Twenty Questions with Peter Cook

Tuesday May 12, 2015 Peter Cook is one of harness racing's biggest fans. He's an avid racegoer who would like to see two-year-old racing banned, and  says the best meal he has ever had on a racecourse was in Italy.  He's  been the secretary of the New Zealand Harness Racing Trainers' and Drivers' Association for 28 years, and is working towards becoming an Amateur driver. 1) You have been secretary of the New Zealand Harness Racing Trainers' and Drivers' Association for how many years now? ``About 28 years.''  2)  How did you become involved with the Association? ``Many years ago, I answe...
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Massive conflict of interest

Courtesy of HarnessLink In January of this year, we raised the matter of the starter Peter Lamb being used as a steward at a harness racing meeting at Nelson. When we approached Harness Racing New Zealand about the conflict of interest that existed between the two positions, we were assured it was a cost saving measure at the busiest point of the holiday racing period and that it was only a temporary measure. Unfortunately that has not turned out to be the case. Peter Lamb continues to be both a starter and a steward on raceday and in our view he cannot be both. The response fro...
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False start spectacular at Rangiora

 Driver, John Dunn had his hands full  during a few hair-raising moments at the start of the RD1 Handicap Trot, at the Rangiora  Harness Racing Club's meeting last Sunday. Dunn's drive,  in Race 10 on the programme,  Commander Paris, made a spectacular rear after  another runner, Rocknpop  reared up at the start when the barrier tapes were released, and swung around sideways into him. The starter, Peter Lamb, called a false start. However, Commander Paris was once again  badly hampered by Rocknpop during a similar incident  at the second attempt to start the race. This time though...
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Richest down-under Bettor’s Delight entire to stand at Nevele R

Nevele R Stud is delighted to announce that the recently retired Gold Ace will be joining the stallion ranks of the Prebbleton based farm this coming breeding season. The richest Southern Hemisphere bred stallion by Bettor’s Delight (and his third highest Australasian stakes-winner overall behind Beautide and Adore Me), Gold Ace won 22 races, 16 at Group level, and more than $1.2 million in prize-money in a career that spanned six seasons. A winner of the Yearling Sales Series Consolation at 2, it was as a 3-year-old that Gold Ace established himself as one of the best age group pacers o...
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Three wins for Hopes at Rangiora

By Shelley Topp Tuesday, April 21, 2015 The golden weather in North Canterbury   continued  for the Rangiora Harness Racing Club's meeting at Rangiora  last Sunday with a  fine, warm and still day,  perfect for racing. It was a golden day too for Woodend Beach trainers, Greg and Nina Hope. Their team  was in great form   with Bandana,  Motu Make A Splash and Usain Colt all winning races. Gavin Smith, Ricky May and Blair Orange were also in good  form driving two winners each.   Gavin also trained one of the winners he drove,  Great Things Happen, a three-year-old colt by ...
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New Winning Post and Sponsor at Addington

8 April 2015 Racegoers, event and function attendees and diners at our bar and bistro Spectators will notice a new design and sponsor of the Winning Post Area and its surrounds at Addington. Construction has recently taken place of the new Winning Post signage, which includes a brand new sponsor of the highly exposed focal point. Farmlands Co-operative has furthered their advertising with Addington by taking overall naming rights of our Winning Post. Farmlands Acting Chief Executive, Tony van der Hoorn says Farmlands is pleased to be able to support Addington in its Winning Post r...
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Syndicate members having a ball

Courtesy of harnesslink media Syndicates have been around in harness racing for as long as anyone can remember with varying degrees of success or failure. One syndicate that has had a long run of success is the Central Courage syndicate which has been having a great ride for over ten years now. Their latest winner is the very smartGotta Go Cullect mare Al Raza who won her ninth race from just twenty two starts when she took out the $25,000 Southern Country Cups final on Diamonds Day atAscot Park on Sunday. Away well from the 30 metres mark for driver Tim Williams, Al Raza settled f...
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Terror To Love to be Farewelled at Addington

Three-times Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Terror To Love will start for a final time when he lines up in the Group One $100,000 Breckon Farms / All Stars Racing Stables Easter Cup on Easter Saturday, the 4th April. A race he won in 2013. "The King", as he is known to many in the industry, lines up in this Friday’s Group Three $25,000 Gordon Roxburgh Free-For-All, before facing the starters tape for the final time in the Easter Cup over his favourite 3200 metre distance where he’ll lead the field out onto the track. It’s appropriate that he finishes his racing caree...
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12 Questions with Brendon Hill

Brendon Hill, trainer and  co-owner of exciting young pacer Dalton Bromac, answers twelve questions from Shelley Caldwell Topp. When Kaiapoi trainer Brendon Hill first saw Dalton Bromac racing from John and David Butcher's Hamilton stable, he liked his style so much  he  decided to buy him. His good friend Noel Bowden joined him in the ownership and the exciting young pacer has given them many thrills since then. Dalton Bromac won his first race for  Brendon and Noel   in July this year (2014) , at Addington, with only  three race starts prior to that for a second, a win and a fifth.  He...
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Premier Racing Back at Addington

Premier harness racing is back at harness headquarters with the next three weeks stacked with Group races at the elite level. Next Friday 20 March sees five Group races. There’s the Group One $100,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Breeders Stakes for fillies and mares, the Group Two $40,000 Vero Flying Stakes for three year old pacers, the Group Two $40,000 Resource Recycling Superstars Championship for four and five year old pacers, the Group Two $25,000 Storer Motors NZ Trotting Oaks for 3 year old trotting fillies and the Group Three $25,000 Lamb & Hayward Four & Five Year Old Trotting Ch...
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