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Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:00pm   Race 1 - Still Eyre $4.50 leads win money with Izmok $1.70 leading multi bets over the former.   Race 2 - The biggest mover in early win betting has been Black Art $6.00 - $3.20 and he also leads multi betting over Arthur Lowe $8.20 and The Kaik $3.80.   Race 3 - Eden Franco $6.00 leads win betting over Russian Express $8.00 and Bet On A Rascal $4.20.   Race 4 - Hayley Nicole $1.75 is racing away in multi betting and also leads win betting over Gypsy's Choice $9.80.   Race 5 - The Bus $3.20 just leads win betting over Si Si Senor $3.20 with that runner leading multi betting over the former.     Race 6 - Ronald J $1.35 is the only runner wanted in multi betting with Hey Yo $16.00 the best backed in win betting over Donegal Bettorgretch $5.80.   Race 7 - Malik $1.90 is a clear leader in multi betting with Pantastic $11.00 leading win betting over Dream To Reality $6.00.   Race 8 - Last start winner Alvira Hest $3.90 leads multi betting over Dusky Eyre $8.00.    Race 9 - Matau Gem $2.10 has been heavily backed early in win betting $2.60 - $2.10 with the next best backed Boomer $9.00.    Race 10 - Gunpowder $4.00 easily leads win & multi betting  over My Wee Man $5.50.   Best backed multi runners in order: R6 - Ronald J $1.35          131 R4 - Hayley Nicole $1.75   89 R1 - Izmok $1.70               84 R7 - Malik $1.90                84   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Pukekohe harness racing trainer Ray Green grabbed a training double last night when both Linc's Tiger and Rocknroll Lincoln won their respective races easily in  wet conditions at Cambridge Raceway.  Linc's Tiger gave his sire Sir Lincoln another boost, trailing for most of the race before bolting away in the straight to win by 4 lengths and running a quick 57.7 for his last half in the slushy conditions. Rocknroll Lincoln was even more impressive winning in a very quick mile rate of 1:57.5 for the 2200m mobile. His winning time of 2:40.7 was superb considering he led and was attacked twice in the running before winning untouched for driver David Butcher. Cambridge trainer Nicky Chilcott, also trained a double for the night when Shay Scott and Harry H won the two trotting races on the card. Shay Scott showed his liking for the track when winning his second in three weeks at Cambridge Raceway. Although his winning margin of 4 lengths was not as impressive as when he won by 27 lengths three weeks ago, he still won with plenty in hand suggesting there are more wins in store for the eight year old Sundon gelding. Harry H (Muscles Yankee - Sound Of Chiola), a recent addition to Chilcott’s barn won the the higher rated R51-84 handicap stand later in the night. The half-brother to former eighteen win trotter Martina H trailed for most of the race and got the upper hand close to the line to win by a length from the fast-finishing favorite Lovely Bundy. Trainer Arna Donnelly trained her second winner of the season when 5-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding Bet Out Of Ell won the feature event last night. His time of 2:43.7 was only just outside of Awesome Armbro’s national stand start record for 2200m.  Bet Out Of Ell (Bettor's Delight - Elle Mary Rose) started from a handicap of 20m and the race was held in wet conditions making the run of the winner even better. Donnelly was confident of a good showing, thinking the drop in class last night would suit the horse and he duly obliged.       Harnesslink Media

Harness racing trainer Paul Nairn has Ronald J primed and ready to go in Race 6 at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Clubs meeting tonight at Addington. Nairn does not think the mobile start tonight will worry the big Love You gelding and the small field should suit his style of racing.  Young junior driver Stacy Whatuira has driven Ronald J in all six of his wins and the times the horse is running suggests that he is a logical anchor in tonights $25,000 Pick Six starting in Race 5 Pick Six Preview   Leg 1     Race 5 [7:24pm] Mark Jones holds the key to this leg with his two speedy 3yo pacers The Bus and Si Si Senior. Mark has opted to drive Si Si Senior who came home in very fast sectionals in his first start to the races. With a run closer to the pace he should be hard to beat in this field. The Bus will be driven by Samantha Ottley and he won a workout easily at Rangiora on the 9th August with Sam doing the driving and could try to lead in this race. Van Laddie is another in form horse needed, with driver Blair Orange declaring him his best drive of the night. Leg 2     Race 6 [7:49pm] Ronald J looks to be the clear anchor of Pick Six and should win with no mistakes.   Leg 3     Race 7 [8:16pm] Malik was disappointing last start but his bloods were out and he has been freshened for this. He won a workout recently in preparation for this race and he will be hard to beat if he can find the front at some stage. Lovetodream drops back in class here and gets the services of Matt Purvis with a junior claim. She ran home in 54.7 from back in the field last start which suggests she can win if handier on the turn this week.   Leg 4     Race 8 [8:46pm] This leg is quite tricky with a big field of trotters and many chances. Alvira Hest beat a similar field easily last week and could win again with the same trip but she does go back another 10m this week. We suggest taking as many as the budget allows, but include: Medusa, Dusky Eyre, Rum In The Sun, Redwood Invasion, Rocknpop and Alvira Hest   Leg 5     Race 9 [9:16pm] Another big field here with the TAB favorite being Matau Gem. She went well here when leading last time to the track and driver Gavin Smith thinks she is his best drive this week, so she is a possible anchor. Others worth including are Bound To Impress who has been running home late in most of her starts from back in the field and she could trail here from the ace draw. Also Boomer and Christmas Toyboy from the second row are chances.   Leg 6     Race 10 [9:46pm]  The final leg is an even go and again as many as the budget allows. Gunpowder has been racing well and has drawn to race handy. The 2600m distance will suit and he is the TAB favorite. Others needed are, Bohannan, Kiwi On Show, Bettor Chance, Martin John and My Wee Man.   Suggested Pick Six   ($21.60 for 20%) Leg 1     4,7,10 Leg 2     3 Leg 3     7,9 Leg 4     3,6,7,15,16,17 Leg 5     3 Leg 6     3,4,8,9,10,11   Harnesslink Media          

The $800,000 New Zealand Cup has received a total of 29 harness racing nominations while the Dominion received a total of 47. New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc - Addington Raceway - Tuesday 14th November Alpha Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven Alta Orlando  by  Courage Under Fire Art Union  by Art Major Buster Brady  by Real Desire Captain Dolmio  by Grinfromeartoear Cash N Flow  by Mach Three Classie Brigade by Bettor's Delight Cullect A Guinness  by Gotta Go Cullect Dream About Me by Bettor's Delight Ears Burning by Grinfromeartoear Franco Cristiano  by Bettor's Delight Have Faith In Me  by Bettor's Delight Heaven Rocks by Rock N Roll Heaven Hug The Wind  by Bettor's Delight Imola  by Jereme's Jet Jack’s Legend  by Bettor's Delight Lazarus  by Bettor's Delight Max Phactor  by Art Major Maxim  by Bettor's Delight Moonrock by Rocknroll Hanover No Doctor Needed  by Mach Three Northview Hustler  by Bettor's Delight Piccadilly Princess by Bettor's Delight Robbie Burns  by Live Or Die Seel The Deal  by American Ideal Start Dreaming  by American Ideal Tiger Tara  by Bettor's Delight Titan Banner  by Art Major Waikiki Beach by Somebeachsomewhere Total: 29   2017 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Nominations New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc - Addington Raceway - Friday 17th November Aldebaran Eagle by Muscle Hill Amaretto Sun by Sundon Arya by Angus Hall BD Love by Love You Belles Son by Majestic Son Bordeaux by Love You Cyclone Jeter by Majestic Son Dark Horse by Bacardi Lindy Daryl Boko by Majestic Son De Vito by Sundon Destiny Jones by The Pres Djokovic by Sundon Doctor Bones by Monkey Bones Donegal Bettorgretch by Bettor's Delight Everybody Knows by Quite Easy Eyre I Come by Majestic Son Father Christmas by Love You Gee Up Neddy by Raffaello Ambrosia Golden Gate by Earl Great Things Happen by Love You Habibti Ivy by Love You Harriet Of Mot by Monarchy Hey Yo by Revenue Idle Monkey by Monkey Bones Kyvalley Blur by Chocolatier Lavros Jack by Bettor's Delight Lemond by Love You Lothario by Love You Marcoola by Sundon Missandei by Angus Hall Monbet by Love You Monty Python by Pegasus Spur My Tribeca by Goetmals Wood One Over Da Moon by Majestic Son Pegasus Dream by Pegasus Spur Poppymalda by  Armbro Invasion Prince Fearless by Majestic Son Sheemon by Monarchy Sol Invictus by Sundon Sundons Wish by Sundon Sunny Ruby by Sundon The Foot Tapper by Love You Tornado Valley by Skyvalley Valmagne by Sundon Wilma's Mate by Pegasus Spur Yagunnakissmeornot by Love You Zachary Binx by Sundon Total: 47   Courtney Clarke Media Executive | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:35am Race 1 - The win money came last week for Blood And Whisky and has come again for tonight's race $4.80 - $4.00 with the largest bet $1,000 at $4.80. Saint Michael the opening $4.20 favourite hasn't taken any early win money but leads multi betting over Shay Scott $5.80 and Danke $9.00.   Race 2 - Waytogo Bruno the $1.60 favourite is racing away in multi betting and also leads win betting over Linc's Tiger $8.80. Bettor Buy A Rose has taken a $1,000 place bet at $2.00 and is now into $1.85.   Race 3 - Tact Ollie $4.20 easily leads win and multi betting .   Race 4 - A very even market this race with three $4.00 favourites in Rangi Rangdu, Somewhereinbrooklyn and Runcle with Somewhereinbrooklyn leading multi betting over Chrissie Jet $8.00.   Race 5 - Joemaro $6.20 leads win and multi betting over Bet Out Of Ell $2.30.   Race 6 - Savanna $2.70 easily leads multi betting with Rosado $3.70 leading win betting. Knight's Desire has taken a $1,000 place bet at $2.00 and is now into $1.90.   Race 7 - November Guy $8.00 leads multi betting over Sunset Peak $4.00 with Lovely Bundy $4.50 leading win betting over November Guy $8.00.   Race 8 - Rocknroll Lincoln $2.40 easily leads early win and multi betting.   Best backed runners in order for multi betting: R2 - Waytogo Bruno $1.60  R8 - Rocknroll Linclon $2.40  R5 - Joemaro $6.20 R6 - Savanna $2.70   There has been a bet of $7000 at $1.75 on Zac Butcher to win the drivers challenge. Zac is now in to $1.70   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

On the slowest week of harness racing for the year with only two meetings, last weeks ringaround produced some good results. Lance from Racechat had the best dividend when Bettor Backim flew up the inside at Rangiora to grab a win paying $21.80 and $5.90. There were several other winners and many placings as well last week. This week tthe racing picks up again and three meetings are programed.   Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Night Jay Abernethy - Jay says R G Bee is his best chance this week at Cambridge in Race 3 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Ardent Lustre as his best drive tonight also in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Lovely Bundy is a good chance tonight in Race 7 Steve Richardson(TAB) - Steve agrees and thinks Lovely Bundy can win tonight in Race 7   Addington on Friday night Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Arthur Lowe in Race 2 Racechat - Lance thinks Living Legend is a chance at Addington also in Race 2 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Man Of Steel as his best chance also in Race 2 Mark Jones - Mark is opting for Joey Maguire as his best hope this week at Addington in Race 3 John Morrison - John thinks his best chance would be Tara Tutaia at Addington in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair is going for Van Laddie as his best drive this week at Addington in Race 5 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week is Alderbeck in Race 6 Bob Butt - Bob is going for Boomer at Addington as his best chance this week in Race 9 Gavin Smith - thinks his best drive this week would be Matau Gem also in Race 8 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Daylight Robbery would be his best chance in Race 10   Kurow at Oamaru on Sunday John Curtin - John thinks Benhope Rulz should win at Kurow in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - says Run Boy Run can go close to winning again at Oamaru in Race 10      

It is harness racing semi-final time for the kiwi Breeders Crown runners at Bendigo on Saturday night in Australia. The first heat of the night is the Woodlands Stud semi-final for the 2yo colts and geldings and New Zealand is represented by both King Of Swing and Master Moonlite. King Of Swing (Rocknroll Hanover - Twist And Twirl) is trained by Ray Green at Pukekohe and is having his first Australian start. David Butcher will do the driving from a tidy barrier position of three and he could possibly lead from there and be hard to beat. Master Moonlite (Art Major - Miss Moonlite) who won fresh up in Australia on the 9th August, has not fared so well with the barrier draw, coming in at five on the second row. Anthony Butt will drive him on Saturday night with Dexter Dunn likely to get back on for the final if he qualifies. In the second heat, impressive filly Our Angel Of Harlem has drawn perfectly to lead at barrier two.  Trained by Barry Ward at West Melton, Our Angel Of Harlem was late arriving in Australia, due to a delay at Christchurch airport with fog last week, but is now settled in ready to rumble according to trainer Barry Ward. Our Angel Of Harlem (Mach Three - Paradise City) won her final hit out at the Ashburton workouts last week leading all the way for driver Jimmy Curtin in a slick 2:58.9 for the mobile 2400m. She won easily under a hold and paced the last 800m of that workout in a quick 56.9 seconds. Angel Of Harlem or Our Angel Of Harlem as she is named in Australia, will be driven in the semi-final by Anthony Butt who will also do the steering in the final if she qualifies on Saturday night.  Starting in the same heat is Our Bettor Joy from the Cran Dalgety stable. She has drawn barrier 10 and will be starting from three on the second row, which is not ideal, but she does have the services of master driver Gavin Lang to guide her around the Bendigo track. Up against the two New Zealand fillies is the impressive Art Major filly Nostra Villa, who has won all seven of her starts this season. Trained by Emma Stuart, Nostra Villa has drawn badly at one on the second line giving a clear advantage to the kiwi fillies in that heat. Partyon from the All Stars Stable starts in the first semi-final for the 3yo fillies and has drawn perfectly in barrier three. She looks a good thing to lead and then be hard to beat for driver Luke McCarthy. Another All Stars runner in More The Better starts in race five the first semi-final for the 3yo colts and geldings. More The Better (Bettor's Delight - Lucky Pocket) has drawn poorly at barrier 7 with his main danger The Little General faring much better after drawing the pole position of one from the mobile over 2150m. Also in that heat is ex- All Stars Stable runner Stars Align who has won five out of six starts in Australia for owners’ G J Kennard, P I Kennard, P J Creighton, M C Creighton, G R Douglas and K J Riseley. He has drawn badly at six on the second line and will need luck in the running to feature in the finish. Big Mach (Mach Three - Outback Girl) for Logan Hollis starts in the second 3yo semi-final and has drawn barrier 8 and will start from one on the second line needing luck. He is up against the Merv Butterworth owned Motu Meteor who is building an impressive record in Australia for trainer/driver Kerryn Manning. Sicario (Somebeachsomewhere - Bettorthanyou) for the All Stars Stable in the second 2yo semi-final is the last kiwi breeders contender for the night and he has drawn well at barrier four for driver Luke McCarthy.    Harnesslink Media      

As reported by the NZ Herald, William and Eva Darrah couldn't bear to live without each other - and, after 76 years of marriage, the couple died within hours of each other at their Thames home. Eva, 97, slipped away just after midnight on Thursday. Just 17 hours later William (Bill), 94, also passed away. Both died of natural causes. "Dad didn't want to live without her and she didn't want to live without him. They had said for years 'we want to go together'," said the couple's daughter Jan. "Dad knew he had lost Eva ... he just looked and held her." The couple said farewell to their house and beautiful garden - home to a newly-planted Dublin Bay Rose - for the last time on Saturday, when the hearse carrying their mahogany coffins briefly stopped outside on the way to the crematorium. Eva had recently planted the rose to replace a climbing rose that had died. "When she first came [to Thames] she put in a climbing rose ... it was beautiful and it died recently and she's had to replace it. We were all sad because she will never get to see the rose," said Jan. Bill and Eva had six children, 24 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. The couple met and fell in love in Tairua in about 1938. Eva was working at her parent's general store, the only store in Tairua at the time. Bill had just moved to the beach town from Hikutaia, near Thames, to work on the Cory-Wright farm, which involved delivering meat to local homes on his pushbike. By 1941 they were married, a milestone they celebrated at home in July this year with their 76th wedding anniversary. And, despite being unwell, Bill made it out of bed to share the special occasion with Eva. The couple spent much of their life together working on farms, which began with milking cows on Eva's family's farm - the Beach family farm - in Tairua. "When they first started [the milking] was all by hand. Mum worked alongside dad," said Jan. They took over Bill's father's dairy farm at Turua, just out of Thames, in 1942 where they stayed until their retirement in 1978. Bill and Eva then moved to Thames township where they have lived ever since. Bill's main interest became breeding and training trotting horses on a little block of land in Kopu, where he built his own track. He turned out a number of winners including Iwi Alex who won 10 races and just over $100,000 in purses. "He never stopped until three months ago," said Jan. "He went out every morning for his horses, his chooks, his pigs." The couple loved rugby and their family. They also loved their horses and enjoyed taking them to Cambridge and Alexandra Park in Auckland. When this became too much for Eva, she stayed at home and watched the races on TV. Right up until a week before she died, Eva would wake up with Bill at about 5.30am every day and go out in the dark on her walker to collect the New Zealand Herald from the letterbox. She spent her days tending to her garden and cooking recipes she found in the newspaper and magazines. "They always had a steady stream of people through the house. I think that is what has kept them going over the years too, the visitors. And there was always something in the cake tins," said Jan. "They were great at supporting other people. Their home was a central meeting place." Bill was heavily involved in the community, which included being a member of the Hauraki Plains District Council, founding member of the Turua fire brigade and a life member of the Thames Trotting Club. But on August 3, Eva collapsed at home from sheer exhaustion from nursing Bill, whose health was failing. She spent the day in hospital before returning home.  It was from that night onwards that family members started nursing the couple around the clock. A week later both Eva and Bill died.  "Dad was a perfect gentleman right until the end. Every time we did something he would say thank you," said Jan. As per the couple's wish, they have been privately cremated and will be laid to rest at the Totara Memorial Cemetery in Thames. Reprinted with the permission of New Zealand Herald

Top harness racing mare New Years Jay won her first trial back on a new campaign today at Oamaru. A lightly raced ten year old mare by Washington VC, New Years Jay has won eight of her 26 lifetime starts and is being prepared by supreme strike rate trainer Graeme Anderson. In todays trial she started off a back mark of 40m, but was still too strong at the finish winning narrowly but comfortably in 3:26.0 for the 2600m.  New Years Jay sprinted her last half in 58.7 in the hands of trainer Graeme Anderson who is putting the polish on her this season. Anderson, who trains on the beach at Westwood had a great strike rate of 0.4706 last season and is well known for having his horses fit and ready to go first up at the races. Over the 2017 season his stable won 34 races from 102 starts. His tally was a personal best training on his own accord. He had previously won 35 races in 2011 when training in partnership with Amber Hoffman. New Years Jay has not raced since winning her last race on the 29th July last year, when she won at Alexandra Park in a 1:54.9 mile rate over 1700m. On that occasion she was trained out of the Clevedon stable of Barry Purdon.     Harnesslink Media

Harness racing fixed odds report from Alexandra Park held last Friday.   From the nine races four 1st favourites and three 2nd favourites won so overall it was a good night for punters in most of the races . The 'book' managed to make a small profit for the night but if the 2nd placed favourites Max Phactor and Recco Lover had of won punters would have finished well ahead.   The biggest winning mover on the night was Pakipaki $3.20 - $2.00.     Race 1 - Parker opened $1.80 and closed $1.75 ($1.70 tote close) and was the worst result on the 'book' and was heavily backed in multi betting. The only other losing result was Tahlia Franco (4th) an opening $12.00 - $11.50 chance.    Race 2 - Valour Lustre opened at $17.00 and closed $18.00 ($19.80 tote close) and was the 'book's best result on the night. Easily the bast backed was Max Phactor (2nd) $2.90 -  $2.60.       Race 3 - Tehoro Hazel $4.50 - $3.80 ($4.20 tote close) wasn't wanted in early betting but was certainly well backed late and was the worst result for the 'book'. The only other losing result was The Crown Jewels (6th) $3.00 - $3.10.   Race 4 -  Marcy Runkle $4.20 - $3.80 ($4.20 tote close) was the late mover but was  a small winning result with the closing $1.90 - $1.85 favourite Recco Lover (2nd)  the only losing result.   Race 5 - Blood & Whisky (12th) a $13.00 - $10.00 opening chance was the worst result over the late mover He's Like The Wind (8th) $4.50 - $3.80 with the $3.00 - $4.00 ($4.30 tote close) winner Angus Burga a good result   Race 6 - The winner Three Kisses $3.90 (tote close $4.00) was a losing result for the 'book' but easily the worst result was Ultimate Angel (4th) $5.20     Race 7 - Majestic Ali $15.00 - $16.00 (tote close $17.10) was a good result with the $3.10 - $3.20 favourite Yagunnakissmeornot (4th) easily the worst result.   Race 8 - Dance Time $1.65 - $1.45 (tote close $1.40) was easily the best backed runner on the night and won like a closing $1.40 favourite should. The only other losing result was Minstrel Boy $16.00 - $12.50 (3rd).    Race 9 - The early money came for the winner Pakipaki $3.20 - $2.00 (tote close $2.00) and she kept taking money right up to post-time and was the 'book's' only losing result.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Dark Horse was a recent worthy winner of the prestigious harness racing Southland Horse of the Year Award. She had a stellar season, breaking two track and Southland records. In April she recorded 3-26.7 for the 2700 metre stand at Ascot Park. This was a new mares record for Southland and Ascot Park. The following month at Winton she ran 2-58.9 for the 2400 metre mobile. This time she set a new mares track, Southland and all-comers record for the province. Her time has only ever been bettered by Habibti Ivy which holds the New Zealand Record of 2-58.5. Dark Horse (Bacardi Lindy - Juliana) became the first trotting mare to win the Southland Horse of the Year Award in the past 30 years. Dark Horse and owners on the Addington track after winning last seasons Uncut Gems Trainer Nathan Williamson has had Dark Horse back in work for five weeks on a build up towards the New Zealand Cup meeting in November, with the major targets being the Dominion Handicap over 3200m and then hopefully the Rowe Cup later in the season.  Nathan may be forced to start Dark Horse of a long handicap in Southland before heading north to Canterbury, as the mare is now a rating 100 and suitable races in the South will be hard to get off the ground early in the season. Southland is only two weeks away from their first meeting of the season at Gore on the 27th August. Stablemate Poppymalda will also head towards the Dominion and other feature races at Addington in November. Also headed north will be nine race winner Tas Man Bromac. Tas Man Bromac (American Ideal - Tasmcmanian) is currently in work and will follow a similar path of Dark Horse, possibly having one run in the South before racing in Canterbury in the coming months.   Harnesslink Media  

The adage "you can't pick them up and carry them" was reinforced for Mark Purdon at Century Downs , Calgary, on Sunday (our time). His drives from the inside gates  tended not to have the pace to hold a position and the ones who didn't couldn't sustain into the straight. VIOLA his first drive drifted early, got on the train with a round to go but couldn't sprint with them at the top of the straight battling on well into fifth and it didn't improve much from there and got worse at the end.   As Natalie noted, the backstretch gossip was that Mark's drives were not win material. The North Americans dominated round one but it is likely the Australasians, Shane Graham, Dexter and Mark will be a bigger threat from now on. There is still a long way to go. Leg Two (Starting today 11:54am NZ time) Vic's Regal Lady (2)  5 year old Angus Hall mare which has won over $C90,000 lifetime. She is listed at 10/1 on the early market and 5th favourite. This is a little drop in class for her/ On Golden Pond (1) Has won over $C200,000 life time but not very impressive so far this year. Dexter's drive, Bugger Bruiser outside him is 3/1 fave. It has been running in stronger races. On Golden Pond at 10/1 is equal l4th favourite. Miss Coco Luck (11) is probably Mark's best chance drawn on the inside of the second line. Listed at 9-2  second favourite. Camluck mare dropping class and has won over $C300,000. Follows out one of the warmer favourites and rates Neils Golden Girl (9) 7 yo trotter by Majestic Sun. Listed at 12-1 and probably 6th favourite. Has trotted 1.53.4 though recent form is not the best   Leg Three Georgia Downs (Starting tomorrow 12:55pm NZ Time) Megasportstar (4)  15-1 second outsider Don't Tell Terry (8)  20-1  outsider Chestnut Schofield (5) Trotter   7-1 5th favourite Sportsillustraor (7)   second favourite at 4-1 Oakley Uptown T (10)  15-1   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of All Stars Stable

The Southern Harness 2016/17 season's achievements were celebrated tonight (Sunday) at Ascot Park Hotel with the Southern Harness INC Southland Harness Awards taking centre stage. The major winners at the Awards were broodmares Chicago Blues and Sly Shard, trotting mare Dark Horse and Northern Southland Trainer Robert Wilson.  The Southland Broodmare of the Year title went to Chicago Blues, which is owned by Katrina, Roger and Helen Price of Winton.  John and Katrina Price with Tracey Norman from Bryleigh Stud and John Stiven from the Southland Standardbred Breeders - Photo Bruce Stewart  She's the dam of Chicago Bull, which won ten of his fifteen starts this season including the Group One West Australian Pacing Cup and the Freemantle Cup. He took away $674,769 this season and looks destined to become the province's next millionaire pacer. This is not the first time the Price family have had their achievements recognized at the regional awards night, with Presidential Reign winning Horse of the Year in 2007 and Champagne Party named Broodmare of the Year in 2014.  Also in the broodmare category Sly Shard, owned by Debbie and Mark Smith, joined Bella Regazza, Dreamy Atom and Beaudiene Babe who have been previously honoured, as a Southland Elite Broodmare. Debbie and Mark Smith with John Stiven - Photo Bruce Stewart  The prestigious Southland Horse of the Year Award went to Dark Horse - the first trotting mare to win the Award in the past 30 years. She had a stellar season, breaking two track and Southland records. In April she recorded 3-26.7 for the 2700 metre stand at Ascot Park. This was a new mares record for Southland and Ascot Park. The following month at Winton she ran 2-58.9 for the 2400 metre mobile. This time she set a new mares track, Southland and all-comers record for the province. Her time has only ever been bettered by Habibti Ivy which holds the New Zealand Record of 2-58.5. She also ran third in the Group One McMillan Feeds Four Year Old Ruby on Harness Jewels Day at Ashburton. Dark Horse ended her season in style in winning the listed Uncut Gems Trotters Classic at Addington by four lengths. In all, she banked $57,200 for the season. Northern Southland Trotting Club member and licensed trainer Robert Wilson was the recipient of the Southland Acheivement of the Year Award, which replaces what was previously called The Person of the Year Award. The Award reflected Robert's success in training 13 winners this season, along with his ongoing and long standing involvement in harness racing administration.  Keiran McNaught was another winner, receiving an Award of Excellence for being named New Zealand Harness Racing's Cadet of the Year in Christchurch recently. The three recipients of the Contribution Awards were George Youngman of Gore, Doug Stewart of Wyndham and Peter Drummond of Winton. This award reflects their service to their own individual clubs over many years. Other awards were: Southland Standardbred Breeders: Two Year Old Filly of the Year: Repartee - FJ Price, KV Price, TG and VI Bell   Three Year Old Filly of the Year: Seaswift Joy - MI Shinn, JR,GS,DC,AG and Mrs PR Redmond   Age Race Mare of the Year: Dark Horse - Griffin and Seafield Trotting Syndicate   Group Certificates:   Bettor Joy (CJ Barron)   Mach Shard (DE and CM Smith)   SBSR/Shard Farm Fastest Winning Mile Rate Mares/Fillies:   Betta Go Fernco 28/01/2017 1-54.9 Invercargill - Owners: BW and Mrs EJ Ferns and MJ and AD Swain    Southland Harness Awards   Two Year Old Colt/Gelding of the Year: Simply Dreaming - M Saunders, P and G and Miss J Breen, G Anderson and A Gow     Robin Dundee Club Awards:   Three Year Old Filly of the Year: Venice Beach - LJ Smith   Three Year Old Colt/Gelding of the Year: Young Conqueror - RF and Mrs SF Symon   Caduceus Club and Southland Awards:   Caduceus Club Trotter of the Year: Spotlight The Valley - RE Wilson   Members Award: Perrin Smith - All Settled Down     Southland Trainer and Drivers Association Awards:   Leading Southland Trainer: Brett Gray (36)   Leading Southland Driver: Nathan Williamson (44)   Leading Southland Junior Driver: Sheree Tomlinson (24)   Leading UDR Driver: Gordon Lee   Leading UDR Trainer: Tony Stratford   Licensed To Trainer: Robert Wilson   Breeders Awards:   1:58 pins (trotters two minutes) for horses raced by members of the Standardbred Breeders Association   Betta Go Fernco (MJ Swain) English Rose (SWR Gillan) Luciano (M and B McLellan) Paramount King (B and K Calder) Pay Master (A and G Paisley) Rakarolla (BJ Fahy) Sheezacullengirl (MJ Little) Sweet Loress (P O'Brien) Delight My Soul (SR Baucke) Kayteeoh Denario (MP and PM O'Connor) Nerve Of Steel (MDJ Saunders) Pat's Delight (P Kubala) Pegasus Merrily (MDJ Saunders) Share The Road (MJ and WM Swain) Somejoy (CJ Barron) The High Roller (R and B Ludemann)    Burce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Harness racing amateur driver Peter Cook had his first driving success when reining home Bettor Backim at long odds in the first race at Rangiora today(Sunday). Peter the secretary of the New Zealand Trainers and Drivers Association, gave eight year old gelding Bettor Backim (Bettor's Delight - Exotic Soky) a cozy run midfield on the fence before exploding up the inner and running away form the opposition in the run home.  Bettor Backim won by more than three lengths and paced the 2600m journey in a slick 3:15.8 with a closing 800m in 58.9.  Trainer Sue Blake trained the $239.00 quinella when Red Under Fire held on for second from the trail for driver Warren Frost who was also seeking his first amatuer winner. Driver Jim Curtin reined a double when he was successful with both Coral Beach and She'sa Tricky Bridge.  Coral Beach (Tintin In America - Beach Guest) was having her second start and was too strong for the opposition when leading all the way in quick time in Race 4. She'sa Tricky Bridge (Stonebridge Regal - Itsa Trick), trained at Prebbleton by John McDermott, adopted front running tactics again for Jimmy and held on to beat the trailing horse Articulight by half a length. Trainer Robbie Holmes also trained a double when he won the last two races with Redwood Invasion and The Kiwi Way. Redwood Invasion (Sundon - Annsmenan) was confidently driven by Gerard O'Reilly, who thought Redwood Invasion was his best drive of the day.  Gerard had the seven year old son of Sundon in front after 800m and he never faltered, winning easily from the trailing Belmonts Greatest. The Kiwi Way was another to lead all the way when holding off the fast finish from English Rose in the last race of the day. Out of the great mare and eleven race winner Kiwi Ingenuity, The Kiwi Way was driven to the lead early by driver Robbie Holmes and won in a time of 3:17.0 for the 2600m with a closing 800m in 58.9. Earlier in the day Speedy Mach led all the way in the hands of Sheree Tomlinson to win his fourth race in the space of six starts. Harnesslink Media    

Rangiora harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:35am Race 1 - Alexy $5.50 leads win betting over Zakspatrol the $4.50 favourite and Got A Beauty $10.00. Got A Beauty leads multi betting over Alexy and Zakspatrol.    Race 2 - Show Of Faith $7.50 leads win betting over Spurofthemoment $3.10. Thank U George $2.40 leads multi betting over Spurofthemoment.   Race 3 - Amazon Lily $6.00 is best backed in win betting over Ranfurly Rulz $9.00.   Race 4 - Glengarry Rose $4.80 is the best backed runner on the card in early win betting. In multi betting Turkish Trousers $1.85 is racing away.   Race 5 - Sam Galleon $3.10 is best backed in win betting over Zavchary Binx $6.00 with the $2.80 favourite Agatha Tyron $2.90 leading multi betting.   Race 6 - Denstown $2.50 is best backed in win betting but in multi betting Supreme Banner $2.50 just leads multi betting.   Race 7 - Articulight $2.70 is best backed in win and multi betting over Man Of Steel $3.20.   Race 8 - Lundqvist $29.00 - $18.00 is best backed in win betting over Anna Kate $29.00 - $21.00. Lundqvist leads multi betting over Sarah Palin $9.20.   Race 9 - My Wee Man $3.70 is easily best backed in win betting over English Rose $4.00 with the best backed in multi betting being English Rose.    Harnesslink Ring A Round Tips:   Racechat - Lance thinks Bettor Backim is a chance at good value in Race 1 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree says her best drive this week would be Speedy Mach in Race 3 Jim Curtin - Jim is opting for Hypervelocity as his best drive this week also in Race 3 Terry Chmiel - Terry is going for Bella Veloce as his best chance this week in Race 4 Blair Orange - Blair thinks that Turkish Trousers is his best drive this week also in Race 4 Brad Williamson - Brad thinks Sam Galleon would be his best drive this week in Race 5 Harnesslink Reporter - says Supreme Banner can go close to winning at Rangiora in Race 6 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive this week would be Articulight in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says that Redwood Invasion would be his best chance in Race 8 Gavin Smith - thinks his best drive this week would be Medusa also in Race 8   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

A Monte Saddle qualifying trot was held at the Alexandra Park harness races on Friday night and drew a field of three starters. Meander With Pegasus trained by Jay Abernethy led all the way and held off the challenge of Cool Son in the straight to win by a half a head. Cool Son did well to get as close as he did after galloping at the start and losing a large stretch of ground. The race was run under Mobile conditions a rare sight for monte racing in this country.       MONTE SADDLE QUALIFYING TROT   Distance: 2200m     Weather: Fine     Track: Fast       Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Time Trainer 1 1 Meander With Pegasus 1 fr 3-05.0 J H Abernethy 2 4 Cool Son U2 fr 3-05.0 J A Cole 3 3 Way To Go U1 fr 3-09.2 J H Abernethy Scratchings SCR 2 Speedy Earl 2       SCR 5 The Scruff U3             Margins: 1/2 head, 21 lengths Times: Mile Rate: 2-15.3 Last 800m: 61.4 Last 400m: 30.5     Harnesslink Media

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