Overport Lodge drivers have first NZ Cup starts

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NZ HARNESS NEWS, November 8, 2018 SAMANTHA OTTLEY (AND SHEREE TOMLINSON) HAVE FIRST NZ CUP DRIVES Driver Samantha Ottley will start chasing her New Zealand Cup dream with Forgotten Highway on Tuesday. The group 1 winning reinswoman will have her first drive in the 3200m feature behind the Mitchell Kerr-trained pacer. Ottley is thrilled to have booked her chance to win New Zealand’s greatest race. “It is the biggest race of the year and you dream of having a drive in it and it is finally happening,” she said. Ottley, Kerr and Forgotten Highway, form what could be considered a …

Injury forces Chicago Bull out of NZ Cup

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NZ Harness News, October 30, 2018 CHICAGO BULL SIDELINED WITH FRACTURES The connections of Western Australian pacer Chicago Bull have been dealt a shocking blow after their pacer was ruled out of the New Zealand Cup on Tuesday with a broken back. A standard veterinary procedure turned into a nightmare when the horse had an anaphylactic reaction to an intravenous injection on Saturday morning. Chicago Bull was being given fluids as a precautionary measure after emphatically winning his first start in New Zealand start for the Hall stable on Friday night. The horse flipped over and landed on his back …

Immortal Change to be rewarded

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IMMORTAL CHANGE GETS MET MULTIPLIER ON THURSDAY Consistent Changover mare Immortal Change will be a winner, regardless of the outcome of the Hungry Horse Feed Supplies Mobile Pace, at Addington on Thursday, October 11. The great grand-daughter of champion mare Armalight will become the latest Mark Jones-trained winner of a $7000 Met Multiplier. This will be her 15th start within a 12-month rolling period at Addington, the minimum required to collect the bonus. She took care of the other proviso, winning a race at Addington during the last year, when she scored at the Christchurch metropolitan track on September 7. …

My Design solid in trial

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MY DESIGN BRED TO WIN RACES My Design, a half-sister by Mach Three to former speedy Overport Lodge filly Twice The Delight (1:52.3, Aust), shaped solidly for the second week running when produced at the Rangiora trials on Wednesday, October 3. A three-year-old filly, My Design backed up her qualifying run for third at Rangiora a week earlier with a handy front-running win this week. She had her chance in the qualifier, after settling three and four back, then moving up to challenge on the home turn, but had to settle for a third, just over a length behind winner …

Itz Major Look for Queensland

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ITZ MAJOR LOOK JOINING SOME EXCUSESOMEWHERE IN TURPIN STABLE Itz Major Look, a smart front-running winning favourite at Oamaru on Sunday, September 23, for the Mark Jones stable, is to do his future racing in Queensland. The three-year-old Art Major gelding, bred and raced for his two New Zealand starts by Justine McMeeking and Kurt McNamara, has been sold to clients of the Chantal Turpin (trainer) and Pete McMullen (driver) team. The Turpin stable have had a good early result with previous purchase, Some Excusesomewhere, who won for the second time in five Albion Park starts last Friday, winning from …

Five hundred yearlings for NZ Bloodstock sales

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NZ HARNESS NEWS, September 25, 2018 FIVE HUNDRED YEARLINGS FOR NZ BLOODSTOCK SALES Five hundred yearlings are set to go under the hammer at New Zealand Bloodstock’s first series of new standardbred sales next year. The cross-code auction house has attracted the widespread support of the country’s standardbred yearling vendors since opening entries for its Karaka and Christchurch sales in February next year. New Zealand Bloodstock managing director Andrew Seabrook said his staff were working through around 500 sales entries. That bumper number looks set to eclipse the total of 478 yearlings that were carded for last year’s yearling sales …

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 …

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 …