Stable change, Ben Laughton

BEN LAUGHTON TRANSFERS TO ROBBIE HOLMES Ben Laughton, who had his first two junior race-drives this month for Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety, is having his first drive for the Leithfield stable of Robbie Holmes behind Maxim at Addington on Thursday. Ben, after working for the last year at West Melton, where he had numerous…

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Ray Sharpe passes from cancer

NZ HARNESS NEWS DEATH OF RAY SHARPE Canterbury horseman Ray Sharpe passed away on Thursday morning after a 15-month battle with kidney cancer. Sharpe, 48, and his family returned to Christchurch in June after living in New York for the best part of a decade. He trained 104 winners in North America in that time, to go with 22 wins accrued…

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NZ Cup, Dominion entries finalised

NZ HARNESS NEWS NZ CUP, DOMINION NOMINATIONS FINALISED Nominations closed on Wednesday for the biggest race in each gait on the calendar – the New Zealand Trotting Cup and the Dominion Handicap, both held at Addington in Cup Week (November). The Cup attracted the same number of entrants as last year – 29 – with former Kiwi Tiger Tara,…

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Dexter back to 5th, Canadian leads

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…

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