Invercargill HRC president resigns

TOM KILKELLY STEPS DOWN Invercargill trainer and administrator Tom Kilkelly has resigned as president of the Invercargill Harness Racing Club. Kilkelly had his final day in the role last Saturday, with Peter Robinson taking over as acting president. He cited “personal reasons” as being behind his decision. “A couple of years down the track when…

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Stunin Cullen gives Kiwis cup win

STUNIN CULLEN IN BALLARAT CUP RECORD RUN By Jason Bonnington Electric Kiwi pacer Stunin Cullen completed a red-letter night for our trans-Tasman cousins at Bray Raceway, surviving both a courageous compatriot and a lengthy protest hearing to claim the fastest Group 1 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup ever run, on Saturday January 29, 2011. Easy in…

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Swedish trotter coming for Inters

SWEDISH TROTTER CONFIRMED FOR ADDINGTON SERIES The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) is proud to announce that its push to lure a top European trotter to contest the 2011 Inter Dominion Trotting Championship at Addington Raceway had been successful. Connections of Annicka, a topline six-year-old trotting mare from Sweden have committed to a New…

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Feelgood fantastic in Victoria Cup

MR FEELGOOD SUPERIOR IN VICTORIA CUP A merciless, mercenary performance has seen former American superstar Mr Feelgood complete a unique Trans-Atlantic Grand Slam and stake a significant claim to being Australasia’s pre-eminent pacer. Installed a $3.90 second favourite on the popular premise that he would find the front first in the $A425,000 Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive…

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Reindeer antlers prove novel idea

NO REPERCUSSIONS WITH UNAPPROVED GEAR CHANGE Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety decided to “test the sense of humour of the stipes” when he sent Dustin Bromac out with an unapproved gear change at the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting on December 4. The trainer decided the Christmas reindeer antlers being worn by co-owner Chanelle Dickie…

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Cran enters two $40k claimers

KENTUCKIANA LODGE TRAINER SUPPORTS $50k CLAIMER For so long claiming races, especially in New Zealand, have been the domains of the old, out of form and sometimes unsound racehorse.  A move by the NZ Metropolitan TC this Saturday is set to start changing that popular view. The club instituted a $50,000 Claimers race this Saturday…

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Smoken Up runs 1:50.3 record

MENANGLE MONSTER WINS MIRACLE MILE Smoken Up confirmed his ranking as the monster of Menangle on Saturday night, November 27. The Lance Justice-trained and driven Grand Ciruit star played the iron horse outside Blacks A Fake and beat the four-time Interdominion champ in the $A500,000 SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile, setting a new Australasian mile mark…

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Former Victorian trainer dies

GORDON ROTHACKER DIES, AGED 81 The Australian harness racing industry is mourning the loss of its most iconic figure after the passing of Mr Gordon W Rothacker in hospital on Tuesday night, November 16, aged 81. Harness Racing Victoria’s highest individual award, the Gordon Rothacker Medal, is named in his honour, but Gordon was sadly…

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