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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Matt Maguire back for Sires’ Heats

MATT MAGUIRE LEADS THROUGHOUT IN ADDINGTON TRIAL Matt Maguire is progressing well again for the spring 3YO Sires’ Stakes Heat racing after leading throughout at the Addington trials on Tuesday, September 6. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety drove the Christian Cullen gelding himself as the stable had three in the Non-win mobile 1950m heat. Photo:…

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Dexter 21 . . . and loving it

DEXTER DELIVERS WITH COOL DRIVE Champion driver Dexter Dunn scored at his first drive after turning 21 on Wednesday, by delivering with hot favourite Anvils Never Easy in the first leg of pick6 at Forbury Park on Thursday September 2. Dexter, who intended having a quiet night with his dinner with family for his birthday,…

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Mainland Banner fetches $135,000

CUP WINNING MARE CHANGES HAND AT DISPERSAL SALE Former champion racemare Mainland Banner (1:55.1) was sold for $135,000 to Nevele R Stud’s General Manager Peter O’Rourke, as agent, on behalf of Jakarta-based Australian businessman Peter Chambers at the Cullen Breeding Dispersal Sale at Christchurch’s Addington Raceway on Sunday August 29. The realisation that the 2005…

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Empyrean takes penalty-free wins

FOURTH WIN, BUT EMPYREAN STILL ELIGIBLE FOR ONE-WIN RACE Exciting spring 3YO Empyrean was untroubled to gain another penalty-free win at Addington on Friday, August 27. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety is making full use of the age group handicapping concessions with the precocious Christian Cullen colt. Photo: Empyrean, shown returning after his previous win…

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Band On The Run sold

BAND ON THE RUN STAYS IN VICTORIA Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety finalised the sale of last seasons NZ Yearling Sale Aged Pace winner Band On The Run to Victorian interests on Australasian Breeders Crown day at Tabcorp Park, Melton, last Sunday. “Tony Peacock has bought the horse and he’s staying in Victoria. It happened…

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Smiling Shard sharp in final hit-out

SMILING SHARD READY FOR CROWN FINAL Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety thought someone must have moved the marker pegs for the Breakfast With The Stars workouts at Melton on Thursday morning, August 19. Cran was more than a little surprised by the flash times recorded by stable star Smiling Shard. Photo: Smiling Shard strides clear…

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Sore back dosen’t stop Dexter winning

DEXTER SCORES WINNING RANGIORA DOUBLE A minor back injury couldn’t keep ace driver Dexter Dunn out of the sulky, or saluting the judge twice, at the Rangiora “Goodbye Winter” meeting on Sunday, August 15. Dexter warmed up in the Cran Dalgety colours for next Sunday’s $A188,000 Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO colts/geldings Final with Smiling Shard…

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Shard super in ABC semi-final win

SMILING SHARD RATES FAST 1:56.1 IN SEMI-FINAL Defending champion Smiling Shard crushed his rivals with a super Australasian Breeders Crown semi-final effort at Tabcorp Park, Melton, on Friday, August 13. The Grinfromeartoear colt was camped three wide with cover behind David Hercules in the early running for catch-driver Gavin Lang, then rolled up to sit…

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Anvils Never Easy second in trial

NEAREA FRANCO NOSES OUT ANVILS NEVER EASY Rory McIlwrick, having only his second trials drive, went close to winning the one win and faster mobile pace at the Rangiora HRC trials at Addington on Thursday, August 12, behind Kentuckiana Lodge mare Anvils Never Easy. With leading driver Dexter Dunn having to depart for the Forbury…

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