Half-brothers withdrawn from NZ Cup

ART UNION AND ALPHA ROCK TO TARGET CUP DAY FREE-FOR-ALL Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has withdrawn 16th-ranked Art Union, and his 23rd-ranked half-brother Alpha Rock from the $800,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup on Tuesday, November 14. Both were not realistic cup hopes. They will target the fast class junior free-for-all on NZ Cup…

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Dexter taking week off

DEXTER TAKING IN US RUGGERFEST THIS WEEKEND Ten-time champion NZ driver and 2015 World Driving Champion Dexter Dunn has taken a leave of absence from NZ harness racing this weekend. Dexter is taking in the four-day Aspen Ruggerfest tournament at Aspen, Colorado, in the United States, with the West Melton Warhogs. He was also overseas…

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Nathan Williamson cops 4-day suspension

NZ HARNESS NEWS, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 NATHAN WILLIAMSON BANNED AFTER TAS MAN BROMAC DRIVE Invercargill trainer-driver Nathan Williamson was surprised by a four-day suspension for alleged excessive use of the whip on Thursday’s Winton feature pace winner Tas Man Bromac. Williamson defended the charge, but stipendiary stewards found he had hit $2.70 second favourite Tas…

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Alpha Rock back from brief let-up

ALPHA ROCK BACK FROM AUGUST BREAK Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety gave good class pacer Alpha Rock a let-up in August but has him back and looking to return to the Rangiora workouts in another week. Alpha Rock resumed after a six month layoff in April. He improved with each of three starts at Auckland…

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Dexter stays with Titan Banner for NZ Cup

DEXTER WINS MAURICE HOLMES VASE WITH CUP DRIVE Champion driver Dexter Dunn confirmed Titan Banner will be his $800,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup drive after reining him to win at Addington on Friday, September 1. Dexter celebrated his 28th birthday and a return to NZ race-driving after competing in Canada and Australia through…

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Chevron Express improving for Final

CRAN HAPPIER WITH CHEVRON EXPRESS Kentuckiana Lodge mentor Cran Dalgety is happier with Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies trot contender Chevron Express after working her on Friday morning. “She’s healthy again and trained quite strong this morning,” he said. Chevron Express was off-colour at the start of the week but has bounced back in time…

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