Matt Maguire passes first test

LIZZIE MAGUIRE’S BROTHER SHOWS PROMISE Matt Maguire, a 2YO brother to 2007 Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond and 2008 Northern Oaks winner Lizzie Maguire (Christian Cullen-Unrehearsed), was a first-up winner himself at the Rangiora workouts on Saturday, January 9. Photo: Matt Maguire is clear at the finish of the Rangiora 2YO colts/geldings workout from JB Maguire…

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Off track Amberley win

MADISON DALGETY WINS PRIZE Cran Dalgety Racing Stables were unable to win a race on the track with three starters at the Amberley Trotting Club’s annual meeting on Sunday January 4, but didn’t go home empty-handed. Madison Dalgety, the youngest daughter of Cran and Chrissie, won a new purple bike, courtesy of the club. Madison…

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Bettor’s Strike out of Interdominion

CONNECTIONS FOCUS ON HUNTER CUP-AUCKLAND CUP PATH Victoria, Cranbourne and Tasmania Cups winner Bettor’s Strike will be an early defection from the New South Wales Interdominions when a sustaining payment is due on Monday January 4. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety, after consultation with owners Jim and Susan Wakefield, have decided to bypass the Interdominions…

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Smiling Shard has $1 million in sight

SMILING SHARD SUPREME ON NEW YEAR’S EVE Smiling Shard is one step closer to becoming New Zealand  harness racing’s first millionaire 3YO pacer. The champion colt elevated his bankroll to a mouth-watering $755,808 with his latest “biggie” at Auckland on New Year’s Eve. Strangely, for the first time in his stellar career the Grinfromeartoear colt…

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Canterbury stables dominate

CANTERBURY STABLES WIN 10 OF 12 ON PREMIER DAY Canterbury stables left only the premier day crumbs for their northern rivals at Alexandra Park, Auckland, on New Year’s Eve _ winning 10 of the 12 tote races. Rolleston trainers Mark Purdon and Grant Payne led the way with no less than seven successes _  equalling…

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Strike brilliantly wins Tassie Cup

BETTOR’S STRIKE SETS TRACK RECORD IN TASMANIA CUP Bettor’s Strike overcame the 20m backmark to brilliantly win the $A125,000 Wrest Point Tasmania Cup with a fresh track record at Hobart on Sunday December 27. The Bettor’s Delight gelding backed up his big Victoria Cup win two weeks ago by pacing the stand start 2579m in…

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Best possible return for Magic

FEELS LIKE MAGIC SHOWS METTLE IN RETURN Feels Like Magic made the best return possble from a three month layoff at the Ashburton Trotting Club’s Boxing Day meeting on Saturday December 26. Trainer Cran Dalgety, in Auckland preparing runners for New Year’s Eve racing, said plans for Feels Like Magic to contest Sires’ Stakes heats…

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Boat to Tassie for Vict Cup winner

INDUSTRIAL ACTION LEADS TO CHANGE OF PLANS Rolling Industrial strike action in Australia has led to a change of travelling plans to Tasmania for Victoria Cup winner Bettor’s Strike.   He is now boating across Bass Strait on Tuesday night to contest Sunday’s $A125,000 Wrest Point Tasmania Cup, after flight plans out of Melbourne were…

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Canadian feature _ Cran Dalgety

CRAN DALGETY ~ COAST TO COAST (Story republished and updated courtesy of Harold Howe, publisher of Canada’s monthly on-line harness magazine,  The Harness Edge _ see link on homepage. This article featured in the November issue of the Harness Edge). There is one man who did not expect to win this year’s $1 million New…

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Flash upstages Shard

FOUR STARZZZ FLASH WINS ELSU CLASSIC Smiling Shard (Dexter Dunn) was game but had to bow to the improving Four Starzzz Flash (Colin De Filippi) in the $50,000 Alabar Elsu Classic at Auckland on Friday December 18. Both were saved early as the leader Kotare Mach broke 56s for the opening 800m. They improved in…

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