NZ METRO TC-OAMARU HRC, Sept. 20-23

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NZ METRO TC, Thursday, September 20 Race 3: IMMORTAL CHANCE (8, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “Racing good but up in grade and needs luck.” OAMARU HRC, Sunday, September 23 Race 3: ITZ MAJOR LOOK (1, Samantha Ottley), 2600m std: “Is better than his first-up run and expect an improved performance.” Race 7: MANINTHEMIRROR (8, Laura McKay), mob. 2600m: “Gets in suitable race and an outside upset chance.”

NZ METRO TC, Friday, September 14

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NZ METRO TC, Friday, September 14 Outside drive Race 4: WAR MACHINE (3, Mark), mob. 2600m: “Tony Barron told me I hope I haven’t ruined your Friday night but I’ve put you down to drive War Machine! I drove the horse to run fifth in the 4 & 5YO Trotting Championship at Addington in March. He’s in a hard race but hopefully he’ll go good.” Race 6: ROBYN’S GEM (6, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2600m: “A good race for her providing she does things right but take on trust.” Race 8: IMMORTAL CHANGE (10, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “It was good …

Immortal Change proving bargain buy

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IMMORTAL CHANGE STEP CLOSER TO MET MULTIPLIER BONUS Immortal Change, rewarded with a sit-sprint finish to win at Addington on Friday, September 7, has the aim of winning a $7000 Met Multiplier bonus for the Mark Jones stable. She’s had 10 starts at Addington since February, but this was her first win at Canterbury headquarters, after winning her maiden at Westport in March. The Multiplier is paid to any horse who has a minimum of 15 starts at Addington during a rolling 12-month period and has a win, or dead-heat, during the year. “I think Grant Smith (owner) paid only …

NZ Cup/Dominion rankings

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NZ CUP/DOMINION HANDICAP RANKINGS First rankings for the two big features in New Zealand Cup were released by Harness Racing New Zealand this week. The $800,000 Christchurch Casino NZ Cup is to be run at Addington on November 13. A maximum of 15 horses can start in the Group One feature over 3200m. NZ CUP RANKINGS: Thefixer 1, Chicago Bull 2, Ultimate Machete 3, Tiger Tara 4, Dream About Me 5, Jack’s Legend 6, A G’s White Socks 7, Eamon Maguire 8, Cruz Bromac 9, Star Galleria 10, Captain Dolmio 11, Alta Orlando 12, Classie Brigade 13, No Doctor Needed …

NZ METRO TC-RANGIORA HRC, Sept. 7-9

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NZ METRO TC, Friday, September 7 Race 3: IMMORTAL CHANGE (8, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2600m: “Racing good but is drawn bad and an each-way chance.” Race 8: MANINTHEMIRROR (5, Laura McKay) & ROBYN’S GEM (7, Sheree Tomlinson), UR, mob. 2600m: “Maninthemirror is racing ok but is up in grade so finding it hard.” “Robyn’s Gem has got to do things right but can upset.” RANGIORA HRC, Sunday, September 9 Race 7: ITZ MAJOR LOOK (3, Samantha Ottley), 2000m std: “First-starter with a lot to learn but has ability.”

NZ METRO TC-FORBURY TC, Aug 31-Sept 2

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NZ METRO TC, Friday, August 31 Race 1: IMMORTAL CHANGE (4, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “No Luck last week but gets in suitable race to be an each-way chance.” Race 2: MOLLY DOOKER (13, Samantha Ottley), 2600m std: “Had no luck first-up and is drawn bad, so looking for luck.” Race 3: MANINTHEMIRROR (8, Laura McKay) & ROBYN’S GEM (9, Sheree Tomlinson), UR, mob. 1980m: “Maninthemirror is drawn bad so looking for luck.” “Robyn’s Gem will find it tough from the unruly and is up in grade but won’t disgrace herself if they run along and she does things right.” …

Regan Todd wins Crown

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NZ HARNESS NEWS, August 26, 2018 REGAN TODD THE TOAST OF MELTON  Acclaimed young North Canterbury trainer Regan Todd recorded his first Group 1 success when Show Gait was victorious at the Australasian Breeders Crown in Melbourne on Saturday night. Todd combined with master horseman Mark Purdon for the win, the latter doing the driving. “Words can’t really explain it,” said Todd soon after the win. “I’m pretty bloody rapt. “I’m never a ‘confidence’ person heading in to races but she seemed spot-on after the way she had trialed at Shepparton last week and worked since. “It’s been awesome over …

Robyn’s Gem earmarked for broodmare role

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ROBYN’S GEM EARMARKED FOR BROODMARE CAREER Robyn’s Gem, who showed her true ability to deliver at her sixth start at Oamaru on Sunday, August 19, will try and find more wins before becoming a full time mum. Now six, the daughter of 2008 New Zealand Cup winner Changeover has proven a bit of a handful scoring up with the field at times, but was on her best behaviour at Oamaru. Driver Sheree Tomlinson bided her time back on the inner as the leaders kept the pace strong in the Twizel Combined Services Fillies And Mares Mobile Pace. Angled out wide …

NZ METRO TC, Thursday, August 23

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NZ METRO TC, Thursday, August 23 Race 1: IMMORTAL CHANGE (4, Neil Munro) & JOEY MAGUIRE (9, Paul Wallace), mob. 1980m: “Good race for both horses but on current form and better draw I would lean towards Immortal Change.” Race 4: MANINTHEMIRROR (8, Laura McKay), mob. 1980m: “The draw makes it hard and step up in grade, so will need luck.” Race 9: SI SI SENOR (2, Samantha Ottley), UR, 2600m std: “Si Si Senor was disappointing last week so looking for improvement.”

Izzy Dagg sold to Tim Butt stable

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IZZY DAGG SOLD TO RACE IN NEW SOUTH WALES Impressive last-to-first Addington, August 3, maiden winner Izzy Dagg has been sold out of the Mark Jones team to join the Tim Butt stable at Menangle. “It’s sad to see him go as he was going to turn into a lovely horse,” Mark said. The three-year-old A Rocknroll Dance colt had shaped well in five NZ starts for a large group of owners, namely Auric Limited (Pete Summerfield manager), Paul Summerfield, Mark Calcott, Dave Hunt, Gary McCormick, the horse’s namesake Israel Dagg, and wife Daisy, Randell Townsend, Matthew Lowe and Tony …