FLAIR® Around the World
New Zealand /3.12.2011
Harnesslink News |1:21 am |12-March-2011
Sushi Sushi wins Northern Derby: NZ record
Australian harness racing star Sushi Sushi not only won tonight’s (Friday March 11) prestigious Group One $400,000 Woodlands Stud Northern Derby by half a neck, but the brilliant 3-year-old also smashed Highview Tommy’s New Zealand 2700m record of 3:19.1.
The Freddy Taiba trained and Greg Sugars owned son of Art Major stopped the clock in 3:17.02 (mile rate: 1:57.5) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 57.6 and 29.7 seconds.
New Zealand /3.04.2011
Harnesslink News |10:19 pm |04-March-2011
Major Mark back to his top 2 year old form
Singapore Turf Club – International Racing |March 04, 2011 |Craig Brennan
Fradd at his best on South Easter
Trainer Patrick Shaw praised the winning ride of Robbie Fradd after South Easter took out the $75,000 Kranji Stakes C over 1900m on the Polytrack on Friday night.
After settling down in fourth position, Fradd elected to go to the front 700m from home and at the same time put a bit of speed into the race.
Turning for home South Easter had the race in his control and drew clear to record a three-and-a-half length victory over Saddlers Creek (Olivier Placais) with Chief Secretary (Ronnie Stewart) a head away third.
New Zealand /3.04.2011
Harnesslink News |8:48 pm |04-March-2011
Reglan puts in a top Auckland Cup rehearsal
New Zealand /2.26.2011
Harnesslink News|2:35 AM|26-Febuary-2011 |
Tony Herlihy creates NZ racing history
New Zealand harness racing history was created at Alexandra Park in Auckland tonight (Friday February 25) when a legend nick-named ‘The Iceman’ became the first reinsman to drive 3,000 winners. No driver or jockey has won that many races before. Tonight Tony Herlihy – the 52-year-old they call ‘Alexandra Park’s favourite son’ changed all that!
New Zealand /2.16.2011
TV New Zealand|12:08PM|13-Febuary-2011 |Source: ONE Sport
Mufhasa upstages the competition
Rejuvenated top galloper Mufhasa again upstaged the best performed horses in New Zealand to record his fifth Group 1 win in the $200,000 Waikato Draught Sprint at Te Rapa yesterday.
“He has beaten the best field we have seen assembled for a sprint race in New Zealand for many years,” said Ardmore trainer Stephen McKee.
Mufhasa sat behind the leader, Coup Align, during the early and middle stages of yesterday’s race before unleashing a sizzling finishing burst to beat home the Group 1 winners, Wall Street and Keep The Peace.
“He was the most hardened horse in the field today and that gave him the fitness advantage over the others,” McKee said…
New Zealand /1.20.2011
Harnesslink News |12:37 pm |20-January-2011
Auckland Reactor Set for February Return
Multiple New Zealand record holder Auckland Reactor will resume his harness racing career in a mile sprint at Ashburton on February 12, and according to co-trainer Mark Purdon ‘Mac’ is no different to when he left his Rolleston property in November 2009.
Singapore Turf Club – International Racing |January 02, 2011 |Craig Brennan
Escamonda scores back-to-back feature Polytrack wins
Former Argentinean galloper Escamonda showed his liking for the Polytrack surface by landing his second feature victory on Sunday. His victory in the Group 3 $200,000 New Year Cup over 1900m on Sunday followed his last start victory in the Group 3 Proinn Construct Stakes over 1700m on December 3. Well rated in front by Robbie Fradd, Escamonda scored by two-and-a-half lengths over stablemate Jamal Malik (Barend Vorster) with Arjuna (Saifudin Ismail) a half-length back in third place. -Read Full Article
New Zealand /12.31.2010
Harnesslink Admin |3:36 pm |31 December 2010
Fly Like an Eagle another promising juvenile
Ken Barron’s mortgage on New Zealand’s 2-year-old pacing events was broken at Alexandra Park today (Friday December 31) when the Mark Purdon and Grant Payne trained Fly Like An Eagle won his harness racing debut in the third heat of the $25,000 Breckon Bloodstock Young Guns Series Pace. -Read Full Article
New Zealand /12.31.2010
Harnesslink Admin |4:59 pm |31 December 2010
Gold Ace cements his Top 3yo ranking
Gold Ace’s harness racing bank balance rocketed from $167,129 to $307,554 with his sixth win from just 14 starts at Alexandra Park today (Friday December 31). The smart 3-year-old colt proved too classy when leading all the way in the Listed $260,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Final. -Read Full Article
Thoroughbred News Black Type for Celaris After racing in a professional manner, Celeris (5 B. M. Fusaichi Pegasus – Cuphill, by Danehill) gained a richly-deserved black type victory in the $45,000, Listed, Chainey’s Panasonic Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki on Friday. -Read Full Article
New Zealand /12.10.2010
Watch out Australia here he comes. I Can Doosit will leave New Zealand bound for Melton’s Tabcorp Park on Wednesday with a New Zealand Trotting record under his belt. The harness racing 5-year-old achieved the new mark in tonight’s (Friday December 10) Group Two $20,000 Lyell Creek Stakes. -Read Full Article
New Zealand /12.17.2010
Harnesslink Admin |11:04 pm |17 December 2010
Lightning Raider upsets in Founders Cup
It’s not often on a Group One night of harness racing that New Zealand’s leading reinsman Dexter Dunn can get two outsiders home that pay more than $27 to win. But that’s exactly what the young Canterbury driver did at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday December 17) when Bettor Move It ($31) and Lightning Raider ($27.60) won races six and nine respectively. -Read Full Article
New Zealand /12.17.2010
Harnesslink Admin |11:22 pm |17 December 2010
$200,000 Victoria Derby next for Gold Ace
Watch out Australia – New Zealand’s best 3-year-old harness racing pacer is crossing the ditch to take on your best in the Group One $200,000 Alabar 3yo Victoria Derby at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on February 5. That’s the plan according to Gold Ace’s trainer Steven Reid. -Read Full Article
New Zealand /12.5.2010
ThoroughbredNews | 5 December 2010
Black type for Celeris After racing in a professional manner, Celeris (5 B. M. Fusaichi Pegasus – Cuphill, by Danehill) gained a richly-deserved black type victory in the $45,000, Listed, Chainey’s Panasonic Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki on Friday. -Read full article
Singapore Turf club International Racing News| December 03, 2010| Craig Brennan Escomonda gives Fradd early present in Prionn Construct Stakes
Jockey Robbie Fradd landed an early birthday present when Escamonda took out the $175,000 Group 3 Proinn Construct Stakes over 1700m on the Polytrack on Friday night.
Singapore Turf club International Racing News| November 28, 2010| Michael Lee
Volpista takes Punters’ Way Cup to bring up Shaw-Fradd feature double
The Patrick Shaw-Robbie Fradd renewed partnership were the punters’ pals on Sunday when they landed a feature double in the two races sponsored by leading racing publication Punters’ Way. -Read full article
New Zealand /11.28.2010
Harnesslink Admin |10:44 pm |28 November 2010
Russley Rascal all class in Franklin Cup Mark Purdon always had an inkling that Russley Rascal wouldn’t have too many problems stepping up from age group racing to the open class harness racing guns. As the Yaldhurst trainer-driver put it: “Last year’s 3-year-old crop was a very strong bunch and I think that was vindicated here tonight.” -Read full article
New Zealand /11.27.2010
ThoroughbredNews | Jeff Dore |27 November 2010
Loose Change in Wanganui Cup While there is generally an inkling as to which horse may have prevailed in many a close finish, the line-up of heads that appeared to reach to post almost simultaneously in the $50,000, Listed, Cambridge Thoroughbred Sales Wanganui Cup (2040m) required most, including the Judge, to take a second look. -Read full article
New Zealand /11.26.2010
Thoroughbred Times NZ
Black type for Celeris
After racing in a professional manner, Celeris (5 B. M. Fusaichi Pegasus – Cuphill, by Danehill) gained a richly-deserved black type victory in the $45,000, Listed, Chainey’s Panasonic Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki on Friday. -Read full article
New Zealand /11.17.2010
Harnesslink Admin | 9:46 pm | 17 November 2010
Purdon-Payne to train Auckland Reactor
Top Canterbury harness racing trainer Mark Purdon never expected to get a second chance to train Auckland Reactor and admits he’s excited about the prospect of preparing the champion again, especially after a successful operation on his soft palate. -Read full article
New Zealand /11.12.2010
Harnesslink Admin | 5:08 pm | 12 November 2010
Stylish Monarch slashes NZ record in Dominion
Mid Canterbury harness racing driver Ricky May has had a week he will never forget. The Methven reinsman has followed up Monkey King’s New Zealand Cup win on Tuesday with another feature Group One 3200m event at Addington Raceway today (Friday November 12) – the Hellers Dominion Free-For-All Trot behind Stylish Monarch. -Read full article
New Zealand /11.10.2010
Harnesslink Admin | 6:46 pm | 10 November 2010
Mitchell wins another Group 1 at Addington The harness racing wizard has done it again at Addington Raceway – this time without a wand. Todd Mitchell lost his whip at the 1400m but was still good enough to nurse Ima Gold Digger to an easy victory in today’s (Tuesday November 9) Group One New Zealand Free-For-All Trot. -Read full article
New Zealand /11.9.2010
Harnesslink Admin | 8:15 pm | 9 November 2010
Nearea Franco brilliant – Free-For-All next The Steven McRae trained Nearea Franco is back to her brilliant best if her win in the today’s (Tuesday November 9) Firestone Junior Free-For-All at Addington Raceway is anything to go by. The harness racing queen simply blitzed her 11 rivals in the Group Three $40,000 event. -Read full article
New Zealand /11.9.2010
Harnesslink Admin | 8:12 pm | 9 November 2010
Herculean effort by Gold Ace in Sires Stakes ‘My greatest moment in harness racing’. That’s how Pukekohe trainer Steven Reid described Gold Ace’s massive half-head victory in today’s (Tuesday November 9) Group One NRM Sires Stakes Final for New Zealand’s best 3-year-old pacers. -Read full article