Top trot mare back to best

BETTORGRETCH RETURNS IN STYLE Former Harness Jewels winner Donegal Bettorgretch extended her winning record, but importantly showed why Cran rates her so highly, when she grabbed victory on resumption at Oamaru last Sunday (June 18). The pacing-bred Bettor’s Delight mare hadn’t raced for six months but Cran had her spot on for the day, a…

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Promising juveniles step out

MASTER MOONLITE LOOKS SMART Cran has a number of promising two-year-olds taking their first steps towards becoming a racehorse, and that process took a leap forward at Rangiora this week when four of them went around at the Rangiora workouts. And he was very pleased with them all, led by heat winner Master Moonlite (2g…

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Nelson success for trio

TWO WINS, TWO SECONDS, A THIRD, FROM SIX Alpha Rock’s Nelson Cup Prelude win and a smart second-day victory from progressive filly Jakira took the season’s tally to 52 for the stable. And that could have been extended had smart type Ace High had a little more luck, particularly on the first day. Cran considered…

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Bonnie Joan wraps up season

BONNIE JOAN SPELLS AFTER GAME FOURTH Bonnie Joan wound up her impressive 3YO racing with a game fourth in the $150,000 Harness Jewels 3YO Diamond at Ashburton on Saturday, June 3. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Wave Runner had an overland trip from the second row, moving up up to be parked outside front-running favourite…

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Jakira wins maiden, brings up half-century

JAKIRA WINS, BRINGS UP HALF-CENTURY Despite losing several races due to an irregular feed supplement containing cobalt during the season, Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has achieved another half-century of wins for the season. However, it has been business as usual with Forbury maiden winner Jakira bringing up the 50th win for the stable on…

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Ace High promising, other useful 3YOs sold

ACE HIGH TO RACE ON THROUGH WINTER Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has farewelled useful stable 3YOs, On The Rantan and NZ record-holder Baileys Rock, who will do their future racing in North America, but last Sunday’s winner Ace High, should continue to do good work for the stable. “Ace High will continue to race…

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‘Legend’ wins Molson Pace in Canada

BIT OF A LEGEND EXTENDS WINNING FEATURES TO CANADA Former dual Austalasian Breeders Crown champ Bit Of A Legend became a feature pace winner in a fourth different country last weekend. The ex-Kentuckiana Lodge pacer entered new territory when taking out a $150,000 feature, the Molson Pace, in Canada, at The Raceway at Western Fair…

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Christen Me wins USA qualifier

CHRISTEN ME N WINS HARRAHS PHILADELPHIA QUALIFIER Former Kentuckiana Lodge star Christen Me was untroubled to win a qualifier, first-up, in 1:53.8 (10ths) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, May 3 (NZ time). The 8YO Christian Cullen-Splendid Dreams gelding was making his debut of new trainer Jo Ann Looney-King and was reined by top USA…

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Bonnie Joan sizzles to second NZ record

BONNIE JOAN BRILLIANT IN SOUTHLAND OAKS The luxury of winning the opening C0-2 Nevele R Fillies Heat at Ashburton on February 4 may have been instrumental in Bonnie Joan returing in sensational form for the $41,400 Nevele R Stud/Macca Lodge Southland Oaks Final at Invercargill on Sunday, April 30. “We were able to back off…

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