Kaikoura good option for Shard

SMILING SHARD READY FOR 2ND KAIKOURA CUP Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety may have pulled off a masterstroke by missing last Monday’s Ashburton Flying Stakes with New Zealand Cup contender Smiling Shard. Instead, Smiling Shard will return to the seaside South Bay course at Kaikoura to defend his $50,000 Alabar Kaikoura Cup title on Monday,…

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Matt Maguire wins Riverton Cup

MATT MAGUIRE HAS FORM FOR KAIKOURA Matt Maguire, last season’s Victoria Derby placegetter, warmed up for next Monday’s $50,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Series Aged Pace at Kaikoura with a decisive win at Invercargill on Tuesday, Oct 25. The Christian Cullen gelding was well rated by top driver Dexter Dunn to win the $15,000 Highview…

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Bettors Creek bounces back

BETTORS CREEK READY FOR SIRES HEAT Smart three-year-old colt Bettors Creek warmed up for Saturday’s NRM (NZ) Sires Stakes Heat at Addington with a 1:56.1 mile at Ashburton on Labour Day, Monday, October 24. Dexter timed the finishing run of Bettors Creek to a nicety after giving the colt the run of the race on…

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Frizzante qualifies for Auckland Final

FRIZZANTE SECURES AUCKLAND START Frizzante booked her place for the $150,000 Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Final at Auckland on December 31 when she won the first heat of the series at Forbury Park on Sunday, October 31. The daughter of Falcon Seelster and Miss Bubbles led over the last 1100m of the Tuapeka Harness Racing…

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Shard returning to Kaikoura

KAIKOURA CUP FOR SMILING SHARD Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has confirmed Smiling Shard will defend his Group Two Kaikoura Cup title at the South Bay racecourse on October 31. Smiling Shard, after settling last then improving in the open, was a game winner of last year’s $50,000 Alabar Kaikoura Cup over Highview Tommy and…

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Delight runs last mile in 1:55.2

DONEGAL DELIGHT MAKES TELLING RETURN Donegal Delight made a telling return to racing at Addington on Friday, October 14, pacing her last mile in a swift 1:55.2 to win a 1950m fillies and mares pace. In the process, she pushed her career earnings through the $100,000 barrier for owner Murray Boyd, of Donegal House, the…

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Top RTR filly for Kentuckiana Lodge

CRAN SECURES FILLY FOR $75,000 Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety secured the top filly from the PGG Wrightson Ready To Run 2YO Sale at Addington on Wednesday, October 12, for $75,000. Optimo Denario, a daughter of top sire Bettor’s Delight, and Orse M Denario, was knocked down to his bid on behalf of stable clients. …

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Texican wins Rangiora workout

TEXICAN FOR FORBURY SIRES HEAT Texican was given the green light for the $18,000 NRM 3YO Sires Stakes Series Heat at Forbury Park on Thursday night after a front-running win at the Rangiora workouts on Saturday, October 1. The Bettor’s Delight gelding, who trailed early then led over the last 1400m for Dexter Dunn, was…

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Smiling Shard repeats in workout

SMILING SHARD WINS SECOND CONDITIONING RUN Smiling Shard held My Man Dan narrowly for the second consecutive week at the Rangiora workouts on Saturday, September 24. The five-year-old Grinfromeartoear entire shaved a couple of seconds off last week’s run, posting a 3:23.4 for the stand start 2600m, as he progresses towards the Searells Chartered Accountants…

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Winning Thursday night double

EARLY THURSDAY NIGHT DOUBLE A 100 percent winning effort from two starters _ Meet Me In Seattle and Bettor Move It _ at Addington on Thursday, September 22, has elevated Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety to second equal on this season’s trainers premiership. The Gold Bar Lodge stables of Leithfield trainer Robbie Holmes and Cran’s…

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