Dexter drives Sapling winner

FIRST SAPLING WIN FOR DEXTER Driving supremo Dexter Dunn notched his first win in the time-honoured Group Three $25,000 Teltrac Communications NZ Sapling Stakes at Ashburton on February 12, combining with the Tony Stratford-trained Monaghan for a game victory in the juvenile classic.   Photo: Dexter brings up his first Sapling Stakes driving victory behind…

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Raider closes on Inter cut line

LIGHTNING RAIDER INSIDE TOP 40 Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Lightning Raider is just outside the cut line for a start in next month’s $1 million Christchurch Casino Inter Dominion Pacing Championship. However, he is likely to move inside the cut-line following his late closing second to Franco Jamar at Addington last Saturday. Third rankings for the…

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Shard 2nd, Matt Maguire 3rd in Aus

SMILING SHARD GAME RUNNERUP IN HUNTER CUP Premier racing on February 5, 2011, featured a trans-Tasman day of strong placings from the Kentuckiana Lodge team, highlighted by a game second from pin-up pacer Smiling Shard in the $A425,000 BiG6 Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park, Melton. Smiling Shard, at four the new kid on the Grand…

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Bettor’s Strike pleases in workout

BETTOR’S STRIKE RECOVERS WELL Open class pacer Bettor’s Strike pleased catch-driver Murray Howard with his first-up third after being badly held up turning for home at the Rangiora workouts on Friday, February 4. Bettor’s Strike, looking big and bold, showed plenty of dash out of the gate, led, trailed Strathcullen from the 1100m, then was…

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Vict Derby _ trainer/driver/owner views

          THE MUSKEG EXPRESS DIES Harness Racing Victoria has been advised by Luke McCarthy that The Muskeg Express became unwell after track work on Wednesday morning and subsequently deteriorated before passing away. The horse has been scratched from the Alabar Victoria Derby and emergency Jadahson will now take its place in…

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Good timing from Tom And Jerry

ART MAJOR HALF-SISTER IN YEARLING SALES Tom And Jerry’s late January winning form for the Cran Dalgety stable is timely or Ladbrooks breeders Ken and Anne-Marie Spicer, who will offer his Art Major half-sister on the second day of the NZ Premier Yearling Sale on Tuesday, February 22. “She’s a lovely filly. She is a…

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Shard draws six, Matt one

SMILING SHARD DRAWS SIX _ MATT MAGUIRE ONE Top Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Smiling Shard will start from barrier six, one from the outside, in the $A425,000 BIG 6 Hunter Cup at Tabcorp Park, Melton, this Saturday, February 5. The field for the 3280m stand start Group One feature is: Village Of Dreams 1, Power Of…

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Collecting breaks NZ & track records

COLLECTING LOWERS 25-YEAR TRACK RECORD Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety will reassess Collecting’s programme after she smashed the NZ 3YO fillies record and Master Mood’s 25-year-old Forbury Park track mark for 2200m from a standing start on Thursday, January 27.Collecting capitalised on her great manners, a charmed run and a strong will to win, to…

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Name changes for 3YOs in Victoria

NEW NAMES FOR VICTORIA DERBY HEATS Kentuckiana Lodge stablemates, Emprean and Matt Maguire, have both undergone name changes for their Australian racing in the Alabar Victoria Derby Heats at Tabcorp Park, Melton, on Friday night. Empyrean will race as Empirific in Aussie, as their is already an Australian horse racing under the same name, while…

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