Welcome

Welcome to the Southern Harness Website  

The website covers all meetings run by Southern Harness which include the following Clubs: Invercargill, Winton, Wairio, Riverton, Wyndham, Gore, Tuapeka, Northern Southland, and Roxburgh.

Unique to New Zealand, check out the audio comments  on the website from trainers each week prior to each raceday. You’ll find these in the Tips section.

The website  offers post raceday stories and photos, as well as other racing news, views, and interviews  as they come to hand.

Note:  If you missed any of the stories on this website – click on the  Archive section. There you’ll find articles featuring southern harness racing personalities and horses, as  well as features on stock produced by the Southern Bred, Southern Reared Group.

Bruce Stewart  –  Editor

Tim Butt- the Ongoing Story

Tim Butt- the Ongoing Story

29th July 2020

Bruce Stewart

This story was initiated by my interest in the connection Menangle trainer Tim Butt has to harness racing in southern New Zealand, the way in which My Field Marshal has very much put him back on the Australian Harness map, and the fact that Southland bred pacer Tact Tama looks like his next star.

However, in looking into the background of Tim Butt, the story frame expanded because as a trainer this former Canterbury horseman has forged a remarkable career.

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Morrison Top Junior

Morrison Top Junior

Bruce Stewart

30th July 2020

For the second time in as many years West Melton driver John Morrison has won the New Zealand Junior Drivers Premiership.

Going into today’s Southern Harness meeting at Ascot Park Morrison was on thirty three wins with Northern driver Dylan Ferguson.

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Williamson Wins Premiership

Williamson Wins Premiership

Bruce Stewart

30th July 2020

The Southland Trainers Premiership went right down to the wire today but Branxholme trainer Nathan Williamson with two winners fended off Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis to take out the season’s title by two wins.

Chinese Whisper warming up prior to winning at Ascot Park today-Photo Bruce Stewart

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Double For Barclay

Double For Barclay

Bruce Stewart

16th July 2020

Winton reinsman Brent Barclay scored a double at Ascot Park today.

The first came in the Tuapeka Lodge Mobile Pace when the well-bred Maximus Prost beat a handy maiden field.

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