Reactor needs all-clear for Sydney

SATURDAY MEETING TO DECIDE ON MIRACLE MILE START Auckland Reactor won’t get the all-clear to contest the $A500,000 SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile on November 29 until his owners convene for a special meeting on Saturday. Rolleston co-trainer-driver Mark Purdon confirmed he had been approached by the New South Wales Harness Racing Club after the Reactor’s…

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Gastric upset suspected

BAND ON THE RUN LOSES POWER Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety believes a gastric upset may have been the reason for Band On The Run’s shock failure at Addington on Tuesday November 10. Cran advised the promising 4YO was “all good” on Wednesday morning. “Dexter said he had no power even right at the start,”…

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Top 4 finish would be nice

BETTOR’S STRIKE OUT TO IMPROVE CUP RATING In-form trainer Cran Dalgety, and owners Jim and Susan Wakefield, will be trying for their first top four finish in the $1 million Christchurch Casino NZ Cup at Addington today (November 10). Cran is having his best run to this stage of the season with 22 wins. He…

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Good omen for favourite

FAMILY ON WINNING ROLL Georgi Boy’s maiden win at Wyndham on Sunday may be a good omen for the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup favourite Kiwi Ingenuity. He is co-raced by Invercargill builder Alan Smith, who has a connection to Kiwi Ingenuity, the early favourite for today’s $1 million Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup.…

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Dexter ok after minor mishap

DEXTER ESCAPES MINOR HICCUP A broken hopple on favourite Julius Supreme at Wyndham on Sunday caused a few anxious moments for top driver Dexter Dunn, but he was cool in the end. Julius Supreme, when being restrained at the rear in a gallop, veered to the inside of the track at top of the straight.…

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Dexter sizzles to half-century

DEXTER ON TARGET FOR MORE RECORDS THIS SEASON Champion driver Dexter Dunn is on target to break  the one record that eluded him during his record breaking 204-win tally last season. Dex notched a winning double with favourites McKellar (holding on by a nose) and Hi Gun at Forbury on Thursday November 5 to rack…

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Former HRNZ President dies

RALPH KEMODE PASSES AWAY The Harness Racing industry was saddened today (November 5) by the passing of Ralph Kermode, one of the industry’s genuine “nice guys”. Ralph passed away peacefully this morning after a gallant battle with illness in recent times. Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) Inc Chairman, Mr Pat O’Brien said:  “it is a…

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Ingenuity recovers in NZ Cup trial

TOP MARE RUNS 1:54.8 LAST MILE TO WIN CUP TRIAL Leithfield trainer-driver Robbie Holmes was unconcerned after NZ Cup favourite Kiwi Ingenuity tangled for the first four strides in the NZ Cup trial at Addington on Wednesday November 4. “The Aussie (Barry Lew) was making a bit of noise outside us,” Holmes said. Photo: Kiwi…

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Classy PGG Kaikoura win

BAND ON THE RUN SHOWS CLASS Band On The Run wasn’t at home on the flat bends at Kaikoura on Monday November 2, but was too classy in the $50,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Series Aged Handicap Pace. Top driver Dexter Dunn had to guide the big Christian Cullen gelding round the turns before letting…

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Owner with three in Final

GRAHAM BEIRNE HAS THREE IN SIRES’ FINAL Ebullient Christchurch owner Graham Beirne will require triple vision for the $200,00 NRM Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington on November 10. Hip Hop Anvil, who the successful car dealer races with Chrissie Dalgety, danced his way along the sprint lane to win the final qualifying heat at Addington…

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