NZ & AUST., July 18-21

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FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, July 18


Race 4: HIS ROYAL HARNESS (2, Samantha Ottley), 2700m std: “Is on his last legs and needs to improve.”

Race 5: MY DESIGN (7, Samantha Ottley), 2200m std: “Gets in the right race and a winning hope.”

My Design, a half-sister by Mach Three to Twice The Delight, looking to step up at Forbury on Thursday.

NZ METRO TC, Friday, July 19

Race 7: LETS HUSTLE (6, Korbyn Newman) & IMMORTAL CHANGE (7, Olivia Thornley), mob. 2600m: “Lets Hustle went terrible last week but with the right run can place.”

“Immortal Change is an in and out type but an each-way chance.”

RANGIORA HRC, Sunday, July 21

Race 7: HIS ROYAL HARNESS (10, Korbyn Newman), mob. 2600m: “Is unlikely to start.”

ALBION PARK (QLD), Saturday, July 22

Race 2: BARRETT (12, Pete McMullen), mob. 2138m: “Has drawn bad but racing good and back in grade.”

NEWCASTLE (NSW), Saturday, July 22

Race 3: GETARATTLEON (2, Joshua Gallagher), mob. 1609m: “Gets the draw and the right field to be a chance.”

Race 4: ROCK N JOY (9, Joshua Gallagher), mob. 2030m: “Drawn bad but racing good and a hope again this week.”

Sam returns, Sheree moves on

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Big-winning reinswoman Samantha Ottley has celebrated a return this month to daily employment at Burnham for Mark Jones, with a winning double behind Queenofdance.

Sam repeated her Rangiora win with Queenofdance on July 7, with another victory at Ashburton on Sunday.

Queenofdance (Samantha Ottley) put in the winning run wide ahead of stablemate Immortal Change (Blair Orange) in a rating 40-50 pace at Ashburton on Sunday.

Between Rangiora and Ashburton, the in-form Queenofdance also ran third from a wide gate at Addington last Friday behind Warloch and Jonty James.

She had to overcome a second row draw in the Farmlands Ashburton Social Club Mobile Pace on Sunday, improving with cover mid-race, launching four wide from the 400m.

Queenofdance looked destined to run second to front-running Rocknroll King, who appeared to have her measure with 150m to run, but the latter blew his winning chance with a late gallop.

Rocknroll King’s indiscretion paved the way for a second Mark Jones-trained quinella in seven days.

Queenofdance kept up a bold effort to win in 2:59.7 for the mobile 2400m, with stablemate Immortal Change, who trailed for Blair Orange, chasing her home two lengths back second.

“She (Queenofdance) will keep going as she’s had a good week but she’s in a tough grade so see we’ll how she finds her feet up there,” Mark said.

Sam has continued to drive for Mark Jones, even though she had been working at Woodend Beach with Regan Todd, and had smaller stints at other stables this year.

“She’s a good asset to the team,” said trainer, Mark Jones, of Sam, who has 55 wins on the board this term, and 383 career wins.

Meanwhile, successful junior driver Sheree Tomlinson has chosen to move on from Overport Lodge.

“She was great while working here and I was happy to support her,” Mark said.

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

“It’s a shame I didn’t have the the horse-power to help her towards a junior premiership but she won races in New Zealand and Australia for me.”

“With a bigger race team coming through it could have been a good season for her next year but she will have plenty of options with her ability,” he said.

Sheree, who won the Australasian Young Drivers Championship in Queensland last November, has won 44 NZ races this term, but trails John Morrison by 17 wins on this season’s NZ Junior Drivers Premiership.

Southern race journalist dies

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Don Wright, who 18 years ago penned “Win Without Boasting”, the hard book story of legendary horseman Derek Jones (grand-father of Mark Jones), has died. He was 75.

Mr Wright, a racing/sports journalist for 48 years, retired after suffering health issues four years ago. He had been in care at Riverton and died on Sunday.

He served for 33 years at the Southland Times newspaper until the year 2000, including the last six as Chief of Sport and Racing.

Mr Wright was understudy to the late Norman Pierce for many years, writing under the non de plume of “Gold Nib”, before taking the Times senior racing role in the 1980s.

During this period, he was instrumental in forming the careers of other racing journalists, Jeff Scott, Tony Clifford, Simon Osborn and Jamie Searle, who all assisted him in the Racing Department of the Southland Times.

He continued as a contributor to the Southland Times for his final 15 years of his work life, relocating to Christchurch for 10 years, then latterly returning south to Queenstown and Invercargill.

During his time in Christchurch, he became secretary-treasurer of the Caduceus Club Of Canterbury, and worked for the Harnesslink website.

Mr Wright won five national harness racing writing awards, and was inducted into the New Zealand Trotting Hall of Fame media honours list.

He bred and owned many horses in both racing codes, and was formerly a secretary of the Southland Standardbred Breeders Association for 11 years.

Mr Wright also co-authored “Jumping to Glory _ The History of the Great Western Steeplechase” (run annually at Riverton), and a hunting book, “Deer Were Their Lives”.

NZ & AUST, July 12-14

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AUCKLAND TC, Friday, July 12

Race 6: MICHELLE (5, Tony Herlihy), UR 2, fr, 2700m std: “Is going good races and an each-way chance again.”

NZ METRO TC, Friday, July 12

Race 2: SMOKE N REACTOR (2, Terry Chmiel), mob. 1980m: “Racing good and gets a draw, but in an even field.”

Race 4: IMMORTAL CHANGE (4, Bob Butt) & LETS HUSTLE (5, Stephen McNally) & QUEENOFDANCE (8, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m:

“Immortal Change should be improved from Sunday, and an upset chance.”

“Lets Hustle has the blinds on to roll forward and a strong chance.”

“Queenofdance scored a good win last Sunday, and is a top-three player again, but will need luck from the draw here.”

Race 6: UPTOWN LADY (3, Samantha Ottley) & HIS ROYAL HARNESS (7, Korbyn Newman), mob. 1980m:

Uptown Lady, a winning chance from the three gate in the Plumbing World Mobile Pace at Addington.

“Uptown Lady is racing good with no luck, and a winning hope.”

“His Royal Harness is pretty much buggered so needs luck.”

ALBION PARK (QLD), Saturday, July 13

Race 5: BARRETT (7, Narissa McMullen), mob. 2138m: “The draw makes it too tough.”


Race 5: THE BUS (4, Guy Chappie), mob. 2300m: “In a tough race.”


Race 2: GETARATTLEON (9, Joshua Gallagher), mob. 2030m: “Drawn bad but and upset place hope.”

Race 4: ROCK N JOY (5, Joshua Gallagher), mob. 1609m: “Drawn in no mans land but a winning hope with the right trip.”

ASHBURTON TC, Sunday, July 14

Race 2: HARMONY DELIGHT (1, Samantha Ottley) & MOLLY DOOKER (6, Jimmy Curtin), mob. 1609m:

“Harmony Delight is an improving filly and an each-way hope.”

“Molly Dooker needs luck from the draw.”

Race 3: MY DESIGN (8, Samantha Ottley), 2400m std: “Has had a lot of issues but an each-way hope.”

Race 4: WILLISON (4, Mark), mob. 1609m: “Was terrible first-up but we should see an improved horse this week.”

Race 5: NAIYA FRANCO (1, Blair Orange), mob. 1609m: “Gets the draw to be an upset place chance.”

Race 8: IMMORTAL CHANGE (8, Blair Orange), LETS HUSTLE (SCR) & QUEENOFDANCE (13, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2400m: “Immortal Change had no luck on Friday but can bounce back with a better trip. Queenofdance was good again on Friday and an each-way show.”

Stable quinella at Rangiora

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Queenofdance, reined by Overport Lodge reinswoman Sam Ottley, and Lets Hustle, driven by Stephen McNally, provided a rare quinella for the Mark Jones stable at Rangiora on Sunday, July 7.

Winner Queenofdance is the second winner from her unraced dam Mary Niven to race and win for the Overport Lodge team.

Queenofdance follows Rocknroll Nevin, who won twice for the Jones-Ottley combo in her three-year-old racing.

Rocknroll Nevin added a four-year-old win when for Westport co-owner Robert Higgins when he prepared her to dead-heat with Clarendon Falcon at the Westport meeting in March last year.

Queenofdance, a three-year-old daughter of fast USA racehorse, A Rocknroll Dance (p2, 1:49.2, 1:47.4), notched her second win in 17 starts for her West Coast owners on Sunday.

Queenofdance finishes best for Samantha Ottley, with stablemate Lets Hustle (Stephen McNally) second, in the Ashley Mobile Pace at Rangiora on June 7. (Race Images photo).

Left parked early, she wrested the lead from favourite Officialdon at the 1800m, then trailed from the 1400m.

She finished too well along the spring late, holding stablemate Lets Hustle, who from last in a packed field at the 600m, closed well after improving sharply four wide turning for home.

Queenofdance, rewarded for consistency in her latest racing, paced the mobile 2600m in 3:15.6 (2:01 mile rate), the leaders pacing their last 800m in 59.1s and 400m in 29.5s.

Raced by the Patsy Marie Syndicate, she’s a fourth-line descendant from the mare Patsy Marie, a smart filly in her day.

She won the 1980 Methven Two-Year-Old Stakes at her second start, beating smart boys of the era in Bionic Adios and Foroux.

Patsy Marie also won the Roydon Lodge Fillies Stakes at two at Timaru, beating No Excuse Royal Stroll and Times Up.

At three, she ran second to Take Care in the Fillies Triple Crown Classic at Addington.

The late daughter of Schell Hanover also won at Greymouth at four, for three wins in 32 starts.

Her best winning foal was Priceless Franco (2:00.1), who won 12 of 48 starts in Australia for $52,330.

Both Queenofdance and Rocknroll Nevin are from a sister to notable ex-Kiwi Australian winner, Ellis Rose (1:53.9, 10 wins & $91,021), both being by Courage Under Fire from Lyse Doucet, as is brother Malone (1:56.3, two wins).

Other smart winners from Lyse Doucet (Holmes Hanover-Patsy McCreedy) are Sniggihdis (1:55.9, 10 wins & $45,141) and Liberty Rose (1:55.6, seven wins & $89,162).

Liberty Rose, by Mach Three, was sold to race in Perth after only four NZ starts for the Mark Jones stable.

She ran second to Miss Ethel Sunshine in a Magness Benrow Sires Stakes Fillies Heat at Addington, then won her maiden at Roxburgh mid-way through her three-year-old racing.

Liberty Rose has subsequently been exported to North America. She had her sixth start there on Tuesday (NZ time), running fourth in a $23,000 fillies and mares pace at Yonkers, won by Demi Hill in 1:53.

Lyse Doucet (unplaced in both starts) also left useful NZ winner Booster (1:58, seven wins).

Her dam Patsy McCreedy (Bo Scots Blue Chip-Patsy Marie), won three, and left five individual winners, including smart types, Brooksdale Pal (1:56.2, five wins), Padraig (1:55.2, US, five NZ wins, 14 USA wins) and White Star Rocky (two NZ wins, 11 Aust. wins & $79,729).

Queenofdance gets a chance to add to the family record in the Betterthancheddar At Alabar Mobile pace at Addington on Friday.

However, she will start form the eight barrier, against stablemates, Immortal Change (barrier four) and Lets Hustle (barrier five), over the mobile 1980m distance.

Sarah O’Reilly wins series

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The 2019 McMillan Equine Feeds NZ Junior Driver Champion has been found.

Congratulations to Sarah O’Reilly who finished the Championship on 38 points.

Sarah O’Reilly

Second placing was taken out by Kimberly Butt and third place was John Morrison.

The South Island team were successful in taking out the InterIsland Challenge on 187 points.

The championship was a hard fought contest with first place to sixth place only having one point between each placing.

“I am very overwhelmed that I won because I really didn’t expect to. I would like to thank all of the trainers that put horses in for us to drive,” says Sarah.

We would like to thank all the trainers who supported this series and also our sponsor Mcmillan Equine Feeds.

Please see the full final standing below:

Sarah O’Reilly 38
Kimberly Butt 37
John Morrison 36
Alicia Harrison 35
Ellie Barron 34
Luke Whittaker 32
Dylan Ferguson 27
Mark Hurrell 27
Benjamin Butcher 25
Fergus Schumacher 21
Craig Smith 15
Sheree Tomlinson 15

Courtesy of Courtney Clarke, Marketing & Communications, HRNZ

Gimmefiveminutesmore, yes

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Gimmefiveminutesmore, aided by a smart front-running drive by Southland reinsman Brent Barclay, brought up the 27th win for the Mark Jones stable at Forbury on Thursday, July 4.

The front-running role has lifted Gimmefiveminutesmore to back-to-back Forbury wins in his latest claimer racing over sprint trips.

The four-year-old Christian Cullen gelding held well again, this time over 2200m, holding The Night Hawk by three-quarters of a length in the Forbury Claimers Series Final.

Gimmefiveminutesmore, the half-brother to former NZ 3YO mile record-holder, Kotare Mach (1:53), paced Thursday’s trip in 2:44.2 (2:00.1 mile rate), quickening over his last 800m in 57.6s and 400m in 28.5s.

The Night Hawk was the only horse claimed out of the race.

Gimmefiveminutesmore, who last week was a temporary boarder at Waikouaiti with Amber Hoffman, took his career record to six wins from 20 starts for $38,392, for owners, Reg Storer and Noel Kennard.


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Eyre I Go, one of two winners last week for the Mark Jones stable, taking his seasonal tally to 26, will step out at Auckland on Friday in the Jeremy Young colours.

“He’s staying up there for a while and he (Jeremy) is doing the work with him, so he deserves to be in his name,” said Mark Jones.

Eyre I Go, who notched his second Auckland win for the Mark Jones stable last week. He now races for the Jeremy Young stable at Auckland this Friday.

 Eyre I Go is bred to be above average being a three-year-old brother to New Zealand mobile 2600m record holder and 2017 Group One NZ Trotting Championship winner Eyre I Come (10 wins from 51 starts for $162,788), and a half-brother to Springbank Eden (13 wins & $98,893).

The grandson of 1987 Rowe Cup and 1988 Dominion Handicap winning mare Landora’s Pride (34 wins & $472,842) continues to make solid progress.

Last Friday’s game Alexandra Park victory in the $14,399 HR Fisken & Sons Trot was his second win in 12 starts.

After a slow start, he moved up parked in the hands of regular north driver Maurice McKendry.

Eyre I Go was a shade too good for fresh Overport Lodge stablemate Michelle, who finished well on the sprint lane from the trail but mixed her gait late, being relegated to third.

He trotted the stand start 2700m in 3:37 (2:09.3 mile rate), the leaders running their last 800m in 59.6s and 400m in 28.6s.

Eyre I Go steps up from last week’s rating 50-60 trot to a rating 55-82 trot for $20,000 this Friday.

Last week’s other Overport Lodge winner was Gimmefiveminutesmore, who capitalised on a postiive front-running drive from Sheree Tomlinson in a Forbury Park Claimers Series Pace.

Gimmefiveminutesmore, a four-year-old Chrisitan Cullen gelding and a half-brother to former NZ 3YO mile record holder Kotare Mach (p3, 1:53, 16 wins & $268,138), is also a half-brother to fast USA winner, Kotare Yael (1:50.2).

He held Ideal Breeze last week in a useful 1:57.5 for the mobile 1700m.

This was his first win in seven starts since transferring to the Mark Jones stable in April.

He previously won four for Woodend Beach trainers, Greg and Nina Hope.

Gimmefiveminutesmore, who contests another Forbury Claimer Series race this Thursday, has now won five of 19 starts for $32,893, for owners, Reg Storer and Noel Kennard.

NZ & AUST., July 4-7

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FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, July 4

Race 4: GIMMEFIVEMINUTESMORE (4, Brent Barclay), mob. 2200m: “Finally stole one last week and an each-way chance again in claim series.”

AUCKLAND TC, Friday, July 5

Race 7: MICHELLE (13, Tony Herlihy), UR 3, 10m, 2200m std: “She will be better for last week’s run and a winning hope.”

NZ METRO TC, Friday, July 5

Race 1: UPTOWN LADY (12, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “Racing good but can’t buy a draw. The Bagrie horse looks the winner but she is the danger to him.”

Race 4: RANGER BOMB (9, Samantha Ottley) & WILLISON (13, Mark), mob. 1980m: “Ranger Bomb will be a better horse with a break and has drawn bad, so will be driven for luck.”

Willison, a debut runner at Addington, leads up at the Rangiora trials last week for trainer, Mark Jones, He was outfinished late by War Hero.

“Willison is here instead of a trial. A nice horse in making and an each-way hope, but has a lot to learn.”

Race 8: HIS ROYAL HARNESS (9, Dylan Ferguson) & SMOKE N REACTOR (14, John Morrison), mob. 1980m: “His Royal Harness has been disappointing so needs to improve.”

“Smoke N Reactor has drawn bad but may suit racing style and winning hope dropping in grade.”

ALBION PARK (QLD), Saturday, July 6

Race 7: BARRETT (3, Narissa McMullen), mob. 2138m: “Tricky draw in a hot field so looking for luck.”

NEWCASTLE (NSW), Saturday, July 6

Race 2: ROCK N JOY (4, Guy Chappie), mob. 2030m: “Racing good and always earning so each-way again.”

Race 3: GETARATTLEON (5, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Has been honest and a place hope.”

Race 4: THE BUS (13, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Drawn bad makes it tough.”

Race 9: MISTER FINNIGAN (6, Guy Chappie), mob. 2030m: “Racing good but looking for the paddock.”

RANGIORA HRC, Sunday, July 7

Race 4: IMMORTAL CHANGE (12, Luke Whittaker), mob. 2000m: “She’s had a freshen-up but seems good and an each- way hope.”

Immortal Change, a catch-drive for Luke Whittaker in the McMillan Equine Feeds NZ Young Drivers Championship Heat at Rangiora on Sunday.

Race 5: QUEENOFDANCE (4, Samantha Ottley) & LET’S HUSTLE (7, Stephen McNally), mob. 2600m: “Queenofdance was disappointing last week but we should see an improved effort this week.

“Let’s Hustle is an outside place hope.”

Race 9: FLEETMASTER (6, Samantha Ottley) & MOLLY DOOKER (10, Luke Whittaker), mob. 2600m: “Fleetmaster is not racing up to what he can.”

“Molly Dooker is an average maiden with an outside place hope.”


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TAMWORTH (NSW), Thursday, June 27

Race 3: MISTER FINNIGAN (1, Guy Chappie), mob. 1980m: “Drawn well in a strong field but an each-way chance.”

Race 5: GETARATTLEON (9, Guy Chappie), mob. 1980m: “Bad draw and needs luck.”

Race 9: ROCK N JOY (7, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Draw may work ok and a place Chance.”

FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, June 27

Race 2: MOLLY DOOKER (5, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2200m: “Battling maiden struggling.”

Race 5: LETS HUSTLE (11, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2200m: “Bad draw but is in the right race to show improvement.”

Race 8: HIS ROYAL HARNESS (6, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2200m: “Fitness is improving but may need this one also.”

Race 9: GIMMEFIVEMINUTESMORE (4, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 1700m: “Drawn to go forward but an outside place chance.”

AUCKLAND TC, Friday, June 28

Race 2: EYRE I GO (3, Maurice McKendry) & MICHELLE (4, Tony Herlihy), UR 1, 2700m std: “Eyre I Go has got to do things right but can place.”

“Michelle will benefit from the run but is an each-way chance.”

Michelle, makes her Alexandra Park debut on Friday night for the Mark Jones stable.

NZ METRO TC, Friday, June 28

Race 3: UPTOWN LADY (10, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “Will need luck from the draw but an each-way hope.”

Race 4: NAIYA FRANCO (2, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 2600m: “Drawn to go forward and a place hope.”

Race 8: QUEENOFDANCE (2, Sheree Tomlinson) fr, & SMOKE N REACTOR (9, Laura McKay), 20m, 2600m std: “Queenofdance, off the front, is an upset place show if she steps.”

“Smoke N Reactor is good. Tough off 20m but a winning hope.”