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NZ HARNESS NEWS BRIEFS, AUGUST 13, 2017 DEXTER & MARK PURDON OFF THE PACE AFTER FIRST ROUND AT WDC Defending World Drivers champion Dexter Dunn has settled off the pace in seventh position after the round of the 2017 series in Canada on Sunday (NZ time). The New Zealand star finished a bold second in…

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Valor Lustre on roll in north

NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 11, 2017 VALOR LUSTRE GOES BACK-TO-BACK IN NORTH  Canterbury mare Valor Lustre made it two North Island wins in eight days when winning at Alexandra Park tonight. The daughter of McArdle bested a quality field to win the night’s most tightly-assessed pace, the $17,000 NRM Handicap. Steve Telfer officially took over the training before tonight’s…

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Nigel McGrath nears 500 wins

NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 9, 2017 NIGEL McGRATH EYES 500 WINS Canterbury trainer Nigel McGrath is just 10 wins away from reaching the notable milestone of 500 career training wins and will soon launch an impressive spring racing team. Classie Brigade, the winner of 11 from 35 starts, is being aimed at the New Zealand Cup (3200m) on the second Tuesday of November at…

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My Sweetchillyphilly has setback

NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 8, 2017 SICARIO TAKES ADVANTAGE Boom Kiwi-bred filly My Sweetchilliphilly was a late scratching at Menangle in New South Wales on Tuesday, August 8, after casting a shoe. The winner of all five starts in emphatic fashion, the two-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar is still on target for the rich Australasian Breeders Crown semifinals at Bendigo, Victoria, on…

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Mitchell Kerr makes flying start

NZ HARNESS NEWS, AUGUST 7, 2017 MITCHELL KERR MAKES FLYING START TO SEASON Rookie Rangiora trainer Mitchell Kerr has two potential Derby contenders and a perfect three wins from three starts to open the new harness racing season. Kerr, 25, is in his first full season as a trainer based at Rangiora Raceway and produced impressive Addington three-year-old winner The…

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Phil & Bev Williamson humbled by Award

PHIL & BEV WILLIAMSON HUMBLED BY AWARD NZ HARNESS NEWS AUGUST 5, 2017 A coveted prize for Outstanding Contribution to harness racing at the national awards on Thursday came as a complete surprise to humble Oamaru couple Phil and Bev Williamson. “We are a normal family and there are many other racing families out there, a lot of good racing families,” Philtold NZ…

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