Smiling Shard retired, stud duty beckons

SMILING SHARD TO STAND AT ALABAR, VICTORIA Smiling Shard, retired after having a promising Grand Circuit career derailed by a leg issue, will launch his siring career at Alabar’s Echuca Farm in Victoria in the spring. Negotiations for the $1.1 million earner to stand at Alabar were finalised on Thursday, June 27. He has arrived…

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Cran heads toward century

CRAN HAS ANOTHER 100 WINS ON RADAR Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety is closing in on 100 training wins in a season for the second consecutive year. He moved to 97 wins for the season when Bon Accord Babe confirmed her rating as a “good maiden” by the trainer, delivering on the second day of…

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Two for Crown/Ginger Spice sold

BIT OF A LEGEND TARGETS SECOND CROWN Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety has confirmed superstar 4YO Christen Me, and promising 2YO Regulus, will both miss the rich Australasian Breeders Crown series in August. However, he will have strong contenders for both this year’s 3YO Breeders Crown divisions _ defending 2YO champ Bit Of A Legend…

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Bold workout by Speights Girl

SPEIGHTS GIRL WINS MOTUKARARA WORKOUT Last-start winner Speights Girl was in good touch for her next assignment with a strong 2:47.9 run over the mobile 2200m at the Motukarara workouts on Saturday, June 8. She was being aimed at the up to 1-win 2YO pace at Addington on Friday, June 14, but that event was…

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Inspired move leaves speed legacy

NZ RACING THE WINNERS FROM SCUSE ME Charlie Roberts reached his ‘Everest’ as a breeder-owner at Ashburton on Jewels day on June 1, but New Zealand harness racing has also been the big beneficiary of an inspired move over a decade ago. Now a spritely 89 years young, Charlie had the time of his life…

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Christen Me classy in 4YO Jewels

  CHRISTEN ME _ 4YO JEWELS EMERALD CHAMPION Christen Me gave a champion Jewels performance, setting a NZ 4YO or older record of 1:51.5, to win the $150,000 Auckland Reactor 4YO Emerald, at Ashburton on June 1.   For just over an hour he was the fastest miler on NZ soil, taking the 1:52.1 record…

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Safedra terrific 2nd in NZ Oaks

ADORE ME TOO GOOD IN OAKS  _ SAFEDRA BEST OF THE REST Kentuckiana Lodge filly Safedra couldn’t win from barrier nine in the $100,000 Canterbury Breeders New Zealand Oaks at Addington on Friday, May 17, but her second to champion Adore Me was almost as good as a win. Safedra won the race for second,…

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Bella Starr in Tatlow Heat

BELLA STARR BOWS OUT OF NZ RACING Former Kentuckiana Lodge juvenile filly Bella Starr has been withdrawn from the $150,000 Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond at Ashburton on June 1 and is scheduled to race at Bendigo, Victoria, on Thursday. After finding unsuitable races for a two-year-old filly in Canterbury in recent weeks, Bella Starr was…

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Bit Of A Legend rates 1:54.7

BIT OF A LEGEND RATES 1:54.7 _ 1950m  West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety says Jewels-bound Bit Of A Legend needed a good hit-out at Addington on Saturday May 11, but wasn’t anticipating him pacing a 1:54.7 mile rate over 1950m. “He’s that well at the moment. His heart rate was up a bit after that…

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Christen Me leaves rivals breathless

CHRISTEN ME POSTS BIGGEST MESSENGER WIN Christen Me not only keeps winning _ he continues to take his game to another level. For the second week running at Auckland, this time on Friday, May 3, he crushed the hearts of his rivals at Group One level. The ease of his victories has left trainer Cran…

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