In Christchurch.--- It has all the ingredients of a racing fairytale --- a young girl and the horse she loves triumphing against all odds on the biggest stage.

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West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety will be Auckland-bound with speedy pacing mare Bonnie Joan next month after running her rivals ragged in the Listed $40,000 Nevele R Southern Mares Classic at Addington today (Friday).

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In the hype and euphoria of a New Zealand Free-For-All victory to cap off another successful Cup Week at Addington for the All Stars, Natalie Rasmussen couldn’t help but be excited about the future for Ultimate Machete.

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Senior trainer Ken Ford rated it better than winning a New Zealand Cup after grand-daughter Sheree Tomlinson saluted with family horse Amaretto Sun in the Gr. 1 $300,000 Haras Des Trotteurs Dominion Handicap at Addington on Friday.

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New Zealand’s leading driver Blair Orange had to be razor-sharp to avert disaster with favourite Somejoy in the in the $30,000 Macca Lodge 'Trained South Of The Waitaki' Mobile Pace at Addington on Show Day (Friday).

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Allan Shutkowski only trained one winner last season and he would happily let it happen again this season provided it’s the exact same race.

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Scott Phelan is trying to set his mind aside from the phone calls he keeps getting about the filly he trains, Magical Miss.

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If Brendon Hill needed to find a measure of just how good his debutant winner Naholo was at Ashburton on Thursday, then his cell phone told him all he needed to know.

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Going in to a two-mile race without a start for six months is a rather unusual scenario for any horse, and that becomes exponentially harder when it is in not just a Group 1, but the biggest race of the year.

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Dream About Me’s Inter Dominion campaign mirrors her New Zealand Cup --- over before it began.

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Taking the dominant winner of the New Zealand Trotting Cup out of the New Zealand Free-For-All should have a detrimental impact, but the omission of Lazarus from this year’s Show Day feature may, in fact, enhance it.

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Harness Briefs

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After being left with a case of wondering what might have been a few hours earlier, Ashburton owners Alan and Ian Neumann ended Cup Day on the right note when The Brooklyn Brawler fought his way to success in the last race of the day.

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