Operation for Matt Maguire

MATT MAGUIRE TO RETURN AS GELDING Problem child Matt Maguire has been gelded this week after breaking when leading the field into the first bend at Auckland on Friday night, March 5. Lizzie Maguire’s 2YO brother had tried the patience of trainer Cran Dalgety in recent weeks. “He was good enough to win last week,…

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Stablemates draw back row

BACK ROW FOR STABLEMATES IN GREAT NORTHERN DERBY Kentuckiana Lodge stablemates, Feels Like Magic and Hip Hop Anvil, will start from barriers one and two on the back row (if emergency Franco Henrix comes out), after the barrier draw for the $500,000 Woodlands Great Northern Derby was conducted at a special function at Alexandra Park…

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Dexter without drive in final round

GARETH RATTRAY HAS UNASSAILABLE LEAD IN YOUNG DRIVERS SERIES In an ironic twist, top NZ driver Dexter Dunn has been left without a drive in the final Australasian Young Drivers Heat at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, on Interdominion Grand Final day, Sunday, March 7. Dexter’s listed drive, top form runner On Any Day, has been scratched,…

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Shane wins with Dustin Bromac

OWNERS DELIGHTED WITH WINNING RESULT Dustin Bromac’s owners Helen and Chanelle Dickie were delighted for Kentuckiana Lodge No. 2 driver Shane Walkinshaw after he gained a deserved win with their ultra-consistent pacer at the Rangiora HRC meeting on Thursday, March 4. “Shane’s a damn good driver, but Dexter runs the ship (with the pick of…

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Dexter’s 100th in Group 3 2YO race

DEXTER GETS LE SOL HOME IN 1:54.3 2YO MILE Driving superstar Dexter Dunn brought up his 100th NZ win of the season in style in the $30,000 Alabar NZ Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham on Saturday, February 27. Dexter furthered a good association with Invercargill trainer Tony Stratford, getting $12 hope Le Sol home with a…

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Dexter granted special dispensation

DEXTER ALLOWED TO DRIVE AT AUCKLAND, FRIDAY Champion reinsman Dexter Dunn has been granted a special dispensation to miss one round of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship in Sydney next week. The dispensation will enable him to drive on the first night of the Auckland Cup meeting next Friday night, March 5. The Young Drivers…

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Bettor’s Strike by 9 lengths in trial

BETTOR’S STRIKE TICKING OVER NICELY FOR AUCKLAND Bettor’s Strike didn’t break the clock at the Addington trials on Wednesday February 24, but its ticking away nicely as he builds towards the $500,000 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup on March 12. The Victoria, Tasmania and joint Cranbourne Cups’ winner was held back behind three 1 win rivals…

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Smiling Shard out of Northern Derby

MORE WORK REQUIRED TO REGAIN FULL FITNESS Glamour pacer Smiling Shard has run out of time to contest the $500,000 Woodlands Northern Derby on March 12. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety will now concentrate on having last season’s top 2YO pacer back near full fitness for the $250,000 Christian Cullen NZ Derby at Addington on…

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Holy Hero arrives in Sydney

TO CONTINUE CAREER IN NSW FOR WOLLONGONG OWNER Intermediate grade pacer Holy Hero has arrived in New South Wales, joining the stable of Peter Morris. The 4YO Christian Cullen-Hilarious Heather gelding was at his best winning on New Zealand Cup day at Addington last November, scoring in a fast 2:00.7 mile rate over the 2600m…

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Cran racks up win No. 40

MARVIN BAILEY DELIVERS IN MOTUKARARA MAIDEN West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety advanced to 40 training wins for the season when Marvin Bailey won decisively at Motukarara on Friday, February 19. The Kentuckiana Lodge trainer is currently 4th on the national premiership behind the Mark Purdon/Grant Payne partnership (66), Steven Reid/Graeme Rogerson (63) and Geoff Small…

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