HOT OFF THE PRESS:  For sale 2 x NZ based straight out trotting mares presently racing.  Both won races plus multiple placed - from $11k ono.

Our Punters Corner tipsters had two winners this week.

Chris unfortunately had no luck with For Real Life at Albion Park on Saturday. Sixth place was the best it could do.

The Magpie on Sunday at Rangiora selected Shanika and it had a victory and paid $2.70.

Mark waited until Bathurst on Wednesday and picked Promising which came home but everybody thought it would win and it paid $1.30.

After 20 weeks of the Punters Corner competition Mark has the lead with $249, closely followed by Chris with $235 and The Magpie has $205.

The guys are on fire so keep checking to see what they come up with for this weeks racing, which should start coming through from this afternoon.


Saturday @ Albion Park Race 4 No.14 MACH SHARD

Quality event and final lead-up race for next week's 'Flashing Red' and even the Redcliffe Cup next month.

Manners are all important, start is crucial.

I thought Mach Shard would race well here, traffic is an obvious concern but he's fit and firing.

The Methven Magpie is heading to today's Timaru meeting for his best bet of the week.

He is plucking for one trained by an old mate of his, so perhaps he’s heard a “Whisper !!“

The Coaster Howe trained He’s A Jackalack goes around in race four and with the aid of champion driver Blair Orange The Magpie has He’s A Jackalack as his bet of the week.

Presently at good each way odds with the NZ TAB, we do notice with one of the big corporate betting agency’s Hes A Jackalack is their “Market Mover” so you know the expression …………“Where there is smoke !!”

The Magpie, with a wink says – Get on !!


The nations Cherry Capital race on Tuesday night at Young and we will wait until the last - race 8. Doug Hewitt drives the lightly raced Muriel whose drawn alright in the back row - number 8.

It is not a strong field and Muriel really does get the opportunity to win this.

Good punting 


Good punting to all.

Stuart and Marg Valentine

THE LAST WEEK saw a number of winners throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland that were originally purchased out of New Zealand through our books.

They included the trotters Majestic Trio NZ, Elegant Peak NZ and Majestic Harry NZ, plus the pacing winners in Red Envy NZ who won last Monday at Canberra and then the Friday at Wagga, Volando Denario NZ, with another of our imports in Bettor To Be Tricky NZ running second, Smooth Overarm NZ, Terror To Love mare Yoha NZ, who knocked up her tenth Australian win at Newcastle on Friday night, Big Skewy NZ and Polka Dot Dance NZ who won at Redcliffe on Sunday night.

Our congratulations to all connections.

FOR THIS COMING Thursday’s NZB National Weanling Sale held at Karaka we have organised Discounted Insurance Premium Rates for any weanlings purchased by any of our clients.

If you are looking to buy at this sale, drop us an email back or give us a call, and we can organise  “Fall of The Hammer” cover on your behalf.

The next day or so after the sale, we can confirm the finer details with you - Who’s name the policy is to be in, amount you wish to cover weanling for, length of cover etc.

That way, you can go to the sale knowing anything purchased in your name is covered as it leaves the ring and it's one less thing you have to worry about.

We will be attending this sale so don’t hesitate to grab hold of us if we can be of service to you insurance wise.

FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS buying  we can also organise flights on your behalf, including agistment until flights leave.

Special discounted flights for all purchases from this sale so be in touch !!

IF YOU are selling or attending to purchase at this sale, we wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you there.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK may the winners keep coming.

Stuart and Marg Valentine

LOOKING AT the fields for this Friday nights racing at Alexandra Park you would have to be more than disappointed considering it's Auckland Cup and Rowe Cup night.

Ten races on the programme with two of them having just seven starters.

That’s not considering another two with eight starters and another two with just nine to line up.

That’s just forty-eight horses to go around in six races.

THE AUCKLAND CUP is worth $400,000, the Rowe Cup $250,000, Trotters Derby $100,000 and the 4-Year-Old Mares Classic at $40,000 and then every other race is $14,500 or less total prizemoney.

Doesn’t make sense -  On their big night of the year with prizemoney being offered like that for more than half of the races.

That's when you consider the costs of getting one trained in the North Island !!

HARNESS RACING QUEENSLAND need to be highly congratulated on how they have promoted their Trot Rods series, which has been run in the last weeks at Redcliffe.

Last night’s Sky 2 programme, headed by Chris Barsby and Brittany Graham was excellent and another great plus for Queensland Harness Racing.

It really feels the game is going somewhere in the Sunshine State and heading in the right direction.

THE RUMOUR MILL has one of New Zealand’s largest and long-established studs not standing stallions for the upcoming breeding season and beyond.

We hear one of their existing shuttle stallions are heading to a South Island stud, while others, including their champion trotting stallion, are heading to Victoria.

They will continue at their property for at least the near future, to concentrate their business on being just a semen base and the NZ weanling and yearling sales as vendors.

ON THE horse movement side sees both Serg Blanco NZ and Frosty Reception NZ Victorian bound in the next days.

Southland pacer Boo NZ is heading to Newcastle, along with another ex-Southlander in Bettors Delight (USA) 3 year old Princess Popsicle NZ who is off to Bathurst.

We wish all purchasers all the very best with their new pride and joys.

The Stephen McNally trained William Gees Legacy NZ has been purchased by a leading NSW buyer and is heading to West Australia to do his future racing, from the stable of Bob Mellsop.

We hear a well performed near Dunedin trained horse, that’s recently been performing well at Addington, is being sent by its NZ owners to race from the Belinda McCarthy stable.

This is after offers hovering around the $200,000 mark had been turned down for the Sweet Lou (USA) 3-year-old.

A LEADING ex-Christchurch Equine Veterinarian, who had many leading Canterbury harness racing stables on his rounds, is going to be working out of an Invercargill practice in the future.

WHO WOULD be a galloping track curator ?

Listening to the head trackman at Brisbane’s Doomben yesterday morning, he was saying he’s had to work with 1376 mil of rain since the first of January - When the Doomben tracks average annual rainfall each year is 970 mil.

I hope he’s well paid as he must be pulling his hair out, especially with the Winter Carnival well and truly under way.

MUST CLOSE off – If you are going to Thursday's NZB National Weanling Sale or Friday nights Rowe and Auckland Cup we look forward to catching up.

If you are buying or selling on Thursday all the very best.

Stuart and Marg Valentine

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