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  1. Lenny The Shark

    Exactly. Take the likes of the Timothy Butt trained Field Marshall, this horse could not foot it with the top class NZ pacers yet it has measured up in Australia.
  2. Race fixing

    If my memory is correct I believe Trevor Thomas trained Stormy Morn for the early part of his career. Perucich (sp?) trained him when the horse went to race up north.
  3. Race fixing

    I remember Diogenes, I think it was trained by M Pruden? I can recall it racing at Addington in the late '70s. The horse was erratic but it did win 18 races and the competition was much hotter in the trotting ranks in those days. Some of the horses he did battle with include Scotch Tar, Framalda, Waipounamu, Petite Evander, Isla Voss, Waitaki Gamble, Even Speed, No Response, Nigel Craig and Easton Light. These are some of the best trotters we have seen and I think most of them would beat the poor lot of trotters we have at the moment.
  4. Naholo

    It's a shame because Panspacificflight is a good sire. I know Southland is a good nursery ground for young horses but how many mares are actually bred from down there now? Perhaps the stallion needs to be relocated to Canterbury or the North Island? I don't know how popular the sire is at the sales either. Are his progeny sought after at the sales? Or is it mainly smaller breeders who use his services? It seems strange given his record as a sire that he does not get more mares. Perhaps there are other reasons why he does not?
  5. Sheree Tomlinson

    Yes, a good drive by Sheree Tomlinson. The story must be sold to mainstream media. Ms Tomlinson has worked hard to improve her driving skills with frequent trips to Southland and Forbury and her hard work and commitment is paying off. She seems a very personable young woman and just the sort of ambassador the sport needs. One thing I was pleased about over the carnival was the emergence of young talent both human and equine. Young trainers like Mitchell Kerr and Tom Bagrie tasted success while young drivers like Samantha Ottley, Tomlinson and Matt Anderson saluted the judge. Young horses like Chase Auckland, The Fixer, The Dorchester and Ultimate Machete are stars of the future.
  6. Will Purdon Rule Again

    I enjoyed seeing two young trainers Tom Bagrie (BD Khoasan) and Mitchell Kerr (The Dorcester) win races on Cup day, although I was confused with Matt Anderson wearing the McGrath colours. It's good to see two up and coming trainers have success on a day like this.
  7. Will Purdon Rule Again

    Nathan Purdon drove Gentle Giant... T. Williams drove Franco Hampton in this race and he knocked half of the field off their feet turning for home. Williams only good drive was on Ashley Locaz that ran close second and probably unlucky?
  8. Best bet, best each way and lay of the day nz cup races.

    Best bet: First four Cup: Lazarus with Heaven Rocks, Dream About Me & Jack's Legend Each Way: Majestic Moment (Race 11) Lay: Dark Horse (Race 6)
  9. Wyndham tips sunday

    weak effort from the horse today?

    Gentleman Sir to join Tim Butt 01 November 2017 NZ HARNESS NEWS A huge deal is in the works that will see one of the country’s most promising trotters change stables. Gentleman Sir, a winner off 45 metres in Palmerston North this afternoon, is set to join the stable of Sydney-based Kiwi trainer Tim Butt. Butt is best known as the man who prepared millionaire trotters Lyell Creek, Take A Moment and Vulcan, as well as a swag of Group 1-winning pacers. Gentleman Sir announced himself as a top talent when running second behind Wilma’s Mate at the Ashburton Harness Jewels in June – just his 11th start. His Kumeu owner and trainer Lew Driver turned down a big offer not long after that but this latest one was too big to refuse. “Tim has made an offer and is in the process of putting together a syndicate to buy the horse,” said Driver on Monday. “It’s not completed at this point in time, so it is still in the lap of the gods I guess. “But I have agreed to sell him.” Driver made the curious decision to take Gentleman Sir to Palmerston North to race today, working on the theory that a deal is never done until the money is in the bank. “I could have raced at Auckland this week, but I felt a trip away would be more beneficial for him in his development.” Butt was adamant the deal was done and he would soon be taking over the training of the son of Love You. “We’ve agreed to buy him; he’s been vetted and passed with flying colours and I’m in the process of pulling together the money at the moment. “There is one share left in him but it’s a formality.” Butt said he had to pay a premium to pry the horse away from Driver, but he is confident the horse has what it takes to go right to the top. “Being by Love You is a big attraction as well; he’s really kicking goals as a sire at the moment.” Cantabrian Butt made the permanent to Sydney last month, taking with him classy pacers Field Marshal and Let It Ride, who are both making splashes across the ditch. Will this horse be a good buy for Tim Butt? Most of Butt's high priced buys in recent years have been flops. Will Gentleman Sir change that?
  11. 2017super stable

    Why not think outside the square and select a horse like Destiny Jones (if she is available). She has been racing well since Kevin Townley took over her training and I expect her to improve further with the Townley polish. She will not be disgraced in any race she lines up in.
  12. Victoria Cup tonight

    Lennytheshark thumped them; Mr Mojito disappointing but I guess they didn't knock the horse around as he was never going to get a run from back on the fence. Strange drive by A. Butt on Field Marshall sitting parked outside Lennytheshark. Usually, this horse is saved for the last run, why the change in tactics? I note the change of driving tactics was questioned by stipes. Will Butt be penalised for this drive?
  13. T. Butt to Australia

    T. Butt has moved to Australia to train full-time. He is hoping to setup base at Menangle. Is this a good or risky move for Butt?

    Congratulations Mark Purdon on achieving the milestone of training 2000 winners. This is an incredible achievement for a relatively young man like Mark Purdon. He joins his father Roy and brother Barry as the only other harness trainers to train 2000 winners. Well done.
  15. Costa Del Magnifico

    He is now racing in Australia.