Hip Hop Anvil Auckland-bound

HIP HOP ANVIL GOING NORTH Hip Hop Anvil is Auckland-bound for further autumn premier racing after narrowly holding stablemate Johnny Be in the 2-3 wins $9704 Canterbury Copy Service Mobile Pace at Addington on Easter Saturday, April 23. Only a nose separated the Kentuckiana Lodge stablemates at the end of the mobile 2600m run in…

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Raging Bull withdrawn

PRE-POST FAVOURITE OUT OF WELCOME STAKES Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has withdrawn Raging Bull, the pre-post favourite for the $80,000 NZ Welcome Stakes at Addington on Saturday night, because of minor health issue. “I wasn’t happy with his work in his last two training runs,” Cran said. “He’s just been a little bit off-colour.”…

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Empyrean’s half-brother wins trial

BETTOR’S FIRE JUST OUTSIDE TIME Bettor’s Fire, a two-year-old Bettor’s Delight colt from former top filly/mare Sparks A Flyin (1:52), just missed qualifying on an easy track at Motukarara on Tuesday, April 19. The younger half-brother to Derby hope Empyrean, and useful winner Diomedes, was patiently handled by Rory McIlwrick, settling last of three in…

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Derby hopes suited by mobile

DERBY RUNNERS TO REDEEM THEMSELVES Trainer Cran Dalgety isn’t reading too much into the Derby lead-up performances of Empyrean and Matt Maguire when made to race from a standing start at Addington last Friday night. “They seem good. Last week was a circus,” he said. “I had a bad feeling before the meeting that they…

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Trot newcomer joins stable

REGAL PETITE INTERESTING NEWCOMER Two-year-old trotter Regal Petite is an interesting newcomer to Cran Dalgety’s West Melton team. She joined the team after racing in the $78,000 Listed PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Trot at Ashburton on April 5 for co-owner Pukekohe trainer Paulette Screen, who last season won races with Eye Bolt after sending…

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Shard game 4th in Inter Final

SMILING SHARD 4TH BEHIND AUSSIES IN FINAL Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety, and driver Dexter Dunn, were rapt with Smiling Shard’s fourth behind the powerful Aussie raiders in the $800,000 Skycity – Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final at Auckland on Friday, April 8. Smiling Shard, the best of the NZ-trained runners, was game finishing only…

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Texican has bonus Heat win

TEXICAN WINS AUCKLAND GARRARD’S SIRES’ HEAT Texican joined stablemate Raging Bull as early qualifiers for the Garrard’s Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington on May 25 with a convincing win in the Auckland heat on Inter Dominion Grand Finals night, Friday, April 8. The Garrards Sires’ Stakes Final is worth $180,000, while a week earlier, both…

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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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