Inspired move leaves speed legacy

NZ RACING THE WINNERS FROM SCUSE ME Charlie Roberts reached his ‘Everest’ as a breeder-owner at Ashburton on Jewels day on June 1, but New Zealand harness racing has also been the big beneficiary of an inspired move over a decade ago. Now a spritely 89 years young, Charlie had the time of his life…

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Christen Me classy in 4YO Jewels

  CHRISTEN ME _ 4YO JEWELS EMERALD CHAMPION Christen Me gave a champion Jewels performance, setting a NZ 4YO or older record of 1:51.5, to win the $150,000 Auckland Reactor 4YO Emerald, at Ashburton on June 1.   For just over an hour he was the fastest miler on NZ soil, taking the 1:52.1 record…

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Safedra terrific 2nd in NZ Oaks

ADORE ME TOO GOOD IN OAKS  _ SAFEDRA BEST OF THE REST Kentuckiana Lodge filly Safedra couldn’t win from barrier nine in the $100,000 Canterbury Breeders New Zealand Oaks at Addington on Friday, May 17, but her second to champion Adore Me was almost as good as a win. Safedra won the race for second,…

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Bella Starr in Tatlow Heat

BELLA STARR BOWS OUT OF NZ RACING Former Kentuckiana Lodge juvenile filly Bella Starr has been withdrawn from the $150,000 Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond at Ashburton on June 1 and is scheduled to race at Bendigo, Victoria, on Thursday. After finding unsuitable races for a two-year-old filly in Canterbury in recent weeks, Bella Starr was…

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Bit Of A Legend rates 1:54.7

BIT OF A LEGEND RATES 1:54.7 _ 1950m  West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety says Jewels-bound Bit Of A Legend needed a good hit-out at Addington on Saturday May 11, but wasn’t anticipating him pacing a 1:54.7 mile rate over 1950m. “He’s that well at the moment. His heart rate was up a bit after that…

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Christen Me leaves rivals breathless

CHRISTEN ME POSTS BIGGEST MESSENGER WIN Christen Me not only keeps winning _ he continues to take his game to another level. For the second week running at Auckland, this time on Friday, May 3, he crushed the hearts of his rivals at Group One level. The ease of his victories has left trainer Cran…

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Fifth Edition keeps wins coming

FIFTH EDITION PRODUCES SUNDAY BEST Fifth Edition racked up win No. 78 of the season for Cran Dalgety’s Kentuckiana Lodge stable, and Dexter Dunn’s 145th driving win for the term, at the Ashburton meeting on Sunday, May 5. The capable Mach Three gelding improved on a midfield showing in stronger company at Rangiora seven days…

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Christen Me emulates grand-dam

  CHRISTEN ME FASTEST AT AUCKLAND Brilliant pacer Christen Me was untroubled to emulate grand-dam Scuse Me with a record run in the $100,000 Waste Management Taylor “Mile” at Alexandra Park, Auckland, on Friday, April 26. The Kentuckiana Lodge superstar handled his first speed showing right-handed like a seasoned professional, moving up parked, then cruising…

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‘Met’ principals celebrate

PLENTY OF CHEER TO END ANZAC DAY The “lucky last” of 11 races at Addington on Anzac Day gave NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club principals, David and Kathy Rankin, and John and Jenny Grainger, another reason to salute the success of foundation mare Miss Bubbles. Mac Bubbles, the second foal from Miss Bubbles, wasn’t missed by…

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