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  1. John Morrison’s brilliant season in the sulky continued when he scored his 100th career win at Rangiora on Sunday. The Canterbury reinsman brought up his tonne when guiding the talented Only In America to win for trainer Mike DeFilippi. Morrison admitted the thought of reaching three figures this term never entered his mind at the start of the season. “I didn’t think I would drive this many winners this season,” he said. “I drove 20 last season, so it was a bit surprising when I start getting close to the hundred.” “Its been very good to get all of the success that I have got this season, I never thought that would happen.” Fast forward nearly 12 months and it is will only sit second on his achievements in his break out season. With 63 wins this season, Morrison is just days out from being confirmed as the national junior drivers premiership winner for 2018-19. With two major accomplishments behind him, the reinsman will be left searching for a new goal to chase down at the start of the next season on August 1. Morrison said it was likely his focus would be to try to do have an even better season next term. “I always try to drive more winners than the season before and it has worked out so far.” “Every year I have driven more winners than I have the previous season, so I’ll try to do it again next year.” Morrison’s family were on hand to witness and celebrate his 100 win milestone on Sunday. He admitted his parents may have been more excited about the achievement than he was. The junior reinsman got to 100 wins with a front running steer behind Only In America for DeFilippi – the 1000-race winning reinsman who knows a thing or two about bringing up driving milestones. The Tin Tin In America 4yr-old made it back-to-back wins when holding out Rake by three-quarters of a length. Though the pacer has been patiently handled, having had just three starts as a rising 5yr-old, Morrison thought the horse could be even better with more time. “He is a nice horse.” “He is still a bit green, with another six months of racing he will develop in to a lot sharper horse.” “He has come a long way, he trialled quite good early on and I liked him and he has kept improving.” Morrison took his career stake earnings to $971,396 with his win behind Only In American. Barring the reinsman having an incredible last weekend of driving this season, he should crack the $1,000,000 mark early next season. View the full article
  2. Trudeau will join stablemate Who Dares Wins (pictured) in the Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton next Saturday. Weight relief may have been the deciding factor in a short-margin result in the Oamaru Cup (1600m) at Ashburton on Tuesday. The race was taken out by the Tony and Lyn Prendergast-trained Trudeau, who nosed out King Cougar into second, with Owen Patrick a head back in third. The five-year-old son of Pins was initially set to carry 56.5kg, however, with a number of jockeys unable to make the weight, the Prendergast’s elected to utilise apprentice jockey Tina Comignaghi’s one kilogram claim. “It was really satisfying to get the win,” Tony Prendergast said. “There was a real saga over riders. Jacob Lowry, who normally rides him, couldn’t make the weight at 56.5kg. He gave it a fair go, but he was a kilo over. “We switched to Jason Laking and he had a go and he was a kilo over. We ended up claiming a kilo (with Comignaghi) and that probably tipped the balance in the finish.” Trudeau took solid form into Tuesday’s contest with two wins from his last four starts and his last start fourth placing over 1400m at Ashburton prompted his connections to make a late entry for the Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton next Saturday. “We were really confident with him (heading into the Oamaru Cup),” Prendergast said. “We had put in a late nomination for the Winter Cup with him after he raced so well in his last start. “Most of his wins have been run at 1400m, he did win a mile at Riccarton, so that prompted us to have a go at this.” Trudeau won’t be the only stable representative vying for stakes glory next Saturday, with Who Dares Wins also set to line-up in the Winter Cup. “Who Dares Wins, he is on target for the Winter Cup as well,” Prendergast said. “He trialled nicely the other day and is coming up well.” View the full article
  3. Forbury Park Trotting Club Inc night meeting to be held at Forbury Park in Dunedin. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
  4. Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness Inc night meeting to be held atCambridge Raceway. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
  5. Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness Inc day meeting to be held at Cambridge Raceway. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
  6. Ashburton Trotting Club Inc day meeting to be held at Ashburton Raceway. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
  7. Invercargill Harness Racing Club Inc day meeting to be held at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
  8. Auckland Trotting Club Inc night meeting to be held at Alexandra Park in Auckland. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
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    Nelson HRC

    Nelson Harness Racing Club Inc day meeting to be held at Richmond Park in Nelson. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
  10. Invercargill Harness Racing Club Inc day meeting to be held at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
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    Nelson HRC

    Nelson Harness Racing Club Inc day meeting to be held at Richmond Park in Nelson. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
  12. Forbury Park Trotting Club Inc night meeting to be held at Forbury Park in Dunedin. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
  13. Auckland Trotting Club Inc night meeting to be held at Alexandra Park in Auckland. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
  14. NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc night meeting to be held atAddington Raceway. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
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    Oamaru HRC

    Oamaru Harness Racing Club Inc day meeting to be held at Oamaru Racecourse. Details can be found at: https://www.hrnz.co.nz WARNING: Details are subject to change. Please check at the above Website. Published by HRNZ as at: Tue 23 Jul @ 9:09 pm.
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