Itz Magic spill leads to positive

HIP HOP ANVIL HAS POSITIVE SWAB Kentuckiana trainer Cran Dalgety says an Itz Magic spill was the cause of Hip Hop Anvil’s positive swab in the $184,000 NRM Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington on November 10. “We had a spillage one day and unintentionally contaminated the vitamin supplements in the surrounding area,” Cran said “Its…

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Bettor’s Strike wins Cranbourne Cup

BRILLIANT DRIVE LANDS CRANBOURNE CUP Bettor’s Strike has secured himself a starting position in the $A400,000 Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park, Melton, on December 11. This was the icing on the top of his hard fought $A60,000 Decron Cranbourne Cup victory on Saturday November 28. The Cranbourne Cup winner is exempt from the Victoria Cup…

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Stablemates trial well at Addington

LIGHTNING RAIDER, SMILING SHARD, FINISH FAST Kentuckiana Lodge stablemates Lightning Raider, and last season’s champion 2YO Smiling Shard, both finished well in the main heat at the Addington trials on Wednesday November 25. Kotare Mach settled midfield and raced kindly enough for Rolleston co-trainer Mark Purdon, unwinding well to win the mobile 1950m heat in…

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Outside front for Bettor’s Strike

VISITORS DRAW FOR BETTOR’S STRIKE Bettor’s Strike will have to overcome the outside of the front row in Saturday night’s $A60,000 Cranbourne Pacing Cup. The NZ Cup runnerup is to be accompanied on Friday’s flight to Melbourne by driver Dexter Dunn, who will drive him in Saturday’s Group Two feature. Bettor’s Strike has freshened to…

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Dunn brothers reign supreme

PROVINCIAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP A DUNN DEAL Leading reinsman Dexter Dunn won the Individual Trophy, while he also combined with brother John, to win the Team Trophy at the American Ideal Provincial Drivers Championship at Ascot Park Raceway, Invercargill, on Saturday November 21. Teams of two representing Auckland, Waikato, Central Districts, Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, Otago and…

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Let the celebrations begin

SMOKE N MIRRORS STARTS HUGE WEEK FOR OWNERS Smart racemare Smoke N Mirrors began a week of celebrations for co-owners Peter Smith and Debbie Collins at Addington on Friday November 20. The couple are getting married next Saturday November 28. Peter and Debbie race the well-performed Pacific Rocket mare with Peter’s mother Patricia Smith _…

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Strike for Cranbourne this week

FLY IN FRIDAY, CRANBOURNE CUP SATURDAY Christchurch Casino NZ Cup runnerup Bettor’s Strike is to try a late arrival mission on the $A60,000 Cranbourne Cup in Victoria on Saturday, November 28. Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has chosen a direct flight out of Christchurch to Melbourne on Friday¬† (November 27), preferring to go straight to…

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Shard has easy trial win

SMILING SHARD _ HE’S BACK ! Smiling Shard, last season’s champion juvenile, had the perfect resumption to launch his 3YO season at the Ashburton trials on Tuesday, November 17. The Grinfromeartoear colt settled last of the five for champion driver Dexter Dunn and, as expected, had too much sheer speed for his rivals over the…

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Benny after 2nd big Aussie win

BRENDON HILL LOOKING FOR MORE AUSSIE RICHES Brendon “Benny” Hill will be chasing his second Australian feature race success when Monkey King attempts to win the $500,000 SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile on Sunday November 29. Hill, and owner Robert Famularo, have accepted an invitation from the NSW Harness Racing Club to contest the first running…

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Elusive Dominion win for Phil

DOMINION FINALLY WON BY PHIL WILLIAMSON Phil Williamson says when his time comes to leave this world he will do so a happy man after training Springbank Richard to win the $250,000 Hellers Smallgoods Dominion (Gr1) at Addington on November 13. Little did he know at the time, but the 54-year-old trainer’s lengthy love affair…

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