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Two of the progeny of classy mare Kiwi Ingenuity won at the Winton meeting today. Kiwis Are Flying capped off his solid Canterbury form by winning the Hydroflow Three Year Old Mobile Pace. “He’s been a bit unlucky up home and he’s always struck one a bit better than him. He’s only a wee fellow and I think he’ll improve,” said trainer driver Robbie Holmes after the three year old Bettor’s Delight colt's win. From barrier two Holmes took Kiwis Are Flying straight to the lead and he won easily by two and a quarter lengths from another Canterbury visitor Franco Noah. Kiwis Are Flying is now qualified for the last $12,000 Nuggets Final on the grass at Ascot Park on Saturday 3rd March. “He hasn’t run on the grass. He’s only eaten it so far. He’s a nice enough pacer though.” Later on the programme his full-sister Kiwi On Show did the same thing – leading and holding off all challengers to win her race. “That’s her go in front. Her mum was the same. It was pretty windy down the back. We had to face it twice – once off the gate and then in the next round.” Back to the winners circle - Photo Bruce Stewart Holmes says Kiwi On Show struggles with racing at night in the damp air so that’s why he’s ventured to Southland six times for daytime racing in the warmer temperatures. Of those six visits she's won twice and been placed another three times. Both horses were bred by former Southlander Hamish Scott, his wife Dr Kim Lawson and Equine Investment Limited. “Hamish worked out that she had to race at a certain temperature.”    Holmes says Kiwi On Show is likely to be retired at the end of this season. “She’s got a good mile time 0.1 behind her mother’s Jewels time. Hamish has her booked into Art Major. If she keeps jumping up (improving) you never know,” he said, hoping that she may race for his stable for another season. Both horses are out of the Christian Cullen mare Kiwi Ingenuity which won eleven of her twenty seven starts and $523,200 in stakes. “Everythings been small out of the mare. Both the horses here are small and the Mach Three that was sold to Australia was the smallest. It’s surprising because the mother was massive. She’s got another Bettors (Bettor's Delight) on the ground that’s a two year old. We haven’t done too much with her as she’s a little bit off-set in one knee. I like her because she’s got a bit of adrenaline and is the same sort of cut as these two. They’ve got a natural spark with them. They’re not an early family. He (Kiwis Are Flying) qualified the earliest out of the whole family”.  Bruce Stewart Southland Harness racing    

“He just needed time. At three he was quite weak. He’s got plenty of gas if you can save him for it. He’s finally clicked onto it,” said trainer Brett Gray after Zealand Star, at odds of 39-1, upset in the Employ a Master Plumber Mobile Pace. The four year old has struck a purple patch of form winning three of his last five starts. He was bought by the Butterworth Racing Syndicate out of Clark Barron’s stable after impressing at workouts.  He qualified for Gray at Wyndham a year ago, running second behind Honour Scroll but it took him nearly a year to win his first race at Roxburgh. “When we bought him off Clark he went pretty well at workouts. He was quite good at home but he couldn’t do an ounce of work. It just took him time to mature. Some of them just can’t run at three.” A grin from driver Craig Thornley says it all -  Photo Bruce Stewart. Interestingly enough Honour Scroll also won today. Both horses, at some point in their careers, have been owned by Bryleigh Stud’s Keith and Tracey Norman. They bred Zealand Star out of their Village Jasper mare Royal Spin and they own Honour Scroll which is trained by Keith’s brother Brian. Both are out of Bryleigh Studs' resident stallion Washington VC. Gray's other horse Young Conqueror ran second, storming home to get within three quarters of a length of his stablemate. “I was really happy with him. He got quite crock at Cup Week so I’m happy that he’s bouncing back. He’s come from last and just went super.” As with a lot of the Butterworth owned horses, Zealand Star will eventually race in Australia but Gray says he needs to talk to Merv Butterworth about a $20,000 race the four year old is now eligible for at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting in the middle of March. “He's better off staying here with the Nuggets Super Final coming up.” Bruce Stewart Southland Harness racing  

It was a case of the ‘old firm’ when Bettor Enforce won at Winton today for trainer driver Allan Beck and the This Time Syndicate. “They’ve had Tact Halsey and Black Print with me. It looks as though they could play for the front row of Southland now but may lack a bit of speed these days,” said Beck, commenting on some of the group of owners who are mates. Tact Halsey won thirteen races while Black Print won five of his twelve starts before he was sold to Australia. He won another fourteen races there. In today’s race Bridesdale Robyn and Raksbet ensured the pace was on early and this played into the hands of Bettor Enforce who was three back on the inside. Beck got her off the running line early to sit parked for a short time before Raksbet popped out of the trailing position to challenge Bridesdale Robyn. Beck was able to get off the back of a tiring Raksbet and Bettor Enforce let down with a good staying effort winning by three quarters of a length from Loma Jaccka, which came off Bettor Enforces back. Winning connections - Photo Bruce Stewart. The overall time was 1-56.6 with the last 800 metres run in 60.0. Beck said the win didn’t surprise him. “She’s been racing a better class and ran third in the Equine Stakes at Christmas. She’s such a good stand horse so we might target the Country Cups series.” From thirty one starts the mare has now won four races and banked nearly $34,000. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness racing    

Winton harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:10am Race 1 - Franco Noah $2.70 - $2.40 leads win betting over the other equal favourite Kiwis Are Flying. Largest early win bets Franco Noah $1,200 at $2.60 & Kiwis Are Flying $1,000 at $2.40.  Franco Noah just leads multi betting over Kiwis Are Flying.   Race 2 - Fun Sponge $7.20 leads win betting over Honour Scroll $5.00 with Carlo Gambino $4.20 leading multi betting over Honour Scroll.   Race 3 - Lundqvist $12.50 - $11.50 leads win & multi betting over Kiwi Crusher $6.00.   Race 4 - Chitura $1.35 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 5 - War Admiral $1.90 easily leads win & multi betting. Jeddy R Ya Reddy $6.50 is starting to attract some interest on the win 'book'.   Race 6 - Tact Maggie $2.50 is the only runner wanted here in win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Raksbet $5.00 leads multi betting over Tara Tutaia $5.80 with that runner also leading win betting.   Race 8 - Lawrence $4.20 is the only runner wanted early in win betting and leads multi betting over Especial $3.90.   Race 9 - Vin Scully $3.90 leads multi betting over Shelby Bromac $8.00 with Son Of Brahma $7.00 leading win betting over Shelby Bromac.    Race 10 - Hurricane Banner $11.00 - $8.50 leads win betting with Repartee $2.70 leading multi betting.   Option 832 'Exact Wins By Drivers' has seen a $1,000 bet at $10.00 placed on Blair Orange 3 plus wins.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Oamaru harness racing fixed odds movers as at 11:10am Race 1 - BJ Lindenny $4.50 is best backed over Ardee Trouble $5.50.   Race 2 - Adieu Flirt $15.00 - $11.00 leads win betting over Bicton $16.00   Race 3 - Di Caprio $2.20 leads multi betting with London Delight $2.50 leading win betting.   Race 4 - The big mover here is Full Herbs $4.80 - $3.20.   Race 5 - Davey Mac $4.00 leads win & multi betting.   Race 6 - Tiziano $17.00 - $12.00 leads win betting over Cool Changes $10.50.   Race 7 - Nearis Green $6.00 is best backed on the multi 'book' with Little Bad John $15.00 - $7.50 leading win betting.   Race 8 - Zsa Zoe $8.80 - $7.00 leads win betting.   Race 9 - Two Ply $3.60 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 10 - Don Domingo $3.10 leads multi betting over Run Boy Run $4.20.    Race 11 - Time For Diamonds $7.00 leads win betting.   Race 12 - Motu Hot Topic $19.00 - $14.00 leads win betting over Miss You $14.00 - $12.00.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Mark Purdon isn’t expecting his rivals to simply give champion pacer Lazarus his $100,000 Miracle Mile prelude at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. But he would also still be surprised if his harness racing superstar was beaten. Lazarus is rated a $1.20 chance after drawing the ace in the second of the two preludes which will decide the remaining seven invitations to next Saturday’s $750,000 Mile. After dominant wins in the Inter Dominion, New Zealand and Hunter Cups this summer, Lazarus should win again but Purdon has resigned himself to his rival drivers generally making it tactically tricky for the five-year-old. And with Lazarus not blessed with the same blazing gate speed of some of his Australian rivals, Saturday night’s mile may not simply be a case of lead and win. “Obviously I’d love to be in front from the draw but they can leave the gate very quickly here in Sydney so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of them have a look,” says Purdon. “I think we should be able to hold Tiger Tara, who we have seen quite a bit of this summer, but a horse like Mach Doro could come off hard. “But if we get crossed I think they will have to go so fast to do it we can come off the markers straight away.” Considering Lazarus has sat parked in his two biggest Australian wins this season, he should be able to do so again if needed. Purdon will be in for a very different experience with Heaven Rocks in the first prelude where he could settle near last in a race Soho Tribeca should be able to control either in front or parked, making him the best bet. Saturday night’s meeting also sees heats of the NSW Oaks and Derby, with the barrier draw for the Miracle Mile to be held on Sunday around 1pm.  Michael Guerin

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:20pm Race 1 - Diamond Life $6.50 leads win betting over Gypsy's Choice $6.00. Gypsy's Choice just leads multi betting over Bringitonhome $3.60.    Race 2 - Musculus $4.20 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 3 - Back In Black $18.00 has been well backed and is easily the worst liability on the race in early trading. Friend $3.10 leads multi betting over Acuto $2.90 & Bardot $4.00.   Race 4 - The only runners backed early are Hail Christian $6.00 & The Dorchester $2.60 who does lead multi betting over the former runner.    Race 5 - Harriet Of Mot $1.75 is racing away in multi betting with Ronald J $5.00 just leading win betting over the favourite.   Race 6 - A G's White Socks $2.30 - $2.00 is best backed in win & multi betting over Tiger Thompson $4.20.   Race 7 - Utmost Delight $5.20 - $4.50 leads win betting over Seaswift Joy $11.00 & the favourite Bonnie Joan $2.30. Bonnie Joan $2.30 easily leads multi betting.   Race 8 - McLovin $23.00 - $16.00 leads win betting over Bonnie Highlander $16.00 - $14.00 & BD Khaosan $9.50.   Race 9 - Elle Mac $3.00 easily leads win betting and just leads multi betting over Dizzy Miss Lizzy $2.40.    Race 10 - Diamonds N Cash $4.20 is the only runner wanted in win betting and leads multi betting over Mighty Santana $5.50.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)      

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:15pm Race 1 - Easily the best backed runner early has been Il Pirata $37.00 - $31.00 with Yagunnakissmeornot $2.20 leading multi betting over Prince Fearless $1.95.   Race 2 - Gupta's Cullen $1.55 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 3 - Our Petite Lady $10.50 - $6.50 is the only runner wanted in win betting with Sequoia $7.00 leading multi betting over Tobruk $6.00. Largest bet $700 at $10.50 Our Petite Lady.   Race 4 - Sea Of Gold $3.50 leads multi betting over Bopper Jet $5.00.   Race 5 - Shay Scott $11.50 - $9.00 leads win betting with Sex On Fire $2.10 the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 6 - Lacey's Lad $2.60 - $2.00 easily leads multi betting over Anamajor $5.00.   Race 7 - Lovely Bundy $8.00 leads win & multi betting.   Race 8 - Gooddealehemily $2.10 leads multi betting with the big mover on the win 'book' Royal Lincoln $6.00 - $3.50.   Race 9 - Culpeka $1.80 easily leads multi betting over Step Up $8.00 and Juice Brogden $2.60.      Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

John Dunn knows American Tart may need every favour she can muster to claim group one glory at Addington tonight but believes she has already got the biggest one. The speedster mare is drawn wide on the front line in the $100,000 Breeders Stakes and while that doesn't sound ideal, driver Dunn sees it as a major tactical advantage over his three main rivals. Because American Tart has high gate speed and Dunn thinks that gives him a chance to at least get in front of Bonnie Joan, Better B Amazed and Utmost Delight, all of whom are drawn the second line. "She gets her chance now because even though she is wide I reckon I can stay in front of those other good mares," said Dunn. "And the way she went last start then she can probably win. But she is going to need nothing to go wrong because Bonnie Joan was super last start too." The latter clearly outpointed American Tart two weeks after sitting parked, with Utmost Delight a booming late third in the same race. So if American Tart is made to burn early by those inside her to get to the markers tonight, then Bonnie Joan would be favoured to beat her again. Better B Amazed worked too hard last start so might enjoy her second line draw tonight and ran third in this race last year to two Jewels winners in The Orange Agent and Piccadilly Princess so is good enough to win if the other favourites work too hard. Dunn warns punters to expect improvement from Yagunnakissmeornot, the trotting mare he unofficially co-trains with his father Robert, in the opening race at Alexandra Park tonight. "She badly needed her run last week but still made good ground in a fast last 800m," says Dunn. Back to her favourite 1700m distance and off the front line in a race where her fellow open class opponents are not at their peak, the sit-sprint specialist appeals tonight. Meanwhile, the Kiwis almost all have great draws at Menangle tomorrow night as some of our biggest pacing names try to qualify for Sydney harness racing's richest night. Lazarus (drawn the ace) and Heaven Rocks (unruly) contest preludes of the Miracle Mile, where if they both race up to anything like their best they should confirm their invites to next week's A$750,000 Miracle Mile. Their stablemates All U Need Is Faith, drawn the ace in a weakish heat of the NSW Derby and The Devils Own, also drawn the ace in a stronger heat should cruise through to next week's Derby. But Our Bare Knuckle, who was below peak fitness when beaten last week, has a wide draw and will probably be driven to qualify for the final in her Oaks heat. The barrier draw for the Miracle Mile will be held around 3pm NZ time on Sunday. Michael Guerin

The Invercargill Harness Racing Club's early March race day has finally been confirmed as a grass track meeting. All races will be run over 2050 metres on the galloping track either from the stand or mobile, so the public will be able to get close to the action. The card includes the last Nuggets Final worth $12,000 and a heat of the Southern Country Cups series. Records show that the last time a harness meeting was held on the grass at Ascot Park was January 1970. The main race on that day was over a mile and 5 furlongs.Worth $1,550 it was won by Ghandi which was trained and driven by Colin Baynes. The main staying test at the meeting was won by Moody Patch, trained by Adam Hunter and driven by Charlie Franks. The two mile trip was run in 4-29.8.  The all-weather trotting surface was first used the following year at the Invercargill Trotting Club's December meeting. If the weather for the March 3rd meeting is looking like being wet, the club has the option of changing to the all weather surface. This decision will need to be made on the Wednesday. Distances would then be changed to 2200 metres. Grass track meetings have been popular in centres further north - particularly in Canterbury, and the racing public certainly enjoy the chance to view the action from close quarters. With plenty of parking available close to the fence at Ascot Park this is sure to attract a good crowd. Put in the diary now. The tentative programme is available on the HRNZ website. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Whiterig horseman Ross Wilson has been around horses most of his life and despite wanting to scale down and just be a hobby trainer he still has a racing team of twelve and a band of eight broodmares to look after. The scaling down hasn’t happened yet! Ross grew up in the Winton district and lived next door to legendary Winton trainer Harry Cox so there was always a chance he’d get involved in the industry. “My father (Bob), had an old trotter called Palema which was by U Scott. He trained it for about three years and it finally got to the races at Winton. They had a garden in the birdcage in those days. I remember it backing into the fence and the garden. It was a late scratching because they couldn’t get it onto the track. That was his only foray into harness racing. They’re actually his colours that I race in today. I always had it over him. (His father). I said at least my buggers get onto the track.” Ross’s first horse was bred by the late Eric Butler. “I used to deal with him through Dalgetys (Stock Firm) and he had horses on his farm. I said to him one day could a get a lend of a mare to breed from. I got an old mare called Mary Bank. I sent her to Lord Butler who stood next door at Harry Cox’s. We called him Will Butler. Dad went in shares with me. I couldn’t get a licence at the time so Harry trained it. It won a non-tote race at Winton and that’s all it ever won.” Will Butler did run a couple of placings in his forty start career including a second on Easter Saturday at Forbury Park in 1980. The next foal out of Mary Bank was a Majestic Chance colt called Mister Majestic. “Eric actually bred it and I saw it one day in the paddock and liked it as a foal. I paid $1,500 with two contingencies of $250 for its first two wins. I won eight races with him and won $20,000 and I sold him for $20,000. In those days my salary was $2,000 per year so it set me up for life really. “ Mister Majestic won a further five races in America and his best mile time there was 1-59.2. Ross is still breeding from a descendant of Mary Bank. Grinfromeartoear mare Outkast is out of Walk On By whose second dam is Mary Bank. In the late seventies things got a bit more serious on the breeding and racing front when he met Graeme Edgar from Tapanui. “I knew Graeme also through my work at Dalgetys. There was a yearling sale in Invercargill in those days and he said to me could I sort out a yearling that could make a broodmare one day. We sorted out a few and had a look at them. As soon as I saw Ryal Robyn I said ‘this is the one’. We didn’t actually know what a sour mean …….. she was. She just sat in the back of the box.” Ryal Robyn was purchased for $1,200. She was by Nevele Big Shot out of Ryal Faye and was bred by Ross Dynes at Ryal Bush. Ryal Faye was by Light Mood out of Petronella. Petronella later left Knowing Bret gelding Vita Man which won nine races for trainer Ali Malcolmson and owner Ray Anicich. Anicich had a lot of success with that side of the family, also breeding Kelly Dillon which won five, Mathew Lee (15) and Mystic Gold (9) including the 1997 Southland Oaks. Petronella was by Whipster. Her half-sister Newella (Newport Chief) won six races and was the foundation mare for the late Eddie Hailes of Balfour.   Ryal Robyn was put into training with Les Norman. “He didn’t get on very well with her at all. We sent her up to stud. Ray McNally was working for the stud at the time and saw her arrive. He didn’t know Graeme but he rang him and said he’d like to train her and ended up winning three races with her.” Her wins were at Marlbourgh, New Brighton and Timaru.  So in the mid-1980’s Edgar started to breed from Ryal Robyn with her first foal Pride of Robyn being by Lordship. “One day he said to me, ‘because you did the right thing in buying that mare (Ryal Robyn,) you can get a foal out of her.’ So I went to Son Of Afella and got a filly foal (named Robyn’s Treasure). Graeme said to me ‘what about racing her together’ so we ended up doing that.” Ultimately Robyn’s Treasure won seven races including the 1994 New Zealand Oaks, and seven days later the DB Fillies Final - both at Addington. At that point the family was starting to expand and Edgar was breeding from other branches of the family. “Graeme and I raced a few and he’d give me one mare on the condition that I could get a foal out of it. So I ended up with three branches of the family.” Ross’s son Chris is also breeding from a branch of the family – Brooke Robyn (Artiscape – Maree Robyn). She’s left El Diablo which won four races here and a further ten in Australia. “We’ve actually got a two year old by Mach Three. That’s the first time she’s been to a decent sire,” Ross said. When it comes to breeding Ross Wilson likes to generally stick to a tried and true formula. “I’ve got a philosophy of breeding to proven sires. Although for the first time this year I’ve sent one to He’s Watching only because I’ve heard good things about what he’s doing.” Wilson says he doesn’t do a lot of work with the young horses. “We don’t do a lot with them until they’re two year olds. We break them in as weanlings. We get them back in only to make sure they don’t stick us up. I’ve got a nice American Ideal out of Real Robyn which is the same cross as He’s Watching. It’s the first foal we’ve had that gets around like a race horse. So I’ve sent her back there (to the stallion) because of that.” Robyn’s Treasure died three years ago after she had a paddock accident in which she shattered her shoulder. The Christian Cullen filly foal had to be hand reared. Named Bridesdale Robyn, she is part-owned by Wilson and Judy Dillon who was responsible for hand rearing her. Bridesdale Robyn                  - photo by Bruce Stewart “She wouldn’t drink for a start. I was pulling my hair out but then she started to drink from a bucket. She must have got really hungry. She never looked back and was drinking ten litres a day. Two and a half litres, four times a day," she said.  Despite being talented, Bridesdale Robyn still has some learning to do. “She hasn’t got a very good steering wheel at the moment. She’s got a big motor and she’s a lovely horse actually. The only good ones we’ve breed from Robyn’s Treasure have been by Christian Cullen (Robyn’s Cullen (9), Rocking Robyn (3) and Bridesdale Robyn (1). The rest have been no bloody good but often it comes through in the next generation.” Wilson and Edgar have both named horses after each other. Stanley Ross Robyn named after Ross won two races for Hamish Hunter before being exported to Australia where he’s won another four. He was third in the 2016 Queensland Derby and finished second to Salty Robyn in the Hondo Grattan so it was a breeding quinella for the Robyn breed. Salty Robyn was bred by Tapanui trainer Matt Saunders. He’s by Art Official out of Holly Robyn, a Live Or Die mare out of Robyn’s Treasure. Salty Robyn has won sixteen races in Australia and $214,705 and paced a mile in 1-49.2. Parnell, which is Graeme Edgar’s nickname, was named by Wilson. He was by Santanna’s Blue Chip but never won a race from twelve starts.  So the eight mares Ross Wilson is breeding from are:   Robyn Joan (Holmes Hanover-Robyn’s Measure) Her best winner is My Guy Mac. Regal Treasure (Holmes Hanover – Robyn’s Treasure) winners include Vo Regal (5) and Robs Ideal (7). Von Regal (Village Jasper-Regal Treasure) Regal Art (Art Major-Regal Treasure) Robyn Maree (Holmes Hanover – Maree Robyn) Robyn’s Bad Boy (8) Real Robyn (Real Desire-Robyn’s Treasure) Von Haley (Somebeachsomewhere – Vo Regal) Outkast (Grinfromeartoear-Walk On By) dam of Jerry Fitz (12) and Mulligan (6).   Wilson says that since Ryal Robyn was bred from in 1985, direct descendants from her have won 317 races. And judging by the passion and commitment Ross has for the harness industry there’ll be plenty of Robyns to come. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

The battle to be this season’s leading overall driver has just had another plot twist. Last week the Harness Racing New Zealand Board agreed to commit to the winner of this season’s premiership being given the rights to represent New Zealand at the World Driving Championship next year in Sweden. With just over five months remaining in the racing season, there will be an extra incentive to go alongside the title of New Zealand’s leading driver for 2017/18. Dexter Dunn has won the last ten premierships in a row, including the junior title in four of those seasons. But he has his work cut out for him the season as he attempts to chase down currently leader, Blair Orange. As of today, Thursday 15 February before the Manawatu meeting, Orange sits on 121 wins, while Dunn is on 97, and John Dunn is third on 65 wins. Should Blair Orange win it will be the first time he has competed in the World Driving Championship, whilst Dunn is a previous World Champion and has represented New Zealand in past series. New Zealand has a proud record in the series, with previous winners; Dexter Dunn (Australia, 2015); Mark Jones (Canada, 2003); Maurice McKendry (Australia/NZ 1991); Tony Herlihy (Australai/NZ 1985); Robert Cameron (Macau 1983) and Kevin Holmes (USA/Canada 1978).   Jess Smith

There is some great harness racing action again this week with the highlight being the premier meeting at Addington on Friday night. Grass track racing continues in the South with Oamaru hosting a 12 race card on Saturday. Manawatu and Alexandra Park host meetings on Thursday and Friday night and Winton race on Sunday. Last week on the ringaround there were again several winners and a number of placings. Andre Poutama had the best winning dividend last week on the ringaround when his best chance Just Anything upset them in the last leg of pick six at Cambridge on Thursday and paid $10.10 and $2.50 on the tote. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Manawatu on Thursday night Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Black Chevron as his best drive this week at Manawatu in Race 7  John Curtin - John thinks that Eldolar would be a good winning chance again in Race 10   Addington on Friday night Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen thinks that Bardot will be hard to beat at Addington in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Master Moonlite can go close to winning at Addington in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky is going for A G's White Socks as his best drive at Addington in Race 6 Blair Orange - Blair thought Sportscaster would be a good chance at Addington in Race 10   Alexandra Park on Friday night Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Prince Fearless as his best drive this week in Race 1 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks his best chance this week would be Queen Lostris at Auckland in Race 2 Joshua Dickie - Josh is going for Sex On Fire as his best drive this week at Alexandra Park in Race 5 Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance this week is Gooddealemily at Alexandra Park in Race 8   Oamaru on Saturday(Grass) Mark Jones - Mark thinks Princess Holly would be his best chance this week at Oamaru in Race 2 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Di Caprio as his best drive this week in Race 3 Racechat - Lance thinks that Veneto is a good winning chance at Oamaru in Race 6 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard says his best drive would be Miss You at Oamaru in Race 12 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks that Fiery Ferret would be his best chance this week also in Race 12 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory agrees and says Fiery Ferret would be his best drive this week in Race 12   Winton on Sunday Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive would be Vigoroso on Sunday in Race 2 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane says his best drive this week could be Razcal Alley at Winton also in Race 2 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Nicky Anew at Winton in Race 4 Brent Barclay - Brent is opting for Tact Maggie as his best chance this week at Winton in Race 6 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be Lawrence at Winton in Race 8   Harnesslink Media

Winton breeders John and Katrina Price produced a sale topper at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch today (Wednesday). Their Bettor's Delight colt Chicago Cub reached $190,000 before the hammer dropped on the full brother to West Australian pacer and multiple Group winner Chicago Bull. He was bought by Emilio and Mary Rosati under the E&M Stride banner.  Prior to heading to Christchurch the Prices thought they had a nice colt to present but the interest went to another level once the prospective buyers started to view the colt.  Katrina commented "Yesterday and this morning there was a lot of interest. He was in and out of the box and we did have every major buyer come and look at him. There had been a lot of positive comments and we didn't really know where he was going to go (pricewise). It was more than we wildly expected. All the potential buyers said the same thing - that he was just a lovely colt. They all loved his walk. He's got this lovely rolling walk. To be fair he didn't have any faults. He was so correct and a nice size." Price says Chicago Cub is darker in colour and a bit bigger than his older brother. "He's not a big horse this fella but he's physically a lot stronger. But temperament wise, very similar. They were both lovely horses to work with and wanted to please. Both laidback and knew how to look after themselves. We drove up there and all he wanted to do was eat, drink and sleep. Bull was the same. He was like a family pet. The kids absolutely loved him and this fella, even though he was a colt, was the same at home."  Katrina prepared the colt and lead him into the ring and says she wasn't sure early on where the bids were coming from but once the numbers started to rise she knew who was vying to buy him.  "You've got your mind on other things but at the end I thought it was between Barry Purdon and Emilio and that ended up being the case." The Rosatis generally rename their horses using the word 'Stride' and Katrina says this will be the case with Chicago Cub.  It was the second year in the row that the Rosatis have purchased the top lot at the Christchurch sale. They paid the same price - $190,000 for Franco Stallone last year. He was renamed Puntarno Stride.  As for Chicago Cub's mother Chicago Blues; she had a full brother to Chicago Bull and Chicago Cub but unfortunately it was born dead.  The Prices have ventured to the sales a few times in the last ten years and today's experience has reinforced their belief that buyers have become very choosey.  "One thing we've learned today and in past years is that they've got to be the complete package. They've got to have the page (pedigree page) and the individual. We'll only take the ones that are nice individuals otherwise we'll get them up and running ourselves and do what we've done all along."  It was another good sale for Southern Bred Southern Reared horses with five of the top ten lots sold being promoted under that brand or having some southern connection.  "It's been a good result for Southern Bred Southern Reared. Lex and Heather Williams have come under the SBSR banner. They topped the trotters and sold a couple of good ones today, so they had a great sale. Michelle Caig had the second top trotter. The second top pacer today was out of Beaudiene Bad Babe so it had it roots down our way too." Kauana Kid (Bettors Delight - Beauidene Bad Babe) was offered by Taffy Limited of Winton and was sold to Barry Purdon for $125,000 while Lex and Heather Williams Bettor's Delight colt out of Flying Mrs Williams was bought by the Kennards for $90,000. The top four fillies at the Christchurch sale had southern connections as well. The top two fillies were Perfect Beauty (Bettor's Delight out of Nitouche Franco) offered by Southlanders Noel and Diane Cournane and Porscha (Bettor's Delight - De Lovely) sold by Taffy Limited of Winton. The next top two fillies were Amazing Dream (Bettor's Delight - Christian Dreamer) - Vin and Daphne Devery $77,500 and Born To Be Bettor - Vin and Daphne Devery and Alan and Phillipa Blackler which sold for $72,500. "We've had a moment in the sun today and it'll be someone else's turn next time won't it," said Katrina.  "He'll have a name change and be called something Stride. Mary, Emilio's wife, wanted him to stay in New Zealand so he's going to be racing out of the Ray Green barn. Ray was one of the trainers that really liked him and wanted to buy him as well so it was a win win for him."  The Prices are naturally thrilled Chicago Cub will be staying in New Zealand as they'll be able to watch him develop into a young racehorse.  "I hope he does a great job and they get all the success they deserve."    Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Thursday 15 February – Manawatu HRC The second day of the Manawatu meeting will be held this Thursday, with the first event due off at 5.09pm. There are some exciting events coming up in the region also, including the Harness Racing Gearing Up Contest, part of the extremely popular annual Rural Games - The club are also busy gearing up for the second edition of the Palmerston North Gold Cup Festival, to find out more   Addington Raceway News Ben Waters and Friends – Thursday 15 February It is not too late to purchase your tickets! Ben Waters is said to be the best Rock and Roll Piano player in the world, he has played alongside The Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry. Enjoy this unforgettable night of world class musicians and buffet dining. $89 per person. Purchase your tickets at   Five Star Race Meeting – Friday 16 February – Race 1 - 5.27PM We are on track for our first Five Star Race Meeting of 2018! FREE ENTRY Spectators is back in our usual building! We are excited to welcome you back. This means all our delicious pizza and burger options will be available. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). $15 A La Carte Dining – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). Stables BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn.   Crusaders vs Cheifs – Saturday 24 February – 7.35PM Pop in to Spectators before the game for our $10 Burger and Beer Game Day Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your burger and beer with friends then head over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join, visit   Diamond Creek Farm NZ Derby sustaining fee – Due Wednesday 28 February – 3PM Reminder that the sustaining fee of $345 is coming up. The countdown is on.   Heading to an event at Horncastle Arena or AMI Stadium? Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. Have a great week and we look forward to hosting you at Addington Raceway & Events Centre. To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email   Oamaru Harness Racing Club - Saturday 17 February  North Otago presents grass track harness racing this Saturday 17 February at the Oamaru Racecourse. The Late Summer Grass Meeting will offer free entry and a great venue to bring a picnic along and enjoy the country atmosphere.    Winton Harness Racing Club – Sunday 18 February Ten races starting at 12.05pm to be held at Central Southland Raceway, Winton. Including a $30,000 Pick Six.   Harness Racing Waikato Ladies Night – Support Teal 22nd February We're excited to get in behind the Australasian #TeamTeal18 Campaign.   Teal is the colour for Ovarian Cancer and February is Ovarian Cancer month so Australasian wide all female Harness Drivers are wearing Teal Pants to support the campaign.  We've decided to really get in behind the campaign so Thursday 22nd February will be  "LADIES NIGHT supporting Team Teal!" Your $30 ticket to the Skyline Lounge includes a drink on arrival, antipasto platter, reserved seating, racebook and a $10 donation to the campaign. *Additional bistro meals will be available for purchase. Bookings   Waikouaiti – Thursday 22 February     For industry members and owners who are racing horses at Waikouaiti during the February circuit, Gerald Cayford of the Waikouaiti Harness Racing Club will be hosting a BBQ with live music for those staying on after the races on Thursday 22 February. Hosted at Glamour Hooves Racing Stables on Beach Street in Waikouaiti, the BBQ (including pig on a spit) will start from 7pm with live music from John Fogarty, of Dunedin, from 8pm to 11pm. The stables are right over the road from the camping ground, so handy to anyone staying over for the two day meeting. If you have not booked accommodation please do so asap as there are limited places available. For more information please contact Gerald Cayford, 027 434 7824. There will also be a free breakfast on the Friday and Saturday morning at the track for those staying for the races. At the races on Saturday there will be a special fashion on the field contest for the kids oncourse, proudly sponsored by Meridian Mall Dunedin. Registration is free, just sign up on the day.   Alexandra Park - Friday 2 March, Oaks Night A glamorous evening the Park. Come one come all to enter MitoQ Best Dressed at the Oaks – an night of fabulous fashion, Harness Racing action, stunning prizes to be won and VIP judges, including New Zealand’s very own style icon Colin Mathura Jeffree. Best Dressed at the Oaks 2018 categories: Best dressed woman, best dressed man, best headwear, best dressed at the Oaks (overall winner). Competition entry is free, and with fantastic prizes up for grabs you should definitely come along and put your best foot forward. However please note you must be over 18 to enter! For more information call 09 630 5660 or book online at www.alexandra or email   Stratford Trotting Club - Sunday 4th March - Te Kapua Park Racecourse The Stratford Trotting Club is looking forward to hosting our annual meeting on the Sunday 4th March, and encourage you to come along! The Stratford Farmlands Family Fun Day will sure to delight with the Kidz Kartz as a highlight, along with the main race, Quintin Oakes Builders Stratford Cup. With large spacious grounds bordered by bush and lakes and an extensive lawn area, this classic race day environment is ideal for picnickers. Relax in the grandstand, or in front of the public stand which overlooks the winning post. Admission if fee.  Owners wishing to stay over have ample stalls and paddocks available at the course, and can find accommodation themselves at the New Commercial Hotel Stratford ask for Ian or Judy on (06) 765 6364. A complimentary barbecue is held at the course the evening before the races 3rd March 5.30pm onwards with all owners and their guests, and members of the club are welcome to attend.   Alexandra Park – Friday 9 March, Derby Night For the lovers of harness racing action, the Top of the Park and the Tasman will be open with deluxe Derby Night packages and a fantastic view. Derby night at the Top of the Park and Tasman Room Packages include: Delicious gourmet buffet dinner Premium beverage package or cash bar Private betting facilities within the room Race book for each guest Prices from $60 - $120. For more information call 09 630 5660 or book online at www.alexandra or email   Alexandra Park – Friday 20 March, Premier night Our phenomenally popular American Night is back for 2018! We’ll have the stars and stripes rolled back out from the Top of the Park to The Alex, and be serving up the very best of the US with another fantastic US-inspired all-you-can-eat buffet menu sure to satisfy – and of course we’ll be sure to get some top-class entertainment on board once again! Book your American Night table ASAP as this night is sure to sell out fast! American Night in the Tasman Room or Top of the Park  From $60pp | Buffet only From $125pp | Full beverage package including specialty US beer Vintage Cars, Pin up girls and amazing entertainment!!!   Addington Raceway – Job Opportunity, Marketing Assistant Drive Social Media Engagement Sponsorship, Advertising & Membership Focus Diverse & Varied Role Excellent working environment Addington Raceway & Events Centre is the home of the iconic New Zealand Trotting Cup Day, Christchurch’s biggest social occasion. Our Business and Marketing Team are responsible for growing our racing and events centre revenue base and ensuring we retain our profile as New Zealand’s leading harness racing venue and Christchurch’s most successful events centre. We have an opportunity for a social media and marketing whiz to join our small, but highly talented team. What are we looking for? Ideally 2+ years of marketing/business development experience. A deep understanding of how to use social media to engage with customers and stakeholders. Attention to detail, the ability to work to deadlines & a strong work ethic. You will be proficient in the use of Illustrator and/or InDesign. A tertiary qualification in marketing (or similar). What will you be doing? Leading our social media activity – daily. Working with the Business & Marketing Manager on sponsorship & advertising. Supporting the sales team to secure future events. In-house creative/collateral across the business. Engaging with our membership base. Creating and running promotions and competitions. What’s in it for you? A great opportunity to take your next career step. Own the social media strategy & execution. A wide variety of interesting work. The best seat in the house on NZ Trotting Cup Day. Our commitment to your continued professional development. A competitive salary. Please send your application to: For more information or a preliminary chat, call Keryn McElroy, Business & Marketing Manager, on 03 339-9716. Applications close 28 February.   HRNZ Marketing

The biggest name in New Zealand racing is set for a surprise season swansong - maybe even two. Champion pacer Lazarus could start in both Auckland and Christchurch before the end of the season, giving New Zealand fans a rare chance to see the freakish pacer. Trainer Mark Purdon is reluctant to confirm either of those options until after next week's A$750,000 Miracle Mile in New South Wales but says they are both on the table as he would love to give Lazarus's fans a chance to see him in the flesh. Lazarus has drawn the ace in his A$100,000 Miracle Mile Prelude at Menangle on Saturday night and is a $1.60 favourite to win Sydney's greatest harness race a week later. He would then have 13 days before the $50,000 Co-Op Taxis Free-For-All at Alexandra Park, a race his stablemate Smolda started in last season after running a close second in the Miracle Mile. "Laz has to travel home through Auckland anyway and could well be there around that time so he is definitely a chance to start at Alexandra Park," says Purdon. "I wouldn't make any decision until after the Miracle Mile because he has had a busy summer and done a lot of travelling but I would like people at home to get a chance to see him. "The way the fans in Perth and Victoria have received him has been wonderful and we know plenty of people back home would love to see him too." Even if Lazarus doesn't make it to Alexandra Park for what would be harness racing's version of a Winx-like occasion, he is almost certain to head to the Easter Cup, fittingly sponsored by Purdon's All Stars stables, at Addington on March 31. "That is definitely on his programme at this stage," confirmed Purdon. If Lazarus doesn't race at Alexandra Park he may need a blowout in the Addington free-for-all a week earlier, so he looks likely to have two starts in New Zealand to end his season. "And then regardless of what happens in the Easter Cup he will be finished for the season and we will aim him at a third New Zealand Cup next term." While he is New Zealand's most loved harness horse Lazarus has only had four starts here this season, the last being his New Zealand Cup win on November 14. Since then he has won the Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup and if he adds the Miracle Mile will be the only horse to hold Australasia's four greatest race titles at the same time. Meanwhile, exactly who drives stablemate and second favourite Heaven Rocks in the Miracle Mile is unclear, with no date set for Natalie Rasmussen's appeal against her suspension that could cost her the drive. With Jilliby Kung Fu having accepted his invitation to the Miracle Mile, the other seven spots in the super sprint will be filled from the starters in Saturday's two preludes. Lazarus's list • A$100,000 Prelude at Menangle on Saturday. • A$750,000 Miracle Mile on Feb 24. • Potentially $50,000 Free-For-All at Alex Park on March 9 or $30,000 Free-For-All at Addington on March 23. • $100,000 Easter Cup at Addington on March 31. Michael Guerin

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