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…

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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.…

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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…

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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,…

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Inter Dominion on move

NZ HARNESS NEWS, OCTOBER 4, 2017 INTER DOMINION RETURNING TO NZ IN 2019 ? Perhaps the most iconic race on the Australasian harness racing calendar, the Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final, is likely returning to New Zealand. Tenders closed over the weekend for the next three-year block of hosting rights and Harness Racing New Zealand,…

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