Welcome to the all new Southern Harness Website. This site covers Southern Harness meeting at Ascot Park Invercargill, Central Southland Raceway in Winton, Young Quinn Raceway at Wyndham, Gore Raceway at Gore, meetings at Roxburgh and Cromwell and the Tuapeka HRC which race at Forbury Park.
Cool Day Turns Hot At Winton
The main pacing race at Winton today, the Ultimate Machete At Alabar Handicap Pace certainly lived up to its pre-race hype, featuring the return of unbeaten pacer U May Cullect, Harness Jewels place getter Robyns Playboy and an in form Franco Santino.
In what proved to be a very tactical race it was the Nathan Williamson trained and driven Franco Santino from a twenty metre handicap that prevailed.
Play It Again John
Gore trainer John Ryan showed what a master he is with the square gaiters today at Winton when he produced Picketts Ridge to win the Majestic Son At Alabar Handicap Trot.
The six year old Skyvalley gelding driven by regular pilot Nathan Williamson, hadn’t raced since the Riverton meeting at Ascot Park in November last year and had only two workouts to prepare him for today’s run.
Southland Owners Day – 21 September
Harness Racing New Zealand, in conjunction with the Invercargill Harness Racing Club, are pleased to announce that on Saturday 21 September an Owners Day will be held at Ascot Park.
The event is a trial and part of the HRNZ ownership initiatives and will be held on race day.
Group One Double For Williamson
Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson had one of those dream nights in Australia last night, winning two Group One races at the Melton track, and both trotters were very impressive.
“It’s getting up there. To win two Group One races in one night and three Group One races with two horses in six weeks is a pretty good effort I’d say,” said Williamson, rating last night’s achievement.