JB Maguire in strong maiden win

JB MAGUIRE CLOCKS SUB 2:00 RATE OVER 2600m JB Maguire, who won in a strength-sapping 3:13.9 for the mobile 2600m for a maiden 3YO at Addington on Saturday night, October 9, is unlikely to chase any Sires’ Stakes Heat starts this month. The big Bettor’s Delight gelding showed his toughness to rate 1:59.9 for the…

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Strike has grass track workout

ANOTHER WORKOUT, THEN ADDINGTON FFA Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety sent Bettor’s Strike to the Methven workouts on Saturday, October 2 as the top pacer builds toward the $20,000 Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington on October 15. “There weren’t many in the main heat at the Rangiora workouts, so we took him to Methven,” Cran…

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Franco Emirate eight from eight

FRANCO EMIRATE SHOWS STEELY RESOLVE Templeton trainer Jimmy Curtin confirmed there’s not many chinks in the armoury of Franco Emirate, who stretched his unbeaten record to eight straight in the $40,000 Paul Renwick Kitchen and Joinery Superstars Championship at Addington on Friday, October 1. “He’s going alright at the moment anyway,” the conservative Curtin said.…

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Big four dominate yearling entries

BIG FOUR DOMINATE YEARLING SALES ENTRIES A total of 322 combined entries by top four sires _  Bettor’s Delight, Mach Three, Christian Cullen and Art Major _ will provide the main nucleus for buyers at the February 2011 Yearling Sales in Auckland and Christchurch. The Australasian Classic Sale at Karaka (Saturday, February 19) has attracted…

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Monkey King early cup favourite

MONKEY KING NZ CUP FAVOURITE Monkey King is a pronounced $3.50 opening favourite to repeat last year’s win in the $750,000 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup at Addington on November 9. Bookmaker Steve Richardson has class mare Kiwi Ingenuity safe at $5.50, ahead of fast nothern pacer Tintin In America ($6). Victoria Smoken Up and…

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Matt Maguire sound in workout

MATT MAGUIRE STEPS UP FOR SIRES’ HEAT Kentuckiana Lodge pacers Matt Maguire and Lightning Raider shaped well at the Rangiora workouts on Saturday, September 25. Matt Maguire, who may contest the opening Sires’ Stakes Heat of the season at Addington next Friday, gave another foolproof display after starting from the outside, despite being carded to…

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Dexter’s Evolution sulky wins four

CHAMPION DRIVER IMPORTS HIS OWN SULKY NZ’s champion driver Dexter Dunn notched back-to-back wins with his first two drives in his new Evolution racing bike at the Rangiora HRC’s meeting at Addington on Thursday, September 23. Dexter only took possession of the new racing sulky on Tuesday night. “I decided to get one myself. I…

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Smiling Shard for Junior FFA

CUP DAY TARGET FOR STAR PACER Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO colts/geldings Final runnerup Smiling Shard is to be aimed at the $40,000 Firestone Direct (Junior) Free-For-All at Addington Raceway on NZ Cup day. Addington Raceway racing secretary Brian Rabbitt has confirmed the time-honoured junior free-for-all, previously run over 1950m or 2000m, has a distance change.…

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Johnny Be 2nd in workout

JOHNNY BE USEFUL, KIWI INGENUITY FAST IN WORKOUT Race-placed maiden Johnny Be warmed up for his racenight resumption at Addington on Thursday with a late closing second at workouts on the course on Monday, September 20. The Holmes Hanover gelding settled three back on the outer in a non-win mobile 1950m workout and hit the…

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