Smiling Shard for Junior FFA

CUP DAY TARGET FOR STAR PACER Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO colts/geldings Final runnerup Smiling Shard is to be aimed at the $40,000 Firestone Direct (Junior) Free-For-All at Addington Raceway on NZ Cup day. Addington Raceway racing secretary Brian Rabbitt has confirmed the time-honoured junior free-for-all, previously run over 1950m or 2000m, has a distance change.…

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Johnny Be 2nd in workout

JOHNNY BE USEFUL, KIWI INGENUITY FAST IN WORKOUT Race-placed maiden Johnny Be warmed up for his racenight resumption at Addington on Thursday with a late closing second at workouts on the course on Monday, September 20. The Holmes Hanover gelding settled three back on the outer in a non-win mobile 1950m workout and hit the…

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NZ Metro stakes schedule

NZ METRO ANNOUNCES STAKES SCHEDULE The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) announced on Friday, September 17, a range of enhancements to its basic stakes structure, commencing from October 1, 2010. Under the revised stakes structure, a different basic stake level will apply depending on which day of the week an NZMTC meeting is conducted.…

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Empyrean scores 5th straight win

OWNERS ON HAND FOR LATEST WIN Christchurch owners Jim and Susan Wakefield returned from a 10-week holiday in Europe to cheer home exciting colt Empyrean to his fifth consecutive win at Addington on Friday, September 17. “It was a good break. We went on a few cruises over there,” Jim said. Photo: Classy colt Empyrean is…

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Bettor’s Strike close to trial stage

BETTOR’S STRIKE TO TRIAL ON SEPTEMBER 25 Victoria, Tasmania and Cranbourne Cups winner Bettor’s Strike has recovered well from his near death experience from a bacterial stomach infection in early July. Now six, the Bettor’s Delight gelding is now scheduled to return to the trials on September 25th. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety believes last…

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Fast RTR trial & other briefs

COURAGE COLT FAST IN RTR TRIAL Marble Ridge (Courage Under Fire-Seacrest Franco colt) recorded the fastest sectionals at the Ready to Run video trial day at Ashburton on Tuesday, September 14. Trained at West Metlon by Macolm Shinn, Marble Ridge ran his 800m section in a sharp 54.9s, closing with a final 400m in in…

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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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