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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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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