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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Dexter all but drives six-race card

DEXTER GOES CLOSE TO 100 PERCENT SUCCESS RATE   Champion driver Dexter Dunn furthered his record-breaking season by nearly winning the entire six-race card at the Oamaru Harness Racing Club’s Tuesday meeting on March 15. Dexter saluted the judge five times _ a feat he has now achieved three times this term, and five times…

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Spero Denario Victoria-bound

SPERO DENARIO DEPARTING NZ Spero Denario, the winner of 10 of 40 starts for $87,616 under the guidance of  West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety, is to try his luck in Victoria. The big 5YO Presidential Ball gelding is being flown to Melbourne at the end of the week to join the stable of Allan McDonough.…

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Stable surpasses $500,000 mark

KENTUCKIANA LODGE TEAM OVER HALF MILLION Kentuckiana Lodge runners surpassed $500,000 in seasonal earnings when Donegal Delight overcame a second row draw to deliver in the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club Mobile Pace on Auckland Cup night on Friday, March 11. Starters from Cran Dalgety’s stable have won $505,293 in stakes with a further 4 1/2…

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