Nigel McGrath nears 500 wins

NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 9, 2017 NIGEL McGRATH EYES 500 WINS Canterbury trainer Nigel McGrath is just 10 wins away from reaching the notable milestone of 500 career training wins and will soon launch an impressive spring racing team. Classie Brigade, the winner of 11 from 35 starts, is being aimed at the New Zealand Cup (3200m) on the second Tuesday of November at…

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My Sweetchillyphilly has setback

NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 8, 2017 SICARIO TAKES ADVANTAGE Boom Kiwi-bred filly My Sweetchilliphilly was a late scratching at Menangle in New South Wales on Tuesday, August 8, after casting a shoe. The winner of all five starts in emphatic fashion, the two-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar is still on target for the rich Australasian Breeders Crown semifinals at Bendigo, Victoria, on…

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Mitchell Kerr makes flying start

NZ HARNESS NEWS, AUGUST 7, 2017 MITCHELL KERR MAKES FLYING START TO SEASON Rookie Rangiora trainer Mitchell Kerr has two potential Derby contenders and a perfect three wins from three starts to open the new harness racing season. Kerr, 25, is in his first full season as a trainer based at Rangiora Raceway and produced impressive Addington three-year-old winner The…

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Phil & Bev Williamson humbled by Award

PHIL & BEV WILLIAMSON HUMBLED BY AWARD NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 5, 2017 A coveted prize for Outstanding Contribution to harness racing at the national awards on Thursday came as a complete surprise to humble Oamaru couple Phil and Bev Williamson. “We are a normal family and there are many other racing families out there, a lot of good racing families,” Philtold NZ…

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Kiwis chase Aussie Crowns

NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 2, 2017 KIWIS TARGET AUSSIE CROWNS The annual Australasian Breeders Crown campaign of New Zealand-trained horses starts in earnest at Maryborough, in Victoria, on Sunday. Canterbury fillies Chevron Express and Renezmae kick off their campaigns by tackling feature races on the trotting-only card. Former Kiwi driver Anthony Butt is down to…

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Maxim returning to Australia

NZ HARNESS NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2017 MAXIM HEADING BACK TO VICTORIA Former Victoria Derby winner Maxim is off to Australia for a three-race campaign next week. Loathe to turn the brilliant, but injury-plagued pacer out, Waiau Pa trainer Brent Mangos has kept him up to the mark with a view to having the now seven-year-old…

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Benchmark wins Gr 3 Bulli Trotters Cup

BENCHMARK WINS GROUP THREE BULLI CUP Temporary New South Wales-based trainer and touring Kentuckiana Lodge foreman Murray Howard landed a Group Three victory with capable trotter (The) Benchmark at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, on Saturday, April 29. Murray again enlisted former Kentuckiana Lodge junior Jack Trainor for the driving duty behind Benchmark in the $28,000 Michael…

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