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Guerin: Nat Rasmussen makes 'logical' leap to Auckland Cup fave
Tue May 24 2022

Guerin: Nat Rasmussen makes 'logical' leap to Auckland Cup fave

The sulky-go-round leading into Friday’s $400,000 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup has stopped with Natalie Rasmussen to now drive hot favourite Self Assured.

And that puts the great race’s most successful ever driver, Tony Herlihy, on Spankem, the horse Rasmussen drove to second the last time the Cup was run.

Guerin: Mark Purdon hopes to honour Roy but tribute win not Assured
Fri May 20 2022

Guerin: Mark Purdon hopes to honour Roy but tribute win far from Assured

Champion horseman Mark Purdon has a very special desire to win the main pace at Alexandra Park tonight but fears his superstar pacer Self Assured could spend much of the race chasing.

Rival drivers like David Butcher are hoping he is right.

Purdon co-trains three of the six starters in the first running of the $75,000 Roy Purdon Memorial, the race named in honour of his legendary father who died in February.

Guerin: Mile to thrill as combatants try to get off to a flyer
Thu May 12 2022

Guerin: Mile to thrill as combatants try to get off to a flyer

The players in tonight’s NZ$50,000 McMillan Feeds Flying Mile at Cambridge tonight have a common goal: they all want to be in the same place in the running.

Considering seven horses don’t fit into one, or at a pinch two positions, that could make for a thrilling start to the next feature on the open class pacing autumn tour.

Guerin: Leads, pegs, wins - it's a simple equation for beast
Fri Apr 29 2022

Guerin: Leads, pegs, wins - tonight's a simple equation for Purdon's G1 beast

Self Assured looks set to take his road less travelled to a place he knows very well in the NZ$100,000 Dawson Harford Messenger at Alexandra Park tonight.

The glamour pacer has been backed off the board to win tonight’s Group 1 and cap a remarkable month in which he has already won the inaugural running of The Race at Cambridge then finished a booming third to stablemate Spankem in the Taylor Mile last Friday.

Guerin: Blast from the past as Spankem revives Oz hopes
Tue Apr 26 2022

Guerin: Blast from the past as Spankem revives Oz hopes

It was like we had all gone back in time at Alexandra Park on Friday night.

Back to the days when there was no Covid so crowds could come to the track, when Aussies popped across the Tasman on the day of the races and when Spankem was leading and winning the Taylor Mile.

And now with the months ahead hopefully looking far more like 2019 than the Groundhog Day of the last two years, driver Natalie Rasmussen says there is no reason Spankem can’t return to Australia and take up where he left off.

Guerin: Hopes high as team readies to Muscle with Sundees Son
Fri Apr 22 2022

Guerin: Hopes high as team readies to Muscle with Sundees Son

Young driver Ben Hope says he is ready to lay down the gauntlet to Sundees Son at Alexandra Park tonight.

Hope will partner Muscle Mountain, trained by his parents Greg and Nina, when he makes his Alexandra Park debut in the Steward’s Mile Trot tonight with the advantage of drawing inside the undisputed champ of Australasian trotting in Sundees Son.

Guerin: Kiwis set to slot in a trot after The Race proves a hit
Wed Apr 20 2022

Guerin: Kiwis set to slot in a trot after The Race proves a hit

After a dazzling inaugural running of New Zealand’s first slot race the host club is eyeing adding another next season, this time for trotters.

And the Waikato-Bay Of Plenty Harness Racing Club has the overwhelming support of trainers as it contemplates what could quickly become one of the most highly anticipated harness racing meetings of the year.

Guerin: Purdon assures champ "as good" as ever for The Race
Thu Apr 14 2022

Guerin: Purdon assures champ "as good" as ever for The Race

Champion trainer Mark Purdon thinks he has solved the problem that has robbed Self Assured of champion status in time for tonight’s $900,000 The Race at Cambridge.

The best pacer in the new slot race has got the worst draw but the greatest trainer, making for some interesting mental calculations for punters wanting to back him.

Guerin: Will Bolt be at his brilliant best? That's the Group 1 question
Fri Apr 8 2022

Guerin: Will Bolt be at his brilliant best? That's the Group 1 question

Champion New Zealand horseman Tony Herlihy admits he has no idea which version of Bolt For Brilliance will turn up in the seconds before the start of tonight’s $100,000 Group 1 trot at Addington.

And that mystery could be the key to the race.

Bolt For Brillance and trotting’s other heir apparent, Muscle Mountain, get another crack at the king Sundees Son in the NZ Trotting Championships and, even though Sundees Son became a millionaire two starts ago, he shows little interest in abdicating his throne.

Guerin: Is tonight the night the Son goes down?
Fri Apr 1 2022

Guerin: Is tonight the night the Son goes down?

Sundees Son's only real Achilles' heel could be targeted by his own stablemate Mataderos at Addington tonight.

Driver John Dunn admits he doesn’t know whether the new millionaire of trotting can justify his hot favouritism in the $30,000 Lamb And Hayward Trotters Classic, the next chapter in what is shaping as a vintage autumn of trotting.

Guerin: The Race to host a nation as NZ restrictions ease
Thu Mar 24 2022

Guerin: The Race to host a nation as NZ restrictions ease

Cambridge will upsize the first ever running of The Race after the NZ Government's relaxation of crowd restrictions.

That will see the April 14 slot race meeting fully open to the public and New Zealand’s biggest race meeting since the Karaka Million in January.

Guerin: Sun the gun on the cusp of millionaires' row
Fri Mar 18 2022

Guerin: Sun the gun on the cusp of millionaires row

John Dunn wants his old mate Sundees Son to enter the millionaire’s club in style.

So while tonight’s $20,000 Woodlands Stud Free-For-All at Addington is only the start point of a huge autumn campaign, Dunn would love to win to stamp the historic occasion.

Sundees Son goes into tonight’s 2600m standing start on $999,667 in career stakes so will join the elite millionaire’s club regardless, a remarkable achievement considering he has never raced in Australia.

Guerin: More top Kiwi mares leave for the land of opportunity
Wed Feb 23 2022

Guerin: More top Kiwi mares leave for the land of opportunity

The great female mane drain to Australia continues as two of New Zealand's elite pacing mares head there.

Breeders Stakes quinella mates Bettor Talk Art and Need You Now are both set to head off shore, one permanently and the other to finish her racing career.

Guerin: Telfer ready for a filly-up as golden times loom
Fri Feb 18 2022

Guerin: Telfer ready for a filly-up as golden times loom

After the fun of sales week it is back to work for trainer Steve Telfer at Alexandra Park tonight.

Not that that won’t be fun too as he gets to unleash five of the beautifully-bred fillies he was handed to train last year.

Telfer and his sister Amanda are the trainers for South Auckland racing and breeding operation Stonewall Stud, whose already enormous involvement in the harness racing industry went to a completely different level this week.

Guerin: A Karaka of a sale as Australasian records tumble
Mon Feb 14 2022

Guerin: A Karaka of a sale as records tumble

Of all the strange things than happened at Karaka on Sunday the strangest was also the most important.

And that was the final result of a remarkable sale that defied all obstacles to produce a record average nobody could have predicted.

Guerin: Super mare set to Twist again amid big NZ weekend
Fri Feb 11 2022

Guerin: Super mare set to Twist again amid big NZ weekend

The $100,000 Breeders Stakes at Addington tonight may not come down to whether Bettor Twist is the best horse in the race. It may come down to whether she can get to the lead then prove it.

The Group 1 2600m mobile brings together a plethora of speedster mares like Belle Of Montana, Need You Now, Allamericanlover and, to be honest, just about every other mare in the race against the equine sledgehammer that is Bettor Twist.

Guerin: Hunter Cup night to reach new audience on Racing.com
Thu Feb 3 2022

Guerin: Hunter Cup night to reach new audience on Racing.com

One of the golden rules of broadcasting is to not make yourself the story, but that may be impossible when TrotsVision goes to the next level with the help of Victorian thoroughbred friend Racing.com this Saturday night.

While the winner of the Del-Re National A.G. Hunter Cup will earn their place in history, the new relationship inked between Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and Racing.com could be just as important for the sport in years to come.

Guerin: A right royal drama as freak fillies clash for Crown
Sat Nov 20 2021

Guerin: A right royal drama as freak fillies clash for Crown

The highlight of tonight’s epic Breeders Crown meeting at Melton won’t just be another chapter in the iconic harness series.

It could develop into a full-blown Shakespearean drama.

Such are the tantalising twists and turns scripted for the $200,000 three-year-old fillies’ final, it’s a rare occasion when the princesses of pacing will hold centre stage over the leading men of the code.

If this was any normal filly crop, the tale of greatness would already be written, with any one of Ladies In Red, Bettor Twist or Beach Music lauded a freak of their era.

Guerin: Inter Dom dilemma - will the tough get going?
Wed Jul 28 2021

Guerin: Inter Dom dilemma - will the tough get going?

For decades the Inter Dominion was the race everybody wanted to win.

Now it has become the series everybody wants to criticise.

That is the conundrum facing Harness Racing New South Wales as they prepare to hold the 2021 series (God willing), which was postponed last year because of COVID-19.

If you are reading this I am sure you know this year’s series is set to be opened at Menangle late November before heading to Bathurst and then Newcastle, with four-day gaps and return to headquarters for the final six days later.

Guerin: Hayden hoping for more memorable homecoming
Sat Jun 5 2021

Guerin: Hayden hoping for more memorable homecoming

For the man thrust into NZ harness racing’s hottest seat, his second homecoming at Cambridge on Sunday simply has to go better than the first.

In fact, it should go a lot, lot better for Hayden Cullen.

Cullen trains four of the hot favourites at the IRT Jewels meeting, where nine $100,000 Group 1 races will be decided.