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 NZ Harness Racing News 
Friday, March 31 2017

The West Melton horseman Greg Payne can take satisfaction from the brilliant form of the 2-year-old pacing filly, My Sweetchilliphilly.

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Thursday, March 30 2017

It is no secret star Aussie filly Petacular is a prime target with Kiwi officials for the Harness Jewels.

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Wednesday, March 29 2017

Nine-year-old trotter, Dauntless, doesn't win his races out of turn, but when he does Mangere fish ‘n chip shop owner Brett Edwards is happier than most.

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Wednesday, March 29 2017

Top Aussie trainer David Aiken is excited and ready for a new challenge.

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Tuesday, March 28 2017

Any win is special, but for John Morrison a win for Warren Stapleton means just that little bit more.

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Tuesday, March 28 2017

Buzz Aussie juvenile filly My Sweetchilliphilly made almost as many waves in NZ as she did in Australia with her stunning Bathurst Gold Tiara win last weekend.

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Monday, March 27 2017

Some horses are as honest as the day is long and should never pay $22.30when they win their eighth-career start.

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Monday, March 27 2017

A small place bet on a horse at a low-key country meeting in the North Island led Ashburton owners, Stuart and Liz Leadley to buying boom two-year-old pacer, Alta Maestro.

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Sunday, March 26 2017

Not many trainers win a galloping, pacing and trotting race all within the space of three days but that’s what Todd Mitchell achieved on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.

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Sunday, March 26 2017

Alta Maestro saved his best career performance for Cambridge Raceway last night (Thursday) when smashing the New Zealand 1700m mobile record for 2-year-old pacers.

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Thursday, March 23 2017

Tom Richardson, a standardbred breeder and owner for 41 years is being rewarded for perseverance with the filly Lady Chatto, the New Zealand-trained representative in the $A104,000 final of the Gold Tiara at Bathurst on Saturday night.

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Thursday, March 23 2017

Even a holiday in Rarotonga won’t stop Jeremy Young coming back to Cambridge Raceway tonight (Thursday) to watch his flagship horse do the business.

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Thursday, March 23 2017

Lewy Risk has won both of his workouts since New Zealand Cup week but his trainer Lew Driver still thinks he will be a run short on Friday night at Alexandra Park.

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Thursday, March 23 2017

Muscle Moment, a half brother to Quite A Moment, won at his first start at Wingatui on Monday. The Muscle Mass - Juverna gelding is trained by Phil Williamson for Jayne Davies, the Cranbourne trainer.

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Tuesday, March 21 2017

Oamaru reinsman Matthew Williamson drove a personal best five winners and Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight had their most successful day with four winners at the Waimate meeting at Oamaru on Sunday.

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Tuesday, March 21 2017

It’s been 3,376 days since Craig Jamieson drove his last winner and wow was he rapt to be back in the winner’s circle last Friday night at Cambridge Raceway.

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Monday, March 20 2017

Not even bad barriers will stop trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton having hot favourites in both major Bathurst finals.

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Monday, March 20 2017

Seduce Me, a winner at Oamaru on Sunday, is set to back up 22 hours later 140km south at Wingatui.

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Monday, March 20 2017

The Ashburton Trust has signed back on as the naming rights sponsor of one of harness racing’s biggest days - the Harness Jewels which will this year be held at the Ashburton Racecourse on June 3.

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Saturday, March 18 2017

Irishman Gerry Cronin’s lifetime desire to own and train a winner on his beloved St Patrick’s Day came to fruition at Cambridge Raceway

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Thursday, March 16 2017

Victorian trotter, One Muscle Hill will have his only North Island start at Cambridge Raceway on Friday night.

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Thursday, March 16 2017

For about 25 minutes, Kiwi filly Lady Chatto might have been nominal favourite for the Bathurst Gold Tiara final.

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Thursday, March 16 2017

It's not often a trainer can get a tad annoyed when his horse goes too fast, but that's how Franklin trainer Ray Green felt about Linc's Tiger's easy win at in a five-horse trial at Pukekohe on Tuesday.

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Thursday, March 16 2017

The field of 11 harness racing drivers has now been confirmed for the 2017 World Driving Championship, to be hosted by Standardbred Canada this August.

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Thursday, March 16 2017

Vicki Purdon is keeping realistic about the sale of the horse who shot her back into the harness racing limelight.

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Thursday, March 16 2017

Harness racing in the South Island enters a new phase tonight with the implementation of the new points based rating system replacing the traditional handicapping system.

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Wednesday, March 15 2017

Papakura horseman Jay Abernethy is the inaugural 2017 ‘New Zealand Gearing Up’ champion.

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Tuesday, March 14 2017

John Bartlett is considering starting a campaign to get harness racing to the West Coast more often and when you look at the Ashworth’s Beach trainer’s record you can understand why.

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Monday, March 13 2017

Phil Williamson was to the fore again when the Northern Southland club's group three Southern Lights Trot was run at Ascot Park on Saturday for the 10th time.

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Monday, March 13 2017

The big Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival might not just be all about Shane and Lauren Tritton.

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Sunday, March 12 2017

Nigel McGrath's affection for Ascot Park went to new level on Saturday.

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Saturday, March 11 2017

Atrociously wet conditions didn’t stop The Orange Agent beating this season’s Interdominion champion, Smolda, by half a neck in the Group Two City Of Auckland Free-For-All Pace at Alexandra Park last night.

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Saturday, March 11 2017

Rory McIlwrick, the leading junior driver this season, notched his 100th on Thursday night at Forbury Park when he drove Och Aye The Noo.

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Thursday, March 09 2017

After his win behind the Kevin Shaw trained Twentynine Twelve on his home track yesterday (Tuesday), Cambridge reinsman David Butcher can now undoubtedly say he’s the top driver in the North Island.

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Wednesday, March 08 2017

Sean McCaffrey described his last drive at Cambridge Raceway yesterday (Tuesday) as one of his most satisfying.

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Wednesday, March 08 2017

Blair Orange combined with one of his biggest supporters to register a notable milestone on the weekend.

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Monday, March 06 2017

Chief Executive Officer Dean McKenzie has tendered his resignation and will leave the role at the end of the current racing season.

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Sunday, March 05 2017

Titan Banner took his earnings past $200,000 by winning the 3200 metre Wyndham Cup in 3:58.9 on Saturday and his driver Dexter Dunn was full of praise.

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Sunday, March 05 2017

The Dunn family ended All Star's domination of recent New Zealand Kindergarten Stakes when at Wyndham on Saturday, true to his name, The Brooklyn Brawler fought best in the 2017 renewal.

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Saturday, March 04 2017

Michelle Wallis nailed her first Group Three victory at ‘The Park’ last night but don’t expect to see more of the Franklin reinswoman in the sulky.

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Thursday, March 02 2017

Scott Phelan won his second consecutive Taranaki Cup on the New Plymouth grass yesterday (Thursday) thanks largely to Canadian-based Kiwi trainer, Mark Herlihy.

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Thursday, March 02 2017

While the heavy-hitters strut their stuff at Alexandra Park, the pressure is on New Zealand Derby aspirant, The Bachelor to show some form at Addington tonight.

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Wednesday, March 01 2017

Robyn’s Bad Boy, who set a New Zealand record time in December, has replaced (Im) El Diablo in the Menangle stable of KerryAnn Turner.

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Wednesday, March 01 2017

David Aiken’s stable stars are going in very different directions.

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Wednesday, March 01 2017

Australia's harness spotlight moves to an historic Cranbourne Cup meeting Friday night.

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