LAST TERM’S JUNIOR CHAMPION RETURNS ON A MISSION Rory McIlwrick, last season’s NZ Junior Drivers Champion with 39 wins, will try win just his second drive as an open driver for one of his early bosses, Cran Dalgety, at Addington on Friday night. Rory, who returned to the payroll at Kentuckiana Lodge last week for…Details
CRAN DALGETY RACING STABLES
Trainer Cran Dalgety bid farewell to stable star Christen Me in March but Northern Derby winner Raukapuka Ruler is developing into a classy replacement.
Its not easy to replace horse a near $2.5 million earner, but thats the nature of racing.
Cran is excited by the youngsters going through their paces at Kentuckiana Lodge as he strives to mould the next wave of potential superstars.
Winner of the NZ trainers premiership in 2013, Cran has won most of the big races on the Australasian Grand Circuit.
However, the NZ Cup and Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final, are two features that remain in his sights.
He also has a record five Australasian Breeders Crown Final titles to his credit.
Cran has prepared over 1140 winners of $13 million in stakes in NZ alone since Laud won first-up in his colours in 1992.
He is enjoying another strong season with over 40 wins on the board.
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SMILING SHARD LEAVES WINNER FROM SECOND TO RACE Former star Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Smiling Shard (p2, 1:53.7) has sired a 2YO winner from just his second individual starter to race in Australia. Smiling Sam, from a seven-win Blissful Hall mare in Sixteen Carat (1:55.5), improved on a first-up fourth from the second row a week…Details
MASTER MOONLITE TOO SLICK IN BREEDERS HEAT Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety notched a second win within 24 hours when Master Moonlite raced away with the Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO colts and geldings heat at Kilmore on Wednesday, August 9. Again expertly handled by Anthony Butt, Master Moonlite trailed two and three back on the…Details
(OUR) BETTOR JOY SPRINTS BEST AT SHEPPARTON Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety didn’t have to wait long for his Victorian fortunes to change in an Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Heat at Shepparton on Tuesday, August 8. The Dalgety-trained second favourite (Our) Bettor Joy charged home along the sprint lane for driver Anthony Butt to…Details
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NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 16, 2017 CANADIAN DRIVER HITS THE FRONT Canadian driver James MacDonald notched a winning double and two placings to take the lead in the World Drivers Championship at Georgian Downs, Ontario, yesterday (Wednesday), in the third leg of the five-leg harness racing series. MacDonald, a late replacement for Brandon Campbell after he was ruled out when one of the horses he trains returned…Details
HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 15, 2017 FEEL THE FORSS Mika Forss shot to the lead in the World Drivers Championship on Tuesday when he won three straight races, igniting hopes that Finland could win their first world title in 27 events. Driving at Mohawk Downs in Ontario in the second WDC meeting of five in Canada,…Details
NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 14, 2017 KIWIS DRAW BETTER Kiwi drivers Dexter Dunn and Mark Purdon had little luck in the opening round of the World Drivers Championship, but have drawn better chances in the second round at Mohawk Downs in Ontario on Tuesday. Dunn had one second placing in the first round for 29…Details
NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 14, 2017 CAPTAIN DOLMIO ON CUP TRACK Rugged Canterbury-trained pacer Captain Dolmio is being aimed at the $800,000 New Zealand Cup by trainer Robert Dunn after impressing at the Rangiora workouts in his first run back from a spell. The six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear ran some huge races last season, culminating in a gallant second…Details