Dream to race in Victoria

YANKEE DREAM MELBOURNE-BOUND Yankee Dream finished a game half length second in her New Zealand race finale in the $12,000 No. 8 Bar Fillies And Mares Mobile Pace at Cambridge on Friday night, January 6. The Dream Away was eased back to the rear by junior driver Kelly Blakemore, then moved up to be parked…

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No bonus but rewarding week

NO BONUS BUT REWARDING CIRCUIT FOR BETTOR’S FIRE Bettor’s Fire, whose three wins in five days on the West Coast Christmas grass circuit would have earned him a bonus in previous years, will have a well-earned holiday this month. A change to the conditions of eligibility for the West Coast bonus meant a horse has…

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Raging Bull caught by Ideal Scott

IDEAL SCOTT WINS YEARLING SALES 3YO OPEN PACE Front-running favourite Raging Bull fought gamely but had to settle for second to another quality three-year-old in Ideal Scott (trail) in the $275,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 3YO Open Pace at Auckland on New Year’s Eve. Although unable to take home the lion’s share of the…

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Elle value under review

ELLE OF A HORSE DEBUT WINNER Elle Of A Horse, a debut winner at the Banks Peninsula meeting at Motukarara on Thursday, December 29, 2011, could have been purchased for a moderate sum before she raced. Her value is now being reviewed by connections. The 3YO daughter of former Hunter Cup and Inter Dominion winner…

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Kristina 1:55.2 mile winner

KRISTINA STRONG IN 1:55.2 ASHBURTON MILE Kristina bounced back from a temporary form lapse with a 1:55.2 winning credit over 1609m in the second $9000 Christian Cullen Canty Mares Speed Series Heat at Ashburton on Boxing Day. The strong Bettor’s Delight mare had an off-night at Addington at her previous start, failing to score up…

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Pair on target for Sales Pace

NO SMOLDA CONCERNS IN UPCOMING SALES PACE Kentuckiana Lodge 3YO pacers Raging Bull and Texican are on target for the $275,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Open Pace at Auckland on New Year’s Eve after the $50,000 Alabar Elsu Classic there last Friday night, December 16, 2011. With this month’s dominant 3YO Smolda ineligible for the…

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Dexter back on Bettor’s Fire

NO STICKERED COLOURS Professionalism had its reward, of sorts, for former Kentuckiana Lodge driver Mark Jones at Methven on December 11. Mark, who filled in for current top driver Dexter Dunn with a winning double at the Forbury meeting on Friday December 9, was presented with his own set of Kentuckiana Lodge colours at Methven.…

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Two-Year-Old qualifiers

ABRAXAS FOR YOUNG GUNS HEAT Juvenile pacer Abraxas, who qualified for the Cran Dalgety stable at the Auckland trials on Tuesday, December 13, could be a contender for a $25,000 Breckon Bloodstock Young Gun Series Heat on New Year’s Eve. “He won a two horse war on Tuesday,” quipped trainer Cran Dalgety. “Murray (Howard) led…

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Wotavugot to tackle country cups

FORBURY TREBLE FOR TEAM West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety will seek country cup opportunites over the summer for Wotavugot after his impressive return to racing at Forbury on Friday, December 9. “It was a nice race for him to start off in and a pretty good run first-up going 3:27.4 (2700m stand), his last 800m…

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Bubba back with trial win

BUBBA HO TEP BACK AFTER ENFORCED LAYOFF Capable mare Bubba Ho Tep warmed up for a 2-3 win fillies and mares pace at Addington on Saturday (December 10) with a trial win there on Monday, December 5. The seven-year-old Washington VC mare had been sidelined for an extended period with a sprained ankle. She last…

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