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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Monkey chasing more miracles

FAMULARO HAS NEW TARGET FOR MONKEY KING Winning owner has a new dream for dual Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup-winning pacer Monkey King in Sydney on November 27. “I’d love him to become the first horse in Australasia to break 1:50 in the Miracle Mile,” Famularo said. Photo: Cup finish. Monkey King goes back-to-back, beating…

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Gold Ace delivers in 3YO Sires Final

WIDE DRAW NO PROBLEM FOR FERG Hamilton driver Peter Ferguson didn’t let starting from the outside of the front row stop him from winning Tuesday’s $180,000 NRM Sires’ Stakes Final with Bettor’s Delight colt Gold Ace. “It’s a fallacy that horses can’t win from nine over 1950m at Addington _ if you’ve got the right…

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Mum-to-be books NZ FFA start

NEAREA FRANCO CLEARS OUT IN JUNIOR FFA Nearea Franco, due to become a mum any day now, booked a place in Friday’s $200,000 Woodlands NZ Free-For-All with a runaway win in Tuesday’s $40,000 Firestone (Junior) Free-For-All. The big-winning 7YO Badlands Hanover mare has her first foal, by Tintin in America’s sire  McArdle, being carried by…

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Kiwi Ingenuity severs tendon

TOP MARE FORCED INTO RETIREMENT Top racemare Kiwi Ingenuity went from getting a piece of the $750,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup to ending her race career, all within a couple of seconds, at Addington on Tuesday, November 9. The big Christian Cullen mare knuckled over with 50m to run when finishing stoutly along the…

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