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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Dexter celebrates selection with double

DEXTER TO HAVE THIRD CRACK AT AUST YOUNG DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP Champion driver Dexter Dunn celebrated his selection as South Island representative at the upcoming Australasian Young Driver’s Championship with a winning double at Oamaru on Tuesday January 12. Dexter, who finished 3rd in 2008 in Victoria to West Australia’s Stephen Reed, and 4th last year…

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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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