facebook. Summary of Recommendations from the Messara report Change the governance structure, so the NZRB becomes Wagering NZ with racing responsibilities devolving to the individual Codes. This will sharpen the commercial focus of TAB operations and improve the decision-making and accountability of the Codes. Establish Racing NZ as a consultative forum for the three Codes to agree on issues such as entering into commercial agreements with Wagering NZ, approving betting rules and budgets for the integrity bodies, equine health & research, etc. Change the composition and qualifications for directors of regulatory bodies. Request that a Performance and Efficiency Audit of the NZRB be initiated under section 14 of the Racing Act 2003, with particular emphasis on the operating costs of the NZRB. Amend the Section 16 distribution formula of the Racing Act 2003 to a more equitable basis for fixed 10-year terms. Initiate a special review of the structure and efficacy of the RIU and allied integrity bodies, to be conducted by an independent qualified person. Begin negotiations for the outsourcing of the TAB’s commercial activities to an international wagering operator, to gain the significant advantages of scale. Seek approval for a suite of new wagering products to increase funding for the industry. Confirm the assignment of Intellectual Property (IP) by the Clubs to the Codes. Introduce Race Field and Point Of Consumption Tax legislation expeditiously. These two measures will bring New Zealand’s racing industry into line with its Australian counterparts and provide much needed additional revenue. Repeal the existing betting levy of approximately $13 million per annum paid by the NZRB, given that the thoroughbred Code is a loss maker overall, with the net owners’ losses outweighing the NZRB’s net profit. Clarify legislation to vest Race Club property and assets to the Code regulatory bodies for the benefit of the industry as a whole. Reduce the number of thoroughbred race tracks from 48 to 28 tracks under a scheduled program. This does not require the closure of any Club Upgrade the facilities and tracks of the remaining racecourses with funds generated from the sale of surplus property resulting from track closures to provide a streamlined, modern and competitive thoroughbred racing sector capable of marketing itself globally. Construct three synthetic all-weather tracks at Cambridge, Awapuni & Riccarton with assistance from the New Zealand Government’s Provincial Growth Fund. Support the development of the Waikato Greenfields Project. Introduce robust processes to establish traceability from birth and the re-homing of the entire thoroughbred herd, as the foundation stone of the industry’s ongoing animal welfare program. Increase thoroughbred prizemoney gradually to over $100 million per annum through a simplified three-tier racing model, with payments extended to tenth place in all races. Read the full Messara report here!   Harnesslink Media

The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) has welcomed the release of the Messara report on New Zealand racing, says NZRB Chair, Glenda Hughes and CEO, John Allen. "The New Zealand racing industry is a significant contributor to New Zealand, providing $1.6b of GDP, employing more than 14,000 people and more broadly involving 58,000 Kiwis across the country each year," said Hughes. "However, racing is struggling to ensure its long-term future, with many participants struggling to make ends meet and continue in the industry they love. "We appreciate the recognition of both our contribution and our challenges by our Minister for Racing, Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, and the support he is providing to New Zealand racing at this critical time," says Hughes. "Ensuring a long-term sustainable future for our entire racing industry is our utmost priority, and the NZRB offered our full support to Mr Messara, including meeting with him and supplying information to assist with his work. "NZRB has not been sitting on its hands while the review has taken place, we have remained fully committed to the priorities we have underway to significantly lift investment across the three racing codes, and continue to explore our broad strategic options for the future," Allen added. "Last year, NZRB increased stakes funding to the industry by $12 million, the largest single increase in distributions for many years. We are continuing to deliver our key strategic projects, and are projecting a significant lift to industry distributions over the coming years to more than $200 million per year. "We expect our work, alongside the key recommendations in this report, will lead to meaningful, positive change for our industry, and support the thousands of hard-working Kiwis who are the lifeblood of racing in New Zealand," said Allen.   Kate Richards Head of Communications New Zealand Racing Board

GRAND Circuit pacer Tiger Tara will not race in Saturday night’s Group 3 Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The $1.3million earner was involved in a car and float accident on Tuesday morning and has been ruled out of the feature. Tiger Tara was lucky to escape any serious injury, however, Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman of Stewards Grant Adams said the stallion will be stood down from racing for seven days. “The veterinary report following the accident revealed that the horses involved had sustained some bruising around their heads and as a precaution, were recommended to be stood down from racing for a period of seven days and until a further veterinarian clearance is submitted,” said Adams. Tiger Tara was with three other stablemates in Jakes Sportswriter, Courageous Becqui and Pass The Speights, when the float they were traveling in was hit by an oncoming car and pushed into a tree. Trainer Kevin Pizzuto was driving the car while stablehand Karen Crouch was also in the vehicle. Pizzuto escaped with some bruising and Crouch is nursing three broken ribs. “I hit my head on the windscreen and am sore and bruised but okay,” said Pizzuto. “Karen has broken ribs and a nasty cut to her head. “When we got out of the truck and I realised no people had died my concern went straight to the horses. “Thankfully they are all fine.” On track, Pizzuto is experiencing one of his best seasons to date having trained 96 winners for the term. Last season was Pizzuto’s best result training 115 winners, however, his starters this season have earned more prizemoney than what they earned last term. This is largely due to Pizzuto’s success with the likes of Tiger Tara, Cruz Bromac and Majordan. Pizzuto’s main stable driver Todd McCarthy has also relished off this success. McCarthy has already taken out the NSW Metropolitan Drivers’ Premiership for the 2017/18 season and is on track to also take out the State Drivers’ Premiership. “I’d have to say my two highlights this season was getting that fast time with Maori Time at Menangle and that fast win I had on Tiger Tara in the Canadian Club Sprint where he beat Lazarus,” said McCarthy. Despite spending time in Europe this season when driving Maori Time in the Elitloppet in Sweden, McCarthy has driven 166 winners this season with just Thursday night’s Penrith meeting and Friday night’s Bankstown meeting the last two NSW meetings for this term.   Amanda Rando AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HRNSW

The Minister of Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters, is pleased to confirm that tonight’s public meeting to release John Messara’s Report on the New Zealand Racing Industry at Claudelands Conference Centre in Hamilton will also be live streamed here:   The live stream will be available from 5:55pm NZ time until the end of the event. A recording of the event will be available on the Department of Internal Affairs website as soon as possible.

The Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup nominations include last year’s place-getters Jack’s Legend and Tiger Tara.  The latter is one five Australian nominees including: Bettermatch, Chicago Bull, Cruz Bromac and Messini. The Haras des Trotteurs Dominion nominations reached a record 52.  Included in the nominations are five Australians: Gentleman Sir, Kyvalley Blur, My Tribeca, Tornado Valley and Une Belle Allure. Former champion trotter Monbet has also been nominated, despite not starting since winning the 2016 edition of the Dominion. The North Island is represented by a strong contingent initially, with 10 nominations.   2018 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Nominations   New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc - Addington Raceway - Tuesday 13th November   A G's White Socks Alta Orlando Baileys Knight Bettermatch Billy Badger Captain Dolmio Chicago Bull Classie Brigade Cruz Bromac Don Domingo Dream About Me Eamon Maguire Forgotten Highway Jack's Legend James Dean Lets Elope Letspendanitetogetha Locharburn Messini No Doctor Needed Northview Hustler Queen Bee Bardon Raukapuka Ruler Sheriff Star Galleria Thefixer Tiger Tara Tiger Thompson Ultimate Machete Zadaka   2018 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Nominations New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc - Addington Raceway - Friday 16th November   Alderbeck Amaretto Sun BD Khaosan BD Love Belles Son Benchmark Bordeaux Destiny Jones Doctor Bones Everybody Knows Galleons Victory Gentleman Sir Great Things Happen Habibi Inta Harriet Of Mot Harrysul Heavyweight Hero Hey Yo Jen Jaccka Kyvalley Blur Lavros Jack Le Lievre's Gift Leanne's Boy Lemond Lovely Bundy Marcoola Massive Metro McLovin Missandei Monbet Monkey's Way Monty Python Mr Good And Evil Muscles Galore My Tribeca Playboy's Brother Pres The Belle Quevert Ronald J Ruthless Kayla Speeding Spur Sundons Flyer Sundons Wish Sunny Ruby Temporale The Almighty Johnson Tornado Valley Une Belle Allure War Machine Wilma's Mate Winterfell Woodstone   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc  

There are just the three meetings programmed in again this week but harness racing is on the cusp of ramping up in the next month with grass track racing just around the corner. The Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness host a meeting tonight at Cambridge raceway, while the New Zealand Metropoliton Trotting Club hold their Canterbury Breeders and Owners racenight at Addington on Friday night. Forbury host their Spring has sprung day meeting at on Sunday. Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Geoff Knight who thought Jacks N Jazz would be hard to beat last Sunday at Gore. Jacks N Jazz did win and paid $8.30 and $2.70 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Night Harnesslink Reporter - says Crackared can go close to winning at Cambridge in Race 1 John Curtin - John thinks that Ardens Voyager would be a good winning chance at Cambridge in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre says his best drive this week would be Jo's Dream at Cambridge in Race 8   Addington on Friday night Jim Curtin - Jimmy says his best chance would be Paravani at Addington in Race 3 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Gran Chico as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 5 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Dream About Me would be a good chance at Addington in Race 6 Ricky May -  Ricky thinks his best drive would be Saying Grace at Addington in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks that Stellar Success would be a place chance at Addington in Race 8 Racechat - Lance thinks that Lovey Dovey Moment is a winning chance at Addingont also in Race 8   Forbury on Sunday John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Majestic De Fence at Forbury in Race 1 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory is going for Thisladyrocks as his best chance this week in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Itz Major Look as his best chance this week at at Forbury in Race 4 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Jacks N Jazz might be his best chance again this week in Race 8 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks Fun In The Dark can go close to winning Race 8 Nathan Williamson - Nathan thinks his best chance would be Scarlett Lane at Forbury in Race 9 Brad Williamson - Brad is going for Two Ply as his best chance this week at Forbury in Race 10   Harnesslink Media

Greg O'Connor and Michael Guerin discuss the harness racing Champion's chances on Sunday and look at Friday's Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington.   Click this link to view!       Courtesy of the NZ TAB

Thursday 6am In The Gig - With replays through the week Cambridge (TS1) Friday Addington (TS1) Sunday Forbury Park (TS1) Lazarus – Canadian Pacing Derby – Sunday 1.30pm Trackside 2   TAB Jackpots Thursday night - $25,000 Pick Six at Cambridge Friday night - $25,000 Pick Six at Addington August and September - Every Sunday will have a $20,000 Guaranteed Quaddie on the last four races.   Waikato Bay of Plenty – Thursday night Nine race card starting at 5.19pm   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone, The first race to the Road to the Cup is this Friday – Allied Security Maurice Holmes Vase.  Good luck to all the connections, as whoever wins gains automatic entry into the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Race. Also a friendly reminder for those amazing people yet to book for Father’s Day, please see Spectators special be in to win offer below. KIWI PUNTERS CHAMPIONSHIP IS BACK THIS FRIDAY AT ADDINGTON AND WE’RE LOOKING FOR NEW ZEALAND’S BEST PUNTER We invite you to register online to compete for your slice of over $100,000 in local prizes and a trip for two to LAS VEGAS, where you’ll contend for US$2.5M at the National Horseplayers Championship Tour Final in February 2019.  Please visit to register. RACE NIGHT DINING – FABULOUS OPTIONS AVAILABLE THIS FRIDAY! Spectators - Make sure you pop in to Spectators for a delicious burger or pizza while watching a great night of racing. $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.   Father’s Day in Spectators – AMAZING OFFER! Spectators Bar & Bistro has the ultimate Father's Day gift. Just book a table on the big day (2 September) and Dad will receive the following; x6 tickets to the Canterbury vs Manawatu Mitre 10 Cup game. Go in the draw to win 18 holes of golf with a cart for two at the Clearwater Golf Club, Christchurch, New Zealand. To book please call 03 339-7915 or visit to book online. UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC        September 7 (Tentative)        September 14 (Tentative)     September 20 (Tentative)     September 28 (Tentative)         October 5 (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.   Forbury Park – Sunday 2 September Forbury Park day meeting, ten race card starting at 12.22pm.   Alexandra Park News Friday 14th of September - Thai Night. Thai night features an all you can eat Thai buffet, traditional entertainment, live harness racing and more! Book for your chance to win big with Thai airways! If you have any further questions or to book, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on or give us a call on 09 631 1165 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:   Alexandra Park Ultimate Christmas party dates announced Alexandra Park has officially announced its Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings, with eight dates confirmed for November and December.  2018’s Christmas At The Races will take place on Fridays 16, 23 and 30 November and 7, 14, and 21 December as well as Saturday 8 and 15 December. “Christmas at the Races is one of our most popular events of the year. If you’re looking for a fantastic and easy to organise Christmas party with delicious food, stunning décor, great entertainment, and an all-round fun night out for everyone then this is it,” says Roxanne Visser, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. Alexandra Park’s advertising campaign this year reminds people that ‘It’s never too early…’ In fact, tickets are already selling fast, with some rooms on some nights already sold out or close to it!  “These incredibly popular evenings make for the perfect work Christmas party. With just four months until Christmas, we’re encouraging people, businesses and organisations not to sit back but make that booking now,” she says. Alexandra Park is renowned for delivering delicious dining packages and exciting harness racing under lights. Then after the last race, everyone gets together at The Alex Bar & Eatery to enjoy live entertainment. “Not only are we providing eight dates to choose from, including two Saturdays, but we’re giving people plenty of options when it comes to location, the type of hospitality package, and cost. However, regardless of the hospitality package people decide, everyone gets to enjoy a sumptuous Christmas-style buffet. “We’ve got Holly packages available from $70 per person, Mistletoe packages at $115, and Pohutukawa packages in our stunning level five venue, Top of the Park, from $165 per person which includes our premium buffet, a premium drinks package and of course the best view at Alexandra Park,” says Ms Visser. For further information on Christmas At The Races or to reserve your table please call (09) 631-1165, email or visit Alexandra Park’s internationally-themed cuisine race nights continue with Thai Night on Friday 14 September where two return air tickets to Thailand will be won thanks to Thai Airways. Italian Night is on 21 September and Tropical Nights At The Races will take place on 13 and 27 October.   Southern Harness News  A TON OF FEED TO BE WON  Thanks to McMillan Equine Feeds, there is a ton of feed to be won during the 2018/2019 Southern Harness Racing season. At every Sunday race meeting during the season the trainer of every race winner will win a free bag of McMillan Equine Feeds. At the conclusion of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 18 November all trainers who have won a race on a Sunday up until that time will get one entry into a draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds. The competition then starts afresh with the trainer of each Sunday race winner for the remainder of the season getting one entry into a new draw for 20 bags of McMillan Equine Feeds to be held after the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday 3 March. That is one ton of McMillan Equine Feeds up for grabs! Southern Harness Racing thanks McMillan Equine Feeds for their generous support. QUALIFYING DATES: Sunday 21 October Tuapeka HRC – Forbury Park, Dunedin Sunday 28 October Invercargill HRC – Invercargill Sunday 4 November Riverton TC – Invercargill Sunday 11 November Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 18 November Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 16 December Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 6 January Wyndham HRC - Cromwell Sunday 3 February Wyndham HRC - Wyndham Sunday 17 February Winton HRC - Winton Sunday 3 March Invercargill HRC - Invercargill  Stallion Tenders Thanks to Woodlands Stud  the Invercargill Harness Racing Club is pleased to be able to offer the following stallions for tender: One service to Sweet Lou (valued at $6000) One service to Downbytheseaside (valued at $6000) One service to What The Hill (valued at $7000) Tenders close at 5pm on Tuesday 25 September 2018 Tenders and inquiries to: Lindsay Beer, Promotions Officer, Southern Harness Racing 021 351 499   North Island Awards – Saturday 1 September To be held in the Tasman Room at Alexandra Park. Commencing at 5.30pm, three course dinner, beer, wine, spirits and juices and live band on the night. Tickets are $130 per head, with juniors and cadets full subsidized. Formal dress, jacket and tie. For tickets and more information contact Suzanne Herlihy 027 407 1057.   Alexandra Park - He’s Watching Stallion Tender Alexandra Park is thrilled to offer a stallion tender to promising new sire He’s Watching, courtesy of Alabar Stud. Tenders close 8pm 21 September 2018, for more information or for a Tender Application please email Karen Blanchard   Mutt Hutt Dates Dates for the Mount Hutt Trotting Club workouts and trials for the 18/19 season 2018 Aug 25TH Sat Sept 8th Trials         Sept 22nd Sat Oct 6th  Sat               Oct 27th Sat Nov 11th Sun Trials    Nov 17th Sat Dec 8th Sat          Dec 22nd Sat 2019  Jan 12th Sat   Jan 26th Sat Feb 3rd Sun         Feb 17th Sun  Trials      Feb 24th  Sun Mar 9th Sat       Mar 23rd Sat Apr 6th Sat       Apr 27th Sat May 11th Sat   Canterbury Combined Awards Dinner - Saturday 15 September 2018 6.30pm pre-dinner drinks - 7.15pm dinner and awards. Master of Ceremonies will be Mark McNamara – race caller extraordinaire! Tickets $55 each -Table of ten $550 Includes a superb buffet dinner, introductory drink and platters, interspersed with the presentation of awards. Numbers limited to 300 To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Noel Kennard 021 969 969, 347 9699, Email:   HRNZ Marketing

Lazarus has a rare chance to complete a historic full set of major race wins after securing a perfect draw for Sunday's C$615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The champion Kiwi pacer has drawn barrier two in his second North American start, which is scheduled for 1.50pm (NZ time) on Sunday and after his bullying win in the Dan Patch in Indiana two weeks ago he has opened a $1.45 favourite with the NZ TAB. The Dan Patch was Lazarus' first start for his new United States owners after being sold for $4 million in the hopes he can win some of North America's biggest races and become a dual-hemisphere stallion prospect. The Dan Patch victory, in which Lazarus overcame barrier nine to lead for most of the race, saw the hype around the six-year-old go sky high and with Sunday's field not much stronger, Lazarus will only need to maintain that performance level to probably win again. Although trotting races are held in many parts of the world, the pacing gait is the focal point of the harness racing industry in only four countries - New Zealand, Australia, United States and Canada. If Lazarus wins on Sunday, he will have won a group one race or equivalent level race in all four of those countries inside 10 months. So while Kiwi pacing heroes such as Cardigan Bay and Young Quinn have tasted serious success in North America before, Lazarus' effort might be the first clean-sweep in such a short-time frame. Such is the interest in the superstar, Trackside television plan to have 20 minutes of lead-in from the Woodbine track before the race. Closer to home, Dream About Me looks set to start favourite in Friday night's Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington as the countdown to the New Zealand Trotting Cup starts to get serious. Thefixer downed Dream About Me in the first open class race of the season last Thursday but that was under handicap conditions with Dream About Me off 30m. On Friday, they meet under free-for-all conditions and with Dream About Me expected to derive enormous benefit from last Thursday she could well head the market. Both Thefixer and Dream About Me have been touted as possible Victoria Cup raiders in mid-October as that Melton classic is unlikely to have the depth of previous years and could be a lucrative target for the stablemates before they return to Addington for the New Zealand Cup in November. Michael Guerin

Cruz Bromac, winner of the Len Smith Mile in 1.50.1 earlier this year, has joined All Stars with an eye on the New Zealand Cup in November for which he was  nominated last week. Cruz Bromac, raced by Danny Zavitsanos the owner of All Stars pinups, Enhance Your Calm and War Dan Delight, was to travel home with the Breeders Cup horses this week. His last racing outing was a disappointing effort in the Blacks a Fake in Brisbane but two starts earlier had caused an upset in the Smith Mile beating Field Marshall after hot favourite Soho Tribeca broke early and took no part. Prior to that Cruz Bromac had beaten a moderate field in the 2700m  Warragul Cup before switching stables to become a stablemate of Tiger Tara who is also bound for the New Zealand Cup. Cruz Bromac has generally battled in high class company though 4th in the G1 Sky Classic in Perth as a four year old in 2015 driven by Luke McCarthy. Last year he clocked a 1.50.7 mile rate over 1720m to win at Melton though was well beaten in the Victoria Cup when 8th behind Lazarus. In 2016 he won the Group 2 Casey Classic ($A50,000) at Melton in a  1.56.4 mile rate  Altogether he has won 15 of his 30 starts and over over $250,000  Chris Barsby

Mark's winning drive behind Show Gait, trained by Reagan Todd for Natalie's mother, Cheryl, in the 3yo filly trot at the Breeder's Crown was quickly outshone by the stunning performance from Princess Tiffany in posting her 9th win from 9 starts after being parked and severely tested by rival Kualoa who led most of the way in the 2yo Pacing Final. Tiffany looked to be battling after a scorching second to last quarter in 27 but living up to Mark's rating as the best juvenile filly he and Natalie have trained, rallied with true grit and class to win the $A290,000 stake in 2.40.2 giving All Stars its 11th Breeder's Crown win though it was the 13th for Mark as a driver. It was her third Group 1 win for Braeden and Caroline Whitelock and Phil and Margaret Creighton. Her mile rate of 1.55.3 was faster than that of the 3 year old colts race, giving some idea of the great performance Tiffany put up. She thus emulates the feat of Partyon who won the Jewels-BC double two years ago. She won her first 10 races in a row-something Princess Tiffany has right in her sights after a well deserved spell.  Unhappily it didn't work out quite so well for ANOTHER MASTERPIECE in the 3yo final. He was checked out of the race at the start and while mounting a huge effort after a classic drive from Mark he just found his early exertions a little too much in a last 800m in 54.5 settling for a valiant third. Earlier in the night Stress Factor, a former All Star, won the 3yo trot for the Brent Lilley stable.   Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stable  

Harness racing sire Changeover produced back to back winners at Gore today(Sunday) when Edie Jaccka and Jacks N Jazz won their respective races. Edie Jackka, which is raced by her breeder Charlie Smaill, had six starts as a three year old last season but trainer Brett Gray said she was always going to improve with age. “She went near enough but was just a little bit weak. We had a few starts and then Charlie chucked her in the paddock. I didn’t realise that Nathan’s one was scratched (Delightful Deal was late scratched in the race because of a foot abcess). It would have been the one to beat so I thought that was pretty cool. It made life easier. She had to do a bit of work and left no excuses for anything else. She’s actually been working super at home,” said Gray. After sitting back early driver Brent Barclay took the four year old mare to the lead with just over a lap to run and she won by a length and a quarter from Heavens Art. Edie Jaccka and Brent Barclay winning at Gore - Photo Bruce Stewart One race later another horse sired by Changeover, Jacks N Jazz won his R47-R49 mobile pace.   Out of the Union Guy mare Surfing Franco, he was bought for $6,000 at the yearling sales by co-trainer Jude Knight. “He was one of the last lots and she felt a bit sorry for him. He was a big dumb bugger, always going to take a bit of time and last year was a good year for him. We kept him on the unruly because he was a bit panicky last season. But by the end of the season we were confident that this year would be a better one for him,” said Geoff Knight, who co-trains the five year old. Craig Ferguson has a firm grip on Jacks N Jazz with a lap to run - Photo Bruce Stewart Jacks n Jazz is named after Geoff’s daughter Jazmin and grandson Jackson. Jasmine’s husband Tony Crofts has a quarter share in the horse, Jude owns a quarter, while the other half share is leased to the Have Fun Syndicate. Driver Craig Ferguson took Jacks N Jazz straight to the lead from barrier three and withstood a number of challenges throughout the 2200 metre journey holding on to beat Triple VC by a head.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing    

Wolf West provided his sire Net Ten EOM with his first New Zealand harness racing winner when he easily won at Gore today. The three year old gelding was bred by Riversdale farmer Neil Timms and is raced by the ten member Cold Coast Syndicate from Balcultha. “Craig Dempster wanted a horse and Wolfy (trainer Tony Stratford) broke him in. We syndicated him and I kept a share. Dexter (Dunn) drove him a two year old race last season and really liked him. He was just a big gangly fella. Paul Pierce really looked after him over the winter,” said Timms, adding that the horse will now have a month off. Driver Tim Williams settled the gelding four back on the outside early in the run. With a lap to go they were in the one one behind favourite Mongolian Spear. Turning in, Williams eased Wolf West out and he ran home nicely down the middle of the track to beat Matinee Idol by a length and a quarter. Wolf West which is named after his trainer, is out of the Son Of Afella mare Ali’s Fella which is also the dam of Ted West (the winner of six races here and another six in Australia) and Sioux West the winner of three in New Zealand and two in Australia. Timms has since given the mare away to Katy Sutherland from Waipunamu. But he has a two year old by Shadyshark Hanover as well as a youngster which is a full sister to Wolf West. Net Ten EOM, a Somebeachsomewhere stallion was retired early in his career because of injury. He has thirty seven foals on the ground in New Zealand but he’s been poorly patronised both here and in North America. “It’s hard up there. He only had a small book in his third year so they decided to put him back into work. As a young horse he fractured his knee a couple times - the first time in the paddock and the second time in a gate. He’s won three more races over there since he returned to the track and has run 1-50 on a half mile track,” said Macca’s Lodge’s Brent McIntyre. Macca Lodge has frozen semen available by the sire. A Net Ten EOM colt that McIntyre is excited about is Sa Fact which is out of Christian Cullen mare One Christian. “He’s just a wee fella but he’s about to come back into work. We quite liked him last year because he was natural at two and wanted to be there.”     Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters took place on a perfect, cloudless Saturday night at The Red Mile with temperatures in the mid 70's at the 7:00 post time. There were five harness racing stakes, three filly divisions and two colt races, all for a purse of $30,000. Hall of Fame horseman Jimmy Takter swept both colt divisions with a talented pair of freshmen from his barn of trotting all stars while Dave Palone won two of the filly divisions for Lindy Farms and trainer Domenico Cecere. The colts opened the card and Peter Haughton Memorial winner Don't Let'em made amends for last week's miscue with a workman-like 1:55.2 win with Takter in the sulky. Handicapped with post 10, Takter patiently moved his charge away from the gate, stayed wide as he navigated around several breakers in tune one then ground to the front just after High Into The Sky (Matt Kruger) took the field by the quarter. Once Don't Let'em crossed over to the top the race was, for all intents and purposes, over. Takter set a moderate pace then widened his lead to 6 1/4 lengths at the wire while asking the colt for nothing. High Into The Sky held nicely for second while Buckeyeonbroadway (Randy Jerrel) trotted well to be third. The winner is a Brittney bred son of Muscle Hill, racing for the interests of the breeder with partners Christina Takter, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. He was an $80,000 buy at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS). Super Schissel repeated his leg one win as the Uncle Peter colt took over near the half and held sway in 1:56.4. With heavily favored Greenshoe again undone by a break well before the start, first Reign Of Honor (Dexter Dunn) then Lindy's Crazy Hall (Palone) took turns on the lead before Takter and Super Schissel arrived on the scene. Once again the Takter tactics paid off, at $15.60 return to his mutual backers and $15,000 prize to owners Al Libfeld and the red hot Perry Soderberg as their $115,000 LSYS buy from Coyote Wind Farms came home a 2 ¼ length winner. Reign Of Honor and Lindy's Crazy Hall followed him across the wire. Taylor Swiftly reprised her love story with The Red Mile, becoming a KYSS repeat winner with her remarkably easy 1:55.3 score for Dave Palone. Leaving from the seven hole, Palone eased the Trixton filly around turn one, wore past early leader and eventual place finisher Asiago (Takter) near the 57.3 half, got a 29.3 third quarter breather then won as she pleased with a controlled 28.2 end to the mile. Longshot Highway To The Sky (Mike Wilder) rallied for third. Taylor Swiftly is a Lindy Farms homebred from True Diva and is trained by Domenico Cecere. The Palone, Cecere, Lindy Farms juggernaut came right back in the third race to score a $50 upset win with yet another homebred filly, this time it was the Muscle Hill lass Lindy Pearl taking a nice 1:55.1 mark for the group. Starting from the rail after a series of unfortunate post draws, Lindy Pearl was settled in the pocket by Palone as the speedy yet erratic Run Lindy Run (Wilder) reeled off fair fractions before jumping off stride as the field neared turn two. This development left Lindy Pearl fresh on the lead with heavy favorite French Press (Andy Miller) launching an unsuccessful uncovered bid. Lindy Pearl was well up to the task here, closing out the mile with a 28.2 final quarter an handy 2 1/4 length winner over So Romantic (Ken Holliday) and Graceful (Pat Lachance) with something left. Ma Was Right got up over favored Whispering Oaks (Takter) in the shadow of the wire to put visiting Down Under reinsman Dexter Dunn in the Red Mile winner's circle for the first time in the New Zealander's stateside tour. Dexter settled his charge in third as Whispering Oaks cut the mile, shifted out around the last turn to engage then eyeball the leader mid-stretch and edged by late in 1:57. Atonement (Wilder) took third. The Muscle Hill filly, a $100,000 LSYS purchase by the All Laid Out stable, was winning for the fourth time in seven starts for trainer Noel Daley. She was bred by the Moni Market Breeders. The freshman pacers take to the clay oval tomorrow evening in their second KYSS leg. Post time is 7:00. by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile

Leading Australian harness racing driver Chris Alford has struck first blood in the Breeders Crown finals tonight, leading all the way with ex-Kiwi trotter Stress Factor in the Gr1 3yo C&G Trot final.   Trained by Brent Lilley at Bolinda, Stress Factor (Majestic Son - Fear Factor) was quickly off the gate to find the front and was never in doubt easing down at the line to win comfortably from Anywhere Hugo who trailed and fought on well for second. Kyvalley Finn ran home well up the fence for third.   The finals night has some great racing ahead including arguably the race of the year with the 3yo superstars Poster Boy and Ignatius doing battle in Race 7 the 3yo Colts and Gelding pacing final.   For all the Breeders Crown finals results with drivers comments click here.   For race results and videos of all races click here.    

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