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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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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