Fog disrupts Jewels visitors

FOG CAUSES HEADACHES FOR JEWELS VISITORS By Garrick Knight The relentless overnight fog which plagued Christchurch on Friday night and Saturday morning has affected the visiting contingent for next Saturday’s Harness Jewels. Three of the six Australian invitees landed in Auckland on Saturday night but were unable to continue on to Christchurch as planned. It…

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Dual International success

DOUBLE THE FUN FOR NZ BREEDERS It was dual International joy for NZ breeders, the Miracle Lodge Syndicate, last weekend with Bettor Joy (USA) and Majorpride (Australia), winning features. Bettor Joy, a former Australasian winner of $308,486 for the Cran Dalgety stable, lowered her career mile best to 1:50.8 (10ths) in a $30,000 mares pace…

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Bettors Fire paces 1:50.2 in USA

BETTORS FIRE HOLDS CHRISTEN ME IN CAREER BEST TIME It was an ex-Kentuckiana Lodge quinella with veteran warhorses, Bettors Fire and Christen Me, leading the field home in a $US16,000 open pace at Plainridge Park, Maine, in North America, on May 13. Bettors Fire lowered his lifetime best to 1:50.2 after pressing to the front…

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More Aus. Jewels invites

FURTHER JEWELS INVITES ISSUED Following last week’s announcement of the first two Australian invites for the IRT Harness Jewels (Lulu Le Mans and Major Occasion), Harness Racing New Zealand and Addington Raceway are thrilled to now confirm our three latest Australian competitors. Pete’s Big Jim (3yo Emerald), Falcon Stride (4yo Emerald) and Majestic Player (4yo…

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Passing of Clive Herbert

PASSING OF CLIVE HERBERT By Garrick Knight Former Auckland trainer Clive Herbert passed away last week, aged 85. The respected conditioner, the father of former All Whites player and then coach, Ricki Herbert, had endured a short illness recently. Herbert was perhaps best known for the time he spent training star trotter David Moss in…

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Christen Me still winning

CHRISTEN ME SCORES 42nd CAREER WIN Christen Me found the one and a quarter mile trip at Yonkers to his liking when notching his second USA win of the year on April 23. The former Kentuckiana Lodge Grand Circuit star pressed forward from the give gate, taking control beginning the final half for driver, Mark…

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HRNZ APPLAUDS GOVT RESPONSE

HRNZ APPLAUDS PETERS’ ANNOUNCEMENT By Garrick Knight Harness Racing New Zealand has welcomed the announcement made on Wednesday by Racing Minister, Winston Peters, that he says will revitalise the domestic racing industry. According to Peters, the Government will introduce two new pieces of legislation before the year is out designed to overhaul an industry in…

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Ultimate Machete retired to stud

DUAL STUD DEAL SECURES ULTIMATE MACHETE Recently-retired pacer Ultimate Machete has been purchased for stallion duties in a partnership deal between two New Zealand stud farms. South Auckland’s Alabar Stud and Christchurch’s Nevele R Stud have acquired the son of Bettor’s Delight after he was retired from racing through injury last month. It is not…

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