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The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg O’Connor as Racing Industry Manager. One of New Zealand racing’s most recognisable faces after a decade working as a presenter for Trackside Television, Greg will take up his new role on July 20. New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club chief executive Brian Thompson was greatly encouraged by the large number of high quality applicants received for the position. “We are very excited about Greg’s appointment; he has already made a huge contribution to harness racing in his previous roles and is held in high regard within the industry,” said Thompson. “Having someone with his knowledge and passion for harness racing, along with his expertise in promoting the sport will be a great addition to our team.” “We know Greg will bring a fresh approach with new ideas that will safeguard the sustainability of racing at Addington and the wider industry” Brent Smith,  chairman of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club confirmed the board were delighted with the appointment of Greg and pleased his skills and knowledge will be able to be used for the benefit of Addington Raceway which in turn will benefit the harness racing industry in general. For O’Connor returning to Addington, where he worked as promotions officer from 1994 to 2000 is a homecoming. “To have the opportunity to work back at Addington where it all began for me in harness racing really excites me,” said O’Connor. “It’s the equal of any track in Australasia and the potential to enhance it’s already great history of Addington Raceway is one I’m very much looking forward to.”   For any question on this media release please contact Carlo Gomez  -

Burnham trainer Mark Jones will make the most of the small window of opportunity to firm up his qualifiers for the Southland Oaks which has been reprogrammed for October. The Southland Oaks and Supremacy Committee announced last week that the qualifying period for both features has been extended until the end of July and that three meetings in Southland are now available for trainers to qualifying their three year olds. “I think it’s pretty good timing as its two weeks before Cup Week. It works out well for our ones because they’re high up in the grades and can come down to Southland and race their own sex rather than take on the good horses round Canterbury. So it’s a pretty good option,” Jones says. Both features will be run on Diamonds Day on Thursday 29th October at Ascot Park and will carry a stake of $30,000 and a Group Three listing. Three year old filly Lu Lu La Mans is one of the horse Jones is sending south. “She’s coming down as she needs another start and some more money to qualify.” Lu Lu Le Mans impressively won by three and three quarter lengths at the Northern Southland March meeting. Lu Lu Le Mans winning for Sam Ottley at Ascot Park                   – Photo Bruce Stewart He says there’s a chance quality filly Stylish Memphis will also venture south. “I’ll just see how she is. It’s touch and go whether she’ll be ready but there’s a possibility, put it that way.” In her only run in the south, Stylish Memphis won at Wyndham in November in the hands of Ricky May. Impressive Addington winner Plutonium Lady also trained by Jones is also qualified (4th). Jones already has two horses at this stage qualified for the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes: Burnham Boy (9th ) and Willison (12th). Willison                                                            – Photo Bruce Stewart “They probably won’t come down but it depends on what races are programmed for Addington because they’re in the same grade. They’re more likely to come down in August as four year olds and chase a penalty free race.”   Bruce Stewart

Former Kiwi champion Changeover, who stands at Burwood Stud in Queensland, sired important winners in both hemispheres last week. Our Friend NZ led the charge on the home front, winning his sixth race at Albion Park at a 1:54.5 rate, while Aqua Cruiser (1:58.1) and Chang both rung up number one at Redcliffe. Changeover was also represented by a pair of Addington winners in Wee Ring The Changes (1:59.2) and the talented Adam Patron, while, in North America, Sudden Change NZ (1:54) and Bronze Over NZ (1:54.4) both saluted at Yonkers, New York. Adam Patron winning at Addington Changeover has left 95 individual winners to date this season in Australia and NZ and progeny earnings of almost $1.8 million.   By Peter Wharton

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Promising juvenile trotter Time Up The Hill is the third generation of her family Michael Ward has trained and he thinks she could be the best. While Ward holds the daughter of Muscle Hill in high regard, it will take a lot of beating to surpass her dam Majestic Time’s efforts on the track. She won two Group Three races for Ward, including the Hambletonian Classic (1609m) and NZ Trotting Oaks (1950m), while she was also Group One placed in the 2YO Ruby (1609m) and New Zealand Trotting Derby (2600m). As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Time Up The Hill didn’t get the chance to contest any stakes races as a juvenile, but she has shown her potential late in the season with two wins and a placing from three starts. She broke last start but Ward said he was rapt with the way she recovered and ran home for third. “I think she only broke last time because the ones on the inside broke and she just went out in sympathy,” he said. “I thought it was a good run to get third.” Time Up The Hill added to her win tally at Addington Raceway on Sunday when taking out the Allied Security two-year-old Mobile Trot (1980m). She began well from the mobile, taking an early lead from barrier two before handing up to Love N The Port. She remained in the trail throughout before challenging late up the passing lane and the pressure told on leader Love N The Port, who broke late in the piece, and Time Up The Hill was able to get up for a half-length victory. “It was a good run and a top drive,” Ward said. “That other horse (Love N The Port) got away on her on the turn today and Ken said he gave her one and then she pinned her ears back and kept going. “I was reasonably confident of running in the top three today. The one I was really frightened of was Ben Hope’s one (Eurokash) and I expected Mark Purdon’s one (La Reina Del Sur) to go a lot better than what it did.” Ward has been pleased with her progress this preparation and wasn’t overly perturbed she didn’t have the opportunity to contest the Jewels, like her dam. “Her mother ran second in the Jewels and early on in the season we would have had a show, but there’s nothing you can do about it, you have just got to carry on,” he said. “It’s an unbelievable crop of two-year-old trotters.” Ward said there are many similarities between Time Up The Hill and Majestic Time, however, he believes the former has superior staying abilities. “Time Up The Hill has got a few quirks, she likes to kick you and bite you, but she has a bit of speed and staying ability,” he said. “She is a bit like her mother, she had a bit of attitude. “They are very similar. Majestic Time had speed, but I don’t think this one has the sheer speed like her mother. She has a bit more staying ability.” Ward is looking forward to next season where he is hoping to contest several three-year-old features, including avenging Majestic Time’s runner-up result in the New Zealand Derby. “Majestic Time should have won the Derby if she had got out in time. Mark Purdon got that one with King Denny,” he said. “But the Hambletonian will be my first programme with her as a three-year-old. I have won that before (with Majestic Time) and I would like to have another go at it.”

By Jonny Turner    The All Stars stable is back and it is ready to make an impact at Addington on Sunday. Trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen will line up their first runner since March when La Reina De Sur clashes with an exciting field of 2yr-olds trotters over 1980m. Driver Tim Williams will handle the daughter of emerging trotting sire Father Patrick and former classy racemare Escapee when she attempts to repeat her debut win January. The reinsman simply can’t wait to get back in All Stars colours. Though, technically, he will have to wait a little longer as he will be wearing owner Trevor Casey’s silks on Sunday. “From Sunday onwards it will be good to have the blue and silver colours on pretty regularly,” Williams said. La Reina De Sur has made eight public appearances this season and Williams has not been behind her in any of them. That is partially because Rasmussen has been working closely with the filly. And the 2yr-old goes in to her second start with her trainer’s tick of approval. “She is one that Natalie has done a lot with and she likes her,” Williams said. “Natalie was really happy with her at the workouts earlier in the week, so it is a nice race for her to kick off in again.” La Reina De Sur was third behind her stablemates Mexicana and Wanna Play With Me in her workout at Ashburton on Tuesday. She has had one other post-lockdown workout, running second to Wanna Play With Me on the same track last week. Royal Del is the only rival La Reina De Sur clashed with in her debut win. Williams admits the filly is facing a big step up in class when clashing with Greg and Nina Hope’s trio of Franco Jorik, Summer Lovin and Eurokash and the talented Time Up A Hill. “It is going to be a bit of a step up because that first win was almost a non-tote race,” Williams said. “It is a nice field and it is probably going to be a different kind of race.” Manners are the key to any 2yr-old trot and they appears to be La Reina De Sur’s strongpoint. She was perfect in her Addington debut and has looked solid in her gait at home. “Touch wood – that has been her, really – she has been pretty reliable.” “She has had plenty of practice, being off the [home] place eight times, so that is going to stand her in good stead.” La Reina De Sur was rated the $3.30 second favourite to win race 6 behind $2.80 favourite Eurokash. Eurokash impressed when beating Franco Jorik, Summer Lovin and Time Up A Hill on debut at Addington two weeks ago. Williams also drives Gotta Ticket (race 2), Missalyssa (race 5) and Donegal Carnbouy (race 7) at Addington on Sunday. Gotta Ticket ran third first up at Addington and Williams expect him to be prominent again. “From the good draw, so long as he is on the pace he should be in the mix,” Williams said. Donegal Carnbouy was just over two lengths from Allandale when fifth at Addington last week and Williams thinks he is capable of improving on that placing “He is in the right race and as long as things go his way he should be pretty competitive.” Missalyssa could feature in race 5, but it depends on whether she brings her best manners. “She is just a little bit hard to catch at the moment,” Williams said. “When she won she was really good and she warmed up really good.” “From the couple of drives on her it seems like how she warms up is how she races and you have to catch her in the right mood.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington again today with a nine race program starting at 12:35pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington. Addington Selections 12th July Race 1 Flame Lady has been racing well in these amateur driver races and has a decent draw to work with here. Top selection….. Plutonium racing well in better fields and should get a run through from the draw. Must include for multiples….. The Governor another who does well in the amateur driver races. Would not surprise to see him in the placing again today…… Changearound one paced but a place chance if they go hard all the way and a big run for second last start. Selections:  Flame Lady  (4),   Plutonium (11),   Changearound (7),   The Governor (9)   Race 2 Sugarinspice decent draw for this and her manners usually good.Can run top three in this field …..Tequila Sunset tidy finish for third two starts ago and a similar run would see her go close here. Chance at longer odds….. Shpeedy running good races and should be thereabouts again in this field if she can step cleanly at the start.….. Bright Glow disappointing last start but better than that. Winning claims with her best effort.   Selections:  Sugarinspice (4),   Tequila Sunset (8),   Bright Glow  (2),   Shpeedy (3)   Race 3 Madame Frost Unlucky her last couple and well drawn. Winning claims and top selection…… Magicol Ideal big run last start and should start favourite. Likely leader early and should be hard to beat…. Donegal Gilbert better runs his last two starts and will be thereabouts again in this field. Needed….. Magical Matty not far away last start and will be fitter here. Draw helps so must include for multiples. Selections:  Madame Frost  (1),  Magicol Ideal (2),   Donegal Gilbert (6),    Magical Matty (4)   Race 4 Go Davey continues to run good races and getting better with racing. Weaker field here and should run top three..….. Pats Dragon disappointing last start but getting better with racing and usually steps well. Must include in this field….. Vintage Beach good beginner and will be near the speed throughout. Place chances best here….. Stealth Bomba has been very good his last three runs and a good place chance if he can land the front early. Selections:  Go Davey  (8),   Pats Dragon (6),   Vintage Beach (2),    Stealth Bomba (7)   Race 5 Missalyssa top win two starts ago but 50/50 on getting around without breaking. Can win with no mistakes midrace….. Steel Dust top workout during the week when right not far away from top trotters. Winning claims here ….. Kowhai Sundown easy win last start but a step up here. Can still win with a good run in transit. ….. Honeys Son good second to Missalyssa two starts ago and didn’t handle the track last start. Can win at decent odds. Selections:  Missalyssa(10),   Honeys Son (2),   Steel Dust (5),    Kowhai Sundown(9)   Race 6 Eurokash getting fitter with racing and unbeaten so far. Top selection here…. Love N The Port  impressive win last start and mobile helps. Winning claims….. La Reina Del Sur coming in fresh and trialing well. Chance of another win but this is a strong field….. Franco Jorik has been good the last three starts but will need to step up again here. Place chance best. Selections:  Eurokash (8),   Love N The Port  (7),   Franco Jorik (4),   La Reina Del Sur (3)   Race 7 Jazelle slightly disappointing here last week but good draw and will be fitter. Top selection….. Ivana Legacy tidy finish from back in the field last start. Winning claims with luck in the running…… Four Starzzz Shiraz has been racing well this campaign and one for longer odds in this field….. Hes Fast And Furious running on last start and will be fitter. Can place Selections:  Jazelle (5),  Ivana Legacy (7),   Four Starzzz Shiraz (9),  Hes Fast And Furious (10)   Race 8 Idle Moose running on late last and a similar run would take him close to winning.Good draw and top selection here…. She's Allthe Craze last couple of runs have been good and reliable at the start. A winning chance with luck in the running.... Justan's Sister no chance last start after breaking but previous runs good. Can redeem herself with manners..... Alvira Hest late finish for fourth here last start. Place claims best in this field. Selections:  Idle Moose (2),   She's Allthe Craze (4),   Justan's Sister (5),   Alvira Hest  (9)   Race 9 Luella she was ok last campaignt and coming in fresh with no trials. Big chance on ablilty….. Machs Mareta better run last start for second. Can run top three with luck….. Adam Patron getting better with racing and a nice win last start. One of the better chances in this field.…… Mordecai has been unlucky in most of his races this campaign. Place hope with luck Selections:  Luella (2),   Adam Patron (3),   Mordecai  (6),    Machs Mareta (5)   Harnesslink Media

All eyes will be on the juvenile squaregaiters tomorrow afternoon at Addington as a number of leading lights go around in the sixth race of the day, the Allied Security Mobile Trot. The race, scheduled for 2.41pm, sees the Greg and Nina Hope barn go hoof-to-hoof with the All Stars harness racing stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. The Hopes have proven dominate in the trotting ranks since coming back from the Covid related lock-down with their charges Eurokash, Summer Lovin and Franco Jorik all showing genuine ability. These Hope runners will meet stiff opposition from the All Stars trained La Reina Del Sur, an animal armed with both royal blood and a winning record. The progeny of Father Patrick La Reina Del Sur impressed at a recent Ashburton trial and looks like an animal that will develop with racing. Other wagering options in the race may come in the form of both Love N The Port, a Phil Williamson trained son of Love You who won his debut at Invercargill with a touch of arrogance and Time Up The Hill, the K Barron trained daughter of Muscle Hill who could provide some value to those looking outside the favoured types. The filly is looking for her second win from just three starts. Another “interest” race on the card is the seventh of the day, the Fahey Fence Hire Regional Racing Mobile Pace. The race sees the Murray Pash trained Jazelle attempting to snare herself a win after a run of consistent efforts of late. Ben McMillan.     

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk     Westwood Beach trainer Graeme Anderson has been associated with some quality horses over the years and he may have unearthed another one. Spirit Of St Louis extended his burgeoning record to eight wins from just 12 starts at Addington Raceway on Friday night when taking out the Spectators – Tasty Pizza Mobile Pace (1980m). The son of Sweet Lou settled to the rear of the field from his outside barrier for driver Matthew Williamson who sat patiently behind the gelding for the majority of the race. The three-year-old gelding showed his blistering turn of foot when sent three-wide at the 800m mark and within a blink of an eye he was sitting outside leader Cast No Shadow. Spirit Of St Louis was able to relax before Williamson asked him to extend again turning for home where he was able to withhold the challenge of Matt Damon to win by a neck, with a further three-quarters of a length back to Bettathanfast in third.   “He has come to the big dance a little bit, drew the outside and showed how good he is,” Anderson said. “The great thing about him is that he will relax. He got around them and just dropped the bit again, which is a quality of a good horse. “You combine a bit of speed with a good mental attitude and you create a nice horse.” The exciting gelding has only finished outside the top two once in his career and Anderson believes he has a bright future ahead of him. “Everything has been a win and a second a part from one day at Roxburgh where he was going the other way in the standing start and they let them go, and he was pulled up,” Anderson said. “He has never let anybody down in his life and today (Friday) showed that he is right there. “We were pretty disappointed he couldn’t get to the Derby and the Jewels. We had backed him right off and prepared him all year to go to those races. “We have just pushed on and our judgment has been justified by what he has done in the last couple of weeks.” While disappointed to have missed the opportunity to target the three-year-old features, Anderson is eyeing some lofty targets for his gelding next season. “I see the Supremacy Stakes (Gr.2, 2700m) is going to come back, which will be in Invercargill in October. That is a $50,000 race he is qualified for and we will target that,” he said. “After that we can nominate for a few races around the place and wait and see. “It is a difficult one when his record is great and he hasn’t had a lot of racing. But with the handicapping system as it is he is almost an open class horse, so we have to roll with the flow.” Anderson has a lot of time for Spirit Of St Louis and is already comparing him to his former topliner Eamon Maguire, who went on to win the Gr.1 Messenger (2700m) and Gr.1 4YO Emerald (1609m) for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. “He has got as much speed as Eamon Maguire and he is very relaxed,” Anderson said. “This guy has got all the speed and all the attributes of a good horse. “After Christmas the Taylor Mile and Messenger could be on the cards. Eamon Maguire won and placed in those races and this horse is probably as good as him, so we will be looking at them.”

Hi all, Last time you heard from me New Zealand was operating in a very different landscape. I trust that you and your families have settled back into post-lockdown life after what has been a testing past few months. Now that we are back into the full swing of things under Alert Level 1, it has been great to actually take a step back and celebrate the obstacles our industry has overcome. This year, the 2020 All Age Sale took place under extraordinary circumstances, becoming the first-ever sale of its kind conducted on NZB’s online subsidiary platform Standardbred. In the lead up to the Sale, we had a great turn out of prospective buyers attending weanling parades at Woodlands Stud and Alabar. The parades were held just in time, as we entered into Alert Level 2 and were able to freely inspect All Age Sale stock (while following government social-distancing directives of course).   To give a brief overview of the Sale, final results saw 138 lots sell for a total turnover of $1,042,310. The average and median closed at $7,553 and $4,550 respectively, while the clearance rate climbed to an outstanding 97%. There was a strong international buying bench present and we are thankful for their participation. The top-priced lot of the session was an Art Major weanling colt out of Alta Camilla (Lot 75), secured for $52,500 by Stonewall Stud’s Jill Stockman from Alabar Farms. The first season sires were also in hot-demand after the second top lot was also secured by Stonewall Stud for $50,000, a Downbytheseaside filly out of Revere Me (Lot 35) from Woodlands Stud. It was great to see interest from the Australian’s too, with Jean Feiss locking in two weanling fillies by Vincent. The previous owner of the superstar racehorse purchased Lot 44, (ex Sheza Monkee) and Lot 103 (ex Delightful Lover) for $19,000 and $26,000 respectively. Lot 75 (Art Major x Alta Camilla) $52,500 Lot 35 (Downbytheseaside x Revere Me) $50,000 Lot 44 (Vincent x Sheza Monkee) $19,000 Lot 103 (Vincent x Delightful Lover) $26,000   We thought this was an excellent result in light of the situation we were all confronted with. I must reiterate that your support and commitment towards the Sale was greatly appreciated. We knew we would have to navigate unchartered territory and the vendor’s enthusiasm to meet the market was reflected in the outstanding clearance rate. As this pandemic continues to sweep throughout the globe, we will continue to work on plans for the next round of our sales and are always looking for innovative ways to move forward. All weanlings purchased at the 2020 All Age Sale are eligible for the third NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series. With entries now closed, we have seen a decent number of people wanting to nominate their horses in the Series. We have some exciting times ahead in the upcoming racing season with what will now be known as a million-dollar spring. The New Zealand Sires Stakes Board has re-scheduled our inaugural Harness Million Series races that were meant to be held in May this year but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. The races are for graduates of NZB Standardbred’s first-ever yearling sale held in 2019, which will be run as late two-year-old races. The NZB Standardbred Harness Million for two-year-old colts and geldings will be run at Alexandra Park on Friday 25 September with a stake of $200,000. The fillies will be chasing $150,000 and trotters will contest $75,000 at Addington on Friday 2 October. The anticipation for the series is building already and we cannot wait for them to start. Check out the 2020 Harness Million Series schedule here. Entries for the 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale are now open with the Sale taking place next summer at Karaka and Christchurch from Sunday 14 February to Wednesday 17 February. Our online entry portal is live now and we are very excited to use this new facility to make the process of entering horses easier for you. We have put together full instructions on how to use the online portal here. Entries close 5pm Friday 31 July 2020. I’d also like to mention that online bidding will be available for the NZB Standardbred 2021 National Yearling Sales. While our sales are already broadcast live via our website, social media platforms and relevant television channels, with the upgrade to ultra-fast fibre at Karaka and Christchurch, we are now in the position to offer online bidding services for registered buyers who are unable to physically attend. This technology will be developed and tested extensively prior to debuting at NZB’s thoroughbred sales in November. In other racing news, it is great to see NZB Standardbred graduates Always An Angel (NZ) (Art Major) and Jett Star (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) dominating Group One races across the Tasman. Always An Angel put on an incredible display of stamina winning the A$100,000 Two-Year-Old Fillies Diamond Classic (2130m), while Jett Star shot to the top of Western Australia’s ranks, winning the A$100,000 Pearl Classic Final (2130m). We know that many of our graduates have had limited opportunities due to COVID-19 but with the recommencement of racing here in New Zealand, it is exciting times ahead for these juveniles.   NZB Standardbred is proud to sponsor the upcoming NZ Junior Drivers Championship. Each driver will soon be spotted in a pair of NZB Standardbred trousers. Congratulations are in order for Robert Dunn who is well on his way to winning his first trainers premiership under his Diamond Racing Banner. The successful trainer has stables in both the North and South Island and has always been very supportive of our sales. Lastly, as many of you already know Bruce Barlass left us at the end of June after 40+ years of service to the standardbred industry. Bruce is Treasurer of the NZ Sires Stakes Board, so no doubt we will still see him around the racing circles. We are incredibly appreciative of Bruce’s contribution to the development of the NZB Standardbred Division and acknowledged his efforts in Christchurch earlier this week, check out the pictures below. James Jennings sending Bruce off in true style.  Cran and Chrissy Dalgety and Phil and Glenys Kennard joined the team to farewell Bruce in Christchurch We presented Cran Dalgety with our first and only Group One-winning jacket given to trainers in New Zealand Until next time,  Cam Bray BLOODSTOCK SALES REPRESENTATIVE NZBloodstock

In what is great news for New Zealand Harness Racing, the Friday 10th July 2020.  The Harness Trading Ring (HTR) NZ is the only free website available to buy and sell all things harness racing including racehorses, broodmares, gear, floats, properties, kidz kartz, memorabilia and even rehoming and retired horses.  Following the success of the Harness Trading Ring Australia (which receives on average 7,500 page views per day and is growing rapidly) the Harness Trading Ring New Zealand has been developed to provide the same, free classifieds service to NZ harness racing participants. The HTR website was the brain child of Joanne Andersen (also a co-founder of Bred In The Blue with John Coffey), when the Australian Trading Ring decided to close their free classified service, that was at the time, used by the majority of Harness Racing participants in Australia. Joanne established a partnership with website designer, Karen Kemp who developed the site which was launched on 1 November 2020  The HTR AUS website is receiving great feedback from sellers, with many listings selling within hours of being posted.  Participants find the site easy to use and have the ability to upload up to three images per advertisement, which is a fabulous selling point. All advertisements are approved by the Site Administrators to ensure they comply with guidelines and contain the necessary information/contact details.  The HTR NZ website will operate the same basis as the Australian site – users simply go to :  1. Register 2. Upload your advertisement (with or without images) 3. Submit – it’s that easy. Administrators approve listings twice daily (am & pm) so your advertisement will go live within hours of posting. Once your item is sold, you have the ability to login and remove the ad from the website so you don’t receive further calls/emails.  All negotiations are done between the buyer & seller – we take no commissions!!!  In order to keep the service free for participants, businesses are able to buy banner advertisements which appear on every page of the website. We are currently offering discounted introductory advertising rates to businesses (contact us today for further information If any studs, trainers, feed merchants etc are interested in advertising, contact us and we will be happy to discuss.  Let’s hope becomes as popular as the Australian website - which will benefit all in the industry. If you have any enquires or require further information, contact Joanne Andersen on (AUS) 0011 61 414 936663  

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound WA Gold Bracelet winner Just For Love, the season’s latest two-year-old classic winner, in beating a useful field in the $30,000 WA Gold Bracelet, gives the impression that she could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds. Sold for a modest $17,000 at the 2019 APG Perth sale, Just For Love is a strongly built filly by Mach Three from Harper Grace, who had a record of 1:55.5 and won three races at Gloucester Park and $47,185. Harper Grace is a Grinfromeartoear mare from Tiz Herself (2:01.4), by Exotic Earl from the Dale’s Gift mare Laurick’s Pride, who established a great winning line for Bendigo breeder Rick Hasty. She left 14 individual winners including the Vicbred 3YO champion Her Sparky Self 1:58.8 ($221,271), a sister to Tiz Herself, the Victorian country cups winners Robric Jonboy and Send Me A Dream and the Gawler Cup winner Robyn’s Boy, all $100,000 earners. Harper Grace is a half-sister to a top Victorian juvenile in Bus To Harland 1:55.6 ($317,869), the winner of 17 races including the APG Final, the Melton winners Majestic Cruiser (1:55.4) and Eljulio (1:55.9) and Jo Louleonie (2:00.6), who, in turn, is the dam of Magic In Her Moves 1:57.9 (7 wins to date). This is the family which produced Yejele Hammer, winner of last year’s Vicbred Super Series 2YO Colts Final, the SA Oaks winner Gem Of Reibey and the NSW Listed winner Katha Me Girl.   Its Back In The Day is cups material   Its Back In The Day, who won the East Versus West Pace Final at Melton and is regarded as cups material of the highest order, is a six-year-old gelding by Washington VC from Bragato, a lightly raced mare in NZ.  Its Back In The Day after winning at Melton with trainer John Nicholson   – Stuart McCormick photo   Its Back In The Day has won 11 of his 22 lifetime starts and $80,190. He is a member of an old-time family, which was represented by the winner of the Westbred 2YO Fillies Classic in Black Jack Baby a week earlier.  Bragato was an Ermis mare from Chipover (2:01.9), by Holmes Hanover from Lucky Chip, by Transport Chip from Luckyship, a mare by Lordship. Chipover was the dam of a useful pacer in Waterhorse (1:55), who won 11 races including Melton. Chipover was a sister to the NZ and US winner Yachi Da (1:55) and a half-sister to the Nelson Winter Cup winner Piper Heidsieck (1:53.4), Mr Williams 1:56.7 ($118,223) and also to Slangevar, a Cameleon mare who left a very smart pacer in Triple Eight 1:55.7 (231,201), the exported Prince Of Pops 1:51.6 ($177,086) and the Albion Park victor Cheers Kathy (1:54.7). In the back removes of Its Back In The Day’s pedigree are pacers of the calibre of Courage Under Fire, the Inter Dominion champion Vedette, Glenferrie Alexis, Hickstead and Mac De Stroyer (1:49.8) and trotters in the same class as Sundon’s Way, Idid It Myway, Any Old Way, Christine Maree, and others.   Soho Burning Love in 1:48.2 Soho Burning Love, who became the fastest ever Australian bred pacer when she clocked 1:48.2 at The Meadowlands last Saturday, is a West Australian bred mare with an interesting and successful family background. Bred by Robert Watson, of Perth she was got by Auckland Reactor from Soho Bordeaux, a mare by the Western Hanover horse Western Terror. Soho Burning Love, who took a record of 1:52.6 as a three-year-old, ran up the tidy score of 12 successes and 16 placings from 43 starts in Australia. Soho Burning Love’s dam, Soho Bordeaux, was a lightly raced mare by Western Terror, a Breeders Crown winner from the Medio family, and who proved a successful sire in both NZ and Australia. Soho Bordeaux is out of a capable racemare in Lombo Portrait, who took a mark of 1:59.9, won 14 races and $94,998 in stakes and became the dam of winners in Soho Monroe (1:57.4, the winner of eight races), Portly Mach (1:57.8) and I Am Posh, and the non-winning Soho Summer, dam of the Tasmanian classic winners Sunny Sanz and Colby Sanz. Lombo Portrait was a Perfect Art mare from the Group 1 winner Lombo Adreamin (1:56.8), by Classic Garry from the good producer My Image NZ, by Windshield Wiper and tracing back through top sires in Overtrick, Light Brigade and U Scott to the Inter Dominion winner Parisienne.  Lombo Adreamin, an Oaks and Breeders Crown winner, was a half-sister to eight winners including the smart racemare Tosca Lombo 1:59.5 ($110,695), Dominate Line (1:57.3), Lombo Pied Piper (1:58) and Carbon Crest (1:59). Persimmon, a half-brother to Soho Burning Love and a NSW Inter City Pacer winner, won in 1:50.2 at The Meadowlands recently and a Captaintreacherous half-brother has been nominated for the 2021 APG Sydney sale. Soho Bordeaux, who is now being bred from by Dubbo breeder Robert Ross, is carrying a positive test to Art Major.   Up and coming youngsters Two of Victoria’s star three-year-old trotters at present, and both recent winners who promise to be a force in the upcoming classics, are the close relatives Illawong Stardust and Cover Of Darkness. Both bred by Martin and Kaye Hartnett are by Muscle Hill and Majestic Son respectively.  Illawong Stardust, a placegetter in last year’s Breeders Crown, is out of the Sundon mare Lunar Landing, who left the outstanding square-gaiters Spidergirl Tr 1:56.8 ($317,657) and Illawong Armstrong Tr 1:56 ($230,652), both Breeders Crown champions. Illawong Moonshine Tr 1:58.1 (10 wins), a sister to Spidergirl, ranks as the dam of Cover Of Darkness, who is unbeaten in three attempts so far, and the two-year-old winner Illawong Moonbeam. Lunar Landing was by the Arndon horse Sundon (13 times leading trotting sire) from Maorimoon, by Entrepreneur from the Red Coach Glory mare Maori’s Glory, a granddaughter of Maori Miss, who founded the greatest family of trotters in Australia today.   Illegal Immigrant on top  Illegal Immigrant, who overcame a 20 metre handicap to win at Launceston, has now won 19 races and is rated as one of Tasmania’s top stayers.  Illegal Immigrant                                                --Peter Staples photo   He ranks as a seven-year-old half-brother by American Ideal to the prolific Perth winner Condrieu 1:51.5 ($269,520), the Albion Park winner Intrepid Traveller (1:54.8) and to Weka Lass (2:01.5), the dam of the top flight Victorian mare Reciprocity 1:53 ($158,400). Their dam, Oaxaca Lass, had a record of 1:55.8, won 19 races and $426,585 in stakes and was one of NZ’s most outstanding racemares of her time. She was by Holmes Hanover from Ismay, by Ok Bye from Catarina, by Smooth Fella from Cedar Myth, by the NZ Cup winner True Averil and tracing to the noted taproot Tondeleyo. Oaxaca Lass was a sister to the good NZ and US winner Another Homer 1:52.2 ($243,116) and a half-sister to Ides Of May (by Albert Albert), the dam of the Ian Daff Memorial winner Victoria May, who took her record of 1:51 in America, and U May Cullect (1:52.2). Another half-sister, On The Prowl (by Jaguar Spur), became the dam of the Listed Menangle winner Midnight Prowler 1:53.6 ($129,253) and recent Albion Park winners The Doorman (1:53.2) and The Cruise Missile (1:54.2).   Brothers win at Shepparton The unusual feat of full brothers winning on the same program was recorded at Shepparton recently with the three-year-old Kyvalley Senator and the four-year-old Kyvalley Chief. Both are by the Muscles Yankee horse Muscle Hill (the top sire of straightout trotters). Love Ya Doosie, the dam of Kyvalley Senator and Kyvalley Chief, was out of a capable trotter in Sheezadoosie, who had a record of 2:04.2 and won seven. Besides Love Ya Doosie, she was also the dam of the dual Inter Dominion Trotting champion and NZ Trotter of the Year I Can Doosit Tr 1:55.5 ($1.3million) and the Group winner Sno’s Big Boy Tr 1:58.4 ($215,308). Love Ya Doosie was out of the American-bred mare Becalm Lobell (Tr 2:06.3), the dam of nine winners including a smart NZ trotter in Golden Blend Tr 1:55 ($305,911), Dipendra (Tr 1:58.8) and the Dream Vacation mare Big O E (Tr 2:07.2), who, in turn, left the Breeders Crown 4YO Final Aldebaran Ay M (Tr 1:58.8) and Aldebaran Southland (12 wins).   Blue blooded filly Lillies, who broke maiden ranks at the Albion Park midweek meeting, is a two-year-old filly who can claim some worthwhile blood. By Roll With Joe, by Cam’s Card Shark from Classic Wish, by Armbro Emerson, she is out of the Christian Cullen mare Save Me Christian (1:57), a half-sister to the million dollar winners Miss Galvinator (1:50.6) and Fleur De Lil (1:51.4), Our Galvinator 1:51.4 ($643,243) and Epaulette 1:50.6 ($376,775). Their dam, French Flair (2:00.6), won 14 races and was the dam of eight winners. Others from French Flair have been Living It On (2:01.2), Parisian Pearl and Flair For Life, the dam of recent Melton winner American Zest 1:53.8 ($118,853). Lillies ranks as a half-sister to the good Menangle and Albion Park winner Fortyeighthenson 1:54.5 (121,159).   Three wins in a week! The Elsu four-year-old Areuohkay won three races at Globe Derby Park in the space of a week. The gelding, who commenced racing as a two-year-old and had been winless from 36 attempts before breaking through in May, has now won four races. Bred by former AFL footballer Jeff Hogg, Areuohkay is out of the unraced Armbro Operative mare Jagged Lady, a sister to the South Australian Derby winner Jagged Knight 1:55.8 ($185,912). Their dam, Royal Franco (by Holmes Hanover), left four winners and was a granddaughter of the broodmare gem Roydon Dream, the dam of the high class NZ pacers in Roydon Glen and Roydon Scott.   Broodmare double The Talk About Class mare Lady Joy, a former Australian Broodmare of the Year, left winners on consecutive nights in Canada recently. General Joy, a six-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, won at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:51.6, while his younger brother Premier Joy scored at Grand River Raceway in 1:53.8. Premier Joy won again at Grand River in 1:54. Lady Joy is the dam of eight winners - all inside 2:00 – from 11 foals of racing age and they have amassed more than $1.8 million in prizemoney. The best of her progeny is the triple Derby winner and two-year-old mile record holder Captain Joy 1:51.4.   by Peter Wharton  

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    Trotting maestro Kevin Townley will have a two-pronged attack in the Spectators – Book A Table Mobile Trot (1980m) at Addington Raceway on Friday night and he is hoping both runners will be competitive. Last-start Gr.2 New Zealand Trotting Oaks (1980m) winner Vacation Hill will be in a fresh state on Friday and he said the daughter of Muscle Hill just keeps getting better with time. “Vacation Hill is a lovely filly and I expect her to go really well on Friday,” Townley said. “She has had two trials and she showed that she is back up and ready to go again. She made a mistake from the standing start in her second trial, but went a really good last mile.” Premiership leading driver Blair Orange will take the reins on Friday where Vacation Hill will be the sole starter on the second line. “She should be ready, she just needs a bit of luck off the second line. You never know what is going to happen there,” Townley said. Townley has no particular targets in-mind for the promising filly, however, he said he is contemplating on a trip north. “In the next month we have got to decide on the sires’ stakes and the sales series,” he said. “They are both in Auckland, so we have got to decide whether it is worth going all the way up there. “It is two weeks between the races up there, so it is a long trip.” Vacation Hill will come up against stablemate Aorangi on Friday night, who has drawn three and will be driven by John Dunn. The four-year-old son of Peak has had two runs this preparation, finishing third first-up in May before breaking late in the piece last start after being posted three-wide for the majority of the 1980m trip. “His first-up run was very good,” Townley said. “I did wonder if it did flatten him all the same because it was a hard run first-up and may have been one of the reasons why he didn’t go as good last time. “He broke last start because he was tired, it was too hard a run I think. Hopefully he will bounce back, but he is not a great friend of the punters, you do have to be a bit wary of him. “He’s good at home, but a bit unpredictable on raceday.” While Townley is looking forward to Friday night, he was buoyed by Immer Besser’s trial win on Wednesday, which has him excited for the season ahead. “Immer Besser went well in her trial,” Townley said. “She should come up and race well very soon, I might even put her in next week. “She trialled very well so I am looking forward to getting her back to the races.”

The doubts trainer Phil Williamson harboured last time he took Majestic Man to Addington are gone. Which makes the speed freak trotter the bet of the night at Addington this evening and maybe even the safest bet of the weekend. Majestic Man clashes with last-start conqueror Matau Tana in a small but select main trot race at an Addington meeting that also features the return of star juvenile pacer Krug, a rarity for this time of the season. Majestic Man raced in a similar field to what he meets in race six tonight a month ago and on that occasion he was outstayed by Matua Tana, the enormously talented mammoth of a trotter who is stomping his way to open class. Williamson is one of the greats of training trotters in New Zealand and he admits he wasn’t surprised a race fit Matua Tana outmuscled Majestic Man that night. “I think he was only 80 per cent that night (last start) and that is why he got beaten,” says Williamson. “That is no disrespect to Matua Tana, who was very good that night but my horse has improved since then  “His work has been a lot sharper and I think he is going in to this week ready to win.” One of Majestic Man’s sharpest weapons is his gate speed and Williamson is open about what his driving instructions will be to son Brad tonight.  “I think he should use that speed, lead and stay in front because he is ready to win that way.” If Majestic Man does lead and is fitter than last start then Matua Tana is going to need to go to another level to beat him and the latter actually raced a length or two below his best when he was beaten last start. His trainers Greg and Nina Hope were also looking to bring former age group star Enghien to tonight’s race having not raced since October last year but he has been scratched.  The trotters won’t be the only big names on show as Krug could lay claims to being the best juvenile pacer in the country, albeit in a truncated season.   Michael Guerin

By Jonny Turner    The march towards a massive spring of harness racing will take another step forward when star 2yr-old Krug returns to racing at Addington on Friday night. The group 1 winning colt will clash with older horses when he steps out for the first time since March in race 5. Harness racing’s recent shutdown came at just the wrong time for trainers Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon after Krug cemented his spot as the country’s top 2yr-old male pacer with his win breakout win in the Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park. Though the trainers were naturally disappointed Krug’s season came to a screeching halt over lockdown, it has not been completely bad news. “We were sort of brassed off that we missed out on the Stakes races, but the horse thought it was a good idea,” Dalgety said. “Because he did bulk up in the time he had out and so he should, too.” “So, we are on track there and hopefully we can start off with a winning note.” Krug comes in to his 1980m resumption having had just one post-lockdown workout. The 2yr-old showed he had lost none of his zip when dashing home to beat subsequent winner, William Wallace, at Rangiora. Despite his lack of public appearances, Dalgety is confident Krug’s fitness levels are where they need to be. “He is pretty close, he has had some good runs to get him ready.” “It is a bit funny starting a 2yr-old against the older horses, but that is sort of what is happening at the moment and we can’t do a lot about that.” “So, we will make a start here and move on to the Sires Stakes heats that are coming up.” Krug looks to have the gate speed to cross most of the rivals starting inside his barrier 6 draw if driver Blair Orange chooses to push forward early. Whether that is the right option for a horse having the first run of his new campaign would be left up to the leading reinsman at the start, Dalgety said. Dalgety and Purdon start another of their big guns for the first time since lockdown when Bettathanfast resumes in race 8. The 4yr-old chased Krug home in his workout win before winning at the Ashburton trials, late last month. Like Krug, Bettathanfast has thrived during his lockdown break and has emerged a better horse for it. But that does not necessarily mean the horse will instantly return a winner when he takes on race fit opposition. “He has lifted a bit, too, since his break,” Dalgety said. “But, he is racing quite a few form horses that are pretty tight and race fit.” “We are going to have to be on our game to compete with them.” “But in the weeks to come we will be on song with him.” Admirable comes in to his debut for Dalgety and Purdon after winning both of his post-lockdown trials. The 2yr-old has the class to win on debut in race 2, so long as he behaves. “He is doing good, he is a wee bit of a wild boy, he is a bit of a typical Rock N Roll Heaven.” “But, ability-wise, he shouldn’t be a maiden for too long.” Im A Gigolo also chased Krug home at the workouts ahead of his resumption in race 9. Dalgety expects the 3yr-old to be a place chance in his first run since February. “He just levelled out on us a bit, I am happy with him but just not excited with him at the moment.” “He should be a good place chance.” Arden’s Sweetheart rounds out Dalgety and Purdon’s Addington team in race 11. The 3yr-old was turned out after just one run in her last preparation after going through a growth spurt. “She won really nice in her first start as a 3yr-old and just went through a growth patch and I just wasn’t happy with her.” “She has come back nice, but there might just be some form runners ahead of her.” “She will race in to form as well, though.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

After entering the digital auction-sphere for Standardbreds just under a year ago, is upping the ante by increasing the frequency of their popular mixed stock auctions to fortnightly.’s General Manager Haylie Martin believes the change will benefit all. “The fortnightly auctions have been incredibly successful on our thoroughbred site and at a time in the industry where every dollar counts more than ever, this gives owners the opportunity to trade out of horses faster,” Martin said. “This will also spread the workload for transporters and staff more evenly over the months while building momentum with buyers tuning in more often.” In its short time online, Standardbred has made a big impression on the industry, becoming a valuable addition to the trading landscape both domestically and internationally. Recently the site played host to parent company NZB Standardbred’s 2020 All Age Sale, which saw 138 lots sell for a turnover of $1,042,310 and the clearance rate topping 97%. The highest priced Lot to date sold on Standardbred is Alta Debonair (pictured), an Art Major colt who fetched $52,500 on account of Alabar NZ. Entries for the next auction are set to close next Wednesday 15 July at 7pm, with the sale going live Thursday 16 July at 5pm running through until the following Wednesday 22 July. Bidding will close from the first Lot incrementally starting at 7pm on 22 July. For enquiries contact representative Cam Bray by calling +64 21 737 199 or emailing  

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington again tonight with an eleven race program starting at 4:59pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington.   Addington Selections 10th July   Race 1 Shiffty has looked pretty good at recent trials, top chance to get a win today if he trots all the way….. Build A Bridge Has been galloping away but running nice races after.Include in this field at longer odds and hope he trots….. Yea You has been racing ok and only question mark is his stand start manners, can place…… Pastrana one paced but a place chance if they go hard all the way. Selections:  Shiffty (4),   Build A Bridge (10),   Pastrana (2),    Yea You (8)   Race 2 Admirable 2yo who has been winning at trials. Blair Orange chooses to drive him look no further….. In Chevron We Trust slightly unlucky last start and tricky draw. Not the worst and place claims here….. Reinimin Patron running good races and should be thereabouts again in this field.….. Le Tissier big finish last start but will need to lift again here. Good place hopes if he can find the front early. Selections:  Admirable (11),   In Chevron We Trust (13),   Reinimin Patron (3),    Le Tissier (7)   Race 3 Crackabrie she ran good sectionals last start and top driver on board. Winning claims…… Hells Shadow from a strike rate stable with a good draw. Likely leader early and should be hard to beat…. Cheddar Valley hardly ever out of the top four and drawn well. Can win…. Majorca not far away last start and will be fitter here. Draw helps so must include for multiples. Selections:  Hells Shadow (4),  Cheddar Valley (3),   Crackabrie (11),    Majorca (2)   Race 4 Boom continues to run good races and getting better with racing. Include in this field….. Reklaw's Jules also getting better with racing and could spice up the dividends with some luck in the running….. Pembrook Tilly good beginner and top driver. Likely to be in or near the lead and can place….. Midfrew Luisianabeau trial was ok recently and worth throwing into combinations on that effort. Selections:  Boom  (7),   Reklaw's Jules (11),   Pembrook Tilly (8),    Midfrew Luisianabeau (4)   Race 5 Krug top races last campaign at top age group level. Working well and should win this….. Tom Martin big win last start and he should go on with it from here. Place hopes best ….. Held To Ransom Has been unlucky the last few races but hard to see beating the favourite. Can place. ….. Queenofdance good win three starts ago and unlucky since. Not the worst with a run to suit Selections:  Krug (6),   Tom Martin (5),   Held To Ransom (7),    Queenofdance (4)   Race 6 Majestic Man getting fitter with racing and good second last start. Can win with a run close to the pace…. The Dominator has been running tidy races and slightly better placed here.Should be thereabouts and possible early leader….. Matua Tana racing ok and mobile suits. Chance of another win with no mistakes in the running….. Midnight Dash has been good the last three starts but will need to step up again here. Fence draw will help.. Selections:  Majestic Man (6),   Midnight Dash (1),   The Dominator (4),   Matua Tana (7)   Race 7 Red Envy slightly disappointing here last week but good draw and will be fitter. Top selection….. Tsunami trials and workouts have been ok. Winning claims with luck in the running…… Deja Blue has been racing well this campaign and a win chance from the draw….. Mathilda running on last start and will be fitter. One for longer odds Selections:  Red Envy (2),  Deja Blue (3),   Tsunami (8),   Mathilda (14)   Race 8 Tango Tara running on late last and nearly won.Good draw and top selection here….Cast No Shadow last couple of runs have been good but tricky draw. A winning chance with luck in the running.... Spirit Of St Louis big step up in grade and draw against, but no surprise to see him finish in the money here..... Mikey Maguire draw much better today and has ability. Place caims best in this field. Selections:  Tango Tara (2),   Cast No Shadow (7),   Spirit Of St Louis (9),   Mikey Maguire (5)   Race 9 Willison he was ok in a top field last start and coming in fresh with ok trials. Top selection here….. Burnham Boy trialing well and good draw fresh up. Can run top three with luck….. Glenledi Chief a tricky draw from inside the second row but a chance if he can clear traffic in the straight.…… Rocknroll Rod has run them ragged in front the last couple but this is tougher….winning claims again. Selections:  Willison (5),   Burnham Boy (3),   Rocknroll Rod  (7),    Glenledi Chief (10)   Race 10 Majestic Lavros coming in fresh but looked the goods last campaign. Should be hard to beat here….. Vacation Hill racing well last campaign mobile suits. Can trouble the favourite….. Aorangi has disappointing the last couple. Place chances best in this field…… Jimmy Carter southern raider who will suit the mobile start. Not the worst here at longer odds. Selections:  Majestic Lavros (5),   Vacation Hill (10),   Jimmy Carter (4),    Aorangi (3)   Race 11 Plutonium Lady coming in fresh but looked the goods last campaign. Should be hard to beat here….. Melody's Mischief will be fitter for her first run back. Place chance in this field….. Carlos Bromac has been brave the last couple. No reason he can not place again here…… A Delightful Act terrible draw but she might go forward early. Winning claims if she can find the front early. Selections:  Plutonium Lady (6),   Carlos Bromac (7),   Melody's Mischief (4),    A Delightful Act (9)   Harnesslink Media

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