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…

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…

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…

Dominion & NZ Cup rankings update

MORE ACTION WITH DOMINION RANKINGS Once again there was more action in the Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Rankings than there was in its pacing counterpart. The already highly ranked Bordeaux confirmed his Dominion spot with a gritty win in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup last week at Addington. That same race also saw several of…

Lennytheshark has ace in Vict. Cup

NZ HARNESS NEWS OCTOBER 10, 2017 LENNYTHESHARK DRAWS ACE   Australian flyer Lennytheshark will start a warm favourite in the $220,000 Victoria Cup (2240m mobile) at Melton on Saturday night after drawing one. Kiwi-trained Our Field Marshal has drawn three on the second row for driver Anthony Butt, but could come in a place when…

On The Rantan unbeaten in six USA starts

ON THE RANTAN ON WINNING RUN IN USA Former useful Kentuckiana Lodge pacer On The Rantan (4g Bettor’s Delight-Funontherun) stretched his unbeaten sequence in North America to six last weekend for over $US35,000 in stakes. On The Rantan settled midfield early from the four gate in a $US18,500 open handicap at Hollywood Gaming Drayton Raceway,…

Lazarus wins, Heaven Rocks last, in Classic

NZ HARNESS NEWS OCTOBER 6, 2017 LAZARUS WINS SECOND CANTERBURY CLASSIC Champion pacer Lazarus rose to the occasion while “hype horse” Heaven Rocks ran last, turning NZ Cup markets into confusion after the five-horse $50,0000 Inkwise Canterbury Classic at Addington on Friday night. Harness racing’s all-conquering Allstars stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, despite,…