Monkey King early cup favourite

MONKEY KING NZ CUP FAVOURITE Monkey King is a pronounced $3.50 opening favourite to repeat last year’s win in the $750,000 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup at Addington on November 9. Bookmaker Steve Richardson has class mare Kiwi Ingenuity safe at $5.50, ahead of fast nothern pacer Tintin In America ($6). Victoria Smoken Up and…

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Matt Maguire sound in workout

MATT MAGUIRE STEPS UP FOR SIRES’ HEAT Kentuckiana Lodge pacers Matt Maguire and Lightning Raider shaped well at the Rangiora workouts on Saturday, September 25. Matt Maguire, who may contest the opening Sires’ Stakes Heat of the season at Addington next Friday, gave another foolproof display after starting from the outside, despite being carded to…

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Dexter’s Evolution sulky wins four

CHAMPION DRIVER IMPORTS HIS OWN SULKY NZ’s champion driver Dexter Dunn notched back-to-back wins with his first two drives in his new Evolution racing bike at the Rangiora HRC’s meeting at Addington on Thursday, September 23. Dexter only took possession of the new racing sulky on Tuesday night. “I decided to get one myself. I…

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Smiling Shard for Junior FFA

CUP DAY TARGET FOR STAR PACER Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO colts/geldings Final runnerup Smiling Shard is to be aimed at the $40,000 Firestone Direct (Junior) Free-For-All at Addington Raceway on NZ Cup day. Addington Raceway racing secretary Brian Rabbitt has confirmed the time-honoured junior free-for-all, previously run over 1950m or 2000m, has a distance change.…

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Johnny Be 2nd in workout

JOHNNY BE USEFUL, KIWI INGENUITY FAST IN WORKOUT Race-placed maiden Johnny Be warmed up for his racenight resumption at Addington on Thursday with a late closing second at workouts on the course on Monday, September 20. The Holmes Hanover gelding settled three back on the outer in a non-win mobile 1950m workout and hit the…

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NZ Metro stakes schedule

NZ METRO ANNOUNCES STAKES SCHEDULE The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) announced on Friday, September 17, a range of enhancements to its basic stakes structure, commencing from October 1, 2010. Under the revised stakes structure, a different basic stake level will apply depending on which day of the week an NZMTC meeting is conducted.…

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Empyrean scores 5th straight win

OWNERS ON HAND FOR LATEST WIN Christchurch owners Jim and Susan Wakefield returned from a 10-week holiday in Europe to cheer home exciting colt Empyrean to his fifth consecutive win at Addington on Friday, September 17. “It was a good break. We went on a few cruises over there,” Jim said. Photo: Classy colt Empyrean is…

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Bettor’s Strike close to trial stage

BETTOR’S STRIKE TO TRIAL ON SEPTEMBER 25 Victoria, Tasmania and Cranbourne Cups winner Bettor’s Strike has recovered well from his near death experience from a bacterial stomach infection in early July. Now six, the Bettor’s Delight gelding is now scheduled to return to the trials on September 25th. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety believes last…

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Fast RTR trial & other briefs

COURAGE COLT FAST IN RTR TRIAL Marble Ridge (Courage Under Fire-Seacrest Franco colt) recorded the fastest sectionals at the Ready to Run video trial day at Ashburton on Tuesday, September 14. Trained at West Metlon by Macolm Shinn, Marble Ridge ran his 800m section in a sharp 54.9s, closing with a final 400m in in…

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Anvils Never Easy helps strike rate

BACK-TO-BACK FORBURY WINS HAS CRAN TIED SECOND Back-to-back Forbury Park wins by improving mare Anvils Never Easy has Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety in second equal position on the new seasons trainers premiership. Cran has joined brother-in-law Tim Butt on five wins apiece. His strike rate is particularly pleasing given he has only had 11…

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