Griffins Syndicate collects another Met Multiplier

The Griffins syndicate, and co-owner David Beckinsale, had 7500 reasons for entering the C4 trotter Monty Python in a C5-OC race up against Group 1 winners King Denny, Vulcan and Royal Aspirations. This was his 15th start in 12 months at Addington Raceway and his 4 wins in that time period meant he was eligible for the Met Multiplier. The Met Multiplier is an initiative introduced by The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club, a.k.a The Met, in 2012 to encourage owners and trainers to support the club. Horses are eligible for the Met Multiplier if they start 15 times in a 12 month perio...
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Father Christmas delivers early gift at Palmerston

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 By  Shelley Caldwell-Topp Father Christmas touched down in  Palmerston last weekend  to make an early delivery to the 28 members of the Seafield Trotting Syndicate, and  their friend David Beckinsale. The Christchurch-based  Seafield Trotting Syndicate, and Beckinsale, race  Father Christmas  on lease from  his breeders, Keith and Bevan Grice, of Ashburton. Last Saturday night their pride and joy won the  2014 Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding Trotter of the Year Award  at the Otago Harness Racing Awards,  at  Waihemo Lodge Hotel in Palmerston. Father ...
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Twenty Questions with Neil Bennett

Harness racing addiction started at school Christchurch  engineer Neil Bennett   became “addicted” to  Harness Racing  while still at primary school. Now he manages the Griffins and Seafield Syndicates,  and has an interest  in 18 horses,  including the  talented trotters  Sol Invictus  (7 wins, $61,741)  and Father Christmas  (three wins and  two thirds from only seven starts). He’s  having an exciting  season, with 15 wins  to date, and loves travelling around New Zealand to watch his horses race. His idea of a great day out?  “Fly to Queenstown – hire a vehicle – watch horse race at Omak...
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