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RACING HISTORY SECRETARIES & EXECUTIVE STAFF

TREVOR DAVIS

The death occurred last Wednesday of Trevor Davis, a highly-respected and long serving harness racing administrator.

Aged 71, Mr Davis enjoyed attending most Canterbury meetings since retiring as secretary-manager from Addington Raceway in 1989, and was at the Timaru meeting just four days earlier. He was a keen supporter of the useful pacer Luchador, which was raced by his brother-in-law, John Atkinson.

Mr Davis joined Addington Raceway in 1960 as assistant to the secretary Mr Des Parker, and took over on Mr Parker's retirement in 1979. Among the changes that occurred during the control of Mr Davis were the introduction of the Jetbet system, the construction of the new members' stand, the conversion of Raceway heating fron gas to electricity, and the computerisation of the accounts and membership lists.

He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Sandra and son Robert, a former Keeper of the Stud Book for Harness Racing New Zealand.

Credit: NZ HRWeekly 24Jan96

RACING HISTORY FAMILY INTERESTS

DARREN DEFILIPPI MEMORIAL - Winners

This race is run annually for Junior Drivers in memory of Darren, son of Colin & Julie DeFilippi.

Darren was regarded as one of New Zealand's most promising young horsemen and this race marks the esteem with which the Harness Racing Industry holds him in.

YEAR - DRIVER - HORSE - TRAINER - Gait

1996 - JAMIE KEAST - No Need - Mike Austin - Pace
1997 - DALE FORBES - Incredible Fella - Ron Barron - Pace
1998 - MARK JONES - Sylvia's Star - Kevin Townley - Trot
1999 - PHILIP KEATS - Valiant Heart - Peter Bagrie - Pace
2000 - STEPHEN McNALLY - Russ The Legend - Gerard O'Reilly- Trot
2001 - LISA GODSALL(ORANGE) - Bergen - Carl Middleton - Trot
2002 - KIRSTIN GREEN(BARCLAY) - Galleon's Telepathy - Michael House - Trot
2003 - GAVIN SMITH - Bristle - Paul Nairn - Trot
2004 - NICK YDGREN - Onedin Legacy - Henderson Hunter - Pace
2005 - GAVIN SMITH - Atomic Dusk - Patrick O'Reilly - Pace
2006 - JONNY COX - Lady Segil - Phil Williamson - Trot
2007 - SAM SMOLENSKI - Amber Gambler - Fred Fletcher - Trot
2008 - SHANE WALKINSHAW - Ronnie Coute - Murray Edmonds - Trot
2009 - REGAN TODD - Unique Star - Mark Jones - Trot
2010 - ANDREW VEINT - Double Bundy - Michael Heenan - Trot
2011 - MATTHEW WILLIAMSON - Maori Invasion - Phil Williamson - Trot
2012 - MATTHEW WILLIAMSON - Beyond Reason - Phil Williamson - Trot
2013 - MATTHEW WILLIAMSON - William Lance - Bevan Heron - Trot
2014 - ROBBIE CLOSE - Aile Rouge - Robbie Holmes - Trot
2015 - JESSICA YOUNG - Arran Chief - Andrew Faulks - Trot
2016 - KATIE COX - King Of The Roses - John Versteeg - Trot

Credit: Matt Markham

RACING HISTORY INTERDOMINIONS

PERTH - YOUNG MISTER CHARLES
Driver Peter Morris, trainer Garry Hancock and Young Mister Charles' proud owners all had their day in the sun when they took out the 1996 Inter Dominion Grand Final after having been disqualified from a placing in the final the previous year as a result of a positive swab. Young Mister Charles held out Sunshine Band and the gallant New Zealander Master Musician and grabbed the winnerís purse of $250,000.


RACING HISTORY HORSES

Derek Jones & Blossom Lady
BLOSSOM LADY

There would be few Addington personalities in the last 50 years who have attracted such favour and adulation as Blossom Lady. In this context, Johnny Globe probably reigns supreme, with Blossom Lady a close second, ahead of Lordship and Lord Module.

The retirement at the weekend of New Zealand's greatest racemare is of no surprise: it has been on hold for two and a half years!

Lesser competitors would have given up the battle, but the skills of trainer Derek Jones coupled with an indomitable spirit gave Blossom Lady a long life at the top. On the eve of her 156th start, she was still working as well as ever. But when a leg injury she has tolerated since the Brisbane Inter-Dominions in 1993 made another visit, Jones decided the show was over.

"Derek told us that he would never forgive himself if he had raced her last Saturday night and something had happened to her," said Ralph Kermode, the manager of the Polly Syndicate which raced the million dollar mare. "We have no complaints. It has been something we have anticipated for some time, certainly this season. After she ran the fastest two miles of her career at the Cup meeting and the fastest mile, we thought we might get back to Melbourne, where she won two Hunter Cups. But we have had a fantastic run, with marvellous memories. Derek has done a marvellous job, swimming her a lot, rubbing her leg every day," he said.

Prepared for a start by Stephen Doody, Blossom Lady went on to win 43 races - most of them in the hands of regular driver Anthony Butt - and earn $1,334,800 from 155 starts.

Her major wins were the 1992 NZ Cup and NZ Free-For-All, the 1991 Easter Cup, two Hunter Cups, six Inter-Dominion heats, the Monsanto Free-For-All, three NZ Standardbred Breeders Stakes, an Inter-Dominion consolation race and the Ashburton Cup. 'Bloss' won 35 races in NZ and eight in Australia. Eight of her NZ wins were sub 2:00 - 1:56 (1m), 1:58.9 (2000 mob), 1:58.6 (2400 mob), 1: 59.1, 1:57, 1:57.3, 1:58.7, 1:56.8 and 1:58.9 (all 2000m mobile).

She was much travelled and was renowned for her need to absorb an enormous amount of work. Her racing was characterised by a willingness to look the enemy in the eye whenever there was a softening of the pace.

"She was the sort of horse an owner dreams of having," said Kermode. "She was so honest. She would never run a bad race. She had bad luck, but you'd always know she would perform. In many races, she would take to race to the opposition, although it did not always pay off. The most spine-tingling moment for me was in the Easter Cup that Chokin won when she led for the last mile and took off down the back straight, and my only disappointment was that she didn't meet up more with Franco Ice who had a similar style of racing," he said.


Credit: Mike Grainger writing in HRWeekly 10Jan96

RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

The Hayes Family & Chiola Cola
1996 DB DRAUGHT DOMINION TROTTING HANDICAP

Chiola Cola gave nothing else a chance in the $100,000 DB Draught Dominion Handicap, adding to the Air New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All he won on the track a week earlier.

After setting all the pace, he pulled away to win by more than two lengths from back marker Pride of Petite, with a length back to Diedre's Pride.

The black entire son of Chiola Hanover was ably rated by Shane Hayes, who trains the 8-year-old for his father Don Hayes, and Harold and Iris Harowitz of New York.

Chiola Cola wasn't up to the class in Scandinavia last season but he came through his quarantine in Malmoin good shape to resume work. He tied up in his first race but he has improved with each race since the addition of half blinds followed his eighth at Ashburton on Labour Day where he went off stride soon after the start. Pride of Petite had no luck in the early running, but tried hard till the end.

The win gave Chiola Hanover his first Dominion winner, as well as cementing his place on the top of the sires premiership for trotters.

It was the 15th win for Chiola Cola, who ran third in the Dominion last year. He has been an honest campaigner, thoroughly reliable, and now recognised for the genuine big-time competitor that he is.

Credit: Mike Grainger writing in NZHR Weekly

RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

Owners Bill Kitcher & Geoff Hutchison with The Court Owl
1996 SMOKEFREE NZ DERBY

Mark Purdon won the $125,000 Smokefree New Zealand Derby, but not with the horse most expected. After Sharp And Telford had dominated the first two legs of the Triple Crown series, there was some doubt whether stablemate The Court Owl could pick himself up sufficiently to make a race of it in the Derby. Purdon was one who held that opinion. "I thought he was below his best on the first two nights," said Purdon. "And I said to Bill (part-owner Bill Kircher) that he may be feeling the effects of his racing," he said.

However, there was no evidence of any dullness on the track, as The Court Owl stole the show after an enterprising drive by Purdon, notably at the 1400 metres when he swooped forward during a slow patch of the race to take the lead off Sharp And Telford. "He is a good stayer and I like to drive him like one," said Purdon. "He felt keen once I got him to the front," he said. Sharp And Telford, who might have been feeling the effects of a kick on the off side knee delivered by The Court Owl during the week, did not take the final turn with complete comfort, and by then Purdon had made the most of it and skipped well clear. "I knew if I waited at the corner, he would gobble me up," said Purdon. As it turned out, Sharp And Telford cut the deficit down attractively, but never with any hope of swapping second for first.

Mon Poppy Day, the West Autralian colt, made ground late for third, ahead of Captain Rufus and Bionic Fella, who outclassed the others. Mon Poppy Day, who failed to settle during his stay, will meet The Court Owl next in the New South Wales Derby, where trainer Rod Chambers expects him to be more competitive. As Purdon is likely to stay in Auckland and drive at the Premier meeting there, Darren Hancock will be the likely driver of The Court Owl at Harold Park. Captain Rufus is another likely to head to Australia, with the Queensland Derby as his mission. Ken Tarrant's Carterton colt performed with great credit considering his travelling arrangements did not assist his preparation.

Credit: Mike Grainger writing in the NZHR Weekly

RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

Il Vicolo decorated after his victory
1996 DB DRAUGHT NZ TROTTING CUP

Il Vicolo, take a king-size bow. Take one, too, John Seaton and Mark Purdon. They returned graciously on Tuesday to the scene of their 1995 DB Draught NZ Cup win with Il Vicolo and did it again. Seaton even claimed that he brought the same notes with the same words on to use for his victory speech. Whether he did or not, Seaton accepted the Cup in his usual humble style, and if he wasn't a speechmaker a year ago he's certainly made some ground up since then. "I didn't have a bet on the horse," said Seaton. "But I looked at the tote...the public seem to know," he said.

Il Vicolo won the $350,000 classic in much the same manner as he did a year ago, with the grunt of a big V8. For much of the latter part of the race, Purdon had his foot down. The plan was to wait for no-one. "The early part wasn't that quick. That's why I came out. I knew I had to get him into it some time, and I didn't want to run the risk of being down on the fence."

Il Vicolo was the first to gain a good place of those off the 10 metre mark, soon sitting comfortably in midfield five back on the outer. He made his move forward at the 1800m, and as he did Surprise Package, two spot ahead of him, also moved out, ran to the lead which he held briefly, and then snuggled in behind Il Vicolo. "He was always going to be hard to beat from there," reported Purdon.

But we have gone ahead a little quickly here: the early order was Anvil's Star who made an excellent beginning, stablemate Anvil Vance and Surprise Package; Grinaldi broke and lost five lengths, and Hoppy's Jet did the same in midfield after 300 metres.

Il Vicolo's arrival at the summit, triggered off a wave of new blood coming forward, notably Victor Supreme, Master Musician, Hoppy's Jet, Burlington Bertie and Grinaldi, who actually levelled with Il Vicolo at the 800 metres. "He missed away," said driver Brent Mangos, "but he has gone a super race until battling on the turn. I am sure if he had have stepped we could have been in the first three." Trainer Geoff Small wasn't surprised at the mistake. "I could tell he knew it was a big occasion taking him into the birdcage," said Small.

Heading into the last 600 metres, Il Vicolo was pumping hard. Purdon knew he had Surprise Package on his back, though that wasn't his main worry. He was more concerned with something arriving as though it had just joined in, a horse that had missed the hurly-burly, much the same as Just Royce did when running him to a neck in '95. This time it was Anvil's Star, the rank outsider - Just Royce was the 13th favourite - who emerged with a wet sail from the ruck, jinking his way past tired runners in the straight. Even as close as 50 metres out, Anvil's Star was determined to beat Il Vicolo for the Cup, but then the run ended, leaving Il Vicolo safe, secure, $210,000 ahead, by three-quarters of a length. Anvil's Star was that margin better than Surprise Package, and the same ahead of Anvil Vance, who trailed, lost his place and was back on the inner beginning the last lap, and Desperate Comment, who was level last at the 600 metres, met a check at the 400m where it became tight and messy, and did remarkably well to make up the ground he did.

Purdon said this was a tougher race for Il Vicolo than it was a year ago. "I could tell he wasn't liking the last part," he said, "but he really is a champion. It is a great thrill to win it again. It is the race of the year, and he was ready for it." If Purdon had a slight concern it was whether his preparation was quite tight enough. "Last year, he was ready a lot earlier because we came down for the Super Stars in September. I was just a bit hard on him last year. He'd had two trials before we came down here, but there were only three in them," he said.

There were some tales of disappointment from those beaten, noteable being Master Musician, Prince Rashad, Desperate Comment and Burlington Bertie. They got caught up in the backwash, which was always going to be a risk in a field that while even also had its vulnerable ones.

Robert Dunn, the driver of Master Musician, said the race didn't go his way over the last lap. "The first time I decide not to make my own luck, this happens," he said, referring to being badly held up and knocked out of it when Burlington Bertie went off stride near the 500 metres. "'Bertie' was cruising, but what surprised me was Glen Wolfenden handing up on Victor Supreme at the 1200 metres after she went round." Wolfenden said: "I had a nice cart round but I wanted cover to get round round that bend. She had her chance and I've got no excuse," he said.

The collect for Seaton and Purdon was $210,000, which in round figures takes Il Vicolo just past $1,500,000. He has won a phenomenal 29 of his 44 starts. This is the horse Seaton bought as a yearling at Karaka for $21,000, had it broken in by Gary Hillier, and then gave Purdon a half share in the horse after Hillier phoned him five months later and said he was getting out of the game. Seaton has been a great campaigner at the yearling sales for many years, and while Il Vicolo was dear he is not his dearest. "That was Malakula who cost $26,000 and won three," he said. Il Vicolo is something Malakula could never be. He is something very special: eventually a stallion of immense value.

John Seaton is talking about racing him in America's Meadowlands Pace. Purdon says John is thinking of a holiday for himself and his wife, Anne. The reality may not be America, but sadly it may not be New Zealand either. Il Vicolo will soon be off to Sydney for the Miracle Mile, a race he finished second in last June.

Some great horses have won the Cup. Not since False Step in the 60's has a horse won the race in successive years. Not since Lordship, in 1962 and 1966, has a horse won two New Zealand Cups.

Il Vicolo take another bow.

Credit: Mike Grainger writing in HR Weekly

RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

Iraklis home free in the 1996 NZ FFA
1996 AIR NEW ZEALAND NZ FREE-FOR-ALL

In Greek mythology, Hercules was a hero of superhuman strength. Son of the god Zeus, and of Alcamene, a mortal woman, Hercules was set 12 impossible tasks to to gain his freedom. Miraculously, he did so.

On Show Day at Addington, racegoers had the devine pleasure of witnessing the Hercules of modern day harness racing, his name - Iraklis. Pronounced I-rark-lees, the name is Greek for Hercules, and part owner Kypros Kotzikas could not have given this amazing animal a more appropriate title. Son of Vance Hanover, himself a "god" amongst pacing stallions prior to his demise, Iraklis stunned the harness racing public during the running of the $100,000 Air New Zealand Free-For-All. The event on Show Day had everything.

From the moment Iraklis slaughtered a high-class field in New Zealand Record time on Cup Day, the build up began. Trainer Bob Cameron stated his intention to take on the "best" pacers in New Zealand via Friday's Free-For-All. But then the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club's field selection committee seemingly tried to stop, placing Iraklis second on the ballot. The pendulum swung back towards the Iraklis camp though, with the scratching of Vic's Vance, another defection would enable Iraklis to take his place in the field. Cameron and Kotzikas decided to scratch Anvil's Star from the Free-For-All, a predicament made easier only because of the fact Anvil's Star had "lightened up" since his run for second in the Cup.

So it was all on, Iraklis would get the chance to prove himself after all. The buzz amongst the crowd prior to Show Day's event was electric. Even in the Press Room there were some noted harness racing scribes who thought Iraklis couldn't do it; some did though. Just minutes before the race during an interview with Trackside's Sheldon Murtha, Cameron, not known for revealing everything on his mind, was asked how he felt about Iraklis taking on the Cup winner, Il Vicolo. His reply: "We'll give him one helluva fright today". How right he was.

Anvil Vance took the early lead until Bee Bee Cee went round him. Iraklis, guided through beautifully by Ricky May, settling three back on the outer. Surprise Package kept the tempo sizzling, forging to the front after 700m, and as the challenges came around, Iraklis was shuffled back. Rounding the showgrounds bend, the 4-year-old was surrounded by a wall of horses and towards the tail of the 14-horse field, albeit off the rail. May followed Desperate Comment all the way down the back straight. Rounding the home turn, he pulled Iraklis out to challenge, but they were still a good two lengths from Surprise Package, with Il Vicolo eyeballing the leader. Once straightened though, May asked Iraklis to go and that he did, zooming to the front with ease. The race was over in seconds, Iraklis coasting to the line to win by nearly two lengths from Brabham, Whale Of A Tale and Hoppy's Jet, who were the only ones to make any impression down the straight.

Those who do not already think that Iraklis is a champion, will have to one day change their way of thinking. Sure he hasn't won any major Cups, or even two consequtive New Zealand Cups which in itself is an amazing achievement, but he hasn't had the chance to either. Who could have believed that a horse, just a 4-year-old with a mere 21 starts under his belt, would dish out such a comprehensive beating to the country's best pacers - and do it with simplistic ease. And as ominous as it sounds, Cameron remains adamant that we won't see the best of Iraklis until he is five or six.

Bypassing the Monsanto Mile, on the 1996/7 list for Iraklis is the $400,000 Sydney Miracle Mile on December 6; the $250,000 Victoria Cup in Melbourne on February 1; the $450,000 A G Hunter Cup, also at Moonee Valley, on February 15; and the Adelaide Inter-Dominions in March.

Many of the 12 tasks given to the mythological Hercules involved the capture or killing of certain animals. Rest assured though, the only capturing the 1990s Hercules will do will relate to Cups, titles and record times. And there will be no bloodshed as Iraklis continues to slaughter his rivals on the race-track.

Credit: John Robinson writing in NZHR Weekly

RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

John Hay, There's A Franco & Wayne Francis
1996 NEVELE R STUD NZ OAKS

There was no-one more appropriate than Wayne Francis to step up and receive the trophy for the Nevele R Stud New Zealand Oaks.

One of the doyens of the New Zealand breeding industry, Francis won the race with his Holmes Hanover filly There's A Franco, who came from behind Highland Park and Party Party to win pulling away. As co-proprietor with Bob McArdle of Nevele R Stud, Francis sponsored the race, a Group race he won earlier with Preferred, a Boyden Hanover filly Malcolm Shinn raced with him.

His second winner was driven by John Hay, a very capable horseman he employed as private trainer at Spreydon Lodge nearly two years ago. He knew that Hay would take time to get the results he was hoping for. "When he came, he really had to start from scratch. They were foals and yearlings, and There's A Franco was one of those he has brought through from a yearling. There have been others, like Franco Hat Trick, who we just sold for big money, and No Way Franco who had more natural ability and more speed but got a virus, bled and will go to stud next season. We could actually have been in the nice situation of having two top runners in the Sires' Stakes Final and the DB Fillies final, but we have only the filly. I'm looking for a super horse, like everyone else, but I also have to apply commercial judgement and this is what I did in the case of selling Franco Hat Trick. I have the mother, and I have her daughters," he said.

For Francis, winning the Oaks was a thrill. In terms of prestige, it falls short of winning the New Zealand Cup and Inter-Dominion Grand Final, which he did with Stanley Rio, but owning the sire and dam gave him a different satisfaction this time. Tango Franco, a daughter of the grand racemare Tempest Tiger, earlier left This Time Franco, also by Holmes Hanover, who won the DB Fillies Final after finishing second in the Oaks a week earlier. Tango Franco was one of 20 mares Francis sent to the stud's new import Falcon Seelster this stud season. As pleased as he is with the combination so far, the conservative Francis predicts brighter days ahead..."this time next year, I'd be surprised if we can't look back and be pretty happy with the results."

The race itself was a tight, testing event, with some drivers electing to go for the penalty as they rejected the push-out rule outside the 1000 metres. Greg Hope was fined $500 for this, and it cost Barry Purdon, who followed him out, $350. The main sufferer was Impact, one of the favourites, who instead of improving three wide, had to do it four-wide. Talking on those tactics, driver Ricky May said tersely: "Sheer incompetence, that's all it was."

Hay was fortunate to escape injury in a smash in the race after the Oaks. He had blurred vision which prevented him for driving in the latter races, but the Oaks and a win earlier behind the Geoff Dunn- trained Never Going Holme in a Sires' Stakes heat minimised the seriousness of the mishap for him.

Credit: Mike Grainger writing in NZHR Weekly

RESULTS OF PRESTIGE RACES FOR THIS SEASON
 
NZ YEARLING SALES 2YO TROT

Current Sponsor: ( PGG WRIGHTSON )
2YO trotters bought at the Sales & met the prepayment requirements: Listed from 2008. Originally held at Alex Pk until 2006. Then at Addington except for 2008, 10 & 11 when it was held at Ashburton over a mile.
LISTED: 2yo Trot: 1950m: Mobile
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER Sun Seeker  
TRAINER DRIVER TIME
HANDICAP STAKE DATE 1/04/2008
BREEDING
OWNER Held at Alex Pk
ROUNDUP 4 QUARTER MILE FFA MOBILE PACE

Current Sponsor: ( GORDON ROXBURGH )
(Formerly Allan Matson FFA:Monsanto FFA) 1958 Two Miles: 1959-62 Invitation Handicap: 1959-1972 One Mile & Five Furlongs: 1964 One Mile & Half: 1970-2 1m 5f Stand 1973&4 2600 Metres Stand: 1975-1994 2600 Metres Mobile: 1995&6 One Mile Mobile: 1997 1950 Metres Mobile. GROUP 2 1982-94:GROUP 1 1995-7:Group 2 : Group 3 2007
GROUP 3: 2600 Metre Pace: Mobile Start
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER NEW AGE MAN  
TRAINER L R Hanrahan DRIVER J F Curtin TIME 1 56.2
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 100,000 DATE 22/11/1996
BREEDING Oblivion ll-Quest For Glory
OWNER Mrs G M and Est. H E McCosker
Last 800 57.5 Last 400 29.0 MileRate 1 56.2
DB DRAUGHT DOMINION TROTTING FFA

Current Sponsor: ( HARAS des TROTTEURS )
1911-1973 Distance Two Miles: 1934&1935 Distance One & Half Miles: = Dead Heat 2007- Free-For-All
GROUP 1: For Trotting Horses only 3200 metres
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER CHIOLA COLA  
TRAINER S D Hayes DRIVER S D Hayes TIME 4 08.6
HANDICAP Front STAKE 100,000 DATE 22/11/1996
BREEDING h Chiola Hanover-Librette
OWNER D N Hayes, H Horowitz and Mrs J J Horowitz
Last 800 58.1 Last 400 29.2 MileRate 2 04.9
AIR NEW ZEALAND NZ TROTTING FREE-FOR-ALL

Current Sponsor: ( GRANITE BENCHTOP COMPANY )
1941 1 5/8 Miles: 1942 1 1/4 Miles: 1943 1 5/8 Miles: 1944 & 45 Not Run: 1946 One Mile & Half: 1947-1961 One Mile & Five Furlongs 1962-2011: 2600 metres: 2012- 2000 metres 1952 & 1954 Not Run: 1962 Twelve & Half Furlongs Mobile: 1963-1972 One Mile & Five Furlongs Stand: 1973 2600 Metres Stand: From 1974 2600 Metres Mobile. GROUP 2 1982 to 1999: From 2000 GROUP 1
GROUP 1: For Trotting Horses only: 2000 Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER CHIOLA COLA  
TRAINER S D Hayes DRIVER S D Hayes TIME 3 18.5
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 40,000 DATE 15/11/1996
BREEDING h Chiola Hanover-Librette
OWNER D N Hayes, H Horowitz & Mrs I J Horowitz
Last 800 59.4 Last 400 28.2 MileRate 2 02.8
DB DRAUGHT NEW ZEALAND TROTTING CUP

Current Sponsor: ( CHRISTCHURCH CASINO )
1904-1973 Two Miles: From 1929 to 1931 run as two Heats and a Final: 2008 Free-For-All
GROUP 1: 3200 Metres: Standing Start
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER IL VICOLO  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER M Purdon TIME 4.02.3
HANDICAP 10 metres STAKE $350,000 DATE 12/11/1996
BREEDING 5 h Vance Hanover - Burgundy Lass
OWNER J H Seaton and M Purdon
Last 800 58.9 Last 400 28.9 MileRate 2 01.8
CHRISTCHURCH CASINO HANDICAP TROT

Current Sponsor: ( J BALLANTYNE & CO )
1994-5 FFA Standing Start:2600: 1996- Discretionary Hcp: 2600: 2006&7 Listed
LISTED: Discretionary Hcp Trot:7+wins:2600m
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER DIEDRE'S PRIDE  
TRAINER W F Fletcher DRIVER J C Hay TIME 3 20.9
HANDICAP 10 Metres STAKE $15,000 DATE 12/11/1996
BREEDING 6m Game Pride-Roydon Dirdre
OWNER Sir Roy McKenzie
Last 800 58.9 Last 400 29.8 MileRate 2 04.3
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FREE-FOR-ALL

Current Sponsor: ( FAHEY FENCE HIRE )
Listed 2006: Group 3 2007
GROUP 3: FFA Pace: Preferential Barrier Draw: 1950m
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER IRAKLIS  
TRAINER R M Cameron DRIVER R T May TIME 2 24.3
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $20,000 DATE 12/11/1996
BREEDING 4h Vance Hanover-Tuapeka Star
OWNER R M Cameron, K Kotzikas
Last 800 55.8 Last 400 27.9 MileRate 1 56.0
ANZ BANK NEW ZEALAND SIRES' STAKES 3YO FINAL

Current Sponsor: ( NRM )
1984-1990 One Mile: 1991-1997 2000 Metres:
GROUP 1:Three-year-old Pace: 1950 Metres: Mobile Start
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER FRANCO ENFORCE  
TRAINER J C Hay DRIVER J C Hay TIME 2 26.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 165,000 DATE 12/11/1996
BREEDING g Ok Bye-Emily Franco
OWNER W J Francis
Last 800 55.9 Last 400 27.5 MileRate 1 57.5
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK CANTERBURY PARK TROTTING CUP

Current Sponsor: ( YALDHURST HOTEL )
Originally run by Canterbury Park TC. 1963-73 Distance 1m 5f: 1974-6 Distance 2600 metres 1977-2009 distance 3200 metres 2010 Distance 2600 metres 1987 Raced in Jan & Centennial won by Tussle in Feb: 1994 Raced on 1 Jan & 31 Dec: 1983 GROUP 2: 1988-1994(Both) GROUP 3: 2003-2005 GROUP 2: 2006-2007 Group 3
GROUP 3: Open Trot: 2600m: Stand
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER BAY TALENT  
TRAINER L G Wallis DRIVER R T May TIME 4 09.5
HANDICAP 30 metres STAKE 20,000 DATE 18/10/1996
BREEDING g Count Bay-Brecon Mini
OWNER R I & K I Wilkinson
Last 800 58.0 Last 400 29.7 MileRate 2 05.4
AIR NEW ZEALAND RISING STARS 3YO CHAMPIONSHIP

Current Sponsor: ( ICE BLOODSTOCK )
1983-1997 2000 Metres: Group 2 to 2005: Group 3 from 2006: Discontinued 2007
GROUP 3: Three-year-old Pace: 1950 Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER LAVROS STAR  
TRAINER R M Cameron DRIVER A M Butt TIME 2 27.6
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 30,000 DATE 18/10/1996
BREEDING g Ok Bye-Star Class
OWNER R M Cameron & K Kotzikas
Last 800 58.3 Last 400 28.9 MileRate 1 58.7
AIR NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND FREE-FOR-ALL

Current Sponsor: ( WOODLANDS )
(Renamed New Zealand Pacing Sprint Championship, 1942-48) 1914-1919 One Mile & Quarter: 1920-1927 One Mile: 1928-1961 One Mile & Quarter: 1962 Nine & Half Furlongs Mobile: 1963-1972 One Mile & Quarter Stand: 1973-1974 2000 Metres Stand: 1975-2011 2000 Metres Mobile: 2012-2013 1 Mile Mobile: 2014 1950 Metres Mobile
1982 on GROUP 1: 1950Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER IRAKLIS  
TRAINER R M Cameron DRIVER R T May TIME 2 24.4
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 100,000 DATE 15/10/1996
BREEDING h Vance Hanover-Tuapeka Star
OWNER R M Cameron & K Kotzikas
Last 800 57.0 Last 400 27.6 MileRate 1 56.1
ROBBIE BURNS IMPERIAL ORDEAL TROTTING CUP

Current Sponsor: ( ANTHONY SHEARER/ PRIME PANELS )
Originally run by New Brighton TC. LISTED RACE 2001-6.
LISTED: Open Trot: Mobile (Preferential Barrier Draw): 2600m
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER BAY TALENT  
TRAINER L G Wallis DRIVER R T May TIME 3 16.6
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 12,000 DATE 6/09/1996
BREEDING g Count Bay-Brecon Mini
OWNER R I & K I Wilkinson
Last 800 59.3 Last 400 28.7 MileRate 2 01.6
AVON CITY FORD NEW BRIGHTON CUP

Current Sponsor: ( AVON CITY FORD )
Originally run by New Brighton TC. 1950-73 Two Miles: 1974-87 3200 Metres: 1988-2009 2600 Metres Mobile. From 2010 2600 Stand. GROUP 3 1983-1997(?): Listed from 2000-2010: Gr 3 2011-16
Group 3: FFA Pace: Std from 2010: 2600m
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER SMOOTH DOMINION  
TRAINER M J Stevens DRIVER R G Anderson TIME 3 11.6
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 15,000 DATE 6/09/1996
BREEDING g Dominion Hanover-Smooth Liz
OWNER M J & Mrs G M Stevens
Last 800 57.6 Last 400 29.1 MileRate 1 58.5
CANTERBURY DRAUGHT WINTER CUP

Current Sponsor: ( IAN McMILLAN )
First run CPTC 1946. 1946-61 Winter Cup: 1962 Winter FFA: 1963-70 Winter Stakes: 1971 - Winter Cup. 2007: Listed:3200m Handicap: 1986-94 C6+: 1995-6 M3+: 1997-8 M4+: 1999 Not Held: 2000 5win+: 2001-3 4w+: 2004 - 5 win Front
Listed: 3200m Handicap: 5 Win front
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER FAYES IMAGE  
TRAINER T D Harrison DRIVER R T May TIME 4 06.7
HANDICAP Front STAKE $10,000 DATE 17/05/1996
BREEDING 6m Vance Hanover=Faye Hanover
OWNER T D & Mrs K M Harrison
Last 800 59.7 Last 400 30.6 MileRate 2 04.0
ROYDON LODGE STUD NZ 2YO TROTTING STAKES

Current Sponsor: ( FAHEY FENCE HIRE )
1981-2 2000 Metres Stand: 1983-97 2000 Metres Mobile: From 1998 1950 Metres Mobile. 1983-6 GROUP 3:1987-90 GROUP 2:1991-5 GROUP 3:1996-2006 GROUP 2:2007 on GROUP 3
GROUP 3:Two Year Old Trot: 1950 metres: Mobile
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER SOONA  
TRAINER D K Gibbons DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 2 38.2
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 20,000 DATE 17/05/1996
BREEDING f Sundon-Doona
OWNER Mrs K H Gibbons, J Dryden
Last 800 62.4 Last 400 30.8 MileRate 2 07.2
ANZ BANK NEW ZEALAND SIRES' STAKES 2YO FINAL

Current Sponsor: ( GARRARDS )
Series commenced 1984. Run by Franklin TC at Alex Pk (A)until 1993. 1984-1993 One Mile Mobile: 1994-1998 2000 Metres Mobile: From 1999 1950 Metres Mobile.
GROUP 1:Two-year-old Pace: 1950m: Mobile Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER ANVIL GALE  
TRAINER D B Gale DRIVER P C Ferguson TIME 2 30.7
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 150,000 DATE 10/05/1996
BREEDING g W R H-Kenton Lass
OWNER G H Beirne and Mrs W M Gale
Last 800 58.1 Last 400 28.2 MileRate 2 01.2
DB DRAUGHT 3YO FILLIES' SERIES FINAL

Current Sponsor: ( NEVELE R )
(A) After the Winner's name indicates the race was run at Alexandra Park, Auckland: 1979-1990 One Mile: 1991-1998 2000 Metres:
GROUP 1:Three-year-old Fillies Pace: 1950 Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER PARTY PARTY  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER A M Butt TIME 2 26.6
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 100,000 DATE 10/05/1996
BREEDING Mister Hanover ll-Bee Gee's Dream
OWNER Staying Alive Syndicate
Last 800 58.5 Last 400 28.9 MileRate 1 57.9
NEVELE R NEW ZEALAND OAKS

Current Sponsor: ( NEW ZEALAND STANDARDBRED BREEDERS )
(Formerly New Brighton Oaks 1948; 1948-1963 Run by New Brighton T.C.) 1948-1969 One Mile & Half: 1971-1973 One Mile & Five Furlongs: 1974-1984 2600 Metres Stand
GROUP 1:Three-year-old Fillies Pace: 2600 Metres: Mobile Start
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER THERE'S A FRANCO  
TRAINER J C Hay DRIVER J C Hay TIME 3 15.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 60,000 DATE 3/05/1996
BREEDING Holmes Hanover-Tango Franco
OWNER W J Francis
Last 800 60.0 Last 400 29.3 MileRate 2 00.7
AIR NEW ZEALAND NZ SIRES STAKES (2YO) FILLIES CHAMPS

Current Sponsor: ( AIR NEW ZEALAND )
1990-1 One Mile:1992-8 2000 metres:1999 on 1950 Held at Addington 1991 to 2000, now held at Alexandra Park.
2yo Fillies Pace: Mobile: 1950 metres
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER KATE'S FIRST  
TRAINER D B Gale DRIVER P C Ferguson TIME 2 30.7
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 78,000 DATE 25/04/1996
BREEDING Holmes Hanover-Pleasant Franco
OWNER G H Beirne & P R Bielby
Last 800 57.6 Last 400 29.8 MileRate 2 01.2
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK NZ TROTTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Current Sponsor: ( FRED SHAW MEMORIAL )
Replaced the NZ Hambletonian Hcp in 1966, refer: 1966-72 Two Miles: 1973-6 3200 Metres: From 1977 2600 Metres Mobile. 1983-94 GROUP 3:1995-2002 GROUP 2:2003-4 GROUP 1
GROUP 1:Open Trot: 2600 Metres: Mobile
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER ROLE MODEL  
TRAINER P M Williamson DRIVER P M Williamson TIME 3 22.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 26,000 DATE 6/04/1996
BREEDING 7g No Fission-Mighty Princess
OWNER D B & R G Couper
Last 800 58.3 Last 400 28.3 MileRate 2 05.5
DB DRAUGHT EASTER CUP

Current Sponsor: ( BRECKON FARMS & ALL STARS RACING )
Prior to 1939 Easter Hcp Two Miles: 1918 & 1938 Not Run: 1940 1 1/2 miles: 1942-1946 Two Miles: 1947 & 48 Easter Stakes FFA One Mile & Half: 1949-50 Easter Hcp: 1951 Not Run: 1952-1970 One Mile & Five Furlongs: 1972-1973 Two Miles: 1983 GROUP 2:
GROUP 1: Pace: 3200 Metres: Standing Start
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER MASTER MUSICIAN  
TRAINER R J Dunn DRIVER R J Dunn TIME 4 01.2
HANDICAP 25 metres STAKE 60,000 DATE 6/04/1996
BREEDING 8g New York Motoring-Petra Del
OWNER R J Dunn and Mrs R M Dunn
Last 800 58.5 Last 400 29.1 MileRate 2 01.2
CHRISTCHURCH CASINO NEW ZEALAND TROTTING DERBY

Current Sponsor: ( PAINTLAB )
(Formerly known as New Zealand Trotting Stakes) 1943-1965 One Mile & Half: 1951 & 1966-1973 One Mile & Five Furlongs: 1974-1984 2600 Metres Stand: From 1985 2600 Metres Mobile. 1983-90 GROUP 1:1991 to 2000 GROUP 2: From 2001 GROUP 1
GROUP 1: Three-year-old Trotters: 2600 Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER SIDI SLICKER  
TRAINER E M Ryan DRIVER M L Price TIME 3 21.7
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 26,000 DATE 6/04/1996
BREEDING g Power Bunny-Sidi Trieste
OWNER Mrs E J Ryan
Last 800 61.4 Last 400 30.7 MileRate 2 04.8
FAI (NZ) LTD NZ WELCOME STAKES

Current Sponsor: ( AVON CITY FORD )
Handicap 1945-8: 1943-1972 One Mile & Quarter: 1973-1989 2000 metres Stand: 1990-98 2000 Metres Mobile: From 1999 1950 Metres Mobile. Group 1 from 2006-2011: Gr2 2012
GROUP 2: Two-Year-Old Pace: 1950 metres: Mobile
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER BOGAN FELLA  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER M Purdon TIME 2 29.7
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 50,000 DATE 6/04/1996
BREEDING g Son Of Afella-Armadour
OWNER P J and Mrs J Cates
Last 800 57.6 Last 400 28.8 MileRate 2 00.4
SMOKEFREE NEW ZEALAND DERBY

Current Sponsor: ( DIAMOND CREEK FARM )
(Formerly New Brighton Derby Stakes) From 1914 to 1925 the race was conducted by the New Brighton Trotting Cub and decided in the Autumn (1925 Winner: Kohara). In 1925 it was taken over by the Metropolitan Trotting Club and decided in the Spring (Winner: Native Chief). 1982 decided in Summer. = Dead Heat. 1968-9 1 mile & half: 1970-2 1m 5f: 1973-83 2600 Metres Stand: From 1984 2600 Metres Mobile.
GROUP 1:Three-year-old Pace: 2600 Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER THE COURT OWL  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER M Purdon TIME 3 13.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 125,000 DATE 6/04/1996
BREEDING g Tuapeka Knight-Philosophy
OWNER W G Kitcher and G W Hutchison
Last 800 57.6 Last 400 28.4 MileRate 1 59.4
SMOKEFREE 3YO FLYING STAKES

Current Sponsor: ( VERO )
(Formerly John Brandon: Firestone Flying Stakes) 1980-1981 2000 Metres Stand: 1982-1998 2000 Metres Mobile: From 1999 1950 Metres Mobile. GROUP 2 from 1982
GROUP 2: Three-year-old Pace: 1950 Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER SHARP AND TELFORD  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 2 26.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 50,000 DATE 2/04/1996
BREEDING g Butler B G-Tardina
OWNER A J Parker, Mrs P R A Parker & N I Gillander
Last 800 57.0 Last 400 28.5 MileRate 1 58.1
PYNE GOULD GUINNESS NZ YEARLING SALES SERIES 3YO TROT

Current Sponsor: ( PGG WRIGHTSON )
Only 3yo Trotters purchased from PGG Yearling Sales are eligible. Series commenced 1993. 2008 Run by Rangiora HRC at Addington. 2009-14 Run by Rangiora At Rangiora
LISTED: 3yo Trot: Mobile: 1950 metres
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER MOUNTAIN HEIGHTS  
TRAINER R M Cameron DRIVER R M Cameron TIME 2 35.3
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 35,000 DATE 29/03/1996
BREEDING g Chiola Hanover-Mountain High
OWNER R M Cameron & K Kotzikas
Last 800 63.3 Last 400 23.9 MileRate 2 04.9
SMOKEFREE 3YO CHAMPIONSHIP

Current Sponsor: ( BELL TEA FOR THAT FEEL ALIVE FLAVOUR )
Formerly John Brandon 3YO Championship: 1969-73 One Mile Five Furlongs: 1973-83 2600 Metres Stand: From 1984 2600 Metres Mobile. Transferred from Late Mar to FFA Day in 1999. Then back to Feb in 2005. LAST RUNNING 2005.
GROUP 2: Three Year Old Pace: 2600 metres: Mobile
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER SHARP AND TELFORD  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 3 13.4
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 50,000 DATE 29/03/1996
BREEDING g Butler B G-Tardina
OWNER A J Parker, Mrs P R A Parker & N I Gillander
Last 800 55.8 Last 400 28.0 MileRate 1 59.6
PYNE GOULD GUINNESS NZ YEARLING SALES SERIES 2YO PACE

Current Sponsor: ( PGG WRIGHTSON )
Only 2yos purchased from PGG Yearling Sales are eligible. Series commenced 1992. LISTED RACE from 2004.
LISTED: 2yo Pace: Mobile: 1950 metres
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER GRAN MONTANA  
TRAINER B Purdon DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 2 29.9
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 160,000 DATE 9/03/1996
BREEDING c Soky's Atom-Joyable
OWNER C LaRosa
Last 800 60.7 Last 400 29.0 MileRate 2 00.5
ROBBIE BURNS IMPERIAL ORDEAL TROTTING CUP

Current Sponsor: ( ANTHONY SHEARER/ PRIME PANELS )
Originally run by New Brighton TC. LISTED RACE 2001-6.
LISTED: Open Trot: Mobile (Preferential Barrier Draw): 2600m
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER STRIETROSS  
TRAINER H J McDonald DRIVER K W O'Reilly TIME 3 23.2
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 12,000 DATE 23/02/1996
BREEDING 9g Macatross-Striesand
OWNER H J McDonald,K W O'Reilly, G W Sides
Last 800 60.9 Last 400 28.5 MileRate 2 05.7
MEADOW FRESH "2000" CANTERBURY CLASSIC

Current Sponsor: ( CHRISTIAN CULLEN )
(Formerly known as Stars Travel Miracle Mile: Pan Am Mile: Originally run by New Brighton TC.First run 1971.) 1982 Run in Feb, previously Dec 1980: 2000 Run Twice 14 Apr & 13 Oct: 1971-1987 One Mile: 1988-1998 2000 Metres. 1999-2006 1950 Metres. 2007- 2600 Metres. Mobile to 2007. Stand 2008- 1983-92 GROUP 1: 2002-05 GROUP 2: 2006 GROUP 3
GROUP 3: Group 2 from 2013:2600 Metre Pace: Standing Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER PRINCE RASHAD  
TRAINER A G Stack DRIVER C J Barron TIME 2 26.9
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 26,000 DATE 23/02/1996
BREEDING 7g Rashad-Victoria Foyle
OWNER Mrs S and H A A Thomas & A G Stack
Last 800 57.6 Last 400 28.6 MileRate 1 58.1
PYNE GOULD GUINNESS NZ YEARLING SALES 3YO FILLIES PACE

Current Sponsor: ( PGG WRIGHTSON )
Only 3yo fillies purchased from the PGG Yearling Sales are eligible. Series commenced 1993. 2011 Run at Rangiora (Earthquake).
LISTED:3yo Fillies Pace: Mobile: 1950 metres
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER HIGHLAND PARK  
TRAINER J P Green DRIVER B M Mangos TIME 2 30.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 90,000 DATE 10/02/1996
BREEDING Tuapeka Knight-Giselle
OWNER Mrs P C Green, T G Garelja, Mi Vain Synd
Last 800 61.2 Last 400 31.6 MileRate 2 01.3
PYNE GOULD GUINNESS NZ PREMIER MARES CHAMPIONSHIP

Current Sponsor: ( GARRARDS )
1990-5 GROUP 3:1996 On GROUP 2
GROUP 2: Mares: 1950 m: Mobile: Preferential Barrier Draw
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER LENTO  
TRAINER A R McDonald DRIVER R T May TIME 2 29.9
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 25,000 DATE 6/01/1996
BREEDING 6m Peoples Blue Chip-Orbell
OWNER A R McDonald & Mrs L J Coutts
Last 800 58.1 Last 400 28.5 MileRate 2 00.5
NEW ZEALAND STANDARDBRED BREEDERS NZ BREEDERS STAKES

Current Sponsor: ( PGG WRIGHTSON )
Originally run by the Canterbury Park TC. 1973-1991 One Mile Mobile: 1992-1998 2000 Metres Mobile run in December: 1999-2005 1950 Metres Mobile: From 2006 2600 Metres Mobile.
GROUP 1: Fillies & Mares Pace: 2600 Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER LENTO  
TRAINER A R McDonald DRIVER R T May TIME 2 27.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 60,000 DATE 1/01/1996
BREEDING 6m Peoples Blue Chip-Orbell
OWNER A R McDonald & Mrs L J Coutts
Last 800 58.6 Last 400 29.1 MileRate 1 58.3
Not Run SUPERSTARS 4&5YO CHAMPIONSHIP

Current Sponsor: ( RESOURCE RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES NZ LTD )
Not Run 2011 date changed from Oct 2010 to Mar 2012. Not Run 2014. Expanded to include 5yos from 2015
GROUP 2: Four & Five-year-old Pace: 2600 Metres: Standing Start
Year: 1996

 
Race History
WINNER Not run  
TRAINER DRIVER TIME
HANDICAP STAKE DATE
BREEDING
OWNER


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