Matt Maguire going north

MATT MAGUIRE TO TACKLE YEARLING SALES PACE Matt Maguire will add further fuel to the Cran Dalgety stables assault on the $260,000 PGG Wrighton NZ Yearling Sales 3YO Open Pace at Auckland on New Year’s eve. Last month’s 1:53.9 Ashburton miler has been confirmed to travel north and join stablemate Empyrean for the big age…

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Yankee Dream to back up Thursday

PENALTY-FREE OPPORTUNITY ON THURSDAY West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety intends to strike again while the iron’s hot with speedy mare Yankee Dream at Addington on Thursday night. “We’ve struck a little bit of luck in that there is a C2 junior drivers race (penalty-free 2600m) there. They don’t often run 4YO and older races as…

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K L team upsets at Auckland

BETTOR MOVE IT UPSETS IN SIRES HEAT Bettor Move It moved back into contention for the $150,000 Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Championship at Auckland on December 31 after an upset win over favourite Paradise City in the 4th heat at Auckland on Friday, December 17. The Bettor’s Delight filly wasn’t wanted in markets after failing…

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Addington maiden Thursday double

MEET ME IN SEATTLE DELIVERS ON DEBUT Meet Me In Seattle, a showy black colt by Bettor’s Delight who delivered by the barest of margins on debut at Addington on Thursday, December 16, has an interesting name, simply based on a personal connection by the owners. His title was a second choice name by co-owners…

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Donegal Delight inside filly record

DONEGAL DELIGHT INSIDE RECORD BUT FINDS WIN ELUSIVE Donegal Delight can lay claim to being one of the best maiden pacers, if not the best, in New Zealand. The winless Bettor’s Delight filly produced another top effort when inside Kiwi Ingenuity’s NZ 3YO fillies mobile 2200m record of 2:41.5 after chasing home NZ Sires Stakes…

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Smiling Shard improver’s 2nd in trial

FINE-TUNING BEGINS FOR ASHBURTON CUP Top pacer Smiling Shard began the fine tuning process for the $25,000 Ashburton Cup (2400m stand) at Ashburton on Boxing Day, December 26, when narrowly beaten by 3YO filly Miss Elsie at the Motukarara trials on Tuesday, December 14. Photo: Smiling Shard finishes 2nd outside the Colin and Julie De…

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Yankee Dream on comeback trail

READY¬† TO RESUME AFTER TRIAL WIN Former Group One 2YO Sires’ Stakes Fillies Championship winner Yankee Dream will try to make up for lost time at Rangiora on Sunday, December 19. Now four, the Dream Away filly is set to make her race debut for West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety in the Equine Investments Ltd…

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Dexter delivers in Inter colours

DEXTER DELIVERS WITH ARNOUX IN INTER COLOURS NZ’s leading driver Dexter Dunn showed a good sense of occasion gaining his first win with the 2011 Christchurch Casino Inter Dominion colours behind Arnoux, a horse sporting a famed French racing driver name, in the The French Bakery Mobile Pace at Addington on Thursday, December 9. The…

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Chasue puts broodmare career on hold

SECOND WIN FOR HIGHVIEW TOMMY’S HALF-SISTER Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety thinks Elsu filly Highview Chasue must have overheard his talk of putting her in foal. “I was very, very, close to sending her to stud. She frustrated me earlier but since I started talking of putting her in foal, she has improved manners-wise,” Cran…

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Feels Like Magic sound in trial

FEELS LIKE MAGIC IMPROVER IN TRIAL RUN Feels Like Magic, freshened after finishing unplaced at Addington on NZ Cup day, November 9, was an improver’s fifth when resuming at the Addington trials on Wednesday, December 1. The 4YO Artsplace gelding was restrained back to last of the seven runners in the 2-wins or faster mobile…

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