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Brent Barclay and Duke Of Wellington

 

 

The Duke Back In Work

The recently named Southland Horse of the Year Duke of Wellington is back in work at Lauren Pearson’s Winton stable.

Now owned by the Butterworth Racing Syndicate, the four year old gelding has been lodging at Diane Cournane’s property (Pearson’s aunt) since winning the Alabar Group Two Southern Supremacy Stakes on the 29th April.

“He’s just back to be jogged up for Merv and then he’ll go elsewhere I suppose. I’m not too sure where he’s going after that.

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Leading Junior Driver Sheree Tomlinson and Gordon Lee.  



Southland Awards Dinner
  

 

Southland celebrated another very good harness racing season last night with Southern Harness supporters celebrating the achievements of 2017-18 at Ascot Park Hotel. The big awards for the season went to Kenny Baynes, Duke Of Wellington and Joyfuljoy.

Chatton farmer and horseman Kenny Baynes won the Achievement of the Year Award on the back of a stellar season as an owner. Kenny races horses in partnership with his wife Jo as well as Penny his sister-in-law under Baynes Racing Limited.

Horses he owned won twenty one races, of which seventeen were trained in Southland.

 

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 Franco Santino and the crew 

 

Santino Gets Perfect Trip

 

“Like I said to you during the week it’s the only way he could have won today,” said Nathan Williamson after Franco Santino won the Heartland Hotel Mobile Pace at Gore.

It couldn’t have panned out better, with a fresh Benio Ben and driver Dexter Dunn setting a very solid clip in front.

Dunn had his charge humming with 400 metres to run and Franco Santino was off the speed by seven lengths.

 

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Anthony MacDonald to hold ownership seminars in New Zealand

 


Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce that Canadian harness racing trainer and driver, Anthony MacDonald, will visit New Zealand in September.

 

Best known as the founder of the fractional ownership operation ‘The Stable’, MacDonald has been a driving force in
increasing ownership in Canada and introducing new blood into harness racing.

 

MacDonald ran for local government in Guelph in 2014, campaigning to help save harness racing following the loss
of slot machine funding and raising awareness about the sport and what it provides in terms of local employment and
economy.

 

During his time campaigning he knocked on hundreds of doors, and realised that there was a huge untapped market
of potential owners.
He talked to people who had heard of horse racing, but had the perception that it was only for
rich people. They had no idea that they could be involved; let alone how to become a part of it. With this in mind,
MacDonald started ‘The Stable’ in September 2015, with the aim to make horse ownership easy for a whole new market,but also to break down the walls of communication and demystify harness racing to the outside world.

 

He would take on horses that hadn’t sold at yearling sales for vendors, but also has been purchasing yearlings from
sales too, and would market the horses to potential new owners as they were being broken in and worked. This allowed people to see the horse in action and follow its progress by way of video and live drone updates, before committing to purchasing a share.


MacDonald has ensured that the shares remain affordable, with shares as small as one percent available. With initial
buy in costs varying, depending on the purchase price of the yearling, and then a set fee per month ensures the owners know what it will cost them. The Stable markets itself strongly on the fact that this is not a money making venture –but an affordable form of entertainment.


Each yearling is then listed on www.thestable.ca with its own profile, cost breakdown, monthly progress video reports
and stunning live drone footage of the horse working in a set with other young horses. There is a strong focus on utilisingsocial media as a communication tool also so you can watch the horse work from anywhere in the world. In fact,The Stable has owners all across the world now, including New Zealand.


The results in just three years have been outstanding. In the first year The Stable had 65 owners join into 25 horses.
The following year 140 owners went into 62 horses. And in 2017, 392 owners went into 106 horses.

But what is most impressive is the retention rate. 97 percent of those owners have now gone on to join into other horses,from year one to two to three with The Stable.


The Stable has been a huge success story in not only selling shares, but selling the industry of harness racing and the
thrill it provides just by being an owner. Reaching a whole new market of owners who previously felt ownership was
far out of their league financially.


A passionate public speaker, MacDonald will bring his experience and findings to New Zealand and will hold free
seminars in Invercargill, Christchurch and Auckland. These seminars will not only be open to trainers and syndicators
who are interested in finding out more about how they can attract new owners, and find out more about communication options that are available to them, but to all who are interested in attending.


“I’m really excited to be coming to New Zealand. It has always been a place I wanted to visit. I might have a foreign
accent, but my love for racing is the same as yours,” MacDonald joked.


 “The future of our industry will rely heavily on its ability to provide the general public with a fresh option for their
entertainment dollars. We are the only industry that offers participation at an affordable price and that alone has the
power to tip the entertainment scales in our direction in the future,” MacDonald said.


“The Stable’s pillars are: Communication; Customer Service; Professionalism and Hard Work. These are things that
are very attainable and sustainable in any industry, especially ours.”


This will also be a wonderful opportunity for cadets and junior drivers to learn more about self-promotion and
communication, first hand from a harness racing trainer and driver who has forged a new path in the international
industry.


Below are the dates for the Anthony MacDonald seminars proudly presented by Harness Racing New Zealand, which
will be free to anyone who wishes to attend. Please note numbers are limited at some venues:

 

Friday 21 September 2018 7pm Mararoa Room - Ascot Park Hotel, Southland.


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