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NZ METRO TC, Saturday, April 20

Race 2: MICHELLE (14, Sheree Tomlinson), UR 1, fr, & SIOUX PRINCESS (17, Laura McKay), UR 4, 2600m std: “Michelle has an each-way chance if she trots, while the same applies to Sioux Princess.”

BANKS PENINSULA TC, Monday, April 22

Immortal Change, an upset chance at Motukarara on Monday. Photo: Race Images).

Race 3: ROCKAHULA JOE (15, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2000m: “Has been disappointing so hoping the beach has helped him.”

Race 5: IMMORTAL CHANGE (8, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2000m: “Has had no luck and is good enough to be chance.”

Race 7: GIMMEFIVEMINUTESMORE (12, E2), 2170m std: “Second emergency.  Best on grass tracks to date so looking for improvement if he gets a start.”

NARRABRI (NSW), Monday, April 22

Race 2: A GIFT FROM HEAVEN (10, Guy Chappie), mob. 2160m: “Doing everything asked but tougher ask from the draw this time.”

Race 6: ROCK N JOY (9, Guy Chappie), mob. 1760m: “In good touch before going across and looks a good each-way chance.”

INVERCARGILL HRC, Tuesday, April 23

Race 4: MAJESTIC ROLLON (8), 2200m std: “A work in progress but could place if she trots.”

HRNZ applauds government action

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By Garrick Knight

Harness Racing New Zealand has welcomed the announcement made on Wednesday by Racing Minister, Winston Peters, that he says will revitalise the domestic racing industry.

According to Peters, the Government will introduce two new pieces of legislation before the year is out designed to overhaul an industry in a “serious state of decline”.

“The Coalition Government supports the overall intent of the Messara Report and is committed to reforms,” said Peters in a statement.

“We know we have the grass, the race animals, and the people to help the industry achieve its potential.

“As a result, Cabinet has agreed to a stepped approach with the introduction of two Bills to amend the Racing Act 2003.”

The first, which is expected to be enacted by the start of July, will put into immediate effect a transitional governance arrangement ostensibly ending the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) in its current iteration.

The Bill proposes the NZRB be reconstituted as the Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) to drive the transition of the industry.

“It is essential to have this transitional governance in place,” said Peters.

“RITA will have a legislative mandate that encompasses change management as well as the current business-as-usual functions and powers of the NZRB.

“As a result of RITA’s work, the government anticipates a second racing amendment Bill to proceed later in 2019.

“It will implement the remaining reforms including post-transition governance,” he said.

As well the change in governance, an expected pay off to the bill amendments will be the enforcement of tariffs on overseas bookmakers who take bets from New Zealanders.

Harness Racing New Zealand’s General Manager, Peter Jensen, says Peters commitment to implementing the recommendations of the controversial industry review written by Australian John Messara last year was to be applauded.

“We welcome the announcements from the Minister of Racing today and congratulate him on leading the systemic change that the industry requires through the Messara review and the subsequent implementation of its core recommendations.

“We are delighted that legislation is on the way to enable the industry to rightly generate revenue from offshore bookmakers reflecting the wagering they take on product we provide.

“HRNZ is committed to continuing to work with the Ministerial Advisory Committee and the associated working groups to deliver meaningful and lasting industry change.”

Courtesy of Garrick Knight, NZ Harness News


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NZ METRO TC, Friday, April 12

Race 3: EYRE I GO (4, Mark), mob. 1980m: “Fresh-up and badly in need of racing so will improve with it but an each-way chance.”

Miss Ruby Sunshine, an outside place chance in the Magness Benrow 2YO Fillies Heat at Addington on Friday.

Race 4: ROCK N JOY (5, Mark), mob. 2600m: “Went good on Sunday and if she races up to that here is a good each-way hope.”

Race 6: PLUTONIUM LADY (3, Mark) & MISS RUBY SUNSHINE (5, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “Plutonium Lady is a nice filly in the making but still learning so one to follow.”

“Miss Ruby Sunshine is racing good and in a strong field but is an outside place hope.”

Race 8: SMOKE N REACTOR (2, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2600m: “Good win last week but is way up in grade and may struggle.”

Race 9: MICHELLE (5, Sheree Tomlinson) & SIOUX PRINCESS (15, Laura McKay), mob. 2600m: “Providing Michelle does things right she is a good each-way hope.”

“Sioux Princess gets in the right race and if she behaves is a winning hope.”

Race 10: IMMORTAL CHANGE (1, Samantha Ottley) & NAIYA FRANCO (7, Mark), mob. 2600m: “Immortal Change gets the draw but needs luck.”

“Naiya Franco doesn’t race as good as she works so looking for improvement.”

WINTON HRC, Saturday, April 13

Race 1: MAJESTIC ROLLON (3, Samantha Ottley), 2400m std: “If she does things right is an outside place hope.”

RANGIORA HRC, Sunday, April 14

Race 5: ROCK N JOY (4, Mark), mob. 2000m: “Gets the draw to be a hope.”


Mark’s outside drives

Race 4: CHILLER BAY (5), mob. 2000m: “Didn’t fire on the slushy track in the Derby, but if he goes as good as he did in the Flying Stakes, could bounce back.”

Race 8: MR FAHRENHEIT (3), fr, 2600m std: “In good touch. Up in grade, but a good each-way again chance off the front.”

Tomlinson continues form at Newcastle

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Sheree Tomlinson’s big week continued at Newcastle on Saturday night.

The youngest female centurion in NZ is also making a name for herself across the Tasman.

In late November, she won the Australasian Young Drivers Championship in Queensland.

This weekend she’s winning in New South Wales, continuing her association with a couple of the Mark Jones and Aaron Goadsby runners, on Saturday and Sunday.

The Overport Lodge junior teamed up with stable runner  Lulu Le Mans for a half-head win in 1:56.7 for the 1609m in the NBN Televison Two-Year-Old Pace.

The $1.75 favourite finished best from three back in the running, and is is expected to derive benefit from the race, her first for nearly a month.

This was the second win in five starts for Lulu Le Mans, a daughter of champion sire Bettor’s Delight and the first foal from big-winning McArdle mare, Elusive Chick.

She was Group Two-placed at her previous two starts at Menangle, finishing third against the colts to Mach Dan in the $50,000 Slingsby Holdings Sapling Stakes on March 2, then second to Eye Can Run in the $50,000 Allied Express Pink Bonnet on March 9.

Sheree reunites with capable three-year-old Barrett at Armidale on Sunday.

Barrett, a luckless eighth in the Bathurst Gold Chalice on March 29, was reined by Tomlinson for back-to-back NZ wins at Roxburgh and Addington on January 4 and February 15.

She also drove him when third to Robyns Playboy and Memphis Tennessee in the Caduceus Club Of Southland Super Nugget Final at Invercargill on March 9.

Sheree Tomlinson creates history with 100th win

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History was made in cold and wet conditions at Forbury Park on Thursday night when Sheree Tomlinson because the youngest female driver to win 100 races in New Zealand.

The 20-year-old completed the feat when the Shane Matheson-trained Hurricane Banner stomped up a slushy passing lane to win.

Tomlinson saluted as she notched a milestone that she said she never would have dreamed of achieving so early in her career when she started driving.

Sheree Tomlinson, after winning the 2018 Australasian Young Drivers Championship.

“That was great, I definitely did not think I would drive 100 winners only in my third season of driving.”

The accomplishment sits beside her Group 1 victory in the 2017 Dominion with Amaretto Sun and her win in the Australasian Young Drivers Championships last year, in an epic top-three achievements in a short, but stellar career.

Adding more wins to the three she scored in the young drivers’ competition is the next target on Tomlinson’s agenda.

Her employer, Mark Jones, has given Tomlinson the chance to further her career in New South Wales this weekend.

She will drive possible Harness Jewels raider, Lulu Le Mans, from Jones’ Australian stable, at Newcastle on Saturday night.

Tomlinson will also reunite with Barrett at Armidale on Sunday.

“I really want to take the opportunity to go over there and drive; not many New Zealand drivers get the chance to drive in Australia.”

“I have only been working for Mark for a year and he has given me a lot of opportunities.”

As well as Jones, Tomlinson paid tribute to family for supporting her career.

The reinswoman also said she would not have been able to reach the heights she has without the help of trainers all over the South Island.

“Obviously I wouldn’t be able to drive at the big meetings if I didn’t get the wins before then.”

“So, that is down to the trainers all over the country that have supported me.”

Shane Matheson has been one of the trainers that have got behind Tomlinson’s career.

She said it was a thrill to notch her 100th win with Hurricane Banner in his stable’s colours.

“They are one of my main stables and it is great to get a milestone like this for them.

“They support me a lot driving down here. And the horse, too; he has been so honest.”

Tomlinson continued on her winning way with an upset victory at Addington’s premier meeting on Friday night, reining home Smoke N Reactor for Jones.

  • Courtesy of Jonny Turner, NZ Harness News


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NZ METRO TC, Friday, April 5

Race 2: SMOKE N REACTOR (1, Sheree Tomlinson) & UPTOWN LADY (5, Samantha Ottley), 2600m std:

“Smoke N Reactor put in a good effort last week. A stand start over 2600m is of concern but a place hope.”

“Uptown Lady is racing good and providing she steps good is a winning hope.”

Race 8: MICHELLE (8, Terry Chmiel), UR 1, fr; & SIOUX PRINCESS (10, Sheree Tomlinson), UR 3, fr, 2600m std:

“Michelle is in a tough race so may struggle.”

“Sioux Princess is racing out of her class so is needing luck.”

Lulu Le Mans, looking to advance her record with Sheree Tomlinson to drive at Newcastle on Saturday night.

NEWCASTLE (NSW), Saturday, April 6

Race 8: LULU LE MANS (7, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 1609m: “Is fresh-up so will need the run but still has a winning chance.”

RANGIORA HRC, Sunday, April 7

Race 10: IMMORTAL CHANGE (9, Laura McKay) & ROCK N JOY (14, Olivia Thornley), mob. 2000m: “Immortal Change is on the improve. Has drawn bad but an upset place hope.”

“Rock N Joy is booked to race in Oz after this and will need luck.”

Race 11: ROCKAHULA JOE (10, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2000m: “He was poor last week and a real let down so needs to improve.”

ARMIDALE (NSW), Sunday, April 7

Race 5: BARRETT (1, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 1609m: “Good draw and is in a strong field but a winning hope.”


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FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, March 28

Race 2: MAHARAJAH (2, Blair Orange), mob. 2200m: “First- starter that is a laid back colt, but a strong each-way chance.”

Race 4: SIOUX PRINCESS (13, Laura McKay), 2200m std: “It’s not ideal being a stand start 2200m for her but if she does things right can be a threat.”

NZ METRO TC, Friday, March 29

Uptown Lady, looking for luck at Addington on Friday night.

Race 1: MICHELLE (10, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 1980m: “Is fresh up, and may need this.”

Race 4: UPTOWN LADY (8, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2600m: “Was good last week but has a tough ask from the draw.”

Race 7: MISS RUBY SUNSHINE (6, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “Is in a strong field so needs luck.”

BATHURST (NSW), Friday, March 29

Race 6: BARRETT (13, Guy Chappie), mob. 2260m: “Terrible draw makes it hard.”

METHVEN TC, Sunday, March 31

Race 5: SMOKE N REACTOR (6, Laura McKay) & IMMORTAL CHANGE (14), mob. 2300m: “Smoke N Reactor was terrible last week but on best form is a chance.”

“Immortal Change has drawn bad but can upset.”

Race 8: ROCKAHULA JOE (13, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2300m: “Is fresh-up and needs to improve.”

BATHURST (NSW), Wednesday, March 27

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BATHURST (NSW), Wednesday, March 27

Race 6: MISTER FINNIGAN (8, Guy Chappie), mob. 1730m: “No luck in heat on Saturday and the draw makes it tough but hoping he’ll be competitive in the Consolsation.”

Barrett luckless with Chalice draw

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Barrett’s chances in the $104,000 Bathurst Gold Chalice Final have lengthened after drawing the outside of the second row in the Group One Final on Friday night.

Barrett, tough draws at Bathurst continue in the Group One Chalice Final on Friday night.

The Bettor’s Delight colt was a strong-finishing third in last Friday’s heat, in his Australian race debut for driver Guy Chappie.

The Mark Jones and Aaron Goadsby-trained pacer lugged in near line, narrowly missing second in the Third Chalice Heat, won by hot $1.50 front-running favourite, First Spring.

Bettor Jiggle, who trailed, held second, with Barrett, who drew the outside of the front row, an eye-catching run after being forced wide from three back on the outer when launching his run wide on the home turn.

First String, a Roll With Joe colt, trained by Craig Cross, scored easily for driver Luke McCarthy, in a 1:58.8 rate for the 2260m.

The winner is from a NZ-bred mare in (My) Prima Bella, a half-sister by Mach Three to 2011 NZ Harnes Horse of the Year, champion filly Carabella (p3, 1:55.2, 17 wins from 19 starts & $693,617).

(My) Prima Bella (by Mach Three), who qualified and only raced twice, has left five sub 2:00 winners.

First String, who won last season’s Group One Queensland Qbred Triad 2YO colts and geldings Final in 1:56.4 (1660m), has now won six and been three times placed in 16 starts for $90,965.

Her other winners are: Watch This Spot (1:57.2, nine wins & $36,426), (My) Bettor Bella (1:53.6, 10 wins & $95,055), Im Toot (1:57.5, five wins), and Veloce Bella (1:57.2, five wins).

The other Chalice heats were won by $1.04 favourite Lochinvar Art (1:56.2 rate), $1.12 favourite Shoobee Doo (1:56.7 rate) and $10 winner, Barrett’s close relative, Let’s Go To Brazil (1:57.6 rate).

The field for Friday’s Final, to be run at 11.03pm (NZ time) is: Let’s Go To Brazil 1, Straddie 2, Bettor Jiggle 3, College Chapel 4, Shoobee Doo 5, Bracken Storm 6, Firestorm Red (E2) 7, Uncle Jord 8; SECOND ROW, Lochinvar Art 9, Roll With Lachlan 10, First String 11, Star Major 12, Barrett 13, War Dan Delight (E1) 14, fr.