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Harness racing champion Auckland Reactor is starting to leave his mark on the race track, as a sire of good 3yo horses. In Chase Auckland, he has a potential champion son, judging by the way the Purdon/Rasmussen trained gelding defeated a quality field of three year olds tonight at Addington. Driver Natalie Rasmussen drove a calculating race with Chase Auckland in winning the third NRM Sires Stakes heat. Rasmussen shot to the lead from barrier two behind the mobile and then handed up to stable mate The Devils Own to trail for the most of the race. In the straight the Chase Auckland dug in for the fight and Natalie urged his nose in front on the line to beat a quality All Stars line up of, The Devils Own, Spankem and All About Faith to win by a narrow margin. The time for the 1950m mobile was a quick 2-17.9, a mile rate of 1-53.8, with the last 800m cut out in a sizzling 54.9 seconds. Chase Auckland (Auckland Reactor - Delicata) is owned by the Alabar Racing Syndicate, many of whom were on track tonight to cheer on the win Chase Auckland winning his third race from three starts   Earlier in the night Auckland Reactor produced another exciting winner in Blue Blazer, who won his third start by a head after some good trial performances in recent weeks. Blue Blazer (Auckland Reactor - Jet Spirit)  rated 1-58.4 for the 1950m mobile and gave trainer Trent Yesberg his first training win at his sixth attempt.  Trent Yesberg getting his first training win with Blue Blazer. Harnesslink Media

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:30pm Race 1 - Sheriff $1.45 - $1.28 is the only runner wanted here with the largest bets $4,444 at $1.45, $5,128 at $1.39 & $6,060 at $1.33. Spondulicks has taken a $600 bet at $5.20.    Race 2 - Delight In Me $1.60 - $1.40 the full sister to Dream About Me & a half sister to Christen Me is the only runner wanted here. The largest bet on Delight In Me $3,333 at $1.60.   Race 3 - Noble Lavros $6.80 - $6.20 leads win betting over Monarco $17.00 with the former runner leading multi betting over Southern Alps $4.50.    Race 4 - The Kaik $2.50 - $2.00 is easily the best backed runner with the largest bets $1,333 at $2.50, $1,538 at $2.30 & $1,666 at $2.20.   Race 5 - Don Domingo $2.50 - $2.00 is the only runner wanted here with the largest bets $1,000 & $1,333 at $2.50, $1,538 at $2.30 & $2,000 at $2.00.    Race 6 - Times Stride $3.30 - $2.40 is best backed on the win 'book' with Mach Up $3.00 leading multi betting over the former runner.   Race 7 - A very quiet win 'book' early with Musculus $3.90 leading multi betting over Miracle Rising $4.50 & Idle Moose $4.50.   Race 8 - Chase Auckland $2.00 - $1.90 dominates early win betting but Spankem $3.90 - $3.70 is starting to attract some support also. Largest bets $4,000 & $2,000 at $2.00 Chase Auckland with two $500 bets taken on Spankem at $3.90.   Race 9 - Bettor Trix $1.40 is the most backed runner number wise in multi betting on the card early.   Race 10 - Pembrook's Passion $7.80 - $5.50 is best backed on the win 'book' over Belle Of Brooklyn $16.00 - $12.00 with Editorial $2.60 leading multi betting.   Race 11 - The Tin Soldier $10.50 - $9.00 leads win & multi betting over The Director $9.00 - $8.00. The Tin Soldier has taken a $800 place bet at $3.20 & is now $2.50.   Best backed runners in order at 3:30pm in multi betting: R9 - Bettor Trix $1.40 R1 - Sheriff $1.28     R2 - Delight In Me $1.40  R8 - Chase Auckland $1.90  R5 - Don Domingo $2.00 R6 - Mach Up $3.00  R4 - The Kaik $2.00      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Top harness racing trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, appear to hold all the cards in tonights NRM Sires Stakes Heat 3 at Addington Raceway. The powerful All Stars stable have a team of four horses entered for the $22,000 heat tonight and all are good chances in what will be a hotly contested race. Unbeaten Auckland Reactor gelding "Chase Auckland" is currently the TAB fixed odds favourite at $1.90 . TAB bookmaker Stephen Richardson said "We took a bet of $2000 to win on him just after the market opened last night and he might close shorter than what he is at now." Chase Auckland will be driven again by Natalie Rasmussen, who said on the All Stars website, "The Sires Stakes heat on Friday is going to be a fascinating race and not just for the public. It will also be a major guide to us because there are a couple of questions we are looking forward to finding the answers to as well." "Chase Auckland is my drive but this is is big test. It is one thing to be dealing to maiden and one win fields and another to line up against horses like in this field. He has the draw and I guess I would be using that otherwise I could end up locked up on the pegs but there will be quite a bit of movement in the race I would say." The two win, unbeaten pacer has drawn handily in barrier two tonight, which will aid his chances in getting a handy spot early, with second favourite Spankem drawn to follow him through from the second line. Spankem ($3.70) and The Devils Own ($4.20) both performed well in the 2yo Sires Stakes heats and final earlier in the year and are worthy second and third favourites. The Devils Own ran a meritorious second behind Pats Delight two weeks ago at Addington in the second Sires Stakes Heat and will again be driven by stable driver Tim Williams. Mark Purdon will take the reins on Spankem, who looks ready to run a big race, after a good third at the trials last week behind the Cran Dalgety trained Bonnie Joan. All U Need Is Faith is the fourth runner from the stable and is fresh up from a win two weeks ago. He can not be discounted either. as he was not far behind The Devils Own and Spankem in the 2yo Sires Stakes series last year and looks to be a better horse this season. Add in the Robert Dunn trained Alta Maestro, plus Aloka and a host of other top form horses and you get an intriguing race, full of quality and one of the best 3yo fields you could hope to see anywhere in the country.    Harnesslink Media

Taking on the titans of harness racing will fulfill two roles for No Doctor Needed at Ashburton on Monday. The northern pacer was a surprise late entry for the Flying Stakes on Monday, being one of only two non-All Stars horses in one of the great lead-ups to the New Zealand Cup. Trainer Steve Telfer says the big horse needs more outings before the Cup so he is happy not to shy away from the might of Lazarus and Heaven Rocks. “He is a big gross type of a horse and I think he needs more racing to sharpen him up, even though we are happy with how he has been going,” says Telfer. “So he can take them on on Monday and that will tighten him up for the Kaikoura Cup a week later, which is one of his main aims, as well as the Cup carnival.” And Telfer says while he is not expecting to beat Lazarus and co, Monday’s 2400m stand will give them a good idea of how he compares with them. “He has good manners from a stand and is fit so we will take our chance. He has been kicking and bucking since he arrived down there on Wednesday so we are happy with where he is at.” No Doctor Needed was accompanied south by Better B Amazed and she will trial at Rangiora next Wednesday with a view to joining her stablemate in the Kaikoura Cup. But there is no inclination to pay a late entry fee for her for the New Zealand Cup. That pair heading south could force a change of plans for the likes of Jack’s Legend as the chances of getting another open class pace in the north off the ground before the New Zealand Cup diminishes without Telfer’s duo looks remote. Lower grade pacer Carlaw Park rounds out Telfer’s southern team but he hopes to add American Brave should he qualify for the Sires’ Stakes final in his heat at Alexandra Park next week. Meanwhile, Telfer takes two reps to Cambridge tonight and expects improvement from Ideal Roman in race seven. He was well backed before wobbling his way to sixth fresh up at Alexandra Park last Friday. “He was always going to need to need that run and David (Butcher) said he was going well at the turn but just blew out and then had a weird little wobble. “But I think he will be fitter tonight.” Ideal Roman paced a sub 2:38.7 stunner for 2200m at Cambridge when winning there in January so his best form would go very close to winning tonight. “And we have Happy Magic in the amateur race (race one) but I think he is best with a good draw because like a lot of horses he needs to settle handy. But the small field will help.” Madam Spur in race six looks one of the better bets tonight after she made up huge ground for fifth after galloping in her comeback race at Alexandra Park last week and meets easier opposition tonight. Michael Guerin

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:15pm Race 1 - M T Pockets the joint $2.70 favourite with his stablemate Curlimore leads multi betting with Happy Magic $4.80 leading win betting.   Race 2 - This race is over judging by the early support that The Thug $1.35 - $1.25 is attracting.   Race 3 - Bubbles O'Leary $3.20 leads win betting with the largest bet $500 at $3.30 with the $3.00 favourite Glenferrie Duster leading multi betting.   Race 4 - Not a lot of early action in this race but Credit Master $2.30 does lead multi betting over Majestic Stride $9.00.   Race 5 - Best backed on the win 'book' is Arden's Whisper $6.50 - $6.00 over Brookies Prince $4.80 - $4.40 & Yankee C J $4.20 - $4.00. The only two wanted in early multi betting are Yankee C J & Brookies Prince.   Race 6 - George $4.50 - $3.90 leads win betting over KD Hall $8.50 with Madam Spur $2.40 easily leading multi betting.   Race 7 - Ideal Roman $5.20 - $3.00 is the best backed runner on the card early with the largest bets $700 at $5.20, $1,000 at $4.00 & $500 at $3.40.   Race 8 - American Empress $3.40 leads win & multi betting over Lambros $4.80.   Race 9 - Harry H $7.00 & Jomo $4.20 are the only runners wanted in multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)    

There is some great harness racing action this week, with the highlights being the Ashburton Flying Stakes and Ashburton Trotters Mile at Ashburton on Monday.  On Friday night, the Sires Stakes heat at Addington has also drawn a very good field of 3yo pacers, including unbeaten Auckland Reactor gelding Chase Auckland. This week we have a good spread of selections split between the four meetings programmed. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often. Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness at Cambridge on Thursday night. Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks his best chance this week is R Gee Bee at Cambridge in Race 3 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks that Yankee C J would be his best chance this week in Race 5 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best drive tonight would be George, at Cambridge in Race 6 John Curtin - John thinks Ideal Roman will go close to winning at Cambridge in Race 7   NZ Metro at Addington on Friday night Blair Orange - Blair says that Sheriff would be his best drive this week at Addington in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is opting for Still Eyre as his best drive this week in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks Noble Lavros as a good winning chance having his first start also in Race 3 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week is Whatasista at Addington in Race 7 Mark Jones - Mark is going for Belle Of Brooklyn as his best chance at Addington in Race 10   Tuapeka at Forbury on Sunday Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week could be Scarlett Lane in Race 3 Sheree Tomlinson - Sheree thinks Rocknpop would be a place chance also in Race 3 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week is​ Executive Dash at Forbury in Race 4 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive would be It Ain't The Money this week at Forbury in Race 7 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks his best chance this week is Fiery Ferret at Forbury in Race 9 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory agrees with Geoff and is going for Fiery Ferret at Forbury in Race 9   Ashburton on Monday Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Ohanzee can go close to winning at Ashburton in Race 1 Gavin Smith - Gavin is opting for Great Things Happen as his best chance this week in Race 8 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Wilmas Mate will be hard to beat also in Race 8       Harnesslink Media  

The second leg of the three-track international Friendship competition between the visiting New Zealanders and the hometown NAADA team was contested Tuesday night (Oct. 17) on the betting card at Yonkers Raceway and when the judges hung the official sign the Kiwi’s Cheree Wigg emerged victorious with Big Turn On in a 1:57.1 clocking. Second place went the New Zealand’s Gavin Cook while the USA’s Jennifer Lappe saved face for the NAADA team by finishing third. But the race was dominated by the talented ladies with the Kiwi’s Colleen Nequs finishing fourth giving the visitors three of the first four placings. When the starting judge said “Go” New Zealand’s Mike Maynard charged to lead from the six-hole with 62-1 shot Every Intention and they had command at the first stanza as the timer flashed :28.1. Still in command as they passed the halfway point in :57.2 the early fractions soon began to take toll on the leader. Still second but tiring as they paced by the three quarters in 1:27.1 Maynard and Every Intention watched as Ms Wigg and Big Turn On zoomed by to take command. In the lane Big Turn On was the strong horse and rebuffed a late charges from both Dirty Devil (Gavin Cook) and Lucky Man (Jennifer Lappe) to score a solid one length triumph .“It was great,” Cheree Wigg said via telephone about her driving victory tonight at Yonkers. “I got away OK from the mobile in third place, followed the leaders and then popped out at the three quarters and skipped away on the turn. My horse was strong and held off the others to win it.” The winner, a six year-old altered son of Mr. Big, is owned by Joseph Di Francesco and trained by Bruno Nicolo. He paid $12.20 for win and set up a $75.50 all-Kiwi exacta. The final leg of the USA-New Zealand Friendship Competition will be contested tomorrow (Wednesday) at Monticello Raceway where two events are slated as races three and six on the 10-card. by John Manzi for NAADA

2017 is set to be a year of change for Kaikoura’s iconic two days of harness racing on 29 and 30 October. The Weekend of Racing could be the biggest event held in Kaikoura since the November 2016 earthquakes. Two days of action-packed harness racing with a backdrop of rolling surf,seals and snow-capped mountains is on offer. The weekend represents all that is unique about harness racing in New Zealand: great horses, great track, great view. It is an event not to miss. All generations can enjoy the family day on Sunday 29 October, while Monday 30 October is home to the $50,000 Alabar cup. An entry fee is being introduced this year. On Sunday, the fee is a gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the Mayor's earthquake fund. On Monday, the entry fee for general admission is $10 per person, with under 18s free. People will be able to pay at the gate on arrival. Kaikoura Trotting Club, a volunteer club of diehard harness enthusiasts, see this year as an opportunity to make some changes and inject new ideas into the Weekend of Racing after a rocky year. There are hospitality marquees available for hire, new food options to feed the family, entertainment to keep things lively, and much more over the weekend. So many people have, and are, working incredibly hard to reconnect Kaikoura with the rest of the South Island. This is the perfect opportunity to pause and celebrate how far things have come by getting friends and family or work mates together to book a hospitality marquee. It’s a time for the whole community to come together to showcase the beauty of Kaikoura,and the amazing harness racing action at the South Bay Course. Join the Kaikoura Trotting Club and the Kaikoura community, in supporting harness racing in the region and celebrating a great weekend of family fun. For more information, visit or contact the Event Manager, Geraldine Stanbury, at or on 021 351 615

One of the men who make the West Coast racing machine was honoured in style in Reefton on Saturday. Long-time Reefton club president Tony Thomas was made a life member of the club, coming as a double celebration as the club nears the completion of their new tote building. That should mean the Reefton facilities are in perfect shape for their annual harness meeting on December 30, which is followed by the gallops racing there on January 16. Thomas has not only been at the helm of the club for well over a decade but has trained and owned horses with success.  To have a look at the Facebook Post with some photos click here!   Michael Guerin

It was a case of mostly minor changes in the Haras des Trotteurs Dominion and Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Rankings. The only exception was The Foot Tapper, who was again impressive making it back-to-back wins last Thursday at Addington. He is now getting much closer to securing a Haras des Trotteurs Dominion start, sitting 21st. Other notable movements in the Dominion rankings include: Tornado Valley who moves to 22nd, Hey Yo to 23rd, BD Love to 31st and Australian My Tribeca who was impressive beating an intermediate grade field at Melton last week and coincidentally moves up to 27th. Following the withdrawal of nominal favourite Monbet, and others, 33 are left in the race for the Dominion. Currently, there are 19 remaining in the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup. With his win in the Holmes DG last week Jack's Legend all but confirmed his Cup start. He now sits 11th. Seel The Deal and Buster Brady's minor placings in the Methven Cup earned them improvements to eighth and 13th respectively. Moonrock is the lone withdrawal from the Cup in the last seven days. For a full ist of the latest rankings click here. Courtney Clarke

Harness racing pacer Heaven Rocks was back in winning form at todays Ashburton workouts.  Heaven Rocks cruised to victory in a two horse race and showed no ill effects of the heel complaint that threatened to curtail his season two weeks ago. Lazarus and Heaven Rocks were assisted by a galloping pacemaker in todays workout, running a time of 2-58 for the 2400m. Heaven Rocks sped over his last 800m in 55.9 and the final 400m in a sizzling 25.5 seconds. Both horses are nominated for the Ashburton Flying Stakes, which might end up being a contest between six Purdon/Rassmussen trained runners, according to todays workout commentator Bruce Taylor.  Bruce said, "although six runners have nominated for the race there were question marks over both Classie Brigade and Robbie Burns starting". "Mark and Natalie have ended up nominating both Waikiki Beach and Picadilly Princess just so the race will get off the ground." he said. Have Faith In Me and Dream About Me are also among the nominations for Monday's race. Late News: Northern pacer No Doctor Needed has now also nominated for the Flying Stakes bringing the nominations up to nine.   The last 600m of the todays workout. Harnesslink Media  

Champion harness racing pacer Lazaraus, goes back to the workouts today at Ashburton. The Bettor's Delight five year old starts in a two horse heat along with All Stars stablemate Heaven Rocks. Heaven Rocks is back on track after suffering a greasy heel at his last race day start, in the Canterbury Classic two weeks ago, a race that Lazaraus won. Both horses are continuing their preparation for this years Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup in November.  Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have a big team of ten horses entered at the workouts today, with Dominion Handicap bound Prince Fearless and last years classy fillies Elle Mac and Shenanoah also making an appearance. _______________________________________________________________________________ Titan Banner will head to the Kaikoura Cup on October 30, after winning the Terror To Love Methven Cup on Sunday. The Art Major six year old was simply too strong for All Stars runner Dream About Me, after he led for the last lap and outstayed the rest of the field in the hands of driver Dexter Dunn. Titan Banner winning the Methven Cup ________________________________________________________________________________ Top trotter Monbet was supposed to have his first public trial this year at Ashburton today, as a lead-up to his race day return in the Flying Mile on the Ashburton track next Monday, but trainers Greg and Nina Hope have abandoned plans of racing him this summer, after some niggling leg issues with the the horse. Greg and Nina hope to have the horse back and ready in time for the Rowe Cup next year. Harnesslink Media      

The odds are stacking up against one of New Zealand’s most talented horses. Because champion trotter Monbet is out of the New Zealand Cup carnival, almost certainly the summer and probably the whole season. And while trainer Greg Hope still remains optimistic we will see the best of the one-time Horse of the Year, doubts must be creeping into his mind and those of his army of followers. Monbet was supposed to have his first public trial this year at Ashburton today as as lead-up to his much-anticipated return in the Flying Mile on that track next Monday. But Hope has pulled the pin on both of those and says the defence of his Dominion title at the New Zealand Cup meeting is also over. “He is not quite right and he is too good to take any risks with,” says Hope, who trains the six-year-old with his wife Nina. “He has been nagged by something for a while and I think the knee we took the bone chips out of last season is still worrying him. “And that is now making him off-load and hurt his other knee. “Some people tell me he is fine and the vets say it isn’t that bad but I am not going to risk him because I’d hate to make it worse.  “He is still only six and if we look after him I hope we can get him back.  “But basically the Cup carnival is gone and so too is the summer probably. “What we will do next is looking at some stem cell injections in that area and if that all goes well hopefully we could get him back for the Rowe Cup in May. “But it is all a bit up in the air at the moment.” Monbet was crowned harness Horse of the Year last year but the bone chips saw him only race three times last season. That trio of starts reminded racing fans why he may be our most talented trotter since Lyell Creek as after a fresh-up win in the Flying Mile he won both the NZ Free-For-All and Dominion in national record time. He has not been seen in public since and trotting has been the worse for it. For all Hope’s optimism, Monbet’s body has often struggled with the demands of his record-breaking motor and the fact he couldn’t even make it back to the trials this campaign doesn’t boost confidence we are going to see any sustained racing from him this season or maybe ever again.  The TAB got whiff of Monbet’s problems two weeks ago and opened a market for the Dominion with him excluded from the getting and only re-opened their main market it with him in the futures betting yesterday. It is now closed again.  Last season’s injury cost Monbet’s connections a fortune as most of the group one trots Australasia-wide were won by horses who wouldn’t live with a fully fit and sound Monbet.  That class void worsened when his arch rival Speeding Spur was injured twice and missed many of the top races last season as as well while trotting millionaire Stent is still making his way back from injury.  He continues that path at the Motukarara trials today and could still make the New Zealand Cup meeting although he hasn’t raced for over 21 months.  The reports are good though for Speeding Spur, who has done two works faster work after a four-month slow build-up.  “He feels good and we have the green light with him to press so but he won’t make the Cup carnival,” says co-trainer John Dickie.  “But all going well, and I think it will because his injuries haven’t been because of unsoundness, we could have him back racing by mid December.” While Ashburton face having no Monbet for their huge meeting next Monday they have left entries open after securing only six nominations for the Flying Stakes, including four from the All Stars.  NZ Cup favourites Lazarus and Heaven Rocks warm up for that race with a workout at Ashburton today. Michael Guerin

Joseph Muscara Jr has reported that Delft, the 2006 Inter Dominion trotting champion has died. The 19 year old harness racing son of Sundon spent his last ten years at Fun E Farm outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “When he retired from racing in 2009 I looked for a farm that was like what he was used to in New Zealand “said the 67 year old son of Joseph Muscara Sr., the American harness horseman who owned such great horses as Trump Casino, Mach Three, Mister Big, A Rocknroll Dance, and He's Watching. “Fun E Farm kept their horses outside all the time which is very rare in America and Delft felt right at home there.” There were about 40 horses in the heard at Fun E Farm. Although being the biggest and fastest horse there he took his place as a new member of the farm and was last in line to eat and drink. But he quickly moved up to be leader of the group. He had a wonderful habit of befriending the smallest weakest member of the group. Any horse that tried to bully another horse was quickly told by Delft to behave. The farm specialized in giving rides to disabled children and although Delft was way to big and clumsy to ride he would stand quietly and let the children pet him. “The look on the children’s faces as they petted the gentle giant was something to behold.  He was a great racing champion but I think he found his true calling in life on that farm with the children who will never forget the time they spent with the gentile giant. Delft was loved by all who ever had anything to do with him, he had a noble and gentile spirit ” said Joe Jr. Lindauer New Zealand National Trot (Gr1), $50,000, MOBILE, 2700m Auckland 27th of December 2004 2006 Inter Dominion Trotters Championship Final Harnesslink Media

Alexandra Park’s popular dining packages for Auckland trotting Cup Day on New Year’s Eve have now been released and interest has again been strong. “We’re telling people that if they want a table for New Year’s Eve to book now to avoid disappointment,” says Danielle Upton, Sales & Events Coordinator at Alexandra Park. Tickets to the sumptuous buffet dinner range from $60 per person through to $110 for premium beverage packages and prime viewing. Hosted in the Tasman Room, the spacious venue has stunning floor-to-ceiling windows offering a fantastic view of all the racing action. Bookings are only required for the Tasman Room. The Alex Bar & Eatery and The Lyell Creek Lounge will also be open, offering more casual dining options. “Auckland Cup Day will again be a fun family afternoon with entry into Alexandra Park free, along with free parking and race books. There’s plenty of great reasons to come along, enjoy the sun and the last afternoon of 2017 before your New Year’s celebrations start up for the night.” Kicking off from 2pm on New Year’s Eve, there will be food trucks, ice creams, activities, face painting and much more. Premier racing will take place from around 3pm to 8pm followed by a fireworks’ display after dark. Chief Executive of Alexandra Park, Dominique Dowding, says the spectacle of some of the country’s best harness racing, as well as plenty of off-track attractions will ensure a big crowd and a fun day on Sunday 31 December. For Tasman Room tickets phone (09) 631-1165; email; or visit Ms Upton says Alexandra Park’s Hobson and President’s rooms remain available for large private groups to hire to enjoy Auckland Cup Day. In the meantime, on Friday 27 October Alexandra Park is hosting another Tropical Night from its Top of the Park venue, with dining packages starting from $60 per person. That night a fantastic trip to Vanuatu for two flying Air Vanuatu and staying at Mangoes Resort & Restaurant is up for grabs. Alexandra Park is also getting set to host eight Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings -  on Fridays 17 and 24 November and 1, 8, 15 and 22 December as well as Thursday 30 November and Saturday 16 December. Ms Upton says December is fast selling out, with tickets and tables still available for the Christmas At The Races evenings in November. For further information on Alexandra Park’s Tropical Night, Christmas At The Races, or 2017 Auckland Cup Day, visit Joel Reichardt – Sales & Marketing Manager - (021) 786-034.

The Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day on November 14 will be the biggest entertainment line-up Addington has ever seen. “We are excited to announce Mitch James, Theia and Moses Mackay, three extremely talented New Zealand Artists will be performing on our biggest racing day of the year” says Addington’s Business & Marketing Manager, Keryn McElroy.  The brilliant Mitch James who is a 2017 New Zealand Music Awards Best Pop Artist Finalist will be headlining the Lindauer Lawn Rooftop.  “I'm super excited to play on the Lindauer Lawn on Cup Day for the first time” says Mitch.  “It should be an absolute belter of a day and I look forward to playing some tunes in the sun and drinking some beautiful Lindauer. Fizzing”. The striking Theia who is up for Single of the Year, People’s Choice Award and will be performing at the New Zealand Music Awards will be our headline act for the Public Village/General Admission Area.  “I’m excited to be returning home to Christchurch to perform at Cup Day. It’s such a popular event and it’s great to be playing for a home crowd” says Theia. Finally, Sol3 Mio's Moses Mackay will be singing the national anthem ‘a cappella style’, an extremely powerful performance that is not to be missed.  “I’m looking forward to the New Zealand Trotting Cup Day and getting amongst it all” says Moses.  “It'll be a fun day for all involved!!” The Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day is a celebration of racing, fashion, food, fun and of course entertainment.  Be a part of the magic, General Admission Tickets are only $22 per person in October, with Lindauer Lawn Tickets being $70 per person.  To purchase Cup Week tickets, visit: KERYN MCELROY BUSINESS & MARKETING MANAGER NEW ZEALAND METROPOLITAN TROTTING CLUB INC T/a Addington Raceway & Events Centre 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch 8024 P O Box: 9036, Tower Junction, Christchurch, 8149 TEL 03 339 7916 | FAX 03 338 0557 | MOB 027 27 88 923 |

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