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Harness Racing Bookmaker Richard Wilson provides his weekly report on the hits and misses for punters.

Another busy week with feature racing at Auckland and Addington and 3 grass track meetings around the county.

Thursday – New Plymouth
A fairly quiet start to the week with the twilight meeting on the grass at New Plymouth.  The best bet was $600 on Benjamin Butcher to win the Drivers Challenge @ $8.50.  Some decent collects in the middle of the programme came through Razor Brogden $6.80-$6.20 and Marquis Eyre $7.80-$7.20.  The biggest miss was $6,600 on Black Chevron (Top3) @ $1.30

Friday – Addington
The best bets @ Addington on Friday night came at vastly different prices.  $6,000 Franco Noah @ $1.60 netted a profit of $3,600 but $300 on Van Laddie @ $14 scooped a profit of $3,900.  Large bets to miss were $4,000 London Delight @ $2.20 & $3,000 Son Of A Tiger @ $1.75.

Friday – Auckland
An even fight between Punters & Bookies @ Alex Pk.  Rain Man was the big mover on the night, $3.60-$2.30 & got the job done.  Also well backed were Elle Mac $1.85-$1.60, Star Galleria @2.50-$2.30 and Princess Tiffany $3.70-$3.  The largest miss was $3,000 Jesse Duke @ $1.50.

Saturday – Invercargill (Grass)
Harness Racing on grass in Invercargill for the first time since 1970 but punters had it over Bookies.  Well backed winners were Nottingham K Two $5.80-$4.20 in the first, Glacier Coaster $9.50-$8, Overcast $13-$9 and Ace Commander $4.50-$3.75.  A $1,000 bet on Young Conqueror @ $5.50 was the best of the day with $3,600 Bettor Rock Again @ $3.30 amiss.

Sunday – Addington
Addington proved to be a happy hunting ground for punters on Sunday.  $400 Titanium @ $9 $1,000 Don Domingo @ $3.90, $1,000 Winterfell @ $3.80 & $1,500 Winterfell @ $2.80 all successful.  Plenty of collects off Governor's Bay @ $1.60-$1.70, Dracarys $2.60-$2.30, and Funatthebeach $1.45-$1.55 in the last.

Sunday – Stratford
Punters on top at Stratford as well although not many large bets there.  Well backed winners were Need Luck $18-$10 , Quick As Fire @ $2.30, and Classie American @ $3.30-$2.50.  The best backed runner to miss was Toll Gate $7.20-$4.40 in Race 5.

Multi of the Week:
$25 Treble @ Invercargill (All Alan Paisley runners)
Gotta Good Looker @ $5
Glacier Coaster @ $10
Overcast @ $13
Returned $16, 250