Ellie Barron has first winner

NZ HARNESS NEWS, November 12, 2017 ELLIE, A NEW BARRON WINNER Less than a month since her first race-day drive and at just her sixth attempt, 22-year old Ellie Barron experienced that never-to-be-repeated first win when Somejoy triumphed in the mobile mile for fillies and mares at Wyndham on Sunday, November 12. From top-shelf racing…

Heaven Rocks gets all-clear

NZ HARNESS NEWS, November 12, 2017 HEAVEN ROCKS CLEARED TO START It appears to be all systems go with second favourite Heaven Rocks for Tuesday’s New Zealand Trotting Cup. After a brief scare on Friday, when he worked lethargically and blood tests showed the early stages of a virus, it has been all good news…

Heaven Rocks doubtful for NZ Cup

NZ HARNESS NEWS, October 10, 2017 HEAVEN ROCKS IN DOUBT FOR NEW ZEALAND CUP Tuesday’s New Zealand Cup may lose one of its key contenders by tomorrow morning with second-favourite Heaven Rocks under an illness cloud. Co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen advised the Racing Integrity Unit this afternoon that her and Mark Purdon’s giant pacer is potentially…

Stent retired after setback

STENT RETIRED AFTER GOING AMISS Broadfield trainers Colin and Julie DeFilippi, and Christchurch owner Trevor Casey, have been forced to retire former top trotter Stent on the eve of the New Zealand Cup meeting. The decision was made quickly after a flare-up in a suspensory in his good leg, a week after a good fifth…

Huge doubt over Habibti Ivy for Dominion

NZ HARNESS NEWS, November 6, 2017 HUGE DOUBT OVER HABIBTI IVY FOR DOMINION Brookside trainer Paul Nairn has confirmed Habibti Ivy, his leading hope for next Friday’s Dominion Handicap, is 95 percent unlikely to start after being diagnosed with a “sheared heel” problem. Habibti Ivy is the third favourite for the $300,000 trotting feature at…

Passing of Kumeu trot trainer

  PASSING OF ERROL DOWNEY The Northern harness racing fraternity was left in shock over the weekend after the passing of Kumeu trainer Errol Downey in a car accident. Downey and a friend were in a car that left the road and collided with a tree shortly before midnight on Friday night. The accident scene…

Brent Smith elected Addington chairman

NEW CHAIRMAN AND DEPUTY FOR ADDINGTON 6 November 2017                                                  We are pleased to announce, Brent Smith was recently elected as the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s new Chair, and Karen Fordyce as Deputy Chair. Brent Smith was formally Deputy Chair, and has 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, and is one of the Managing…

Nigel McGrath brings up 500

NZ HARNESS NEWS, November 5, 2017 NIGEL McGRATH BRINGS UP 500 TRAINING WINS IN RIVERTON CUP What better way to bring up your 500th training success than with a quinella, and drive the winner yourself. Nigel McGrath achieved that milestone in the sulky of Maverick, who held out more favoured stablemate My Wee Man by…