Blue Chip Farms sponsoring ABC

BLUE CHIP FARMS SUPPORT AUSTRALASIAN BREEDERS CROWN In a major coup, Harness Racing Victoria announced on Thursay July 12 that New York-based breeding giant, Blue Chip Farms, will be the naming rights sponsor of the upcoming 2012 Australasian Breeders Crown Race Series. In a first for Australasian Harness Racing, a world renowned American Breeding Farm…

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Jack Trainor in Junior Championship

JACK TRAINOR QUALIFIES FOR NZ CHAMPIONSHIP The qualifying is over for this year’s New Zealand Junior Driving Championship to be held at harness racing headquarters – Addington Raceway in Christchurch – later this month. The championship, to be known as the Speckos NZ Junior Driver Championship (thanks to harness racing loyalist and sponsor Ivan McNicholl),…

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Drivers fees increase by $5

  HRNZ APPROVES INCREASE TO DRIVING FEES At its meeting on 1 June, 2012, the HRNZ Board gave consideration to a submission from the NZ Harness Racing Trainers & Drivers Association seeking an increase to the current driving fees. While cognisant of the increased costs facing owners and the decline in stake levels over the…

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Juveniles shine at Jewels w/outs

ABRAXAS AND ONLYFORYOU WIN HEATS Top driver Dexter Dunn was left lamenting Abraxas’s second row draw for Saturday’s $150,000 Sky City Hamilton Harness Jewels 2YO colts/geldings Emerald after his Cambridge workout win on Sunday,  May 27 (for Auckland, Friday review, please refer home page). “The one we wanted to draw the front row would have…

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Dexter wins Horsham series

DEXTER WINS MONDAY AFTERNOON SERIES Consistency won the day for top NZ driver Dexter Dunn (pictured) in the three heats of the Decron Horse Care Noel Smith Memorial Invitation Drivers Championship at Horsham, Victoria, on Monday afternoon, May 21. He led from gate six with 18-to-one hope Pleasedtobetibet in the opening heat and gave the…

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Pacific Rapture beats Onlyforyou

PACIFIC RAPTURE WINS $170,000 PGG 2YO FILLIES FINAL Even though she had to settle for a placing in her second $100,000-plus 2YO fillies race within a week, Kentuckiana Lodge filly Onlyforyou continues to be a great buy. Selected by trainer Cran Dalgety at last year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for $35,000, the Art Major filly…

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New syndicate, new horse

NEW SYNDICATE PROMOTION It’s long been recognised as the best way to introduce race fans to racehorse ownership and now a new initiative is set to launch in New Zealand harness racing. Noel Kennard, via goHarness Syndication, is offering people the chance to share in the ownership of a going horse for two years. You…

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