NZ Met announce stake enhancements

NZ METRO ANNOUNCE STAKE ENHANCEMENTS The NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) have announced a range of enhancements to its basic stakes structure, commencing from Friday August 26. Basic stakes will increase handsomely at Friday night fixtures. Three-win and faster races will carry a stake of $12,500, with 1-2 win front races to be run for…

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Good luck to new K L junior drivers

YOUNG DRIVERS GAIN JUNIOR LICENCES More young Kentuckiana Lodge driving talent is about to hit the South Island’s racetracks. Kentuckiana Lodge employees, Rory McIlwrick (left) and Jack Trainor (right), have advanced from trials drivers to junior licenceholders this week. Both have had a good ground with a season of regular trials drives to their credit.…

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Hip Hop Anvil resumes in workout

HIP HOP ANVIL NOSED OUT BY MR CHROME Capable mid-grade pacer Hip Hop Anvil resumed with a close second to smart Rangiora pacer Mr Chrome at the Rangiora workouts on Saturday, July 30. Hip Hop Anvil, despite winning six races from only 22 starts for $80,887, will resume on a three-win assessment. The rising five-year-old…

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Emaline Franco Met Synd. winner

EMALINE FRANCO MET SYNDICATE WINNER Emaline Franco, the latest NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club syndicate winner when she scored first-up at Rangiora on Saturday, July 16, became the third individual Met Syndicate winner for West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety. She is raced on lease by the 50-strong Met Six Syndicate, most of whom were on hand…

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No race for Carter’s Rocket

ABANDONMENT UNTIMELY FOR ROCKET Carter’s Rocket will miss an opportunity for a free 2YO handicapping win at Addington on Tuesday, July 26, after the meeting was abandoned on Monday afternoon following heaving snowfalls in Canterbury. Tuesday’s scheduled 2YO race should have been an easy win for the promising Elsu gelding. There is no two-year-old race…

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Emaline Franco delivers for Syndicate

EMALINE FRANCO TOO STRONG IN DEBUT Emaline Franco, leased from Spreydon Lodge as a replacement for the unraced Delightfullchampagne, was a popular winner first-up for the Met Six Syndicate at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s meeting on Saturday, July 16, 2011. “Unfortunately Delightfullchampagne ended up hitting a knee bad so we ended up finishing with…

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The Silk Road digs deep

THE SILK ROAD MONSTERS RIVALS West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety summed up the Auckland debut win by The Silk Road on Friday, July 15, as “unbeliev-able.” The Silk Road, who only began racing in March, just keeps giving and continues to impress her trainer. This time she was made to work harder than in any…

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JB Maguire to join Menangle set

JB MAGUIRE TO JOIN NSW STABLE Capable pacer JB Maguire has been withdrawn from both the Addington and Rangiora meetings this weekend after being sold to New South Wales interests. The Bettor’s Delight gelding raced 14 times this season for Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety for five wins and four placings, winning $35,996 in stakes…

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Carter’s Rocket wins qualiifier

CARTER’S ROCKET SHOWS PROMISE Promising Elsu 2YO pacer Carter’s Rocket had no problems qualifying at his first attempt at Rangiora on Wednesday, July 6. He backed up his winning workout run in the wet at Addington on June 20, leading up his qualifier at Rangiora and coming clear to score by two lengths in the…

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No siren this time for Mirthful Mac

‘MAC’ RACED BY FRIENDS OF 40 YEARS Friendships are close to the heart of Aylesbury breeder and retired school principal Trevor Beaton, who races last Friday’s Addington maiden winner Mirthful Mac with a former student he taught some 40 years ago. Trev races Mirthful Mac with Ross McKerchar, a Winton stock agent. “I taught at…

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