Christen Me wins in 1:51.1 on half-mile track

CHRISTEN ME SCORES OPEN WIN AT HARRINGTON Former Kentuckiana Lodge champ Christen Me scored his third win in eight USA starts when taking out a $US15,000 open handicap at Harrington, Delaware, on Tuesday (NZ time), in the hands of expatriate New Zealand driver, Ross Wolfenden. Now nine, the former two-time Australasian Grand Circuit champion settled…

Stent comes through trial

NZ HARNESS NEWS October 18, 2017 STENT COMES THROUGH MOTUKARARA TRIAL   A decision on whether 2015 NZ and Australian Trotter of the Year Stent returns to racing in the Group Three Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile at Ashburton on Monday, won’t be made until Friday. Broadfield co-trainer Colin DeFilippi was pleased with the way Stent…

Two qualify at Motukarara trials

KENTUCKIANA LODGE PAIR QUALIFY BEHIND NANDOLO Court On The Edge (3g Bettor’s Delight-Courageous Jay) was the more prominent of the two Cran Dalgety qualifiers at the Motukarara trials on Tuesday, October 17, finishing second to runaway leader, the John “Coaster” Howe-trained Nandolo (3g Betterthancheddar-Midnight In Paris). Nandolo, driven by Sam Ottley, controlled the front end…

Heaven Rocks back on track

NZ HARNESS NEWS, October 17, 2017 HEAVEN ROCKS BACK ON TRACK Enigmatic pacer Heaven Rocks declared the battle between himself and New Zealand Trotting Cup favourite Lazarus back on with a scintillating workout on Tuesday ahead of Monday’s Ashburton Flying Stakes. Heaven Rocks’ campaign looked in tatters when he appeared to break down during the…

Monbet sidelined again

NZ HARNESS NEWS, October 16, 2017 MONBET OUT OF SUMMER RACING Champion trotter Monbet has suffered a further setback in his attempt to return the race track. The Canterbury square-gaiter was due to have a workout at Ashburton on Tuesday, but a knee issue cropped up late last week and that plan has been abandoned.…

Titan Banner holds in Methven Cup

NZ HARNESS NEWS, October 15, 2017 BANNER TITANIC IN METHVEN CUP Otago pacer Titan Banner continued his march toward the second Tuesday in November with a bold win in Sunday’s $35,000 Methven Cup under the Southern Alps. The Graeme Anderson-trained pacer, who won the Hannon Memorial in September, added another slice of silverware to the…

Bonnie Joan on target for Ashburton

BONNIE JOAN WINS RANGIORA FRIDAY WORKOUT Bonnie Joan, last season’s NZ record-breaking filly, is to resume in a $13,000 up to rating 90 mares mile at Ashburton on Monday week, October 23. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety gave the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Wave Runner another preparatory run at the Rangiora workouts on Friday, October…

Mark Purdon brings up 2000th win

NZ HARNESS NEWS, OCTOBER 12, 2017 MARK PURDON TRAINS 2000th NZ WINNER  Twelve-time New Zealand training premiership winner Mark Purdon had achieved just about everything imaginable in harness racing. But at Addington on a moderate Thursday card, he hit another career milestone, joining his father, Roy, and brother, Barry, as the only trainers to have…