Empyrean to aim at Sires’ Stakes

EMPYREAN WINS GOOD KUROW MAIDEN Empyrean, who balanced out his progression through the maiden class with an easy win with a good $5500 winning maiden stake at the Kurow Trotting Club’s meeting on Sunday, August 7, has the Sires’ Stakes 3YO heat racing on his spring programme. “We’ll look at the early Sires heats with…

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Fresco Denario solid in workout

IMPROVER’S THIRD BEHIND ARTOIS Fresco Denario bounced back from an unplaced run with an atrial fibrilation at Addington on July 22 when a sound third in the 1 win and faster mobile pace at the Rangiora workouts on Saturday, August 7. The 6YO Artiscape mare had previously run a top third first-up for trainer Cran…

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Smiling Shard untroubled in repecharge

SMILING SHARD RUNS SIZZLING FINAL QUARTER As expected, $1.50 win favourite Smiling Shard was untroubled to win his Australasian Breeders Crown repecharge at Yarra Valley, Victoria, on Friday afternoon, August 6. Smiling Shard, after coming into gate three, rolled to the front after the opening 150m and had an uncontested lead from that point. Photo:…

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Shard primed after Wednesday training run

SMILING SHARD READY FOR REPECHARGE Defending Breeders Crown champion Smiling Shard is set to rock n’ roll in the Australasian Breeders Crown repecharge at Yarra Valley on Friday afternoon. Trainer Cran Dalgety’s experienced stable employee Murray Howard has been caring for both Smiling Shard and stablemate Band On The Run in Victoria. “Murray said its…

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Pukekohe satellite stable coming

NORTHERN SATELLITE STABLE AFTER NZ CUP MEETING Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety, after a record-earning stakes season last term, is prepared to expand his operation into Auckland after the New Zealand Cup meeting at Addington in November. “We’ll concentrate on our base here at West Melton, but we’ll tread the water and see how it…

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Cran shares first Addington premiership

CRAN SHARES ADDINGTON TRAINERS PREMIERSHIP Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety was delighted to share the honours for his first Addington trainers’ premiership victory in the 2009-10 season. Cran trained 31 Addington winners for the term, sharing the spoils with NZ’s leading trainers, the Mark Purdon/Grant Payne partnership. The two stables were locked at the top…

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Dexter co-leads after first day

DEXTER WINS 3 FROM 8 ON FIRST DAY NZ’s driver of the year Dexter Dunn is again at the top of the drivers premiership after the first day of competition at Invercargill on Sunday, August 1. Dexter, now in his 5th and final season as a holder of a junior licence, won his third straight…

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Band On The Run 1st emergency

BAND ON THE RUN 1st EMERGENCY Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Band On The Run has been declared the first emergency for next Friday’s $A200,000 Chariots Of Fire in Sydney, after being nosed out of 5th in his lead-up at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, on Friday night, July 23. Band Of The Run will start from barrier seven…

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Smiling Shard steps up in ffa

SMILING SHARD ON TARGET FOR CROWN Last year’s defending champion Smiling Shard stepped up his prep for next month’s Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO Final with an emphatic win over the older free-for-all pacers in slushy conditions at Addington Raceway on Thursday, July 22. The Grinfromeartoear colt was beaten for early speed, but staying out of…

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Shard schedule change afer defeat

SMILING SHARD ON MOVE Smiling Shard will now get another race opportunity at Addington on Thursday night, before heading direct to Melbourne for a repecharge of the Australasian Breeders Crown. Despite low-flying in front over his final quarter in the Australasian Breeders Crown heat last Friday, July 16, Smiling Shard was narrowly outfinished by a…

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