Empyrean builds toward NZ Derby

EMPYREAN BACK IN WINNING TRIM Empyrean took a step closer towards the $200,000 Christian Cullen New Zealand Derby on April 23 after winning a conditioning grass track race in the Beaton/Spicer/Nicholson Moble Pace at Motukarara on April 6. Leading driver Dexter Dunn said the Christian Cullen colt blew hard after his first-up run when beaten…

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Ka-ching _ $1 million for Grin

SMILING SHARD WILL HAVE MILLIONAIRE STATUS Regardless of the outcome, Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Smiling Shard will become New Zealand’s latest millionaire pacer after Friday’s $800,000 Skycity – Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final at Auckland on Friday night, April 8. The pint-sized pacer with the big heart is sitting on $998,982 in combined New Zealand and…

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Donegal Delight hat-trick

NEVELE R HEAT NEXT FOR DELIGHT Donegal Delight gets another chance to cement her place in the Nevele R Fillies Final at Addington in May with another $18,000 qualifying heat on Inter Dominion Grand Final night at Auckland next Friday. The capable Bettor’s Delight-Chivasso filly, who ran third in the Ashburton Nevele R Heat on…

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Raging Bull leads four-win charge

FOUR WIN HAUL FOR STABLE AT RANGIORA The in-form Kentuckiana Lodge team notched a four-win spree, but it could have easily been as many as six winners, at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s meeting on Wednesday, March 30. The day could have been even more fruitful if Mirthful Mac, the first of the team to…

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Johnny Be close to Derby level

JOHNNY BE CLOSE TO DERBY CONTENTION Johnny Be could join stablemates Matt Maguire and Empyrean for the $200,000 Christian Cullen New Zealand Derby in three weeks after winning impressively again at Rangiora on Wednesday, March 30. Trainer Cran Dalgety said Johnny Be will be put “on the Derby radar” after holding out the capable Mark…

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Matt Maguire front-running winner

MATT BACK WITH GOOD FRONT-RUNNING WIN Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety advanced to 59 wins for the season when Matt Maguire completed a winning treble for the stable at Rangiora on Wednesday, March 23. Matt Maguire, freshened after his luckless Victoria Derby third in early February, rolled to the front after the opening 200m and…

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Johnny Be in slick run

JOHNNY BE IN FAST RUN OVER 2600m Harness racing in Canterbury has come along way since Winning Blue Chip won the NZ Derby at Addington in a record time of 3:12.2 for a three-year-old 21 years ago. Aylesbury owner Trevor Beaton remembers the occasion vividly. Photo: Red Ransom has the speed on a lap out…

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Raging Bull wins Graduate

RAGING BULL LEADS ALL THE WAY Haleen David became a first-up winning harness owner when Raging Bull delivered in his much anticipated debut in the $40,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Graduate Mobile Pace at Rangiora on Wednesday, March 23. “Haleen had previously raced gallopers with Tony Prendergast but we’ve converted him,” said trainer Cran…

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Empyrean for Invercargill

EMPYREAN HEADING SOUTH AFTER TRIAL Smart three-year-old pacer Emyprean will head to Invercargill for a 2-3 win mobile 2200m pace on Saturday after trialling solidly at Ashburton on Tuesday. The Christian Cullen colt settled three back on the inner for driver Dexter Dunn, then improved outside 3YO filly stablemate Highview Chasue, driven by Anthony Butt,…

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NZ Derby hopes resume at trials

NZ DERBY DEFERMENT SUITS Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has welcomed a two-week deferment of the $200,000 New Zealand Derby at Addington to April 23. “Its a bonus for us,” Cran said. Stablemates Matt Maguire and Empyrean both returned from Melbourne in early February with viral infections, missing the Northern Derby, but were back at…

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