October – 2021

Bruce Stewart

5th October 2021

The Southland Harness Awards were scheduled to be held tonight at the Ascot Park Hotel. However unfortunately due to current Covid 19 restrictions being at Level Two, the Southland Awards Committee has cancelled the event and made the decision to release the Award results on this website at 8pm on Tuesday 5th October.

So here we go!!

Southland Horse of the Year 2021

Finalists: Pembrook Playboy, Ragazzo Mach, Vintage Cheddar and Watch Me Now.

Winner: Pembrook Playboy

Pembrook Playboy

  • Ran third in the Group Three Superstars at Addington behind Self Assured and Amazing Dream.
  • Won the Group Three Northern Southland Cup in a race, track, and Southland record.
  • Won the Group Three Summer Cup at Addington, beating Self Assured and The Fixer.
  • Other wins included the Group Three Invercargill Cup and the Group Three Central Otago Cup at Winton in which he beat Classie Brigade and Watch Me Now.
  • He ended his season by running third in the Listed Uncut Gems in Auckland.
  • He was the leading Southland trained stake earner, banking $107,375 for owner Chris Alcock.

Southland Broodmare of the Year 2021

Finalists: Glenburn Jewel, Kylie Ree, Mach N Elle and Southwind Arden.

Winner: Southwind Arden

  • The Bettor’s Delight mare’s progeny was headlined by Somebeachsomewhere entire South Coast Arden. He impressively won a double at Addington before heading to the Harness Jewels at Cambridge where he bravely won the Group One Four-Year-Old Emerald in a super time of 1-51.6. This season (August 2020-July 2021) he won six of his thirteen starts and $122,558 for northern trainer Brent Mangos.
  • Southwind Arden’s other foal to race was Platinum Stride which won three races this season and ran third in the Group One VHRC Caduceus Three-Year-Old Classic at Melton. He won $27,061 during the season.

John and Judy Stiven from Arden Lodge

NB: This is the fifth time the Stiven family has won this award. Their other Southland Broodmare of the Year winners were Arden Regal (2003), Arden’s Dream (2008), Winter Rose (2012) and Tosca Hanover (2016). Southwind Arden is a daughter of Winter Rose.

Southland Achievement of The Year 2021:

Finalists: Chelsea Faithful, John and Katrina Price, Kirstin Barclay, and Nathan Williamson.

Winner: Nathan Williamson:

  • Drove his 900th winner during the season under review.
  • Trained three runners at the Harness Jewels
  • Won the Southland Driver of the Year Premiership for the 13th consecutive year. Finished in the Top Five in the New Zealand Drivers Premiership (August 2020-July 2021).
  • Won the Southland Trainers Premiership with the most wins and the highest stake ever recorded by a Southland based trainer. Finished in the Top Five in the New Zealand Trainers Premiership (August 2020-July 2021).

  • NB: Nathan Williamson also won this award in 2013 when it was titled Southland Harness Personality of the Year.

Contribution to Southland Harness Racing Award:

Brent McIntyre

  • Stud master at Southland’s largest harness racing nursery – Macca Lodge.
  • Bred, raced, and trained quality mares Jamie (7 wins) and Bonnie Lass (10 wins)
  • Has been a trainer since 1993, training 53 winners.
  • Was Southland Harness Awards 2012 Personality of the Year.
  • Committee member of the Northern Southland Trotting Club.
  • Co-breeder of Group One and New Zealand record holder Watch Me Now.
  • Macca Lodge is a major sponsor of Southern Harness meetings including co-sponsor of the Southland Oaks.
  • Also sponsors the South of the Waitaki race during Cup Week in Christchurch.

Brent McIntyre

Other Awards:

Southland Standardbred Breeders Awards:

Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year:  Nutcracker (P and BR Duffy) – Trainer: Craig Ferguson.

Nutcracker

Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year:  Tac Mac (C R Dixon, Mrs A M Barron-Dixon, D J Orr, Mrs J M Orr, M A Tempelman, L Tempelman, P F Forde, J G Wilks) – Trainer: Brent Shirley.

Tac Mac

Aged Race Mare of the Year: Watch Me Now (S H Sloan, Mrs C M Sloan, B R Sloan, Mrs J K Sloan, Mrs H A Gibb, A J Gibb) – Trainers: Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis.

Watch Me Now

Group Certificates:

  • Amazing Dream (Vin and Daphne Devery): 1st Group One Free for All – Addington 26th March 2021, 1st Group Two Premier Mares Classic – Addington – 29th January 2021, 1st Group One Auckland Cup – Auckland – 31st December 2021, 1st Group Three Northern Breeders Stakes – Auckland – 4th December 2020 and 1st Group One Nevele R Fillies Series Final – Addington – 10th November 2020.
  • Nutcracker (Paul and Brendan Duffy): 1st Group Three Caduceus Club of Southland/Alabar Fillies Classic – Invercargill 13th March 2021.
  • One Apollo (Lex and the estate of Heather Williams): 1st Group Three DG Jones Memorial Trotting Cup – Banks Peninsula – 27th September 2020 and 1st Group Three Southern Lights – Northern Southland – 31st March 2021.
  • Play Philly (Mark and Pauline O’Connor): 1st Group Three Leonard Memorial Stakes – Cheviot – 7th March 2021.
  • South Coast Arden (John Stiven): 1st Group One Four-Year-Old Emerald – Cambridge – 6th June 2021.
  • Vintage Cheddar (Ian and Lindsay Thompson): 1st Group Three New Zealand Junior Free for All – Addington 10th November 2021.
  • Watch Me Now (Brent McIntyre): 1st Group One New Zealand Breeders Stakes – Addington 12th February 2021.
  • Emma Frost (Bill Keeler): 1st Group Three Northern Trotting Stakes – Auckland – 26th February 2021.

NB: These Group Certificates will be presented at the annual HRNZ awards.

New Zealand Record Holders:

  • Splash Cola 2-30.6 – 5th February 2021 – 2000 metre stand – Addington (IW Hunter) – Trainer RW Todd.
  • Watch Me Now 3-97.2 – 12th February 2021 – 2600 metre mobile – Addington (S H Sloan, Mrs C M Sloan, B R Sloan, Mrs J K Sloan, Mrs H A Gibb, A J Gibb) – Trainers: Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis.

Watch Me Now in record breaking form at Addington

Southland Harness Awards Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year: You’re So Fine – MCC Syndicate then from 8th June 2021 Mrs BV Richardson, MCC Syndicate and GL Moore – Trainer Brett Gray.

You’re So Fine

Southern Standardbred Breeders Fast Mile Rate Filly/Mare: Yankee Party 1-53.7 – Wairio 19th December 2021 – Owners FJ and KV Price – Trainers: John and Katrina Price.

Yankee Party

Robin Dundee Club Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year: Tac Mac (C R Dixon, Mrs A M Barron-Dixon, D J Orr, Mrs J M Orr, M A Tempelman, L Tempelman, P F Forde, J G Wilks) – Trainer: Brent Shirley.

Robin Dundee Club Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year: Ragazzo Mach (NB Cleaver) – Trainer: Nathan Williamson.

Ragazzo Mach

Southland Trainers and Drivers Awards:

Trainer of the Year: Nathan Williamson (48 wins).

Driver of the Year: Nathan Williamson (82 wins).

Junior Driver of the Year: Ellie Barron (14 wins).

Trotting Driver of the Year: Nathan Williamson (26).

Caduceus Club of Southland Trotter of the Year: Tweedledee – Owner: JR Bond – Trainer: Lyndon Bond.

Tweedledee

 1-58.0 Pins (Pacers) and 2-00.0 Pins Trotters:

  • Arden Messi (John Stiven) – 11/09/20-NZ Metro- 57.6.
  • Braeview Kelly (Paul Pearce) – 25/10/20-Tuapeka-54.8 .
  • Chablis (Syd Brown) -28/05/21 – Auckland-57.7.
  • Gayle Force (Tim Grant) -12/11/20 – Ashburton-54.7.
  • Hampton (Wayne McEwan) – 29/10/20 – Invercargill-57.5.
  • I’mallaboutthebase (Steve Baucke) -27/11/20 – NZ Metro-57.8.
  • Mach’s Back (Murray Little) -17/04/21-Wairio – 57.8.
  • Miss Auckland (Owen Lawrence) -21/02/21 – Winton-54.3.
  • Nota Bene Denario (Robert Symon) -03/09/20 – Invercargill-57.9.
  • Outamyway (Trotter) (Peter Williams)-02/10/2020 – NZ Metro-1-59.9.
  • Rakarippa (Brendan Fahy) -31/12/20 – Winton-55.4.
  • Rough and Ready (Robert Symon) -28/05/21 – Auckland-56.7.
  • Sassy’s VC (Marty Fairbairn) -04/03/21 – Riverton-56.6.
  • Sentry (Ian Bennett) -10/10/20- Northern Southland –57.9 and 15/10/20 – Wairio-1.55.5.
  • Smokin Annie (Paul Hailes) – 11/06/2021-NZ Metro – 1-57.9.
  • Smokin Bandar (Trotter) (Tom Kilkelly) – 07/02/2021 – Winton – 1-57.5.
  • Suzie Rocks (Noddy Orr) – 25/06/21-NZ Metro –55.9.
  • Sweet Lizzie (Tim Grant) -20/08/20-Winton -1.56.1 and 10/12/20-Winton –57.5.
  • Swell Time (Steve Baucke) – 06/08/20 -Invercargill-55.6, 15/11/20-Winton 1.56.1 and 27/11/20-NZ Metro-1.56.6.
  • Tenzing Bromac (Wayne McEwan) – 05/03/21 – NZ Metro-56.7.
  • The Maroon Marauder (Ray Knight)- 13/11/20 – NZ Metro-55.1.
  • Town Echo (Stu Gillan) -28/05/21-NZ Metro – 57.2 and 20/06/21 -NZ Metro-1.57.5.
  • Tres Chic (Stu Gillan) -21/05/21-NZ Metro – 56.3 and 07/02/21-Winton –1.57.9.
  • Yankee Party (John and Katrina Price) -19/12/2020-Wairio –1-53.7.

 Congratulations to all the entries and winners!

The winners will be acknowledged at upcoming Southern race meetings.

We thank you all for your understanding and hope to see you on course soon.

Southland Harness Awards Committee.

Get Up N Dance Did Just That

Bruce Stewart

9th October 2021

Get Up N Dance underlined his bright future when he sat parked and won his third race at the Northern Southland meeting at Ascot Park today.

After winning at Addington in July and August, the three-year-old started today’s race as a $2.10 favourite.

Get Up N Dance warming up for Nathan Williamson

Eight-win mare Jody Direen led from barrier release and driver Nathan Williamson stayed out of the early rush from gate six. With a lap to run he moved Get Up N Dance up to sit parked and he was too strong for a game Jody Direen and Mucho Macho Man, which came late along the passing lane for third. The winning time was 2-41.8.

“It was a good run fresh up and I was really thrilled, but surprised at the time. It didn’t feel as though they went that quick,” Williamson said.

Winning his third race (6)

Returning to the birdcage

Nathan Williamson, Get Up N Dance, Jamie Campbell and Dale Kinzett

He said Get Up N Dance is nominated for the $30,000 Show Day Futurity at Addington next month run over 2600 metres.

“Today he was ready to go but I think he’ll naturally progress because he’s still got some of his coat to lose. He’s had a trip to Addington before so that’s going to help him.”

Get Up N Dance is by Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Dance N Delight.

“He’s got a handy sort of a motor and can do a bit of work and can stick on, so he’s got a good all-round game. He’s still a bit wayward at times but by the time he has another six or seven starts I think he’ll get his head around the racing game.”

Get Up N Dance is raced by his breeders Dale and Kaye Kinzett.

“The Kinzett family is from Oamaru and they’re family friends. Dad trained Dance N Delight. She unfortunately went amiss and didn’t race.”

Dale’s father Ken was a blacksmith at Addington in the 1960s and 70s.

“He then moved down to Oamaru and was blacksmith at the racecourse. He had one or two trotters that he messed around with,” Dale said.

Williamson also initially trained Dance N Delight’s first foal, Shut Up N Dance which created a real buzz when she raced last season.

After having one workout for the southern stable she was then sent north to Woodend Beach trainer Regan Todd because she had leg issues.

Shut Up N Dance raced three times for Todd winning all of her starts at Addington. At her first start she won by ten and a half lengths pacing the 1980 metres in 2-22.3 a mile rate of 1-55.6.

“She was something. Unbelievable,” Williamson said.

Dale was on course today to see Get Up N Dance win and he also visited the Williamson stable at Branxholme this morning to see Rise Up N Dance, a rising two-year-old by Art Major go through his paces.

He says Shut Up N Dance will be served by American Ideal while Dance N Delight will return to Art Major.

Meanwhile a number of classy Southland trained horses stepped out at the Goodman Plumbing Winton Workouts yesterday.

The Learners Mobile Pace was won narrowly by the Nathan Williamson trained Ann Marie. She’s a Bettor’s Delight filly out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Tuapeka Helen who is a half-sister to Lawrence.

Ann Marie beating her stablemate at the Winton Workouts

Another well bred, Who’s Better also trained by Williamson was a head back in second. She’s also by Bettor’s Delight and is out of the Christian Cullen mare Cullen Who which won five races for Tony Barron.

The winning time was 3-13.4 with the last 800 run in 58.8 seconds.

Wayne McEwan, who now trains in Te Anau, geared up the winner of the second Learners Mobile Pace when Expects Delays beat Princess Popsicle by a head with Watchlist a length back in third. Expect Delays is a five year old Auckland Reactor mare out of Peter Marshalls ‘Medley’ breed.

Expect Delays winning for John Bennett

Henry Maguire looked to have plenty of raw talent when he left the mobile behind five rivals but still got up to beat Love Lou Longtime by a nose.

Henry Maguire on the outside winning his workout heat

Trained by Peter Hunter for the Gotashearasheep Syndicate the Rock N Roll Heaven two-year-old is a half-brother to eight-win pacer Mikey Maguire. The winning time was 3-06.4 with the last 800 metres run in 58 seconds.

Hurricane Hendrix, also two and by Rock N Roll Heaven, won his Non-Winners Mobile Pace over 2400 metres. His winning margin was a length and a quarter over Tartan Raider.

Hurricane Hendrix winning at the Winton Workouts

Hurricane Hendrix is out of the eight-win American Ideal mare Star Of Isis.

The Michael House trained Johnny Mac in the hands of Tyler Dewe easily won the main pacing heat in a smart 3-01.5. His winning margin over Quaddie VC was two lengths with Sand Wave making ground late to run third, two and a quarter lengths back.

Johnny Mac beating Quaddie VC

In the last heat Don Ameche, a qualified unraced four-year-old trotter by Dream Vacation out of Lady Eileen beat horses with better credentials – Jannah Jaccka (2 wins) and Andy Hall (5 wins).

Don Ameche on the inside winning the last heat

Don Ameche is trained by Robert Wilson who also trains his half-brother Willangus Lad (3).

Sacred Mountain Wins for New Owners

Bruce Stewart

9th October 2021

Sacred Mountain did the right thing for her new owners Merv and Meg Butterworth when she broke the hearts of her race rivals in the Olphert Contracting Gold Chip Final at Ascot Park today.

Sacred Mountain leading with a lap to run

The Muscle Hill three-year-old led for most of the journey and was left without any real competition when her main challenger Millie’s Gift broke on the final bend. That left Sacred Mountain clear, and she went on to win by fourteen and a half lengths in the hands of regular driver Blair Orange.

Winning by a wide margin

“Merv bought her on Monday. We haven’t had any discussion about where she’s going but she does trot nicely the Auckland way round (right-handed),” said trainer Brian Norman.

Returning to the birdcage

Today’s race was Sacred Mountain’s seventeenth and she’d always shown potential but had broken in a number of her previous starts.

“She’s always had ability but she just used to get sore on her back. We gave her a good break and I was hoping she’d come back better.”

Sacred Mountain is out of the seven-win Sundon mare Aceofdiamonds which was trained by Sam Moore for most of her career. She ran eighth in the 2007 Group One New Zealand Trotting Championship when trained by Phil Williamson.

Aceofdiamonds has been an excellent broodmare, leaving quality trotters Sky Commander and Ace Commander.

Sky Commander won three races in New Zealand for Norman before Butterworth bought him. He went on to win another thirteen races in Australia. He finished second in the Group One Victoria Trotters Derby and third in the Group One Trotters Cup at Gloucester Park. He won stakes of $152,536.

Ace Commander won five races here before he headed to Australia. He’s only had two starts in Aussie and has been off the scene since March 2020.

“He’s just on the come back now in West Australia and he’s pretty happy with where he’s at.”

Norman said the deal with Merv Butterworth includes sending Sacred Mountain back to New Zealand when she finishes racing.

“Ace Commander and Sky Commander were good but of the three she (Sacred Mountain) is the fastest by quite a margin. They were perfect racehorses whereas she used to hang and have wee niggles. I couldn’t find out what they were, but I never looked either.”

Today’s win was Sacred Mountain’s second.

Meanwhile smart two-year-old Sporty Charlie added another string to his bow when he proved too tough for a small field in the Macca Lodge Nuggets Final. In his first start at Wyndham, he flashed home late to win impressively but it today’s race he sat parked for the last lap and outstayed Over The Odds to win by half a length running the 2200 metres in 2-42.2.

Sporty Charlie (3) winning his second race

Returning to the birdcage

Winning connections

Thursday night was another stellar night for Southern Bred Southern Reared bred horses at Addington.

One Over All, an Angus Hall three year out of One Over Kenny showed great tenacity to come back when clearly headed to win. Lex Williams and the late Heather Williams bred him, and it was the three-year-old gelding’s fifth win in his first season of racing.

Romeo Shard bred by Debbie and Mark Smith, underlined his qualities when he impressively won his first race for Northern trainer Brent Mangos.

The Bettor’s Delight three-year-old is out of the Western Ideal mare Priscilla Shard. He has carried a private reputation for some time and he duly delivered at his third start. Priscilla Shard is a sister to a host of good winners including Likmesiah (13), Mighty Cullen (8) and Mister Presley (9).

Mark Purdon and Hayden Cullen have a full sister to Romeo Shard in their Rolleston stable. The Smiths have a yearling, Art Major filly out of Priscilla Shard and a rising yearling colt by Captaintreacherous.

To cap off the night, the John and Katrina Price bred Republican Party won his second race for Cran and Chrissie Dalgety.

Republican Party at Ascot Park

His winning margin was an impressive five lengths. He clocked a time of 2-22-1 for the 1980 metre mobile – a mile rate of 1-55.4. The New Zealand record of 2-19.6 is held by One Change.

The Bettor’s Delight two-year-old colt is out of six-win American Ideal mare Democrat Party.

Back Page News Front Page Act

14th October 2021

Bruce Stewart

Talented filly Back Page News showed a touch of class when she beat a small select field of fillies and mares in the Raging Bull at Macca Lodge Ladyship Final at the Wairio meeting today.

In the hands of caretaker trainer Brad Williamson, the two-year-old Sportswriter filly got to the front where she likes to be, and held on to beat Feelthejoy by three quarters of a length running the mile in 1-57.6.

“She’s a lot happier in front. In her second start at Wyndham, she was in a trail and was pulling and hanging so I went round the field and sat parked but she’s a lot better free rolling in front,” Williamson said.

Today was only the filly’s fourth start for Woodend Beach trainer Cam Jones.

“She raced well at her first start at Oamaru and Cameron decided to leave her with me and target a fillies maiden mobile, but we ran down the track against a particularly good field. But she has improved. She beat a really good field of horses today so we’re over the moon,” Williamson said.

Jones, in his first season of training, has crafted a very good record with mainly horses that appear to have reached their limit for other trainers. From just fifty-one starters he’s won fourteen races.

“He’s got a good UDR, and his horses go pretty good so I’m sure he’ll be over the moon with her. She’ll go out for a spell now.”

Back Page News is by Sportswriter out of the Christian Cullen mare Hard Days Night and is out of a breed made famous by Norwegian Wood Breeding Limited who’ve named a lot of their horses after Beatles songs.

Smokin Bandar Smokes Them

14th October 2021

Bruce Stewart

Smokin Bandar was on his best behaviour at Winton today when he stepped and cleared up a good field of intermediate trotters.

The Monkey Bones grey hasn’t been super dependable from a standing start, but today in the hands of junior driver Mark Hurrell he stepped away nicely from the twenty-metre mark, got up in front and won easily.

Smokin Bandar warming up

“If he trots (away) he’s normally pretty safe after that. You cross your fingers every time. It was an easy enough watch once he got away,” said trainer Craig Ferguson who was watching from the stand.

The winning margin was a length and a half from another son of Monkey Bones, Count Eyre, with a further half a length back to Dominion Handicap aspirant Andy Hall who was having his first start in five months.

Smokin Bandar beating Count Eyre

It was the five-year-old’s twentieth start and sixth win for his breeder Tom Kilkelly, wife Julie and other members of their family.

Winning connections

Smokin Bandar was made favourite after an impressive win at last Sunday’s Wyndham Workout, and it was his first start since he last raced at Invercargill in May.

“He seems to go better fresh. We didn’t do too much with him after his workout. We mix his work up a bit with a bit of swimming and work on the track. He seems to have matured a bit this time in.”