Hard case delivers at Addington

LIGHTNING RAIDER LIFTS SPIRITS Lightning Raider gave champion driver Dexter Dunn a perfect Addington exit and lifted the spirits of the Bettor’s Strike camp leading into tonight’s $A400,000 Victoria Cup. Dexter, who flies into Mebourne this morning to rein Bettor’s Strike in the Victoria Cup, shared driving honours with fellow Canterbury-based Victoria Cup driver Ricky…

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Dead-heat change an underarm ?

BIZARRE CHANGE TO DEAD-HEAT IN CRANBOURNE CUP Cran, along with the owners of Bettor’s Strike _ Jim and Susan Wakefield _ had a bizarre day at the inquiry hearing into the photo-finish result of the Cranbourne Cup on November 28. “They (both parties) locked horns for 90 minutes, which took longer than I thought it…

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Strike drawn to follow Smoken Up

SMOKEN UP DRAWN ACE IN VICTORIA CUP Smoken Up was the big winner at Tuesday afternoon’s barrier draw for Friday night’s $A400,000 Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup. The Lance Justice-trained and driven front-runner landed the coveted inside barrier for Victoria’s premier Grand Circuit mobile event, which for the first time will be run at Melton’s…

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Shane gets revenge in country cup

LIVING PROOF MAKES MOST OF SALOON PASSAGE Shane Walkinshaw hit form for next Friday’s premier meeting at Auckland with an upset  Waimate Cup win behind Living Proof on Sunday December 6. The No. 2 Kentuckiana Lodge driver will rein stable star Smiling Shard and other Cran Dalgety-trained stablemates at Auckland, with No. 1 driver Dexter…

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Runner-up protest Cranbourne Cup

RUNNER-UP CONNECTIONS GOING FOR DEAD-HEAT A week after Bettor’s Strike was declared the winner of the $A60,000 Cranbourne Cup, the result is now under inquiry. A managing owner of runnerup Ohoka Nevada has lodged a protest under the rules after studying the photo-finish. Harness Racing Victoria steward Cameron George has confirmed connections had seven days…

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Band On The Run spelling

SMART 4YO GETS MONTH OFF Kentuciana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has decided not to take any risks with smart 4YO pacer Band On The Run. “In the end I decided to put him out for four weeks,” Cran said. “He’s been out for 13 days so he’s got another 2 weeks before we get him…

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Star 3YOs fight out Ashburton trial

SMILING SHARD RUNS LAST HALF IN 55.1 Smiling Shard and Anvils Best Ever, set to be sparring partners in upcoming Auckland 3YO engagements, fought out the finish of their conditioning trial at Ashburton on Tuesday December 1. Last season’s champion 2YO Smiling Shard wouldn’t be denied in the run home, holding on by a neck…

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Itz Magic spill leads to positive

HIP HOP ANVIL HAS POSITIVE SWAB Kentuckiana trainer Cran Dalgety says an Itz Magic spill was the cause of Hip Hop Anvil’s positive swab in the $184,000 NRM Sires’ Stakes Final at Addington on November 10. “We had a spillage one day and unintentionally contaminated the vitamin supplements in the surrounding area,” Cran said “Its…

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Bettor’s Strike wins Cranbourne Cup

BRILLIANT DRIVE LANDS CRANBOURNE CUP Bettor’s Strike has secured himself a starting position in the $A400,000 Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park, Melton, on December 11. This was the icing on the top of his hard fought $A60,000 Decron Cranbourne Cup victory on Saturday November 28. The Cranbourne Cup winner is exempt from the Victoria Cup…

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Stablemates trial well at Addington

LIGHTNING RAIDER, SMILING SHARD, FINISH FAST Kentuckiana Lodge stablemates Lightning Raider, and last season’s champion 2YO Smiling Shard, both finished well in the main heat at the Addington trials on Wednesday November 25. Kotare Mach settled midfield and raced kindly enough for Rolleston co-trainer Mark Purdon, unwinding well to win the mobile 1950m heat in…

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