The names Kirk and Michelle Larsen have become synonymous with Southland Harness Racing in recent years. Together they have built up a successful stable of standardbreds on 170 acres of pristine farmland at Branxholme, a few minutes north of Invercargill, the heartland of Southland. With a strong team of experienced staff, along with several other supporters who are a great help, Kirk goes about preparing horses for their trips to the races - leaving wife Michelle to run the business and administration sides of the stable.
Our goal is to provide to our clients a high standard of training and breaking of young stock, as well as having good working relationship with our owners by keeping them up to date with their horse’s progress throughout their time with us.
Please feel free to contact Kirk or Michelle for any of your enquiries whether its a horse you require to be trained/broken in or a horse to buy.
Larsen heads to tomorrow’s Invercargill Trotting Club meeting with a big chance of landing the Autumn Cup with Bettor Ops.
A win would be some consolation for him not being able to drive the horse.
Fellow southerner Brent Barclay will take the reins on the Bettor’s Delight 4yr-old after Larsen was injured on Monday when he was kicked by a young horse.
"I’m off for a couple of weeks."
Bettor Ops had his first race since early January in Eamon Maguire’s track record-breaking win at Ascot Park last weekend. The hectic pace and the ground Bettor Ops made up on his rivals to run fourth made his effort a strong one.
The gelding has had only one workout leading into his resuming run, so Larsen, from his grandstand view, expects to see a fitter horse.
"He had a bit of a blow after the run which was understandable. It should only bring him on."
The horse faces a completely different challenge this week, going from a 2200m mobile to a 2700m standing start, but Larsen is not concerned.
"He has had one stand before and he was good."
Improved pacer Lambourne Road, a relative standing-start novice himself, is likely to be Bettor Ops’ main opponent. He was the only horse to make significant ground in Titan Banner’s Wyndham Cup demolition job.
At present, Bettor Ops sits 11th on the qualifying rankings of the Harness Jewels 4yr-old male pacers’ section.
But Larsen has no immediate plans to take on the country’s best 4yr-olds. The horse could trek to Addington for graded premier racing, but Bettor Ops’ main aim now is the Southern Country Cups final at Invercargill in April, Larsen said. A win in tomorrow’s Autumn Cup would elevate the pace in the ranking for that final.
Larsen’s only other horse racing tomorrow is among those testing the waters of harness racing’s new ratings system. Melina Lowe, with new driver Blair Orange, drops back from a tough run against progressive 3yr-old filly Trendy Bromac last weekend. Larsen has been pleased with the horse’s recent efforts and thinks she will be more competitive against similar horses under the new ratings system.
- Jonny Turner
Welcome to our home in the Deep South.
Well its been a busy time at present down here in the south.
We have brought in our next team of horses in.
With a good selection of top commercial sires being well represented in the up coming team we will be looking forward to seeing them on the track.
Results Workouts Invercargill
|Race 2||MOBILE PACE.|
|For MR43 & faster pacers.|
|Distance: 2200m Weather: Fine Track: Fast|
|1||8||Thatswhatisaid||fr||2-49.0||K N Larsen|
|2||7||Kagee VC||fr||M G Brown|
|3||10||Shawami Lass||fr||P A Devery|
|Other Starters not necessarily in finishing order|
|UPL||9||Overcast (T)||fr||A D Paisley|
|UPL||11||Wokalup||fr||M G Brown|
|Margins:||3/4 length, 1 1/4 lengths|
|Times:||Mile Rate: 2-03.6 Last 800m: 58.4 Last 400m: 28.2|
The start of 2017 has kicked off well
Its been a busy time and we welcome the new yearlings that will be joining our stable ..
The new arrivals are by ,
American Ideal, Well Said ,.Big Jim ,,. Sport writer ,Sweet Lou, Majestic Son
With some exciting pedigrees in this crop of yearlings this year we look forward to the coming season.
Greg Sugars,kerryn Manning,Lance Justice
Peter ferguson,Dexter Dunn
Kirk Larsen was another to post his second driving win of the season and more than two months faster than last term. He only had three drives at Gore on Sunday for the first Southland meeting of the season but made the most of them, winning the Abernethy Racing Stables Pace with Honey Cullen and Heartland Hotel Mobile with Jabali, while running third with Risk Factor. Enhancing his day was that he trains both Honey Cullen and Risk Factor and Honey Cullen was retaining his unbeaten status.