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Tornado on the rise

By Matt Markham The best is still to come for exciting trotter, Tornado Valley. That’s the opinion of the four-year-old gelding’s Ashburton trainer Terry McMillan who has said all along that the five-year-old season of the big trotter would be his best. Unsighted at the races since finishing sixth behind Great Things Happen at Rangiora in April the son of ...

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Winter Warmer attack

By Matt Markham Brendon McLellan is back in Canterbury and hoping to go one better than last year. The Southland horseman arrived in Christchurch on Tuesday night with a four horse contingent to contest winter racing at Addington and around Canterbury over the next month. The main target is the South of the Waitaki Winter Warmer Series which begins next ...

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Dexter chasing elusive winner

DEXTER’S DIGITS Career NZ wins: 1764. Record: 220 wins in the 2011 season. Highlights: World Driving Champ; Auckland Cup, Miracle Mile, Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup (twice), NZ Free-For-All. By Michael Guerin Dexter Dunn hates the number 199. The champion reinsman is not superstitious and has few other bugbears when in the sulky but he admits he will be disappointed if ...

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Mach Alert Ruled Out Of Winter Carnival

Richly talented open class performer Mach Alert is out of the winter carnival. The Mach Three gelding has been battling hoof issues and trainer Ian Gurney has reluctantly made the decision to back off and allow him time to fully recover. Mach Alert was aiming at the Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint (July 9) followed by the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET ...

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Qld Winter Carnival Profile: Glenferrie Hood

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness broadcaster Chris Barsby will profile a number of major players vying for the top prizes. With 18 Black Type races on the program for the 2016 Winter Carnival, the carnival’s pinnacle in 2016 is the G1 Blacks A Fake, which now boasts an impressive ...

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Quality three-year-olds to fight it out in Queensland

Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival will heat up when a vast quality of interstate and New Zealand three-year-olds converge on Queensland to stake their claim in the Picket Fence Bonuses worth $111,000. The ground-breaking Picket Fence promotion offers trainers and owners the chance to win a share of $111,000 in bonuses if their horse can win three races in a ...

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SA Driver in Group 1 VicBred Super Series

Top South Australian reinsman Mark Billinger has picked up the drive on the Emma Stewart-trained Stay And Play in Saturday night’s Group 1 $115,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Four-Year-Old Mares final (2240m) at Melton. Stewart has an incredible five of 12 qualified runners in the final and sought Billinger because of his successful association with her runners when they ...

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4x Group Ones + $35k Winter Cup

Inters plans for Elegant Christian Wading for 40 minutes every day in the Peel Harvey estuary is proving a wonderful panacea for Elegant Christian’s troublesome legs and the brilliant lightly-raced gelding is ticking all the boxes in his quest to become a leading contender for the rich Inter Dominion Championship in Perth in November and December… READ FULL ARTICLE HERE… ...

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Lewis’s Unknown filly on pace to claim Vicbred trotting title

It has been some time in the making, but it feels like a whirlwind. Donna Lewis’ aptly named three-year-old trotter Into The Unknown burst into the limelight with a blazing Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series heat, winning amid a stacked field to enter Friday night’s Group 1 final the favourite. “This is by far the most important race I have ...

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Next stop Queensland for Major Crocker

Vince Vallelonga wants to trek north with stable star Major Crocker after his record-breaking return at Mildura trots last night. It was a headline grabbing return for the Art Major/Aratusa Lass gelding, the build-up to the night’s feature lengthy due to a delay caused by the ambulance treating an on-course patron. But once the mobile arms folded back it was ...

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