Dexter achieves 500-win milestone

New Zealand driving whiz Dexter Dunn celebrated his his 500th NZ win behind the Peter Hunter-trained Elation Franco at the Forbury Park meeting on Thursday, June 3. He marked the occasion by driving 4 winners on the night at Forbury, and in the week ending Monday, June 7, had driven 7 winners for the week.…

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Reactor outpaced in US debut

AUCKLAND REACTOR 6TH OF 7 IN USA DEBUT Former NZ pacer Auckland Reactor wilted in the run home to finished 6th of 7 in his $US32,000 Invitational debut at the Meadowlands, New Jersey, on Sunday afternoon, NZ time. Auckland Reactor wasn’t rushed off the gate by driver Brian Sears, settling 4th on the marker cones…

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De Lovely lowers record in NZ Oaks

DE LOVELY TAKES RECORD OFF FORMER STABLEMATE De Lovely emulated her dam Copper Beach, and lowered the race and NZ fillies record formerly held by another Geoff Small-trained winner in Pullover Brown, with an emphatic victory in the $125,004 Wayne Francis Memorial NZ Oaks at Addington on Friday, May 21. The zippy Falcon Seelster mare…

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Jasper confounds her critics

JASPER NOTCHES 2ND WIN ON END Even if she never wins another race, diminuitive mare Jasper The Ghost has already confounded her critics . . .  twice. She produced a determined finish from four back on the markers to win decisively at the Ashburton Tuesday low grade meeting at Addington, May 18, for her second…

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The Rising having freakish run in US

THE RISING TOPS $US100,000 FOR YEAR Former Kentuckiana Lodge pacer The Rising has topped $US100,000 in earnings for the first half of the year in North America. The 7YO In The Pocket-Moscardon geldng overcame a wide draw to win a $US22,000 pace for $US40,000 claiming horses at Yonkers Raceway, New York, last weekend. After settling…

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Shane has 1st training win

WINS COME FOR SHANE AT PHAR LAP RACEWAY Phar Lap Raceway, Timaru, continues to be a lucky track for Kentuckiana Lodge driver Shane Walkinshaw. Shane, who drove his first winner there behind Dark Shadow on November 21, 2004, gained his first training win there on Sunday, May 16, with Belle Vista. In his first season…

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Luck with Ken Barron in 2YO pace

RACING GODS WITH BARRON IN YEARLING SALES 2YO PACE Ken Barron’s rollercoaster week finished with a silver lining at Addington’s premier raceday on Saturday May 15. The Toliman Lodge trainer-driver was due a change of luck after losing promising 2YO Major Obsession from a suspected ruptured aorta at the Addington workouts on Monday. Photo: Ken…

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Cran _ 6 million dollar man

CRAN _ SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has broken through the $6 million barrier in career NZ prizes, and nearly $7.4 million in Australasian winnings. He has trained the winners of $1.38 million in Australia, from various raids on feature races across the Tasman. Cran achieved the $6 million NZ milestone…

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‘Spero’ rises in Jewels contention

THIRD DALGETY RUNNER IN 4YO JEWELS CONTENTION Spero Denario’s surprise win in the $20,000 Magic Merino By PJ Handicap Pace at Addington on Saturday May 15 has created a last minute change of plans for the big gelding. The win has elevated the Presidential Ball gelding inside the top 12 qualifiers for a start in…

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