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New Zealand Free For All

Group I race
Location Addington Raceway
Christchurch, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1914
Race type Standardbred - Flat racing
Website Addington Raceway
Race information
Distance 2000m (1 1/4 miles)
Track Oval dirt, Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Purse NZ$300,000

The New Zealand Pacing Free For All is a major New Zealand harness race. It is notable as it is a Group One championship sprint race and has been won by nearly every champion pacer in New Zealand. It is currently valued at $300,000. [1] Horses which have won the Free-for-all include hall of famers and champions who later shone in the United States and Canada like Cardigan Bay and Caduceus. The latter who won the Free For All three times. The race has also been won three times by Robalan, Harold Logan, Lordship and Author Dillon. [2]

The race is run at Addington Raceway on the Show Day public holiday on the Friday of New Zealand Cup week in mid-November. With the New Zealand Trotting Cup run on the Tuesday of that week, the Free For All attracts most of the same horses as the Cup, and is often won in the same year by the same horse. Unlike the Cup, it is run over a sprint distance and from a mobile start. The 2008 race was won in record time (1.54 mile rate) by boom horse Auckland Reactor.



Most wins:

  • 3 - Arthur Dillon (1918, 1919, 1920)

Most wins by a driver:

  • 5 - D D Nyhan (1962, 1964, 1972, 1973, 1974)

Winners list

NEW ZEALAND FREE FOR ALL (Mobile Barrier, 2000m, $300,000) Run annually in November at Addington Raceway






2009 Monkey King * Cavalla Bloodstock Ltd Ricky May 2:22.4
2008 Auckland Reactor Auckland Reactor Ltd Mark Purdon 2:21.8
2007 Waipawa Lad R K Bennett, F C Bennett Mark Jones 2:22.0
2006 Sly Flyin G W Brodie Tony Herlihy 2:25.0
2005 Howard Bromac Michelle Larsen, Mrs L Philpott, D Hardie Kirk Larsen 2:23.3
2004 Just An Excuse * O Haines, Mrs I K Haines Todd Mitchell 2:24.9
2003 Jack Cade J H Seaton, M Purdon Mark Purdon 2:24.9
2002 Yulestar Mrs J L Nolan, R P Nolan Peter Jones 2:22.9
2001 Young Rufus H Manolitsis, V, T & W Lynch, G J Carey, K R Hyslop Mark Purdon 2:25.8
2000 Agua Caliente Est D S & Mrs D E J Short/Mrs D E Woods/Miss S M Short Glen Wolfenden 2:24.7
1999 Holmes D G Second Five Syndicate Barry Purdon 2:28.6
1998 Christian Cullen * I D & D A Dobson, B A O'Meara Danny Campbell 2:26.0
1997 Brabham Runvs Syndicate Tony Herlihy 2:25.3
1996 Iraklis R M Cameron, Kypros Kotzikas Ricky May 2:24.4
1995 Il Vicolo * J H Seaton, M Purdon Mark Purdon 2:25.1
1994 Bee Bee Cee * C J Calvert, Mrs J M Calvert Jim Curtin 2:26.6
1993 Chokin * Pacers Australia/M Joyce/J Loughnan/B De Boer Tony Herlihy 2:25.9
1992 Blossom Lady * Polly Syndicate Anthony Butt 2:25.5
1991 Christopher Vance * R R Reid, Lorna Reid Synd., Mrs J C Reid Tony Herlihy 2:26.8
1990 Tight Connection R Ellis/R Weavers/Horseplayers Syn/Club Connection Syn Tony Herlihy 2:26.0
1989 Dillon Dean D P Dwyer, Mrs H M C Burley Colin De Filippi 2:27.3
1988 Tax Credit C J Harvey, Mrs P A Harvey Mark Purdon 2:25.7
1987 Luxury Liner R R Reid, Est L F Reid, Mrs J C Reid Tony Herlihy 2:26.3
1986 Master Mood * K L Williams, Mrs B A Williams, S F Wong, F B Wong Kevin Williams 2:28.1
1985 Preux Chevalier K J Lavin, Mrs W M Lavin Barry Perkins 2:25.7
1984 Dillon Dale K C Burley D P E Dwyer 2.28.1
1983 Camelot D H G Crofts R D Butt 2.27.2
1982 Bonnie's Chance Mesdames K A Grice & V B McGarry R J Brosnan 2.28.5
1981 Armalight * H B Smith R H Negus 2.23.5
1980 Hands Down * W H & Mrs M F McAughtrie P N Jones 2.29.3
1979 Lord Module * C C Devine C C Devine 2.26.7
1978 Trusty Scot * A M & J H Hunter J H Hunter 2.29.1
1977 Balgove W H & J P Roberts R M Cameron 2.28.9
1976 Master Dean N W Borlase M R De Filippi 2.30.3
1975 Lunar Chance K N Lawlor K N Lawlor 2.28.2
1974 Robalan * A T Devery, P N Hope & D D Nyhan D D Nyhan 2.26.6
1973 Robalan A T Devery, P N Hope & D D Nyhan D D Nyhan 2.34.4
1972 Robalan A T Devery, P N Hope & D D Nyhan D D Nyhan 2.33.6
1971 Bay Foyle N R Johnstone C J Parsons 2.34.4
1970 Stella Frost L H Tilson D J Townley 2.36
1969 Chief Command P H C Van der Looy R P Nyhan 2.37
1968 Great Adios Mrs P M Norton B J Anderson 2.36.4
1967 Lordship Mrs D G Nyhan D G Nyhan 2.40.4
1966 Waitaki Hanover Mrs J & F Smith D J Townley 2.35
1965 Robin Dundee J W Hewitt M F Holmes 2.37
1964 Lordship Mrs D G Nyhan D D Nyhan 2.34.6
1963 Cardigan Bay * Mrs A D Dean P T Wolfenden 2.34.6
1962 Lordship * Mrs D G Nyhan D D Nyhan 2.27.6
1961 Cardigan Bay Mrs A D Dean P T Wolfenden 2.39
1960 False Step * J Smyth C C Devine 2.35.2
1959 Caduceus D D & D R Moore J D Litten 2.36
1958 Caduceus D D & D R Moore J D Litten 2.34.8
1957 Lookaway * C L Rhodes M F Holmes 2.35.8
1956 Caduceus D D & D R Moore J D Litten 2.39.4
1955 Tactician M C McTigue M C McTigue 2.36.8
1954 Johnny Globe * D G Nyhan D G Nyhan 2.33.6
1953 Johnny Globe D G Nyhan D G Nyhan 2.35.4
1952 Vedette C Johnston & M Jenkins M F Holmes 2.41.8
1951 Maori Home B Rushton & J W Duncan W P Ireland 2.39.8
1950 Parawa Derby L T Padget J B Pringle 2.38
1949 Single Direct Mrs M R & Bruce Elliott E N Kennerley 2.37.2
1948 Highland Fling * A T Kemble L F Berkett 2.37.4
1947 Sir Michael C Tasker R Young 2.39
1946 Haughty B Grice G McKendry 2.41.4
1946 Turco A V Prenderville & J X Ferguson G S Smith 2.41.4
1945 Happy Man J C South C King 2.36.4
1944 Pacing Power G Lancaster R B Berry 2.38.4
1943 Springfield Globe R B Berry R B Berry 2.39
1942 Gold Bar A B Holmes D C Watts 2.35
1941 Josedale Grattan * Dr M G Pezaro & E G Bridgens F J Smith 2.42.2
1940 Plutus W J Gudsell J Bryce jnr 2.46.6
1939 Icevus H Rudd R Young 2.41.8
1938 Logan Derby H Barnes J A Stamford 2.39.4
1937 Supertax D Rodgers G Mouritz 2.40
1936 Harold Logan E F C Hinds R Townley jnr 2.39
1935 Indianapolis G J Barton J Fraser jnr 2.39.4
1934 Harold Logan E F C Hinds M F Holmes 2.38.4
1933 Red Shadow Mrs M Harrall J Bryce 2.41.4
1932 Roi L'Or P Brown F Holmes 2.38.2
1931 Harold Logan * Miss E Hinds R J Humphreys 2.40
1930 King Pointer W McDonald O E Hooper 2.39.8
1929 Padlock J A Mitchell W Hughes 2.42.6
1928 Peter Bingen * J J Kennerley J J Kennerley 2.38.8
1927 Native Chief J Duffy F G Holmes 2.11.2
1926 Great Bingen J R McKenzie D Withers 2.09
1925 Acron J R McKenzie A Butterfield 2.04.6
1924 Acron J R McKenzie A Butterfield 2.03.6
1923 Logan Chief J Duffy J J Kennerley 2.07.6
1922 Trix Pointer W H Norton F Holmes 2.09.4
1921 Albert Cling M J Hannon J McLennan 2.09.6
1920 Author Dillon Executors J Knight B Jarden 2.11.6
1919 Author Dillon Executors J Knight B Jarden 2.44.4
1918 Author Dillon * B Jarden B Jarden 2.45.8
1917 Cathedral Chimes J Bryce J Bryce 2.42.6
1916 Admiral Wood Mrs A M Seymour J Bryce 2.45
1915 Our Thorpe J Fleming A Fleming 2.41.4
1914 Eccentric R T Reid J Brankin 2.48.8

|(*) means won the New Zealand Trotting Cup same year.

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