27 March 2024

Sandford and Dunn marching on

The Bob Sandford - Geoff Dunn partnership goes back to the early 1990s and through that time they have been together for 100+ wins.

26 October 2023

Huge night for the Messengers at Cambridge

Elderly Taranaki owners Alan and Lyn Messenger will surely set a record when they trek north to Cambridge on Friday.

10 October 2023

"Aunty" Ayumi's shot at Harness Million glory

Ayumi Shibuya has her flights booked, and can't wait for the Harness Million race night at Addington on Friday.

10 August 2023

Jason Wood … Jack and Jill went up the hill

Part owner/breeder of four-year-old Auckland Reactor mare Baltimore Jill, Jason Wood was adamant that his mare had more to offer and deserved a second chance.

17 July 2023

The Coalman and his Kaiapoi connection

With The Coalman winning his fourth race at Addington last Thursday night Rob Courtney profiles his owner-breeder, and reveals how the horse got its name.

11 July 2023

Pathfinder Grant Dickey – still on the right track

From high profile former club administrator to highly successful racehorse owner, Grant Dickey has been involved in harness racing for over seven decades and his ‘back stories’ read like a never ending honours board at Addington Raceway.

14 June 2023

Peter Baken - one of harness racing's more colourful characters

Every sport has its personalities and one of the most identifiable figures in Canterbury harness racing is (and has been for sometime) Peter Baken, known to many across the country as 'rabbit'.

7 June 2023

Strappers still hitting their hopples after all this time

When Maren Franco won her seventh race at Ashburton on Sunday for The Strappers Syndicate and trainer Leo O'Reilly, it marked the 34th win for a group of harness enthusiasts that started out in Mid Canterbury in 1980.

18 April 2023

Butterworths keep racking up the wins

One of racing’s luckiest owners wasn’t feeling all that lucky for much of last Friday before The Race By Grins gave him a shot at one of the more remarkable doubles in New Zealand racing history.