Ashburton losses Jewels in 2019
After 12 years alternating between Ashburton and Cambridge, the Harness Jewels will undergo a location change for the first time in 2019.
Harness Racing New Zealand’s board voted in favour of a shift to Addington Raceway in Christchurch for next year’s edition at an executive meeting in Invercargill in April.
The Ashburton Trotting Club, which hosted the first Harness Jewels in 2007 and has done so every second year since, did lodge a submission to retain the rights.
It is understood the decision is only for 2019’s edition and is not a permanent move.
Harness Racing New Zealand Chairman Ken Spicer, nor Chief Executive Edward Renell were available for comment late afternoon.
aust. Title for Dani Hill
South Australian superstar reinswoman Danielle Hill made a one-act affair of the Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston to top off an amazing month.
Hill won the inaugural Series by storm winning five of the nine heats.
She won the first two heats with the Paul Ashwood-trained Krafty Boy in race one, then in heat two saluted with Im Compliant.
Danielle won heat four with Rockin Rinning then a go-to-whoa victory in the sixth Heat on No Apachemee.
The South Australian Champion finished with a win on the very smart Semowillrev (Sportswriter-Sur La Plage )who has now won 7 out 8.
Australian Female Drivers Championship Points Table
130 – Danielle Hill (SA)
77 – Dannielle McMullen (QLD)
71 – Kate Gath (VIC)
66 – Kerryn Manning (VIC)
66 – Amanda Turnbull (NSW)
66 – Ellen Rixon (NSW)
65 – Narissa McMullen (QLD)
64 – Jocelyn Young (WA)
55 – Natalee Emery (TAS)
54 – Kristy Grant (TAS)
49 – Lisa Ryan (SA)
38 – Deni Roberts (WA)
Danielle’s standing in Australian sport continues to grow, already a recipient of the Tanya Denver Award as South Australia’s top female sportsperson.
In 2009, on the Gold Coast, Hill clinched the Australasian Young Drivers Championship.
Only to be involved in a horrific fall the following year that saw her lose her right eye.
She has bounced back in a huge way in 2015/16 he drove 209 winners in her home state and again last season topped the drivers tally with 169, Hill has driven 90 winners at the time of writing in SA.
Hill’s brother Wayne won the Australian Driver Championship two seasons ago at Globe Derby now joined by his sister as Australian Title winners.