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