Christen Me in 1:54.9 rate

  CHRISTEN ME DELIVERS 1:54.9 MILE RATE Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety is looking forward to some fun over the next few months with a strong team of 3-5 win horses including latest revelation Christen Me. The lightly-raced brother to Hands Christian (1:52.5) gave further evidence of his emerging talent when he scored in a…

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Addington double from inside draws

ORL BLACK, DONEGAL CHOKIN, TOO SLICK FROM FRONT END The Cran Dalgety team made the most of their ace barriers with a winning double at Friday’s NZ Metro meeting, August 24.   Both wins by Donegal Chokin and Orl Black were achieved the same way,  taking control early from inside draws.   Orl Black, after being…

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Bit Of A Legend takes out ABC Final

BIT OF A LEGEND EMULATES SMILING SHARD Size doesn’t matter for Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety, and driver Dexter Dunn. The top trainer-driver combo notched their second Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO colts/geldings Final at Melton on “Super Sunday” with colts small on stature but big on heart. Bit Of A Legend mirrored the performance of…

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Bit Of A Legend to miss Sires Stakes

NO SIRES STAKES BID FOR BIT OF A LEGEND Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has confirmed he will “sacrifice” November’s NRM Sires Stakes 3YO Final with Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO champ Bit Of A Legend. “I might space his year out,” Cran said. “We’ll treat the Breeders Crown win as a bonus. It wasn’t on…

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Empyrean out, Safedra qualifies

SAFEDRA TOO GOOD IN ASHBURTON QUALIFIER Owners Jim and Susan Wakefield lost the racing services of smart winner Empyrean (1:56.2) to a ligament problem last term, but qualified his younger half-sister Safedra on Tuesday, August 21. She is the latest foal to qualify from former International winner Sparks A Flyin (1:52), whose first three to…

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Hip Hop Anvil & ‘Elle’ sold overseas

HIP HOP ANVIL SOLD, USA-BOUND Hip Hop Anvil, last season’s Group Three Forbury 4 and 5YO Championship winner in track record time, is to do his future racing in North America. “I think he’s going to Delaware (Ohio). He’ll love it there,” said trainer Cran Dalgety. Photo: Jack Trainor salutes after winning with Hip Hop…

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Rangiora double on Super Sunday

SUPABET AND ORL BLACK TOO GOOD The Kentuckiana Lodge team achieved a 100 percent winning day on the home front at Rangiora, on Breeders Crown day Sunday, August 18, delivering with maiden Supabet and former smart juvenile Orl Black. Driver Jack Trainor made the most of a wide front row draw with Supabet, leading early,…

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Dual Forbury success

NZ SEASON UNDER WAY WITH DOUBLE It was green lights for runners with shades of green in the Kentuckiana Lodge stable of Cran Dalgety at the Forbury Park meeting on Thursday, August 16. The stable notched their first two wins of the domestic season with Donegal Chokin and Rockin Roll Lad, both wearing green owners…

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Bit Of A Legend inside age group rec.

LEGEND UNOFFICIALLY INSIDE AGE RECORD Bit Of A Legend settled for fourth against the older 2-7 win pacers at Auckland on Friday July 27, but kept his Australasian Breeders Crown aspirations high by unofficially going inside the NZ age group 1700m record. The Bettor’s Delight colt couldn’t match the promising Steven Reid-trained Kiwi Ideal, who…

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Murray Howard retains Legend drive

MURRAY HOWARD TO KEEP SEAT WARM Experienced Kentuckiana Lodge horseman Murray Howard has retained the drive behind Melbourne-bound juvenile Bit Of A Legend at Auckland on Friday night, with the Yearling Sales 2YO Open pace winner meeting a significantly stronger line-up. “Murray loved win his run to win around Alexandra Park on Sunday, so he…

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