Bettor’s Strike resumes light work

SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR STABLE STAR Grand ciruit pacer Bettor’s Strike was in good enough shape to jog two kilometres on Wednesday, July 14. This was his first run back on the training track at Kentuckiana Lodge since nearly dying 10 days previously. Photo: Bettor’s Strike, looking to make a full recovery from a wildcard bacterial…

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David Butt close to 1000 wins

FAKE CHANCE BRINGS UP WIN NO. 998 Woodend Beach driver David Butt  is only two wins shy of  driving his 1000th NZ winner after reining Fake Chance to an upset win over Band On The Run at Addington on Thursday night, July 10. “Thats 998. I’ve trained nearly 700 of them to get there too,…

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Bettor’s Strike out of ‘intensive care’

VICTORIA CUP WINNER RECOVERING Grand Circuit pacer Bettor’s Strike is out of ‘intensive care’ after being struck down by a potential life-treatening bacterial stomach infection on Friday, July 4. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety, and wife Chrissie, who were holidaying in Phuket when the top pacer became ill, can’t thank stable foreman Kevin Turnbull enough…

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Shane moves on, rates Alchemy highly

SHANE MOVES ON, RATES ALCHEMY HIGHLY Shane Walkinshaw, now working for Leithfield trainer Robbie Holmes, is excited about the prospects of the Richard and Julia Aubrey-trained 3YO pacer Alchemy. But Shane will maintain his link to Kentuckiana Lodge by continuing to drive Losta Armbro for former boss Cran Dalgety. “Losta should have won the second…

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Dexter delivers popular win

SPLENDIFFEROUS DELIVERS IN TANK ELLIS PACE Kentuckiana Lodge driver Dexter Dunn produced the goods behind improving gelding Splendifferous for trainer “Tank” Ellis in the Tank Ellis Trains @ ‘The Yaldy’ Pace at the Rangiora winter meeting on Sunday, July 4. “The Yaldy” trainers and drivers had a good sense of occasion, with three delivering at…

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Shard runs home strongly in trial

PROGRESSING WELL FOR CROWN HEAT, JULY 16 Smiling Shard unwound strongly over the closing 200m for 2nd to Strathcullen at the Rangiora trials on Wednesday, June 30, as he builds to his resumption in an Australasian Breeders Crown heat at Addington on July 16. Stable foreman Kevin Turnbull was pleased with his performance. Kevin is…

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Shard sprints good quarter at trials

SMILING SHARD AHEAD OF SCHEDULE FOR CROWN HEAT West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety says top 3YO Smiling Shard is slightly ahead of schedule after resuming at the Ashburton trials on Wednesday, June 23. “It all worked out pretty good. He went a slow overall time, which was all we wanted. He sat last (of 5)…

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Winter Cup double on the radar

ABOUT AMBITION TO TARGET RANGIORA WINTER CUP About Ambition, easy winner of the $15,000 Three Bears Tearooms Winter Cup at Marlborough on Sunday, June 20, has another provincial cup in his sights. The 4YO McArdle gelding will now target the $15,000 Bridge Tavern Rangiora Winter Cup (2600m) at Rangiora on Sunday week, July 4. “The…

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Hip Hop Anvil out of Breeders Crown

HIP HOP FRESHENED AFTER JEWELS 7TH Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has decided against an Australasian Breeders Crown mission with Hip Hop Anvil, but remains on target for a return to Melbourne with Smiling Shard. “Hip Hop Anvil was meant to race last week, but just wasn’t as sharp as he was since the Jewels,…

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