Jewels returning to Cambridge


Harness Racing New Zealand announced on Wednesday that the Harness Jewels would return to Cambridge again in 2020.

Last month’s edition was held there and HRNZ Chairman Ken Spicer says the board noticed and appreciated the effort the Cambridge staff went to to make it an enjoyable day.

“I think the board were conscious that the Ashburton decision had woken Cambridge up and they really upped their ante this year.

“For all intents and purposes, we were really happy with the effort they put in.

“All in all, it was a reasonably good day out.”

It was earlier than usual for the decision to be made, but Spicer said the Cambridge Board wanted some clarity so they could do the necessary planning.

“They put a request in and said they wanted some clarity sooner rather than later so they could start budgeting and planning.

“At the end of the day, the only other alternative was Auckland and we don’t think Saturday is a goer there, plus that club has their hands full planning for the Inter Dominions six months earlier.”


Promising mare sold to US interests

Impressive last start Addington winner Its Official Babe has been sold to American interests.

The daughter of Art Official, co-bred, raced and trained to this point by Timaru’s Colin Harrison, flashed home from last to win at Addington on June 29.

Harrison confirmed that she has already left his stable for a spelling facility and she was expected to fly to New York at short notice.

In other American sale news, hardy Canterbury pacer Gunpowder has also been sold Stateside.

Co-owner Mitchell Robertson confirmed a deal had been completed on the 110-start pacer.


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