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, Roxburgh and Oamaru.

Unique to New Zealand, check out the audio comments  on the website from trainers each week prior to each race day. 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

Important date change

The Invercargill HRC meeting that was down to run on Saturday 18th September has been moved to Thursday 16th September.

This date has been changed at the recommendation of the TAB, with Auckland still in Alert Level 4 they are having difficulty staffing the Stanley Street Studio next Saturday.

For Southland Harness Awards Tickets please click on the link below

2021 Harness Awards tickets

For the whole month ten male drivers will wear HRNZ Blue September silks and raise money every time they win a race. HRNZ will donate $100 per win, while the ten ambassadors have individual sponsors as well and most of the Clubs are also on board to donate at their meetings.

The ten drivers/ambassadors  are: Blair Orange, Robbie Close, Korbyn Newman, Jonny Cox, Mark Hurrell, Zev Meredith, Matty Williamson, Zachary Butcher, Todd Mitchell and Brent Barclay.

Southern Harness – AGM’s

Tuapeka HRC – Tuesday 21st September, 8 pm Coach & Horses Inn, Lawrence

Roxburgh TC – Wednesday 22nd September, 8 pm, Presidents Room, Roxburgh Raceway

Central Otago TC – Thursday 23rd September, 7.30 pm,  Matakanui Combined RFC Clubrooms, Omakau

Northern Southland TC  –  Friday 24th September, 7.30 pm, Balfour Bowling Club

 

Henry wins Hannon

Henry wins Hannon

Bruce Stewart

19th September 2021

Thanks to a tactically great drive from Tim Williams, Henry Hubert took out today’s time honoured Placemakers Hannon Memorial at Oamaru.

After a shaky start Williams tagged onto the back of the field in the outside running line with stablemate Classie Brigade taking up the role of pacemaker and favourite Pembrook Playboy in the trailing position.

The Robert and Jenna Dunn trained Henry Hubert

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Galloping Pacemaker Wins At Oamaru

Galloping Pacemaker Wins At Oamaru

Bruce Stewart

19th September 2021

Huckabee, a seven year old gelding by Extreme Three, upset at the Oamaru Harness Racing Club meeting today.

Trained at Timaru by Colin Harrison and part owned by Colin and his son Jason, the gelding was given the perfect trip by driver Sarah O’Reilly and came up the passing lane to win at odds of 29 to 1, winning by half a length.

Huckabee winning his first race driven by Sarah O’Reilly

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Norman Gets Trotting Double

Norman Gets Trotting Double

Bruce Stewart

16th September 2021

Gore trainer Brian Norman is a dab hand at training square gaiters and today’s double at Ascot Park emphasised his skills.

The well-bred Scared Mountain began the ball rolling, winning her first race at start number fifteen.

Blue is the new Orange – Blair Orange winning with Sacred Mountain

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Son Mirrors Mum

Son Mirrors Mum

Bruce Stewart

16th September 2021

Miss Elsie won on debut at Ascot Park eleven years ago, and her son Mr McLaren did the same on his own debut outing today.

Co-incidentally the winning margin of three quarters of a length was an exact repeat at well.

Kirk Larsen and Mr McLaren warming up

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