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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Raider off to Auckland

CHANGE OF PLAN FOR LAST-START WINNER Last-start Addington winner Lightning Raider is Auckland-bound on Thursday morning in a late change of plans by trainer Cran Dalgety. “It was a last minute decision to send him north. There are 4 or 5 mobiles up there for him at $20k a pop, so we’ll give that a…

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Smiling Shard staying in Canty

AUCKLAND OFF AGENDA FOR SHARD NEXT MONTH Leading 4YO pacer Smiling Shard will now spend Christmas at Kentuckiana Lodge and remain in Canterbury, as opposed to contesting premier racing in Auckland and Cambridge next month. Trainer Cran Dalgety has decided to throttle back from racing him in northern free-for-all company in December. The change has…

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Raider looking for Country Cups

LIGHTNING RAIDER NOTCHES 4TH PENALTY-FREE WIN Lightning Raider will chase the Canterbury country cups scene after picking a penalty-free win in the 4-6 wins Canterbury Equine Clinic Handicap Pace at Addington on Friday night, November 19. Stablemate Spero Denario has a similar programme after running an improver’s third. “Now that Lightning Raider’s better from a…

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Bettor’s Strike being freshened

MARCH-APRIL INTERDOMINIONS NEXT MISSION¬† Last season’s Grand Circuit star Bettor’s Strike is having a light time for two-three weeks after being off the pace at the finish of the $200,000 Woodlands New Zealand Free-For-All at Addington on Friday, November 12. “We’ve had all the experts go over him. As far as veterinary science goes, we¬†…

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Empyrean seeks Auck. redemption

YEARLING SALES OPEN PACE NEXT TARGET Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has found nothing amiss with Empyrean afer his unplaced run in the $180,000 NRM Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington on NZ Cup day, November 9. “I’ve been trying to find an excuse but I can’t find one. Health-wise, before and after, he’s fine,” Cran…

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Shard sound 5th in NZ FFA

MONKEY KING ACHIEVES ‘DOUBLE-DOUBLE’ Smiling Shard finished a close-up fifth in the Group One $200,000 Woodland New Zealand Free-For-All at Addington on Friday, November 12, but didn’t feel quite as good as when he won the Kaikoura Cup, according to driver Dexter Dunn. “I felt he should have been able to get past Power Of…

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Matt Maguire delivers 1:53.9 mile

MATT MAGUIRE ON TOP IN SIRES STAKES SILVER Enigmatic pacer Matt Maguire showed his true worth when he lapped up an overland trip to win the $18,000 NRM Sires’ Stakes Silver in a blazing 1:53.9 (1609m) at Ashburton on Thursday, November 11. The Christian Cullen gelding frustrated connections and punters when a beaten favourite at…

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Woodlands NZ FFA potted form

WOODLANDS NZ FFA FORM, Addington, Friday, Nov. 12. Race 9, 5.25pm: WOODLANDS NZ FFA, $200,000, mob. 2000m 1. BETTOR’S STRIKE (C Dalgety) 6g $866,900 65s-16w-24p: Brk start back outer forced wide 700m battled str 11L 10th of 13 Stunin Cullen Ashb 2400m std (1:59.7) 54.9s 8w+ race Oct 24 then brk start imp 3-4w last…

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