NZ junior champ contenders

  NZ JUNIOR CHAMP CONTENDERS After 18 weeks of harness racing competition, the 12 contenders for the 2011 NZ Junior Driver Championship have been decided. Qualifying for the third consecutive year, but the first as a ‘North Islander’, is Mitchell Kerr. Although no wins during qualifying, Kerr finished one point ahead of first-time starter and…

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Lightning Raider repeats in NSW

LIGHTNING RAIDER UNBEATEN AT MENANGLE Lightning Raider is now unbeaten in two Menangle starts after coming up with a second consecutive 1:54.3 mile to win the $A15,000 MO-M1 www.trotstv.com.au Final on Sunday, June 26. The former well-performed Kentuckiana Lodge pacer was back early from the nine gate, then improved three wide with cover to be…

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Meadowlands win for Dexter

DEXTER _ FIRST NIGHT WINNER AT MEADOWLANDS NZ superstar Dexter Dunn drove a perfect race to score his first USA win at the America’s premier raceway, the Meadowlands in New Jersey, on the Saturday night card, Sunday afternoon (NZ time), June 26, 2011. Dexter, making his debut night of racedriving in North America, was termed…

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Ex-Canty steward gets top job

SHANE LARKINS GETS TOP VICTORIA POST Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Larkins to the position of Chairman of Stewards. Shane will replace James Hitchcock, who has accepted a position on the Racing Victoria Ltd stewards’ panel and will vacate the HRV role on July 1. Photo: Shane Larkins,…

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No Breeders Crown for Smiling Shard

NO BREEDERS CROWN THIS YEAR For the first time in three years, top age group pacer Smiling Shard will miss the Australasian Breeders Crown Finals at Melton, Victoria, in August. Instead, Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety says he will concentrate on setting the Grinfromeartoear entire the New Zealand Cup in November. The big races at…

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Lightning Raider in 1:54.3

LIGHTNING RAIDER WINS MENANGLE DEBUT Former Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Lightning Raider was untroubled to win his Australian debut at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, on Saturday, June 4, in 1:54.3 for the 1609m. The 5YO Christian Cullen gelding was patiently driven from the outside of the front row by new trainer Luke McCarthy, settling second last on…

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Alford appeal gathers momentum

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO NF CAMPAIGN The Toolern Room was filled to capacity at Tabcorp Park, Melton, on Friday night, May 20, as the Victorian harness racing community gathered to support an initiative by one of its own. Throughout the month of May, leading driver Chris Alford is ‘Racing for an NF Free Future’ and in…

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RB donates ambulance to Canty

RACING BOARD DONATES AMBULANCE The New Zealand racing industry has thrown its support behind the residents of Canterbury by donating a new St John ambulance to serve the region. Canterbury is recovering from devastating earthquakes and the donation of the new ambulance to St John is recognition of the organisation’s unswerving support of all Cantabrians…

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