Racing season changes ‘mandatory’ to align with Australia

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“They could clean us out” Harness Racing Australia are making a move to not only change the new racing season to a calendar year, prompted by Covid, but seriously looking at it’s viability as the way forward. Adam Hamilton put the question to HRA CEO Andrew Kelly on In The Gig and it seems like there could be traction for this to happen sooner rather than later. Racing (2020-2021 season) moves to a calendar year in Australia because of Covid and many think it won’t just be a flash in the pan due to Covid. “Will it be a permanent …

Willison on sideline with frustrating injury

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Fresh off two super runs at Addington in July where he placed, then won, quality four-year-old Willison has picked up an injury and will likely not be seen on the racetrack again this year. The Bettor’s Delight gelding had returned in sparkling form, charging home into third first up off a spell with Ricky May in the bike on July 10 behind stablemate Burnham Boy. He quickly followed that up with victory on July 24 with Sam Ottley the driver, beating That Alexander Guy and Franco Niven over 1980m, rating 1:55.7 in coming from last to outsprint them. The son …

Kowhai Sundown to lead Addington charge?

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ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, JUNE 5 RACE 1 KOWHAI SUNDOWN (2, fr. 1980m mob) Sam Ottley – Really pleased with him first up. A bit of traffic trouble at the quarter cost him a bit of ground but overall a good effort. Should run well again from an ideal draw.” RACE 8 UBER EXPRESS (8, fr. 2600m stand) Sam Ottley -“She’s been with Regan on the beach, not the soundest horse and she needed the change in training. On ability a chance, hopeful rather than confident.” RACE 11 LULU LE MANS (7, fr. 1980m mob) Sam Ottley -“A strange race last week …

We’re back! Mark highlights the runners at Addington

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ADDINGTON, THURSDAY, MAY 28 RACE 7 SIOUX PRINCESS (14, U6, fr. 2600m stand) Sam Ottley -“Good sharp trial. She’s probably a little more forward than most of mine, just naturally that way. Manners are always key but on her trial win she should go close.” ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, MAY 29 RACE 1 KOWHAI SUNDOWN (12, U3, fr. 2600m stand) Sam Ottley -“Pleased with him at the trials.Probably a run away yet but we all have to start somewhere. Happy with him so top three is on the cards.” RACE 8 KOWHAI SHADOW, 4, fr. 1980m mob) Mark Jones & ITZ TO …

Premier nights chances at Addington

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A solid team for the better stakes on Friday night, likely led by smart comeback trotter Majestic Lavros who tackles the lesser of two options he could have taken. ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 20 RACE 1 MICHELLE (1, fr. 2600m mob) Robbie Close, and MAJESTIC LAVROS (12) Sam Ottley -“Michelle re-joined the team after her run at Motukarara last week. Higgsy has her going well. Seems bright and the draw could help. Majestic Lavros could have taken on the 4YO & 5YO race later in the night. But I decided to go with this one, he’s not long been back off …

Fillies battle with Memphis in Nevele R

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It was decided Stylish Memphis was to stay on with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen for the remainder of the season after her stint with them in Australia, culminating in a brilliant victory in the $A200,000 NSW Oaks at Menangle. Ironic really, with Mark having two runners in tonight’s Nevele R heat at Addington and the hardest to beat being Stylish Memphis, a filly he knows only too well. “Mark being able to drive her as a continuance of that Aussie trip was the major reason (with Ricky May unavailable until next season), apart from the obvious reason they just …