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Brian Norman doesn’t mind flying under the radar, but there is little chance of that happening when he takes four big winning chances to Ascot Park on Saturday. Norman’s quartet certainly have not been missed by bookmakers, who have kept them safe in fixed odds markets released on Friday afternoon. With his team thriving at the trainer’s newish property near Gore, which he moved into around this time last winter, the usually conservative Norman rates more than one of his team decent winning hopes. “I think they’re the best four chances I have taken to the races, probably ever.” Norman starts his day in race 1 with Port Pegasus who produced a big effort to run second to smart debut winner Simone Lindenny at Winton late last month. The three-year-old will be out to match Friday night’s effort of his half-sister Splash Cola who won at Addington. And Norman thinks he can. “I think the trotter in race 1 would be very hard to beat.” “I think he has worked it out.” “It was always going to happen, it was just a case of when he was going to work it out.” “He has been to the workouts since his last run and he was actually very good.” “He concentrated good and he finished on good without being asked to go.” Bookmakers opened Port Pegasus at a $6 fixed odds win price on Friday. Norman starts Steve in race 4 in the hope she bounces back to her best she after galloped away at last weekend’s Diamonds Day meeting. The trainer has made adjustments with the mare and he is hopeful she can do things right on Saturday. “I am going to put an overcheck on her,” Norman said. “I have changed her shoeing and put a set of bell boots on her, so I would say she would be good to go.” “She has been going good, even when she ran fourth she probably should have run second.” “But the clip broke on her hood and she ended up with it still on all the way up the straight.” Steve was rated at a $7.50 fixed odds win price on market opening. Blair Orange drives Steve, as well as Superfast for Norman in race 5. The three-year-old wound up late in a nice effort for sixth on Diamonds Day. Drawing barrier 8 looks the only factor against the filly on Saturday. “She can’t work twice in a race, but she has got a lot of toe,” Norman said. “She is not a bad filly and I think she will be a nice mare next year.” “We are hoping to win a race and then wait for next year.” Superfast was rated the $3.10 second-favourite when race 5’s fixed-odds were released. Orange also drives Norman’s stable debutante in race 9 in Arlo Maguire. The four-year-old’s work at home suggests his first start in his new trainer’s colours should be a good one. “He is actually working bloody good,” Norman said. “All we have been concentrating on is teaching him how to sprint.” “He is a nice pacer and he is clean winded.” “I would say he could give them a shake.” Arlo Maguire opened the $3.90 fixed odds second favourite for race 9.   by Jonny Turner

Alexandra Park harness racing results click here! Every yearling buyer dreams of their latest purchase eventually winning on debut. Tony Herlihy just didn’t think if that dream came true with Double Delight it would be in a trotting race. The two-year-old trotting filly showed great determination to win her first start at Alexandra Park on Friday night and while the result itself didn’t surprise Herlihy the type of race sure did. Because he paid $40,000 for Double Delight at the yearling sales last thinking he was buying a lovely pacing filly prospect by exciting pacing stallion Captaintreacherous yet Double Delight trots. Herlihy is surprised as anybody else. “I tried to break her in as a pacer about three times,” laughs the champion horseman. “But all she wanted to do was trot. She was even trotting inside the hopples. “So eventually gave up and we let her do what she wants to do and she does it pretty well.” Captaintreacherous was of course a champion pacer and Double Delight is his 14th winner bred in New Zealand, whether they have won here or in Australia, but his first trotting winner in this part of the world. “Obviously this isn’t what we expected but she has hardly put a foot wrong trotting so I am happy to be proved wrong,” says Herlihy. Double Delight is now qualified straight into the Jewels, leaping to fourth in the leaderboard after just one start. Herlihy will also have his more trotting-bred trotter Bolt For Brilliance at the Jewels, having given the four-year-old a few days off after his brave second to Sundees Son in last week’s Rowe Cup. “I was very happy with him, how couldn’t you be, trotting home in 55 seconds again so he is definitely going to the Jewels.” Herlihy made it a juvenile debutant double when Blameitonthenight was a dominant winner of the night’s pacing race while later in the night Melanion came from well back to win his debut to give The Iceman an ultra-rare debutantes treble on the night. After being allowed to find her feet early Blameitonthenight raced around to sit parked and recorded a 1:56.2 mile rate for the 1700m and she too now finds herself in the top 12 on the leader board for the two-year-old Diamond after just one start. Blameitonthenight is bred to win a Jewels, being by Bettors Delight from 2009 two-year-old Diamond winner Gotta Go Harmony, herself of a daughter of one of New Zealand’s great fillies in Elect To Live. Melanion is a three-year-old son of Bettors Delight and he also had to be good to win pacing 2:41.9 after getting well back in a disorganised race. While Herlihy trained a pacing-bred trotter to win among his treble on Friday night, the north’s top trainers of trotters had a rare pacing winner. Blitzembye lived up to trainers Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett’s big opinion of him to storm home breaking 54.5 for his last 800m and if that official time is right he may well be a horse with a big future. He is the only pacer racing in the stable with 20 trotters and it was one of those, Majestic Princess, who won the very next race on debut to give the Wallis/Hackett stable a running double.   by Michael Guerin

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Racing racing hits Invercargill today with a nine race program starting at 12:10pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. Invercargill selections 8th May 2021 Best Bet:  R9 Sand Wave Best Value:  R2 Von Art   Race 1 Jasmine Jaccka (1) Latina Hall (9) Tease My Tartan (4) Port Pegasus (2)   Race 2 Von Art (7) Midnight In Memphis (4) Bettors Highlight (2) Kagee VC (1)   Race 3 American Mac (8) Lynryd Skynryd (3) Calico Hill (5) Fireforefiddle (2)   Race 4 Steve (3) Boyz Invasion (7) Spotlight The Valley (9) Crusher Collins (11)   Race 5 Cautious Galleon (1) Rakareplay (3) Superfast (8) Didshedoit (11)   Race 6 A Bettor Act (8) Beaudiene Hustler (1) Yankee Shard (6) Tres Chic (7)    Race 7 Palisade (12) Top Pocket Chance (17) Svelt (4) Insist The Win (9)   Race 8 Better Galleon (4) Tulsa Jaccka (3) Changearound (1) Stoneyroyd (5)   Race 9 Sand Wave (3) Arlo Maguire (4) Onedin Hurricane (9) Lucky Galleon (10)   Harnesslink Media

Talented Changeover gelding Yianni tasted Group success for the first time when he effortlessly won harness racing's Group 2 $50,000 Australian Pacing Gold 4YO Consolation at Melton on Saturday (May 1). The four-year-old worked to the front in the early stages and reeled off a flying 56.4 seconds last 800 metres to score by open lengths. The mile rate for 1720 metres was a career-best 1:53.8. Changeover was also represented by metropolitan winners in three other States in the first week of May. Leica Change won in 1:57.5 at Menangle, Franco Nathan NZ won on debut at Albion Park in 1:55.9 and Jaccka Ted NZ emerged successful in 1:57.1 at Globe Derby Park. The three-year-old Nick’s Pick (1:58.8, Redcliffe), Just Ralph (1:53.8, Mildura) and Isla’s Joy NZ (1:56.1, Marburg) were other recent Australian winners sired by Changeover. NZ winners included Jungle Gem (1:58.8, Cambridge Raceway) and Changenround (Invercargill), while the NZ bred Darkershadeofpale scored again in 1:53 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Changeover will again by standing this season at Burwood Stud, on Queensland’s rich Darling Downs.   By Peter Wharton

This week 400 tons (360 tonnes) of new material was laid at Addington Raceway ahead of a busy few weeks that includes Premier meetings on May 14 and 21. The old product was removed from the track and replaced with a newer finer mixture that was 50/50 sand and 3cm chip. Previously there was a 5cm chip on the surface. “It’s exactly the same product,” says Addington Raceway’s Facilities and Property Manager John Denton, “we’ve just refined the size of the chip.” “We have done that to reduce the kickback from horses during races.” The work started on Monday and was completed by Wednesday afternoon, with the new surface being laid by a bottom dumper at 60 kilometres an hour. The May 14 meeting features the $200,00 NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Colts and Geldings Pace and the Group One $120,000 Nevele R Fillies Series Final while the following Friday has the $150,000 Group One Garrards Sires’ Stakes Colts and Geldings Final and the $150,000 New Zealand Pacing Oaks.   HRNZ News

Harness Racing New Zealand will leave The Races Limited Partnership (TRLP) at the end of the 2020/21 season. From 1st August 2021 the current format for the provision of event infrastructure will no longer operate, with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing absorbing the TRLP operation and associated costs into its current business structure. TRLP is a Wellington-based enterprise that has been a primary provider of event infrastructure and big screen services to many of the equine clubs throughout the country. TRLP was created four years ago when the then New Zealand Racing Board transferred the responsibility of operating the event infrastructure business to the two equine codes. “We reviewed many options for the provision of event infrastructure to the harness clubs and considered it was in HRNZ’s best interests not to continue with TRLP,” said HRNZ’s General Manager Corporate Services and TRLP Director Liz Bishop. “We will be talking to the clubs that are affected to assist them with a transition from the current model to what they want to do for the 2021/22 season. There are about nine harness clubs who used TRLP’s services.” TRLP Manager – Operations Georgette Moyle says she will also be in contact with affected harness clubs. “I am working through a separate pricing model specially for Harness Racing Clubs and will be in contact with you directly to discuss this in the coming weeks.” For any more information contact Liz Bishop –

Latest harness racing auction is now online. There are 7 Lots in the latest Standardbred auction with all of these offered on an unreserved basis.  Bidding will run throughout the week and close from 7pm on Wednesday 12 May.   VIEW FULL CATALOGUE   Featured Lots Lot 3 NYLA  Nyla is reported to be a good sized bay filly who is a good pacer and has good manners. She is from a very good family, being from the black-print Christian Cullen mare Martine Maguire who is a full sister to Lizzie Maguire. She would be a nice type of mare to breed from in the future and is offered as she is not quite good enough to race in the North. Sire: Bettor's Delight Dam: Martine Maguire Seller: scots1 Location: Ardmore VIEW ONLINE Lot 4 SWEET CHARIOT  Race winner Sweet Chariot is reported to be a well put together filly of medium size. She is from the family of Jesse Duke, Adios Dream and Courage Under Fire. Her dam is a Christian Cullen five win mare and is a half sister to three winners including Ideal Roman (1:56s, 8 wins, 10 plcs $75,448) now retired and Only In Rome (A1:54, 15 wins, 58 plcs $125,091). Offered as a racing and breeding proposition as she is no longer competitive in the Auckland area. Sire: Sportswriter Dam: Charioteer Seller: scots1 Location: Ardmore VIEW ONLINE Following are some bidding tips to help you navigate the process. Lot 1 will close from 7pm. If a bid is placed in the final 30 seconds, another 30 seconds is added onto the auction and to all subsequent Lots. This will keep happening until there are no further bids placed. If you are are outbid, you must type in the next bid amount, the site does not automatically update the bid amount for you. There is no benefit in letting auctions run down to the last second before bidding as the auction will just keep auto-extending until no further bids are placed. This practice increases your chances of missing out on horse. cannot identify loss of online connection, a slow internet connection or browser issues at the user’s end. Even a slight loss of internet connection that may not be noticeable can interrupt the user’s browser in following the sale in real-time therefore setting up an auto-bid is the best way to ensure your bids are placed. Google Chrome or Safari are the recommended internet browsers. staff are able assist in actively supporting both buyers and vendors during the sale, if you need a hand with registration or bidding, we are available on phone +64 9 296 4436 or email during our online auction to help.

View the Addington harness racing fields click here! By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk     Group Three winner Pres The Belle will be looking to get her career back on track at Addington Raceway on Friday. The 13-win mare has had four starts for her new trainers, Geoff and James Dunn, and they believe she is capable of recording her first victory in their colours in the Haras des Trotteurs Heather Williams Memorial Mobile Trot (1980m). She has failed to flatter since joining the West Melton barn, but showed a glimpse of her former self when winning by five lengths in her 2600m trial last week. “We have changed her front shoes and she has trotted really well at the trials, so hopefully she can do it at Addington,” James Dunn said. “She doesn’t like Addington as much as other tracks, but she has been going good enough. “This is probably the most winnable race she has come up against since we have had her. If she brings her manners and doesn’t pull too hard, she should be a good chance.” Pres The Belle will come up against the likes of Group Three winner Splash Cola and in-form mare Gold Chains, but Dunn believes his mare is capable of holding her own on Friday. “Splash Cola is pretty good when they bring their A-game over the short trip, but Gold Chain is flying,” he said. “Pres The Belle is the class horse of the field. At her best she would be very hard to beat, but she is not there anymore, so we have got to get her 90-95 percent and she should be in the top three.” Dunn will also line-up Laver in the Dunstan Horsefeeds Mobile Pace (1980m) after he disappointed when fading late at Addington in his last start in March. He has subsequently freshened and has pleased in his resuming trials where he has placed and won in the lead up to Friday. “He was well short for that last start and after that we found out he was a little bit crook, so we have treated him and gave him some time, took him back to the trials and started again,” Dunn said. “He is still quite heavy. He got away on us a little bit. That is a good sign, it usually means he is pretty well. “We are using this as a fitness run looking towards the Jewels.” The Dunns final runner of the night will be Derby placegetter The Falcon, who put in a subpar performance at Rangiora last month. “He was disappointing last start,” Dunn said. “We probably asked him to come out of the gate a little bit (hard) and maybe backing up from the Derby he just found it a bit tough. “We have given him a bit of a freshen-up. We were going to go to the trials, but with the premier meeting next week we thought that we might as well go to a race instead of straight into a premier meeting after a month off racing.” Dunn is enjoying his first season training in partnership with his father, with 11 wins to their name so far. “It is going well,” he said. “We haven’t had a winner for a while, but we are pretty happy with how the season has gone so far. Laver has helped a lot and has won five. I am enjoying it.”

View the Alexandra Park harness racing fields click here! The odd man out of Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett’s stable could end up being their best chance at Alexandra Park tonight. The beach trainers will take 10 horses to headquarters, which is nothing unusual in itself as they often provide valuable horse numbers to help fill out northern meetings. But tonight their team will include Blitzembye (R3, No.7). “We have about 20 trotters but he is the only pacer we have and we really like him,” says Wallis. It is not that the stable are strangers to training pacers and even very good ones as they prepared one of the most under-rated pacers of the last 20 years in Sly Flyin. “We would definitely take more pacers but we do probably prefer the trotters,” admits Wallis. Blitzembye actually resumed for the stable last Friday so the trotters won’t be totally dumbfounded by a set of hopples in the gear bag and he flashed home for second after being driven conservatively. He looks a five-win horse in the making who should thrive in the easier winter competition but tactics early and the tempo of the race could decide his chances from his tricky barrier. “He did a big job to win in the same prep as when he qualified last time so we expect him to be even better this time in.” The star of the trotting team tonight is Invictus although his natural racing style is not suited by his 35m handicap in race nine, the main trot of the night. “The 35m isn’t ideal but he can begin quickly. But it is hard to see him leading. “But away from the best trotters he is hard to beat, especially once he gets closer to the front line.” The Wallis/Hackett stable has three juvenile trotters in the second tote race for that crop in the north this season and Wallis says Faith In Manchester is their best hope. “She galloped last start at Cambridge but we think we have that sorted out,” she offers. They dominate race four tonight with four starters and suggest a roughie for punters, not a bad option in what is not the strongest maiden trot. “Cruise Control might not have the best form but he has ability and won well at the workouts last week so we think he has a real chance, particularly if he gets things right.” High In The Sky is rated an each way chance in race six where her manners could be handy in a capacity field which will make it hard on those who get too far back. The best pacer in show tonight is Sires’ Stakes winner America Dealer, who returns from a wide draw in the feature pace which is unusually the last race on the card. He is only using tonight’s race to get ready for the Jewels and then a Queensland campaign and he could settle last in the small field but he looked very ready when pacing his last 400m in 26.8 to easily beat some of these at the workouts last weekend so if presented at the right time he can still win.   by Michael Guerin

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    There’s a burgeoning rivalry developing at Cambridge Raceway and it’s just starting to heat up. Local junior drivers Alicia Harrison and Luke Whittaker have drawn level at the top of the North Island junior driver standings after Harrison recorded a winning double at her home meeting on Thursday night. She opened her account behind the Matthew White-trained Emmber in the Cambridge Homes Mobile Pace (2200m). The daughter of triple Group One winner Lauraella had to do it tough, sitting parked throughout, but she was able to draw on all her reserves to get up by a head over Jaccka Cooper, with Hooray Henry a further three-quarters of a length back in third. “Emmber had to do it quite tough, but she was quite on the bit and not as relaxed as I would have liked her to have been,” Harrison said. “Thankfully she dug in and stuck on really well. It was a really good effort from her.” Harrison was back in the winner’s circle saluting the judge in the following race after an all the way victory behind the Steve and Amanda Telfer-trained Sarandon. “It was a super effort from Sarandon,” Harrison said. “She is just a tough, wee mare. She tries her heart out. “She is only pony-sized, but I would love to have a heap of her around. She is such a cool, little horse. “The Telfers have been exceptional and every time you get on one of their horses you know it’s going to be in with a winning chance.” Her double brings Harrison’s season tally to 16 wins and on equal terms with Whittaker, who works for Cambridge trainer Mike Berger. “I was getting worried because he (Whittaker) had quite a few nice chances tonight. It is good to be back on level terms and now hopefully I can keep it ticking along,” Harrison said. Harrison is enjoying her best season to date and is relishing driving at premier meetings, most recently behind New York Minute in the Gr.1 Taylor Mile (1609m) and Gr.1 NZ Messenger Championship (2700m). “The first night I was so excited, and then it rained, and it was awful out there,” she said. “But it was awesome to be out there. “He went a great race in the Messenger, but unfortunately we got shuffled up and couldn’t get into it.” Harrison is looking forward to continuing her duel with Whittaker for top North Island junior driver honours, but she is also excited about the prospects of driving on Harness Jewels Day at Cambridge Raceway next month. “I am excited for the Jewels,” she said. “A mile is probably not New York Minute’s go, but it is pretty cool that he has made the race and that I will have a drive on a big day like that at Cambridge.” View the Cambridge harness racing results click here!

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Premier harness racing hits Addington tonight with a ten race program starting at 5:02pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Addington selections 7th May 2021 Best Bet:  R3 Willow Bay Best Value:  R9 Artatac    Race 1 Valley Star (6) Majestic Chick (5) One Majic Kenny (8) Sekkie Monkey (7)   Race 2 Folklore (5) Soundsofcash (2) Silk (3) Cheezel (8)   Race 3 Willow Bay (2) Always Have Faith (5) Star Casino (7) Strength And Honour (3)   Race 4 Jimmy Paul (6) Still Truckin (5) Acento (4) Royal Ruby (2)   Race 5 Maui (6) Miss Crazed (7) Franco Jorik (3) Paramount Princess (4)   Race 6 Watch Me Now (6) Laver (5) Plutonium Lady (7) Kruizr (4)    Race 7 Splash Cola (7) Pres The Belle (8) Gold Chain (6) Time In A Bottle (5)   Race 8 Jimmy Arma (2) Sense Of Occasion (1) Lincoln Skipper (10) Boarding Call (13)   Race 9 Artatac (12) Little Gee (2) Serg Blanco (6) Wee Ring The Changes (11)   Race 10 The Falcon (5) Not Over (11) Perfect Cut (1) Teagan Banner (7)   Harnesslink Media

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Premier harness racing hits Auckland tonight with a ten race program starting at 5:20pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Auckland selections 7th May 2021 Best Bet:  R4 Cyclone Lebron Best Value:  R2 Lynton Creek   Race 1 Double Delight (1) Faith In Manchester (5) American Muscle (2) Quik Barbie (6)   Race 2 Lynton Creek (8) M T Pockets (2) Kayla Maguire (9) Prodigal Pete (4)   Race 3 Lord Verde (2) Blitzembye (7) Cashlodo Flybye (5) Bettor Listen (8)   Race 4 Cyclone Lebron (4) Soledad (5) Majestic Princess (1) Bun In The Oven (3)   Race 5 Cya Art (4) Santa Maria (1) Louie The Punter (2) Commander Cathy (5)   Race 6 Blameitonthenight (4) Ohoka Creed (7) Mercury Rising (5) Sugar Apple (6)    Race 7 High In The Sky (2) Bro Fawkes S (5) My Royal Roxy (6) The Big Bird (14)   Race 8 Je T'Aime (2) John Wayne (10) Melanion (12) Shirley Bromac (4)   Race 9 Invictus (6) Forget The Price Tag (5) Monkey Selfie (4) Kay Cee (7)   Race 10 American Dealer (7) Warloch (5) Raven Banner (1) Dance Time (6)   Harnesslink Media

A champion harness racing driver has been caught working with horses despite a two-year ban. Matt Anderson, an ex-New Zealand representative and national premiership-winning driver, was disqualified from working with harness horses in August last year after convictions for assaulting and choking a woman. Racing Integrity Unit staff found Anderson, 28, helping to train horses at a training base in Rangiora run by veteran trainer Phil Burrows on Tuesday. Burrows has held a training licence since 1996 and has more than 1500 races under his belt. When approached on Wednesday, he said he had nothing to say. Read the full story click here!   Martin Van Beynen Stuff

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Peter and Vaughan Blanchard are hoping a couple of their stable runners will clear maiden ranks this week. The father-and-son training duo will head to Cambridge Raceway on Thursday with Harvey Specter and Skyzclearnsunny and they believe both runners are capable of scoring their first wins. Four-year-old gelding Harvey Specter will contest the Mitre 10 Cambridge Mobile Pace (2200m) where he will be driven by Todd Macfarlane from gate three. The 22-start maiden has finally started to hit his straps, placing in his last two starts, and his connections are hoping he can finally breakthrough for that maiden win on Thursday. “He is pretty consistent,” Vaughan Blanchard said. “It is a good draw, so hopefully he gets a bit of luck and things pan out well for him.” Later on the card, Skyzclearnsunny will be out to go one better than her last start runner-up effort when she lines-up in the On Site NZMCA Parking @ Cambridge Raceway Mobile Trot (2200m). “She is in a mobile, which she has already placed in before,” Blanchard said. “Her run last week was good and she seems really well. Hopefully she has good manners on Thursday.” The Pukekohe barn will also take a handful of runners to Alexandra Park on Friday. Promising trotter Cyclone Lebron has started his racing career in the right fashion, placing in both of his starts to date, and he will attempt to gain his first scalp in the Book Now for Mid-Winter Christmas At Alex Park Trot (2200m). “His first couple of runs have been pretty good. If he brings his manners he will be thereabouts,” Blanchard said. The Blanchard’s will have a two-pronged attack in the Blues Rugby Mobile Pace (2200m) with Je T’Aime and Joshua Richard. Je T’Aime takes a runner-up result into Friday, while Blanchard is expecting Joshua Richard to improve with his third run in 16 months. “Joshua Richard’s first two runs for us were really good,” he said. “It is a shame about the draw (8). He has only had two raceday starts over 16 months, so whatever he does this week he will improve on. “He was previously with Todd Macfarlane and it was nothing serious, but every time they got him close (to the races) something would go wrong. They had a run of bad luck with him. “He is now a little older, and more mature, and seems in a really good headspace. “He is a horse to follow in the future.” “Je T’Aime’s run last start was good. We feel like she is as good if not better than last time. She will need luck, but she is working pretty well.” Blanchard’s Auckland quartet will be completed by Satchmo in the Drag Bingo 3 June @ The Alex Mobile Pace (2200m). “He is probably the most improved horse in our barn. His last two starts have been very good. We clocked him 26.9 home last start,” Blanchard said. “It is a tricky wee field, but if the tempo is on I expect him to be right in it.”

Will it be third time lucky for Tornado Valley? The champion trotter has been beaten at his past two starts when victory would have taken him past $1 million in stakemoney, something only two Aussie-trained trotters have done before – Sundons Gift and Keystone Del. Tornado Valley is perched on $994,397 as he heads to the Group 2 Vulcan Trotters’ free-for-all (1720m) at Melton on Saturday night. Only the $13,680 first prize will be enough to give him the milestone moment. But it won’t be easy again as the nine-year-old has drawn the back over the sprint trip, negating that great gate speed weapon of his. Former topliner Sparkling Success has gate six looks as looks the main danger, while Big Jack Hammer beat Tornado Valley at Geelong two starts back, but will need luck from inside the back row this time. It’s one several highlights on the Melton card, which also includes two Group 1 Vicbred Home Grown finals for two-year-old trotters. In the fillies’ final, Geoff Webster’s Aldebaran Misty looks as hard to beat as any from gate two. Brent Lilley and Chris Alford team-up with the promising Kyvalley Pierro, will take beating from the pole in the colts and geldings final. In the fast-class race of the night, former Kiwi Willie Go West has the pole and will take beating, but the brilliant Honolua Bay (gate four), Reactor Now (eight), Sicario (nine) and Im Anothermasterpiece (10) are also major players. ________________________________________________________________________________ The strong trotting theme stretches to Saturday night’s card, headlined by the Group 2 NSW Trotters’ Derby. Last week’s Oaks winner Aldebaran Ursula comes right into play from gate one, while Anthony Butt’s Have No Fear (six) and Brent Lilley’s Kyvalley Hotspur (seven) will have plenty of admirers. The other highlight of the card is star speedster Cash N Flow’s return in the Bulli Cup. The Kiwi-owned veteran is back from a freshen-up and will dominate betting in a moderate field despite drawing the outside (gate 10). ________________________________________________________________________________ You can tell Queensland’s bolstered winter carnival – now dubbed “Constellations” – is just around the corner. Everybody is talking about the long list of stars headed to the Sunshine State in coming months. And one of the best local players will be former star but injury-plagued Kiwi pacer Turn It Up. Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham gave him a break after he didn’t show his best in two runs during a NSW raid in February/March. Turn It Up resumes in the free-for-all (2138m) which is race one at Albion Park on Saturday night. It’s never easy from outside the back row (gate 11), but Turn It Up’s speed and class will see him very popular with punters. ________________________________________________________________________________ A couple of classy former Kiwi mares in Tiffany Rose and Queen Shenandoah add loads of interest to Gloucester Park’s feature on Friday night. The mares have drawn gates one and two respectively in the $50,000 Group 2 WASBA Breeders Stakes for fillies and mares over 2130m. It’s a wide open race, but if Tiffany Rose and/or Queen Shenandoah are at their best first-up, they’ll give it a huge shake.   Adam Hamilton

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Premier harness racing hits Cambridge tonight with an eight race program starting at 5:20m and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Cambridge selections 6th May 2021 Best Bet:  R1 Mufasa Metro Best Value:  R6 The Sportsman   Race 1 Mufasa Metro (4) Griffins Hall (9) Thank You (1) Alana (6)   Race 2 Itsthefinalcountdown (2) Jungle Gem (9) Dramatist (11) Boilover (4)   Race 3 Phoebe Imperial (6) The Hulk (4) As Free As Air (5) Majestic Harry (2)   Race 4 Harvey Specter (3) Big Skewy (1) Wet Flipflops (7) Norvic Rockstar (9)   Race 5 Pull The Other Leg (6) Spirit Of Anzac (9) Jack Tar (4) Eagle Watch (10)   Race 6 The Sportsman (1) Mr Perfect (11) Hooray Henry (13) Emmber (3)   Race 7 Frankie Jones (7) Rocknroll Mama (9) Ace Strike (10) Sarandon (1)   Race 8 Skyzrclearnsunny (3) Sly Punter (6) Chicago H (2) Ahwel (1)   Harnesslink Media

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