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RACING HISTORY PEOPLE

SAM HENDERSON

South Canterbury harness racing lost one of its most recognisable characters with the death of Sam Henderson early this month. Mr Henderson, 77, synonymous with harness racing in South Canterbury, trained standardbreds for 40 years at Orari where he was born and educated.

Although he tried many jobs, including bush work, solo butchering, baker, grocer, barman and shearing, training standardbreds was what he wanted to do.

Because of his stature Mr Henderson was tempted to become a jockey. As he went to school with the Skelton brothers who were with Lionel Pratt and with 150 horses trained at Orari it was not surprising that he rode work.

It was Bob Townley who gave Sam advice and encouragement regarding the standardbreds. By 1955 Mr Henderson had a trials drivers licence and at his first outing drove three winners and two second placegetters. His first training and driving win was behind Gold De Oro at Greymouth on March 10, 1956. His last winning drive was 30 years later when Imperial Jack won at Marlborough on June 21 when he was forced to surrender his horse drivers licence.

Mr Henderson was known to put the horses on the float and leave for the races at any time of the day or night, he appeared to be able to go without sleep for long periods. At one shearing shed he and Laurie Patrick worked through until well after midnight to get the job done so they could go to the races. The effort was made worth-while when the horse won at long odds. On another trip round the South Island he was said to have knocked over a power pole in Christchurch and a veranda in Kaikoura.

Mr Henderson was always grateful to the owners who supported him but Muir Thomson was special. Mr Thomson was said to have tied a horse up at the stables, put 750 in an envelope with a note telling him to train it until the money ran out. While Mr Henderson trained many useful horses over the years including Minstra, Pee, Star Land, Young Trouble, Seafield Dream and Brian Hanover, he was robbed of a potential top liner when Every Chance broke down.

Winning or losing Mr Henderson's demeanour didn't change, the trademark roll-your-own invariably in the corner of his mouth.


Credit: NZ HRWeekly 24Sep97

RACING HISTORY PEOPLE

CARL BRINSDEN

Carl Brinsden, who died in Tauranga Hospital early on Tuesday morning of complications from an internal disorder, will be remembered as the devoted groom of the outstanding Kiwi pacer of the 1970s, Young Quinn.

Brinsden, who was 57, worked for successful Canterbury trainers Cecil Donald, George Noble and Felix Newfield before moving north, where in turn he became a key man in the operations of Nevil White, Kevin Holmes and Charlie Hunter.

Commissioned by Hunter to accompany Young Quinn to America in May 1975, Brinsden remained as the gelding's caretaker for the bulk of his North American campaigning over the next five years. In that time, Young Quinn, who had won 38 races and just on $175,000 in Australasia, chalked up a further 22 wins in town-hall class and pushed his career earnings to $759,227.

After Young Quinn returned to New Zealand, Brinsden set up training in his own right in California, handling mainly horses sent to him by Wellingtonian Sir Roy McKenzie. Forced out of the game by illness, he recovered to team up with compatriot Paul Jessop in New Jersey some four years back. He returned to NZ a year ago, and more recently had been assisting in the blossoming stable of Te Puke trainer John Peary.

Credit: NZ HRWeekly 5Nov97

RACING HISTORY PEOPLE

ROYCE COURT

The death occured recently of Royce Court, a prominent Canterbury owner-breeder and trainer.

Aged 70, Court produced many good horses including Golden Lustre, Bonnie Lustre, Dream Lustre and Glen Lustre, an upset winner of the first Superstar 4-year-old Championship when driven by Bobby Nyhan.

Bonnie Lustre, by First Lord, was tough and a good winner at three and four, mainly driven by Felix Newfield. Lustre Scott, by U Scott, had a great two mile record and won a race at the NZ Cup meeting in the hands of Bob Young.

Court was a steward of the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club, and his three sons Graham, Ivan and Brian are all involved in harness racing.

Credit: NZ HRWeekly 5Nov97

RACING HISTORY INTERDOMINIONS

OUR SIR VANCEALOT
The title of Inter Dominion Champion for 1997 went to Our Sir Vancelot but the star of the show was his trainer Brian Hancock. Having previously trained two winners, namely Thorate and Weona Warrior, Brain was looking to become the first trainer in Inter Dominion history to achieve the treble. In what could only be described as daring tactics Brian rushed Our Sir Vancelot to the lead and then shot clear before the home turn. Although he tired near the finish and had to await the result of a very close photo finish with Rainbow Knight, he claimed the victory, and clearly established the Inter Dominion series as one that belonged to master trainer Brain Hancock.

RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

Bogan Fella wins the Derby from Franco Enforce
1997 SMOKEFREE NZ DERBY

An Auckland-based horse that nearly died on his last visit to Addington returned there to snare one of the biggest prizes of the 3-year-old. Bogan Fella, trained at Ardmore by Mark Purdon, caught a severe bout of travel sickness during Cup Week in November when he trekked south to tackle the $148,500 Sires' Stakes Final.

At the same time as his illustrious stablemate Il Vicolo gallantly captured his second consecutive NZ Cup, Bogan Fella was battling a respiratory infection and high temperatures and beat only five home in his event the same day. "It was quite serious and he could have died," recalled Purdon. "He had an awful run in the Sires' Stakes Final but went better on Show Day to finish third."

The $125,000 Smokefree New Zealand Derby was a different story though, and Bogan Fella put an end to the eight-race winning streak af race favourite, Lavros Star. Back early from marble eight at the mobile gate, Bogan Fella improved with cover to sit parked momentarily before securing a one-one sit over the final lap. As expected, Lavros Star was in front and setting a cracking pace. The early speed duel with Franco Hat Trick, which saw the first 800m race by in 56.7 seconds, took its toll down the home straight though. Bogan Fella got to the front and held it, just, from Franco Enforce who came from a "mile" back at the 500m. Franco Hat Trick came out of the trail to run third, ahead of the gallant Lavros Star and Atitagain.

Such was the dominance of Lavros Star, a $1.20 shot who had won the first two legs of the triple crown so convincingly, even Purdon himself had doubts about his winning chances. "I thought we were racing for second really," he admitted after the event. "I was pleased with Bogan Fella's efforts on the first two nights though; he had felt better on the second night and was stronger again tonight. "He is a great little stayer though and he really tries," he said.

Bogan Fella's time for the 2600m mobile event was a sensational 3:11.6, a mile rate of 1:58.5. The performance was a New Zealand record for a 3-year-old colt or gelding, and ironically bettered the previous mark held jointly by stablemate The Court Owl and Winning Blue Chip. Bogan Fella will round his season off with a couple of starts at the Rowe Cup meeting later this month.

Purdon, who has already had to break in a new helmet this season, will have to buy himself another pair of driving glasses after losing his on Saturday night. Fully equipped when he left the changing room prior to Bogan Fella's event, Purdon was minus his glasses by the time he got to the stables to collect his Derby hope. Bob Cameron, a "rival" trainer on the track but Purdon's great friend off it, duly obliged by supplying the winning horseman with a pair owned by Ricky May.

Credit: John Robinson writing in NZHR Weekly

RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

Merinai beats Buster Hanover and Wago Apollo
1997 DB DRAUGHT DOMINION TROTTING HANDICAP

Top horses normally collect a long list of superlatives as the go through their career. In the case of Merinai, she is simply brilliant. The 6-year-old Helensville-based mare completed her Addington assault with a sensational win in the $100,000 DB Draught Dominion Trotting Handicap.

Breaking and losing 20 metres at the start, regular pilot James Stormont had her up outside leader Bay Talent with a lap to travel. Despite not having the ideal trip, Merinai was still too good and defeated one of the best selections of trotting talent ever put together in the same race. "It's a fairytale come true, and it has only really hit me now," owner/trainer Ross Baker said after returning home earlier this week. "I was so pleased that it wasn't presented to her on a plate. If horses get a soft run then you're never sure how they would have gone if they had a tough one. She is new to the top grade too. She's had a peep at the big time but the Dominion field was right up with the best of them," he said.

Merinai's record now is 15 wins from 16 starts, but that could have all been different if Baker hadn't taken a close friend's advice some years ago. Baker had lost a Save Fuel filly out of of Merinai's dam Meriden. The time came to have her served again, so when Baker bumped into Frank Cooney at a Kumeu cattle sale, he asked him what were nice yearlings. "Frank had a couple by Tuff Choice; he said they had broken in very nicely with good manners and good gait. The stud had actually rung me a couple of days earlier, so Frank's advice sealed my decision. Tuff Choice had the record, and a bit of breeding, but he was a big rough horse when I saw him and I almost changed my mind to McKinzie Almahurst," Baker recalled.

Meriden foaled a lovely little filly some months later, and Baker called her Merinai. "She was a proper loaner. You just could not get near her and she wouldn't even come up for a scratch. Even as a foal if you ever did anything around the other horses, she'd walk away and go and do her own thing," he said. Merinai "broke in beautifully" as an early 2-year-old. "She was a faultless pacer, and I remember thinking I've got a nice horse her."

Baker's opinion changed when Merinai was brought back for her second preparation though. She just was not happy in her hopples and she tried to trot in them. On days when she knew I was going to work her I couldn't catch her in the paddock. One day I took the hopples off and she trotted like poetry in motion - the next day she was at the gate waiting for me." he said.

The time soon came for Baker to take his "baby" for her first run at the workouts. She was a 3-year-old, and it was at Alexandra Park, but Baker didn't have a driver. "I wanted someone with soft hands. Merinai wasn't soft in the mouth, she just needed to be driven by someone with light hands because she liked to do her own thing. I only knew James Stormont to say hello, but when I saw him that day I asked if he had a full book of drives. "I wouldn't have blamed him if he declined driving an unqualified trotter in an unqualified trot, but I saw him later and he agreed to take her out for me." Stormont returned after the event, and told Baker that if he wanted a driver to "take" Merinai through the classes he wanted to be that person. The rest is now history.

Home safe and sound again now, Merinai will be jogged down and swum over the Christmas period before Baker makes a decision about her next campaign. The Rowe Cup in May is an obvious target, and several Australian Clubs have also approached the Parakai horseman about getting his mare across the Tasmen.

Baker and Merinai's trip to Addington may have only been brief, but they have already developed fond memories of Christchurch's headquarters. "Southerners love trotting. Another thrilling part of her Dominion win was the warmth of the crowd and the way they adopted her," he said.

Credit: John Robinson writing in HRNZ Weekly

RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

Kate's First winning the Nevele R NZ Oaks
1997 NEVELE R NZ OAKS

Kate's First produced a brilliant effort to win the Nevele R NZ Oaks, but it wasn't the only act she put on on the night.

Bucking and kicking when unloaded off the float on arrival at the course, Kate's First continued the bad behaviour prior to her event. "She was a right mole in her preliminary," driver Peter Ferguson said. "She gets a bit smart and tries to run off the track - I was flat getting her around the course while she was warming up."

Although the Holmes Hanover filly proved a handful prior to her $60,000 NZ Oaks bid, Ferguson knew it was a positive sign. "I knew she was back to her old self when she started behaving like that. She played up a little prior to the previous week's win, but that side to her had been missing since she's been crook," he said.

Ferguson's thoughts that Kate's First was back to normal were certainly justified minutes later. Drawn the outside of the second row, Ferguson and Kate's First waited until the right moment to shoot around the field, and levelled up to pacemaking favourite Scuse Me with a lap to travel. In the same spot turning for home, it was obvious soon after that Kate's First had the measure of the leader. She strode clear and then easily held off the late challenges of Bludebird, Strathrowan and Mystic Gold.

The win was a huge effort from a 3-year-old filly, and even more amazing were the last sectionals of 57 and 28.5 respectively, which paved the way for a national record time of 3:13.1 for the 2600m mobile. "I was quite happy sitting parked out, and I wouldn't have handed up to anything over the last lap," Ferguson said. "She's got a bit of speed, and seems to have got quicker as she's had more races," he said.

Austin Williams, who with daughter Karen has looked after Kate's First while she has been in Christchurch, believed the filly falling ill could have been a blessing in disguise. "Travelling up and down the country for major races can take a lot out of horses," he said. Ferguson agreed, saying the opportunity Kate's First had to settle in and acclimatise was a major factor. "Ausin and Karen have done a wonderful job with the horse. She felt terific tonight and I know it is a scary thought but I think she might improve for the Hydroflow Final," he said.

Credit: John Robinson writing in NZHR Weekly

RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

The Weekly cover celebrates Irakis's win
1997 DB DRAUGHT NZ TROTTING CUP

It was supposed to be a cakewalk. In the end, it was little more than a fine line between the hotshot and the roughie.

The infamous Relief of Mafeking during the Boer wars was nothing compared to the relief that followed when Iraklis was declared the winner of the DB Draught NZ Cup at Addington. Small fortunes were bet on Iraklis winning the race, including a $10,000 wager by part-owner Kypros Kotzikas on fixed odds at three to one, and a bit less bet on the day.

The money looked as safe as the Sunday collection when Iraklis put a break on the field turning in. Iraklis was about to preach to the converted. But lurking behind pacemaker Anne Franco and inside Iraklis was a tough old beach-trained gelding whose body had taken more socks than Evander Holyfield. Two hundred metres from the finish, the script was being followed beautifully. Iraklis was running the race of his life, still clear, when the old pug lurched off the ropes. This became a serious challenge. More than that, Smooth Dominion actually gave meaning to the prospect of a technical knockout when he put his head past Iraklis about 20 metres from the finish.

Driver Robert Anderson, presumed to be one of the race 'extras,' was in danger of upstaging the star. This was not part of the play. The six inches that Smooth Dominion took, tottered briefly and fell the other way as Iraklis rallied short of the finish to save the day.

"I thought he'd lost it on the post," said Kotzikas, an expansive fishing mogul who owns more than 80 horses with trainer Robert Cameron. "I didn't know he'd won it until Reon Murtha called out number seven, but then, from where I was sitting, I knew the angle was in our favour," he said.

Iraklis won the race the hard way. He was under incredibile pressure, having won his last nine New Zealand starts. The first of them, a win on the grass at Motukarara, was the launching pad in 1996 for the Cup in 1997. He went through the next year gaining experience, getting the ringcraft, as Cameron and May charted the course to the Cup. On the day, he was as fit and ready as any horse in the race, and those who challenged this and that were never convincing.

There was a hic-cup at the start when he paced away, and then scrambled. Further down on the track, his stablemate Anvil's Star did the same. Up front, where Iraklis was nowhere near, Brabham, then Smooth Dominion, and finally Anne Franco were leaders. Sharp And Telford, not the horse he was at Kaikoura, worked round early to sit parked, and that was the early activity. Driver Ricky May made his move with Iraklis at the 1400 metres. With a lap to go, Iraklis was second. May had declared his intentions. Those who reckoned that Iraklis had to be saved for one giant uppercut now had to watch and see if he could do the 15 rounds. "I never doubted his ability to stay," said May. "He was jogging on the corner. The only reason he lost the lead was because he shied at the crowd. He'd never seen people that close on the inside before," he said. So the favorite prevailed and so many went away happy. He took 4:00.9, a fast run on a windy day.

Smooth Dominion almost made a goose of the pundits after a perfect drive by Anderson. Aussie rep Sovereign Hill made solid headway from five places deep on the inside to run third, and was stiff, being held up twice over the last 500 metres. The 'Mike Tyson' who did not deliver was Sharp And Telford, who ran 12th and last of those who finished, with apparent leg problems.

Cameron, 59, who watched the race on television in the driver's room because there was no room in the stand, played down the achievement with his usual laconic modesty, saying winning any race is a thrill. "I didn't think the other horse would run him that close, but a horse can come out of the trail and do that. It's great for Kyp. We have been partners for 10 years and even when I've made mistakes there has never been a cross word between us. For me, you could say this is another era over," he said.

Kotzikas got into the racing game in 1976 with a galloper, named Cypriot's Pride. He admits to spending millions on buying and racing well-bred horses, Iraklis one of the dearest at $85,000. He is superstitious, and his two best horses - Iraklis and the outstanding Australian galloper Lavross - both have seven letters, which must have something to do with good fortune. Perhaps he thought of this before choosing his partner in harness racing. Or is it coincidental that "Cameron" just happens to have seven letters!


Credit: Mike Grainger writing in HR 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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER Not Run  
TRAINER DRIVER TIME
HANDICAP STAKE DATE 1/04/2008
BREEDING
OWNER
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER MERINAI  
TRAINER N R Baker DRIVER J P Stormont TIME 4 11.1
HANDICAP Front STAKE 100,000 DATE 21/11/1997
BREEDING 6m Tuff Choice-Meriden
OWNER N R Baker
Last 800 28.7 Last 400 59.1 MileRate 2 06.2
THE ROUNDUP "1950" 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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER CHRISTIAN CULLEN  
TRAINER B A O'Meara DRIVER D P Campbell TIME 2 23.2
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 100,000 DATE 21/11/1997
BREEDING In The Pocket-Pleasant Franco
OWNER Mrs D A and I D Dobson & B A O'Meara
Last 800 55.9 Last 400 27.0 MileRate 1 58.1
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER BRABHAM  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 2 25.3
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 100,000 DATE 14/11/1997
BREEDING g New York Motoring-Armbro Speed
OWNER Runvs Syndicate
Last 800 57.5 Last 400 28.0 MileRate 1 56.8
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER CEDAR FELLA  
TRAINER W E Stapleton DRIVER R T May TIME 3 17.2
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 40,000 DATE 14/11/1997
BREEDING g Son Of Afella-Sunflower
OWNER Cherokee Syndicate
Last 800 60.1 Last 400 29.8 MileRate 2 02.0
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER IRAKLIS  
TRAINER R M Cameron DRIVER R T May TIME 4.00.9
HANDICAP Front STAKE $350,000 DATE 11/11/1997
BREEDING 5 h Vance Hanover - Tuapeka Star
OWNER R M Cameron and K Kotzikas
Last 800 58.5 Last 400 30.3 MileRate 2 01.1
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER BUSTER HANOVER  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER A J Herlihy TIME 3 21.8
HANDICAP 10 Metres STAKE $15,000 DATE 11/11/1997
BREEDING 7g Sergio Hanover-Broomfield Ann
OWNER W E, Dr C M, Mrs J A & M J Pemberton
Last 800 59.4 Last 400 30.1 MileRate 2 04.8
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FREE-FOR-ALL

Current Sponsor: ( FAHEY FENCE HIRE )
Listed 2006: Group 3 2007
GROUP 3: FFA Pace: Preferential Barrier Draw: 1950m
Year: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER WHITECLIFF WHISTLER  
TRAINER B R Gliddon DRIVER C J De Filippi TIME 2 27.2
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $20,000 DATE 11/11/1997
BREEDING 6h Soky's Atom-Isabella
OWNER B R Gliddon, L S Yee
Last 800 57.9 Last 400 29.9 MileRate 1 58.4
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER CHRISTIAN CULLEN  
TRAINER B A O'Meara DRIVER R T May TIME 2 27.5
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 165,000 DATE 11/11/1997
BREEDING c In The Pocket-Pleasant Franco
OWNER Mrs D A Dobson, I D Dobson & B A O'Meara
Last 800 56.4 Last 400 27.6 MileRate 1 58.6
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER BUSTER HANOVER  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 4 07.5
HANDICAP 30 metres STAKE 20,000 DATE 17/10/1997
BREEDING g Sergio Hanover-Broomfield Ann
OWNER W E,Dr C M,Mrs J A & M J Pemberton
Last 800 60.1 Last 400 30.5 MileRate 2 04.4
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER CHRISTIAN CULLEN  
TRAINER B A O'Meara DRIVER R T May TIME 2 26.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 30,000 DATE 17/10/1997
BREEDING c In The Pocket-Pleasant Franco
OWNER Mrs D A & I D Dobson & B A O'Meara
Last 800 57.4 Last 400 29.0 MileRate 1 58.1
NZ POST 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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER CEDAR FELLA  
TRAINER W E Stapleton DRIVER R T May TIME 3 18.3
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 12,000 DATE 5/09/1997
BREEDING g Son of Afella-Sunflower
OWNER Cherokee Syndicate
Last 800 58.6 Last 400 28.9 MileRate 2 02.7
DB DRAUGHT 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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER MASTER TRIUMPH  
TRAINER G M Moody DRIVER R D Holmes TIME 3 17.8
HANDICAP 20 metres STAKE 40,000 DATE 5/09/1997
BREEDING h Dancing Master-Triumphant Angel
OWNER Dr C R & Est Mrs F M Moody
Last 800 59.0 Last 400 28.6 MileRate 2 02.4
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER IRAKLIS  
TRAINER R M Cameron DRIVER R T May TIME 3 15.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 15,000 DATE 5/09/1997
BREEDING h Vance Hanover-Tuapeka Star
OWNER R M Cameron & K Kotzikas
Last 800 55.7 Last 400 27.6 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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER UNDER COVER LOVER  
TRAINER G J Pearson DRIVER A M Butt TIME 2 30.4
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 80,000 DATE 24/05/1997
BREEDING In The Pocket-Vain Franco
OWNER G J Pearson, J M Tulley
Last 800 58.0 Last 400 29.4 MileRate 2 00.9
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER GEES PRIDE  
TRAINER J A Lischner DRIVER K M Barron TIME 2 32.6
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 20,000 DATE 16/05/1997
BREEDING f Pernod Eden-Gee Du Jour
OWNER Mrs D M Cain, Mrs E M & J A Lischner
Last 800 58.5 Last 400 29.0 MileRate 2 02.7
CANTERBURY DRAUGHT WINTER CUP

Current Sponsor: ( TREVINOS )
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER IMPERIORA  
TRAINER R J Faithful DRIVER N J McGrath TIME 4 04.6
HANDICAP 10 Metres STAKE $12,000 DATE 16/05/1997
BREEDING 5g Dancing Master-Imperial Kiora
OWNER Dr S O Chin
Last 800 56.7 Last 400 28.3 MileRate 2 02.9
HYDROFLOW 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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER KATE'S FIRST  
TRAINER D B Gale DRIVER P Ferguson TIME 2 25.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 100,000 DATE 9/05/1997
BREEDING Holmes Hanover-Pleasant Franco
OWNER G H Beirne and P J Bielby
Last 800 57.1 Last 400 28.4 MileRate 1 57.2
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER SWEET TALKING MAN  
TRAINER N Brady DRIVER N Brady TIME 2 25.7
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 150,000 DATE 9/05/1997
BREEDING g Andrel-Soky's Sweetheart
OWNER N Brady and Mrs S J Martin
Last 800 58.4 Last 400 29.7 MileRate 1 57.2
NRM SIRES STAKES (2YO) TROTTERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Current Sponsor: ( LONE STAR CAFE & BAR )
Series Commenced 1997. 1997-8 2000 metres: From 2002 GROUP 2
GROUP 2: For Two Year Olds: 1950 Metres Mobile Start
Year: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER SOLAR FIRE  
TRAINER K D Townley DRIVER K D Townley TIME 2 40.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 18,000 DATE 2/05/1997
BREEDING f Yankee Reb-Sunsong
OWNER W J & Mrs H M Bishop, S R & Mrs B E Moffatt
Last 800 58.8 Last 400 29.2 MileRate 2 09.3
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER KATE'S FIRST  
TRAINER D B Gale DRIVER P Ferguson TIME 3 13.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 60,000 DATE 2/05/1997
BREEDING Holmes Hanover-Pleasant Franco
OWNER G H Beirne and P R Bielby
Last 800 57.0 Last 400 28.5 MileRate 1 59.4
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER CHRISTIAN CULLEN  
TRAINER B A O'Meara DRIVER R T May TIME 2 30.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 175100 DATE 25/04/1997
BREEDING c In The Pocket-Pleasant Franco
OWNER I D and Mrs D A Dobson
Last 800 58.2 Last 400 28.7 MileRate 2 01.3
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER BOGAN FELLA  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER M Purdon TIME 3 11.6
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 125,000 DATE 29/03/1997
BREEDING g Son Of Afella-Armadour
OWNER P J and Mrs J Cates
Last 800 57.4 Last 400 28.5 MileRate 1 58.5
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER BRADSHAW  
TRAINER J A Lischner DRIVER K M Barron TIME 4 01.9
HANDICAP Front STAKE 60,000 DATE 29/03/1997
BREEDING g Clever Innocence-Penta
OWNER S C Fisher & B E Rossiter
Last 800 56.5 Last 400 29.0 MileRate 2 01.6
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER CHRISTIAN CULLEN  
TRAINER B A O'Meara DRIVER R T May TIME 2 27.5
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 50,000 DATE 29/03/1997
BREEDING c In The Pocket-Pleasant Franco
OWNER I D and Mrs D A Dobson
Last 800 59.0 Last 400 29.0 MileRate 1 58.6
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER HOLDONMYHEART  
TRAINER M J House DRIVER C J Barron TIME 3 20.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 26,000 DATE 29/03/1997
BREEDING h Valley Victory-Lovelorn
OWNER Mrs R L & C McKay
Last 800 58.2 Last 400 28.9 MileRate 2 03.8
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER SUNNY ACTION  
TRAINER J S Dalgety DRIVER J F Curtin TIME 3 20.9
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 26,000 DATE 29/03/1997
BREEDING f Sundon-All Action Girl
OWNER J S Dalgety
Last 800 59.3 Last 400 29.7 MileRate 2 04.3
MOBIL OIL PACIFICA 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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER LAVROS STAR  
TRAINER R M Cameron DRIVER A M Butt TIME 2 28.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 50,000 DATE 24/03/1997
BREEDING g Ok Bye-Star Class
OWNER R M Cameron & K Kotzikas
Last 800 56.4 Last 400 27.0 MileRate 1 59.1
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER SUNNY ACTION  
TRAINER J S Dalgety DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 2 37.3
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 43,650 DATE 21/03/1997
BREEDING f Sundon-All Action Gal
OWNER J S Dalgety
Last 800 59.0 Last 400 30.2 MileRate 2 06.5
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK 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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER LAVROS STAR  
TRAINER R M Cameron DRIVER A M Butt TIME 3 18.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 50,000 DATE 21/03/1997
BREEDING g Ok Bye-Star Class
OWNER R M Cameron & K Kotzikas
Last 800 57.8 Last 400 28.4 MileRate 2 03.0
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER BRADSHAW  
TRAINER J A Lischner DRIVER K M Barron TIME 2 28.3
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 26,000 DATE 21/02/1997
BREEDING g Clever Innocence-Penta
OWNER S C Fisher & B E Rossiter
Last 800 57.3 Last 400 28.3 MileRate 1 59.3
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER MEGAERA  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 2 26.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 82,450 DATE 8/02/1997
BREEDING Butler B G-Aberfeldy
OWNER P J & K G Breckon
Last 800 57.5 Last 400 28.8 MileRate 1 57.5
DB DRAUGHT 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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER NEW AGE MAN  
TRAINER L R Hanrahan DRIVER J F Curtin TIME 3 16.9
HANDICAP 20 metres STAKE 40,000 DATE 8/02/1997
BREEDING g Oblivion ll-Quest For Glory
OWNER Mrs G M & Est H E McCosker
Last 800 57.5 Last 400 28.5 MileRate 2 01.8
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER ADIO ROUTINE  
TRAINER T J Grant DRIVER C J de Filippi TIME 2 28.3
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 60,000 DATE 31/01/1997
BREEDING m Equitable-Oma Routine
OWNER T J Grant
Last 800 57.5 Last 400 28.0 MileRate 2 00.8
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: 1997

 
Race History
WINNER PIPES OF PAN  
TRAINER M Purdon DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 2 33.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 26,000 DATE 10/01/1997
BREEDING m Smooth Fella-Pan Flute
OWNER Mrs F L & Miss S M Holmes
Last 800 60.6 Last 400 28.4 MileRate 2 03.1


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