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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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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