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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Owners enjoy biggest racing thrill

GOODWILL LED TO SUCCESSFUL DYNASTY An act of goodwill from Cran Dalgety’s father Jim 20 years ago founded the successful Wakefield-Dalgety dynasty that reached its highest peak last week. Christchurch owners Jim and Susan Wakefield enjoyed their biggest ownership thrill watching Bettor’s Strike defeat a star-studded field in the Group One $A400,000 SEW Eurodrive Victoria…

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Bettor’s Strike wins Victoria Cup

BETTOR’S STRIKE HAS GROUP ONE GLORY Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety and driving superstar Dexter Dunn are unashamed fans of the new Tabcorp Park, Melton, track in Victoria. Less than four months after taking home the $A311,000 Breeders Crown 2YO colts and geldings final with Smiling Shard, they were back for their biggest prize at…

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Smiling Shard crushes rivals

SUPER RETURN AT AUCKLAND Driver Shane Walkinshaw knew Smiling Shard had the Listed $25,000 Coop Taxis Northern Stakes won a long way from home at Auckland on Friday December 11. After easing back to last early of the eight starters, Smiling Shard was brought right into contention with a one-one sit starting the final lap,…

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Hard case delivers at Addington

LIGHTNING RAIDER LIFTS SPIRITS Lightning Raider gave champion driver Dexter Dunn a perfect Addington exit and lifted the spirits of the Bettor’s Strike camp leading into tonight’s $A400,000 Victoria Cup. Dexter, who flies into Mebourne this morning to rein Bettor’s Strike in the Victoria Cup, shared driving honours with fellow Canterbury-based Victoria Cup driver Ricky…

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Dead-heat change an underarm ?

BIZARRE CHANGE TO DEAD-HEAT IN CRANBOURNE CUP Cran, along with the owners of Bettor’s Strike _ Jim and Susan Wakefield _ had a bizarre day at the inquiry hearing into the photo-finish result of the Cranbourne Cup on November 28. “They (both parties) locked horns for 90 minutes, which took longer than I thought it…

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Strike drawn to follow Smoken Up

SMOKEN UP DRAWN ACE IN VICTORIA CUP Smoken Up was the big winner at Tuesday afternoon’s barrier draw for Friday night’s $A400,000 Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup. The Lance Justice-trained and driven front-runner landed the coveted inside barrier for Victoria’s premier Grand Circuit mobile event, which for the first time will be run at Melton’s…

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Shane gets revenge in country cup

LIVING PROOF MAKES MOST OF SALOON PASSAGE Shane Walkinshaw hit form for next Friday’s premier meeting at Auckland with an upset  Waimate Cup win behind Living Proof on Sunday December 6. The No. 2 Kentuckiana Lodge driver will rein stable star Smiling Shard and other Cran Dalgety-trained stablemates at Auckland, with No. 1 driver Dexter…

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Runner-up protest Cranbourne Cup

RUNNER-UP CONNECTIONS GOING FOR DEAD-HEAT A week after Bettor’s Strike was declared the winner of the $A60,000 Cranbourne Cup, the result is now under inquiry. A managing owner of runnerup Ohoka Nevada has lodged a protest under the rules after studying the photo-finish. Harness Racing Victoria steward Cameron George has confirmed connections had seven days…

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Band On The Run spelling

SMART 4YO GETS MONTH OFF Kentuciana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has decided not to take any risks with smart 4YO pacer Band On The Run. “In the end I decided to put him out for four weeks,” Cran said. “He’s been out for 13 days so he’s got another 2 weeks before we get him…

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