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HARNESS SCRIBES AND SEVEN OF THEIR PAPER STEEDS

Everything changes so it is said (though sometimes "and nothing changes at all" is an added proviso) and few things have altered over more than a century of racing publications. They start, they thrive and than they die - onlt for replacements more suited to the times to spring to life.

Some regard this as a weakness when it is a strength. Adapting new ideas is an essential for any business. So we thought we would say goodbye to Harnessed by recalling the valiant and successful attempts to market harness racing in previous eras. And especially the talented scribes who rode the publishing waves.

As you will see many survive long after their flagships eventually sank.

THE NEW ZEALAND REFEREE

The first publication to dedicate space to trotting it was a weekly founded in 1884 which later became the Office Calendar for both racing codes. The Christchurch Press bought it in 1891 to merge with its Weekly Press and it stasyed that way until the middle of the 1920's when i shifted base to Wellington. It "died" after a lengthy illness in 1939.

One of the main suppliers of copy in it's heyday was Fred Thomas (writing as "Templar") a breeding and racing expert who also produced the first volume of the Trotting Stud Book in 1905, All of this was incredibly difficult then. He was still contributing features on the sport into the 1950's.

Another standout was a contributor and later editor, John Olliver, whose cricketing family was closely connected with the founding of trotting in Christchurch. His early death accelerated the end of the Referee era.

Some early trotting writers were men of influence. W G Garrard was a rugby test referee and a leading cricket journalist on first name terms with some of the greats of that game. He was still supplying season statistics to the Trotting Calendar shortly before his death in 1944. Thomas Davey, another early trotting scribe, was a Member of Parliament and also Mayor of Christchurch.

THE TROTTING ANNUAL

Moa Publications discovered a mini goldminein the 1970's producing hard-backed, easy to read reviews of the season in several different sports. The Trotting Annual, sponsored for many years by Bominion Breweries, kicked off in 1972 with Auckland Star identity Ron Bisman as editor and contributions fron Norman Pierce, Mike Grainger and even Lord Langford who led a movement to make the sport popular in England.

The Annual was on most harness fan's wish list for Xmas for many years and sets were carefully collected and stored. Some still are. Dave Cannan, a highly regarded harness writer for the Christchurch Star and author of Unhoppled Heros, was a remarkable compiler of statistics and took over the editorship in 1981 with Don Wright the man from the south along with Otago's Taylor Strong and northerner Leo George among those adding support. He handed over to Jeff Scott, later trotting editor of the Christchurch Press ans now a website editor, in 1985.

Bisman returned in 1990 as public interest started to waneand Moa the exited. With Alan Meadows (Meadowset Graphics), Bisman produced a colourful 1994 edition and then a handsomevolume in 1998 with the highlights of intervening years. But it failed to sell and the game was over. In its time however, the "Annual" was hot property and the volumes remain a great source of ststistical information today. Televised racing and video recording however, started a terminal bleeding that could not be stopped.

THE TROTTING CALENDAR

A pubilication called Racing and Trotting Digest briefly carried industry essentials (programmes) through the 1930's until a frustrated Trotting Conference established the New Zealand Trotting Calendar in 1938 under contract with top journalist Karl Scott and his brother Wattie. They produced and printed the paper and Charlie Craig (NZ Herald) and his successor Pat Naden were among contributors along with southerner Norm Pierce. Harry Jarden was another leading trotting journalist in Christchurch at that time and also a member of a famous racing family.

Karl Scott, a man of many talents, was the first to write a book in this country specifically on harness racing back in 1949 (Pillars of Harness Horsedom) though he later claimed he made more from his rural activities than from printing publications.

The Calendar was a rather simple volume of limited pages full of official notices and annoted results. Meetings were covered, an economical easy to read "pithy pars" style popular in that era covering a meeting with many titbits rather than a lengthy article. It was only sold to the public from a few outlets. In later years it broughtin new blood like Ron Bisman and Mike Grainger but the focus remained very much on the needs of industry participants.

THE TROTGUIDE

The Trotguide was a controversial move in the early 1970's with the familiar aim of widening the appeal of the industry publication. It involved the "Calendar" to Lower Hutt where it was produced under its new title by INL Print, publishers of the Friday Flash, NZ Racing Calendar, Turf Digest and the once very popular monthly Hoof Beats which was also seeking a new audience. It also now produced the Year Book of results a printing contract previously held by the Scotts. HRNZ discontinued that many years ago.

Tony Williams was the chief Canterbury contributor with enthusiasts such as Peter Larkin, Shelley Caldwell etc among the freelance supporters. The decision to move the publication caused resentment in Canterbury with a suggestion the Conference Executive at the time had been overly swayed by northern interests. The experiment was not a success from several points of view and especially the ill feeling which followed it from Christchurch.

THE NZ TROTTING CALENDAR(2)

In 1977 the Trotting Conference negotiated a contract with Tony Williams to edit the weekly publication in Christchurch with the proviso it regained its old title of the Calendar - reflecting earlier tensions. The venture, with Frank Marrion as a long time assistant, proved a success and especially from an advertising perspective, classier presentation along with lively content. Williams also reprinted the early Stud Books. Richard Turnbull provided a lot of northern content.

The arrangement lasted nine years but again there was not complete happiness in the camp when it ended. Terms could not be agreed. The advertising growth William had achieved was a major attraction and HRNZ decided to "bring the Calendar home".

THE HARNESS RACING WEEKLY

The new publication, under the editorship of Marrion and with pro-active former daily newspaper reporter Matt Conway among a livewire team, made another attempt to widen the market, publishing late in the week with full race day coverage to match the big boys along with hard hitting stories. Ther HRW was a competitor production-wise but again it didn't make the progress hoped for and so distribution costs, the cause for many closures over the years, became prohibitive.

Marrion left in 1987 for a breeding industry position (he would return later) and eventually Mike Grainger was appointed editor and Michael Guerin continued the tradition of NZ Herald contributions from the north. Michele Harris later became another important cog in the wheel and laterly Katie McNamara and Stacey Markham (nowMedia Manager) assisted among others the same general content was retained but in reduced form with earlier deadlines and lower costs. Printed by the Ashburton Guardian for many years if rarely, if ever, went over budget.

The Weekly remained a popular read for fans until, again because of increasing costs, the decision was made to move to a monthly under the editorship of Matt Markham with input from Michelle Harris, Courtney Clarke and Stacey Markham in 2015. It was a professional publication and gained strong reviews but there were practical disadvantages. Mainly, however, the "Weekly" proved too strong a tradition to erase and is niw due to return.

THE DAILIES

Newspapers increased their coverage of racing before and following World War II as a result of growth in the industry never since matched. 25 years ago city newspapers had full racing departments and a staff of at least six, sometimes with three reporters covering one code on race day before computers took over much of the routine work.

Even smaller provincial papers (Timaru Herald etc)had a specialist racing winter. Few papers now even carry full time specialist racing writers in what is a dramatically different working canvas. The wheel has gone full circle but the dailies retain somewhat basic coverage and fields.

Geoff Yule(The Press) and Pat Naden(NZ Herald) served 37 years and 35 years respectively as harness editors until the late 1980's, Yule being the first Kiwi daily journalist to cover an Australian InterDominion for a daily.

Bisman was ever present and Pierce and Wright spent similar stints in Southland and Strong in Otago. A number of their pupils moved on to greater things. Ron Bisman was an instition at the Auckland Star and also wrote several books, including a biography of Cardigan Bay and the momumental Salute to Trotting. With Taylor Strong he also wrote a history of the InterDominions.

A number of scribes from 30 years ago are still active in some way but the era of the full time specialist writer is almost over. Ironically many early trotting writers were known as "sporting writers" reflecting how they needed to cover more than one area to gain work. John Ollivier in the Referee, for example, covered trotting topics but was also the theatre critic for the paper.

THE OTHER WEEKLIES

Two of the best-known - the Friday Flash and the Truth were hugely popular at their peak but neither survive, though industry support helps The Informant and Turf Digest to carry on the Flash traditions.

Truth had a comprehensive racing coverage pushing controversy and more colourful writing as its point of difference. At its peak it sold 200,000 copies but gradually declined as "sensational" subjects (divorce; sex crimes) previously avoided by leading dailies, became part of the mainstream reporting. Truth demanded controversy and colour and woe betide the reporter who tried to avoid it. Some of its anonymous form par writers used codes(one, using a par such as "Good Day finding it difficult to regain form" actually meant to be on Good Day next start).

Its most notable modern editor was Ray O'Connor who balanced the news and the controversy fairly. In some ways Truth was a victim of its own success as vastly improved structures and systems removed a lot of controversy from harness racing.

The Friday Flash reached a Cup Week print peak of 35,000 in the 1970's but was down to around 3000 at the time of its demise in 2006. Those numbers are about on par with leading current publications. It offered superior previews and trial form as well as trackwork to punters along with a dash of colour and newsy columns. Des Coppins is most remembered among the editors and was followed by colurful Aucklander Bob Lovett who increased trotting content but unhappily, not sales.

The Sunday papers featured racing with full time staff writers for many years but none now employ them. When Barry Lichter took charge of the Sunday Star Times harness coverage increased even it proved a two edged sword for some of the more sensitive in the game. Again blanket television coveragemade even Sunday's news seem out of date.

THE INTERNET

Harness racing was quick to adapt to the computer age dating back to the 1980's and has continued to provide most of what fans and professionals need in the modern age. Victor Rolton(HRNZ) has been an industry leader in that field and Colin Steele od Addington Raceway has placed thousands of stories from times past on the Addington Raceway Timeline.

Frank Marrion posted another first with his online only news and tipping site Harness Express which eliminated distribution costs and pointed the way to the future.

Leading players also established their own sites carrying stable or industry news. This has been a challenge for commercially printed and sold news and form guides though "holding on to the page" still strongly appeals especially to older readers.

CHANGING TIMES

Early racing reporters wrote stories in longhand, had to use public transport and needed to be good handlers of pigeons to send the race results. The Press building demolished in the 2011 eathquake still had a Pigeon Loft which was used until the 1940's. Before the mid 1930's reporters could be and often were expected to work 100 hours a week if required and $10 was a princely weekly wage without overtime. Most were "stringers" working part time for the paper. In newspaper offices younger writers had to wait their turn to get a story published and much of their work was less interesting, largely involving preparation work for fields.

Technology revolutionised the profession through the 1990's computers, televised races, fax machines, then internet, emails and social media made everyone a potential critic on racing. Modern reporters needed to be more versatile using radio and tv interests either part of their contract or a pathway to the future. In the print media heyday no reporter dare take a job on radio. It was the competition.

As we said. Everything changes. But then maybe, as we also said, nothing really changes at all.


Credit: David McCarthy writing in Harnessed July 2017

RESULTS OF PRESTIGE RACES FOR THIS SEASON
 
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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER ENGHIEN  
TRAINER N M & G P Hope DRIVER R T May TIME 2 23.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $80,000 DATE 19/05/2017
BREEDING g Love You-Anpther Starlet
OWNER R G Dellaca, G P Hope
Lead Time 24.2 1st Quart 30.5 2nd Quart 30.6
3rd Quart 29.3 4th Quart 28.5 Last Mile 1 58.9
Last 800 57.4 Last 400 28.3 MileRate 1 58.1
IAN McMILLAN 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER BUSTER BRADY  
TRAINER K J Austin DRIVER D J Dunn TIME 4 00.0
HANDICAP 10 metres STAKE $20,000 DATE 19/05/2017
BREEDING 4g Real Desire-Kacie Marie
OWNER K J Austin
Lead Time 2 07.5 1st Quart 29.0 2nd Quart 28.4
3rd Quart 27.9 4th Quart 28.0 Last Mile 1 53.3
Last 800 55.5 Last 400 27.8 MileRate 2 00.7
PGG WRIGHTSON NZ YEARLING SALES GRADUETTE (2YO Fillies)

Current Sponsor: ( PGG WRIGHTSON )
2YO Fillies bought at Sales & met prepayment requirements: 2005 & 2010 Run as Non-Tote
2YO Fillies: 1950m: Mobile
Year: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER DIZZY MISS LIZZY  
TRAINER N R McGrath DRIVER B N Orange TIME 2 23.7
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $150,000 DATE 19/05/2017
BREEDING Changeover-Back In The USSR
OWNER PF W & Mrs K P Boag
Lead Time 24.1 1st Quart 30.2 2nd Quart 30.5
3rd Quart 31.8 4th Quart 27.1 Last Mile 1 59.6
Last 800 58.5 Last 400 26.9 MileRate 1 58.6
NEW ZEALAND STANDARDBRED BREEDERS 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER SPANISH ARMADA  
TRAINER M Purdon & N C Rasmussen DRIVER N C Rasmussen TIME 3 09.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $150,000 DATE 19/05/2017
BREEDING Bettor's Delight-Galleons Supreme
OWNER Mrs J L Feiss
Lead Time 1 12.6 1st Quart 29.5 2nd Quart 28.8
3rd Quart 29.8 4th Quart 28.4 Last Mile 1 56.5
Last 800 57.8 Last 400 28.2 MileRate 1 57.0
LONE STAR CAFE & BAR 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER MAJESTIC MAN  
TRAINER P M Williamson DRIVER B M Williamson TIME 2 25.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $60,000 DATE 19/05/2017
BREEDING g Majestic Son-Love Hate Revenge
OWNER Griffins Synd
Lead Time 24.2 1st Quart 30.8 2nd Quart 31.3
3rd Quart 29.8 4th Quart 29.7 Last Mile 2 01.6
Last 800 59.1 Last 400 29.5 MileRate 2 00.2
GARRARDS NZ SIRES' STAKES SOPHOMORE CLASSIC

Current Sponsor: ( GARRARDS )
1950m: 3YO Colts & Gelding: First run 2015
1950m: PBD:3YO C&G
Year: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER THEFIXER  
TRAINER M Purdon & N C Rasmussen DRIVER N C Rasmussen TIME 2 17.9
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $40,000 DATE 19/05/2017
BREEDING g Bettor's Delight-Tosti Girl
OWNER G J & P I Kennard, Mrs P P Gillan, R J Fleetwood, R J Magness
Lead Time 22.9 1st Quart 29.9 2nd Quart 27.8
3rd Quart 30.2 4th Quart 27.1 Last Mile 1 55.0
Last 800 56.9 Last 400 26.9 MileRate 1 53.8
GARRARDS 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER SPANKEM  
TRAINER M Purdon & NC Rasmussen DRIVER M Purdon TIME 2 18.5
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $170,000 DATE 19/05/2017
BREEDING c Bettors Delight-Crushem
OWNER G J & P I Kennard, Breckon Racing Synd, J A & Mrs A Gibbs, G A & Mrs K J Woodham
Lead Time 24.5 1st Quart 28.1 2nd Quart 28.6
3rd Quart 29.5 4th Quart 27.8 Last Mile 1 54.0
Last 800 56.9 Last 400 27.6 MileRate 1 54.3
LONE STAR CAFE & BAR NZ SIRES STAKES AGED TROTTERS CLASSIC

Current Sponsor: ( LONE STAR CAFE & BAR )
First run 2015
2600m: 4yo & Older Stand Trot
Year: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER DESTINY JONES  
TRAINER D R Hunter DRIVER J R Dunn TIME 3 17.0
HANDICAP 20m STAKE $40,000 DATE 12/05/2017
BREEDING 5m The Pres-Galleons Destiny
OWNER J S Gould, D R Hunter, K Poynter
Lead Time 1 18.8 1st Quart 30.8 2nd Quart 30.5
3rd Quart 29.5 4th Quart 29.0 Last Mile 1 59.8
Last 800 58.1 Last 400 28.8 MileRate 2 01.9
NEVELE R 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER SPANISH ARMADA  
TRAINER M Purdon & N C Rasmussen DRIVER N C Rasmussen TIME 2 18.5
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $140,000 DATE 12/05/2017
BREEDING Bettor's Delight-Galleons Supreme
OWNER Mrs J L Feiss
Lead Time 23.0 1st Quart 30.5 2nd Quart 30.1
3rd Quart 28.4 4th Quart 26.5 Last Mile 1 55.5
Last 800 54.5 Last 400 26.3 MileRate 1 54.3
PGG WRIGHTSON 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER THE DEVILS OWN  
TRAINER M Purdon & N C Rasmussen DRIVER N C Rasmussen TIME 2 16.3
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $200,000 DATE 12/05/2017
BREEDING c Art Major-Bishops Blessing
OWNER Mrs G J &P I Kennard, Breckon Racing Synd, J A & Mrs A Gibbs, G A & Mrs K J Woodham
Lead Time 22.9 1st Quart 28.6 2nd Quart 28.9
3rd Quart 28.3 4th Quart 27.6 Last Mile 1 53.4
Last 800 55.5 Last 400 27.4 MileRate 1 52.4
PGG WRIGHTSON 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER ONE MUSCLE HILL  
TRAINER N Molander DRIVER M Purdon TIME 2 26.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE $70,000 DATE 12/05/2017
BREEDING c Muscle Hill-Landora's Pearl
OWNER M J Hanover, G L Banks
Lead Time 24.5 1st Quart 29.7 2nd Quart 30.9
3rd Quart 31.1 4th Quart 30.6 Last Mile 2 02.3
Last 800 61.3 Last 400 30.4 MileRate 2 01.1
FAHEY FENCE HIRE 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER SPRINGBANK LACHIE  
TRAINER P M Williamson DRIVER B M Williamson TIME 2 26.0
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 25,000 DATE 15/04/2017
BREEDING g Majestic Son-Kylee Ree
OWNER R A & Mrs D J Smith
Lead Time 24.2 1st Quart 30.3 2nd Quart 30.7
3rd Quart 30.9 4th Quart 29.9 Last Mile 2 01.8
Last 800 60.4 Last 400 29.7 MileRate 2 00.5
BRECKON FARMS & ALL STARS RACING 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER HEAVEN ROCKS  
TRAINER M Purdon & N C Rasmussen DRIVER N C Rasmussen TIME 3 58.7
HANDICAP Front STAKE $100,000 DATE 15/04/2017
BREEDING 4g Rock N Roll Heaven-Mendelico
OWNER Mrs GJ & PI Kennard, P J & MRS M C Creighton, G R Douglas, K J Riseley
Lead Time 2 03.8 1st Quart 30.3 2nd Quart 30.1
3rd Quart 27.8 4th Quart 26.7 Last Mile 1 54.9
Last 800 54.1 Last 400 26.5 MileRate 2 00.0
AVON CITY FORD 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER SPANKEM  
TRAINER M Prudon & N C Rasmussen DRIVER M Purdon TIME 2 20.6
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 40,000 DATE 7/04/2017
BREEDING c Bettors Delight-Crushem
OWNER Mrs G J & P I Kennard, Breckon Racing Synd, J A & Mrs A Gibbs, G A & Mrs K J Woodham
Lead Time 24.8 1st Quart 29.3 2nd Quart 29.8
3rd Quart 28.9 4th Quart 27.8 Last Mile 1 55.8
Last 800 56.3 Last 400 27.6 MileRate 1 56.0
DIAMOND CREEK FARM 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER VINCENT(AUS)  
TRAINER M Purdon & N C Rasmussen DRIVER M Purdon TIME 3 06.0
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 200,000 DATE 7/04/2017
BREEDING c Art Major-Kept For Pleasure
OWNER W R Feiss
Lead Time 1 09.2 1st Quart 31.1 2nd Quart 29.3
3rd Quart 29.1 4th Quart 27.3 Last Mile 1 56.8
Last 800 56.0 Last 400 27.1 MileRate 1 55.1
FRED SHAW MEMORIAL 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER EYRE I COME  
TRAINER M P Jones DRIVER B N Orange TIME 3 12.6
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 80,000 DATE 7/04/2017
BREEDING 6g Majestic Son-Landoras Special
OWNER M W & Mrs M T Butterworth, G N Hatton
Lead Time 1 14.4 1st Quart 30.0 2nd Quart 30.0
3rd Quart 28.7 4th Quart 29.5 Last Mile 1 58.2
Last 800 57.8 Last 400 29.3 MileRate 1 59.2
PAINTLAB 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER ENGHIEN  
TRAINER G P & N M Hope DRIVER R T May TIME 3 16.3
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 80,000 DATE 7/04/2017
BREEDING g Love You - Another Starlet
OWNER R G Dellaca, G P Hope
Lead Time 1 16.0 1st Quart 30.8 2nd Quart 30.7
3rd Quart 29.3 4th Quart 29.5 Last Mile 2 00.3
Last 800 58.4 Last 400 29.3 MileRate 2 01.5
GORDON ROXBURGH 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER LAZARUS  
TRAINER M Purdon & N C Rasmussen DRIVER M Purdon TIME 3 14.6
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 25,000 DATE 7/04/2017
BREEDING 4h Bettor's Delight-Bethany
OWNER Mrs G J & P I Kennard, T G Casey, K J Riseley
Lead Time 1 15.6 1st Quart 31.5 2nd Quart 32.4
3rd Quart 29.0 4th Quart 26.1 Last Mile 1 59.0
Last 800 54.7 Last 400 25.9 MileRate 2 00.4
STORER MOTORS TROTTING OAKS

Current Sponsor: ( STORER MOTORS )
First run 2003: Listed 2003&4: Group 2 2005&6: Group 3 2007: Group 2 2015
Group 3: 3yo Fillies Trot: Mobile: 1950 metres
Year: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER CHEVRON EXPRESS  
TRAINER C T Dalgety DRIVER D J Dunn TIME 2 21.9
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 40,000 DATE 31/03/2017
BREEDING Muscle Mass-Kathy Galleon
OWNER Small Car World Ltd
Lead Time 23.0 1st Quart 29.9 2nd Quart 30.0
3rd Quart 29.4 4th Quart 29.6 Last Mile 1 58.9
Last 800 58.6 Last 400 29.4 MileRate 1 57.1
RESOURCE RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES NZ LTD 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER LAZARUS  
TRAINER MPurdon & N Rasmussen DRIVER M Purdon TIME 2 16.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 40,000 DATE 31/03/2017
BREEDING 4h Bettor's Delight-Bethany
OWNER G J & PI Kennard, T G Casey, K J Riseley
Lead Time 22.4 1st Quart 29.4 2nd Quart 31.0
3rd Quart 27.2 4th Quart 26.8 Last Mile 1 54.4
Last 800 53.6 Last 400 26.6 MileRate 1 52.9
PGG WRIGHTSON 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER THE ORANGE AGENT  
TRAINER B Hughes DRIVER A G Herlihy TIME 3 07.4
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 100,000 DATE 31/03/2017
BREEDING 5m American Ideal-Lady Fingers
OWNER P C, J P&M E Green, P C Bult
Lead Time 1 14.3 1st Quart 29.4 2nd Quart 29.2
3rd Quart 27.4 4th Quart 27.1 Last Mile 1 53.1
Last 800 54.1 Last 400 26.9 MileRate 1 56.0
LAMB & HAYWARD 4&5YO TROTTERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Current Sponsor: ( LAMB & HAYWARD )
First Run 2006: Listed 2007: Group 3 2008 Included 5yos from 2013
GROUP 3: 4&5YO Trotters: 2600m: Handicap
Year: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER HABIBTI IVY  
TRAINER P C Nairn DRIVER B N Orange TIME 3 14.8
HANDICAP 30 metres STAKE 25,000 DATE 31/03/2017
BREEDING 5m Love You-Ten To One
OWNER G & J Maghzal
Lead Time 1 19.1 1st Quart 30.1 2nd Quart 30.6
3rd Quart 29.8 4th Quart 27.6 Last Mile 1 58.1
Last 800 57.0 Last 400 27.4 MileRate 2 00.5
VERO 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER ULTIMATE MACHETE  
TRAINER M Purdon & N C Rasmussen DRIVER N C Rasmussen TIME 2 17.9
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 40,000 DATE 31/03/2017
BREEDING c Bettor's Delight-Reality Check
OWNER G J & P I Kennard, G R Douglas, K J Riseley, P J& M C Creighton
Lead Time 23.0 1st Quart 29.5 2nd Quart 31.1
3rd Quart 27.6 4th Quart 26.7 Last Mile 1 54.9
Last 800 53.9 Last 400 26.5 MileRate 1 53.8
GARRARDS 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER BETTER B AMAZED  
TRAINER S G Telfer & C D Garlick DRIVER J R Dunn TIME 2 19.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 40,000 DATE 17/02/2017
BREEDING 5m Bettor's Delight-Amazed
OWNER Stonewall Stud, Stonewall Stud 7 Synd
Lead Time 22.0 1st Quart 29.5 2nd Quart 30.4
3rd Quart 28.4 4th Quart 28.8 Last Mile 1 57.1
Last 800 56.8 Last 400 28.6 MileRate 1 54.8
METALCRAFT ROOFING SUMMER CUP

Current Sponsor: ( METALCRAFT ROOFING )
Mobile 2600m FFA First run 2009: Listed 2009-10: Gr3 2011
GROUP 3: FFA Mobile 2600m
Year: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER CAPTAIN DOLMIO  
TRAINER R J Dunn DRIVER J R Dunn TIME 3 10.8
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 25000 DATE 17/02/2017
BREEDING 5g Grinfromeartoear-Kate Rocks
OWNER Captain Dolmio Synd
Lead Time 1 14.6 1st Quart 30.8 2nd Quart 29.0
3rd Quart 28.0 4th Quart 28.4 Last Mile 1 56.2
Last 800 56.0 Last 400 28.2 MileRate 1 58.1
PGG WRIGHTSON NZ SIRES STAKES HARNESS 5000

Current Sponsor: ( PGG WRIGHTSON )
First run 2015
3yo Pacers: Sires Fee under $5k: 1950m
Year: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER TIGER THOMPSON  
TRAINER B K Mowbray DRIVER J F Curtin TIME 2 21.1
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 40,000 DATE 17/02/2017
BREEDING g Big Jim-Aziza
OWNER C J Harris, M A, C W, S G, & K N Thompson
Lead Time 22.9 1st Quart 30.0 2nd Quart 31.2
3rd Quart 28.7 4th Quart 28.3 Last Mile 1 58.2
Last 800 56.8 Last 400 28.1 MileRate 1 56.4
PGG WRIGHTSON 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: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER SPANISH ARMADA  
TRAINER M Purdon & N Rasmussen DRIVER N Rasmussen TIME 2 22.9
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 150,000 DATE 17/02/2017
BREEDING Bettor's Delight-Galleons Supreme
OWNER J L Feiss
Lead Time 23.4 1st Quart 31.2 2nd Quart 32.4
3rd Quart 28.7 4th Quart 27.2 Last Mile 1 59.5
Last 800 55.5 Last 400 27.0 MileRate 1 57.9
TELTRAC COMMUNICATIONS SUMMER TROTTING FFA

Current Sponsor: ( TELTRAC COMMUNICATIONS )
Mobile 1950. First run 2009. Listed 2009 & 10: Gr3 2011
Group 3: FFA Trot: Mobile: 1950m
Year: 2017

 
Race History
WINNER EYRE I COME  
TRAINER M P Jones DRIVER B N Orange TIME 2 24.2
HANDICAP Mobile STAKE 25,000 DATE 17/02/2017
BREEDING 6g Majestic Son-Landoras Special
OWNER M W & M T Butterworth
Lead Time 24.2 1st Quart 31.3 2nd Quart 29.0
3rd Quart 29.2 4th Quart 30.5 Last Mile 2 00.0
Last 800 59.3 Last 400 30.3 MileRate 1 59.0


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