No claims at Addington Jan 26

OWNER GRAHAM BEIRNE HAS QUINELLA No claims were entered for any of the 10 runners in the ICE Bloodstock Claiming Mobile Pace at the Addington meeting on Tuesday January 26. Long John Anvil gained his first South Island win for major Christchurch owner Graham Beirne and Ashworths Beach (Amberley) trainer Gavin Smith in the claimer.…

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Bettor’s Strike wins as $1.30 favourite

UNBEATEN IN AUSSIE AFTER OVERCOMING TOUGH TRIP Bettor’s Strike, backed down to $1.30 favouritism against moderate opposition, made hard work of winning a $A5000 conditioning race, but again showed his class at Tabcorp Park, Melton, on Friday January 22. The dual Grand Circuit winner was trapped three wide from the outset from his back row…

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Smiling Shard bypassing Vict Derby

WOODLANDS NORTHERN DERBY NEW TARGET ON MARCH 12 Top 3YO Smiling Shard will miss the $A200,000 Victoria Derby on February 6 and be aimed at the $500,000 Woodlands Northern Derby at Auckland on March 12. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety and his staff are taking no risks with the colt, who had his proposed Victorian…

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Stablemates quinella 2YO trial

HALF-BROTHER TO SAMMY MAGUIRE QUALIFIES Promising Kentuckiana Lodge 2YO pacers JB Maguire and Wotavugot were both well inside the required time at the Rangiora trials on Tuesday January 19. JB Maguire, a half-brother by Bettor’s Delight to last Saturday’s Bendigo Pacing Cup winner Sammy Maguire (17 wins form 30 starts), followed up some useful workout…

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Lightning Raider blazes past rivals

BIG WIN FOR RAIDER IN PELORUS TRUST 4YO CLASSIC Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety missed Lighting Raider’s big finish to win the Group Two $40,000 Pelorus Trust 4YO Classic at Waterlea on Sunday January 17, but was very excited when the good news filtered through. Photo: Lightning Raider and Dexter Dunn are easy winners of…

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A Legend has good racing attitude

CONTINUES GOOD SEASON FOR BRIAN WEST-OWNED FILLIES A Legend, a 3YO half-sister by Safely Kept to former top pacer London Legend (25 wins and $456,124), impressed trainer Cran Dalgety with her game attitude at the two-day Marlborough meeting last weekend. “I think staying will be her forte after she dug in and didn’t want anyone…

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Smoke N Mirrors trials well

SMOKE N MIRRORS PRIMED FOR UPCOMING FEATURES Classy racemare Smoke N Mirrors pleased driver Dexter Dunn in preparation for her upcoming mares’ features at the Addington trials on Wednesday January 13. “I was real happy with her. She went nice and she’s in foal now (to Grinfromeartoear) so that could be helping her too,” Dexter…

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Bondy for Aussie on Friday

BONDY GEARING UP FOR HUNTER CUP Bondy, robbed of a start in November’s Christchurch Casino NZ Cup with a blood disorder, is gearing up to take on Bettor’s Strike and company in the $A400,000 Hunter Cup in Melbourne on February 6. Woodend Beach trainers David and Catherine Butt have the giant-sized pacer booked to fly…

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