Winston Peters



Winnie In Town

Southern Harness Racing, Southland Racing Club, Southland Greyhound Racing Club, Gallop South,




Southern Harness Racing, Southland Racing Club, Southland Greyhound Racing Club and Gallop South are proud to jointly host the Acting Prime Minister, the Rt Honourable Winston Peters, at An Industry meeting at the Top of the Park, Ascot Park Racecourse, Invercargill, on Wednesday 18 July at 5:30pm. 


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Dexter Dunn and Sundons Wish  

Not A Lot Of Records


Despite Southland having its best summer in years, the dry hot conditions didn’t produce the number of track records we might have expected.

Whereas last season over thirty track records were broken, this season the numbers were down with only thirteen pacing and seven trotting records broken across the province, including Southern tracks in Central Otago.

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 Captain Dolmio 


Captain Comeback


The pressure is on to find genuine open class pacers for Cup Week and the lead up to the November feature. So it's good news to hear that one of the real up and comers from last season Captain Dolmio is close to racing.

Former trainer Matt Brinsdon jogged the horse up for six weeks before he was sent north to John Dunn at Woodlands Beach.

“He’s been there near a month. There are no signs of any niggles at this stage,” he said.


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Good Season For Southern Three Year Olds



Bruce Stewart


Southland produced it best crop of three year old colts and geldings for some time this season with plenty to like about the top stakes winners in this group.

Duke Of Wellington was the standout. He qualified at the end of October last year and started ten times, never running out of the money. He won five races and ended up winning in the $45,000 Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes. His season's earnings were $54,280, the highest stakes earner (any age or gait) to be trained in Southland.

The next best three year old stakes wise was the Nathan Williamson trained Franco Santino which currently sits on four wins from eight starts and earnings of $29,220.



Franco Santino - Photo Bruce Stewart.


Branxholme trainer Alister Black produced three nice three year olds as well with Kilowatt Kid leading the trio recording three wins from ten starts and earning his owners Lindsay and Ian Thomson $27,430.



 Kilowatt Kid - Photo Bruce Stewart


They also own Vintage Cheddar which won two of it's seven starts and $18,390.

Lawrence, also owned by the Thomsons, was Black's other nice three year old. He won twice in ten starts and earned $17,320.

Other handy three year olds in the south this season were: Mighty Conqueror which won three of his four starts and earned $20,000, Ardtoo which won twice and banked $13,400 and Convair Hustler which earned $13,160 including one win.

Interestingly Franco Santino, Ardtoo, Convair Hustler, Kilowatt Kid and Mighty Conqueror all won a final of the Nugget Series run in Southland this season. The series was a new initiative with each of the ten finals carrying a stake of $12,000. The Northern Southland Trotting Club also held a $20,000 Super Nuggets Final which included all the early Nuggets winners. This was won by Kilowatt Kid.

Three year olds won ten of the eleven Nuggets Finals (including the Super Nugget) with colts and geldings winning eight. Two three year old fillies Dunrobin and Born To Boogie, won the last two finals. The odd one out age wise was four year old Zealand Star which won it's final at Winton in February.

The Nuggets proved a great stakes springboard for Southerners wanting to gain entry into the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes with nine of the twelve runners this year coming from the province. Entry to the Supremacy is gained through stakes won in Southland during the season.

Wouldn't it be great if Southland was to put on a four year race next season to cater for these quality horses. 



Schweinsteiger Scores First Goal
(Saturday 19th May 2018)

Bruce Stewart

Schweinsteiger looks to be a horse with a bit of speed and the way in which he finished off his race today at Gore the win in the Advance Agriculture Mobile Pace won’t be his last.

The three year old gelding is raced by the What Ever Syndicate and trainer Hamish Hunter – the same group that won twenty five races and $682,514 with Cup Class pacer Franco Ledger.

Schweinsteiger was purchased for $16,000 at the 2016 Sale of the Stars by the syndicate.

“He was the only Falcon Seelster at the sale that year and he was a second thought. He was a similar size to Franco Ledger – very small,” said syndicate member Tony O’Neil.

The What Ever Syndicate are mainly from Central Otago and are made up of Rugby fans. However Mike Cornelius is the odd one out.     

“He’s the only soccer fan in the syndicate which is a bit sad. He’s happy that the horse is named Schweinsteiger because he’s named after a famous German soccer player. His stable name is Mad Mike,” said another syndicate member Ken McConnell.

Football player Bastian Schweinsteiger played for thirteen seasons for Bayem Munich, represented Germany between 2004 and 2016 and is the fourth most capped German football player of all time.



  Schweinsteiger winning for Matty Williamson - Photo Bruce Stewart.

 Schweinsteiger_birdcage_950_x_596.jpg Tony O'Neil and his wife (left) with Ken McConnell after Schweinsteiger's win at Gore - Photo Bruce Stewart.


The syndicate was confident of a good showing today after a promising fourth at Winton last weekend.


“Hamish doesn’t give much away but we were happy with the way he came home last week,” said Tony.

The syndicate also race Broadway Banner and plan to have a get together next weekend at Invercargill. Their ‘frontman’ Brendon McIntyre was noticeably absent today.

“He’s playing rugby and trying to kill himself. This is far easier,” said McConnell.

O’Neil is also in the Gotashearasheep Syndicate that owned the third place getter Unloaded, trained by Peter Hunter.

Schweinsteiger was bred by Cavalla Bloodstock and Canterbury Race Caller Mark McNamara and is out of Miss Moonlite Shadow.

Miss Moonlite Shadow is by Christian Cullen out of Sirius Flight which is the dam of classy pacers Malak Uswaad (9 wins and 1-49.4 USA) and Timeless Perfection (6 wins).




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


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 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

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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