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A Great Harness Racing Identity

Written by Dean Baring Just over a week ago I had the pleasure of a chance meeting with a great harness racing identity, Greg Bettiol. While Greg’s core business GBL Property Consultants Pty Ltd  www.gblproperty.com.au which was established back in 1997 & has now been very successfully involved in the development of more than 4000 properties, l get the feeling harness racing ...

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Australian Standardbred Breeders Association

Australian Standardbred Breeders Association held its AGM in Brisbane last weekend, the meeting was attended by representatives of state and NZ breeding organisations, and also present members of Harness Racing Queensland Board. All states reported similar stories of declining foal numbers overall. The reasons were much the same: costs, lack of land, low returns financially, and the increasing age of ...

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US Bound Ricimer

Ponder four-year-old Ricimer is North America-bound at the end of August  completed five Gloucester Park victories in a month when he won the Colin Hammersley Memorial Chandon Final (2130m). The gelding, trained by Gary Hall Senior, started his winning spree on July 1 and has recorded wins on each of the following four Fridays. Driven by Kim Prentice who had ...

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New Years Jay over stablemate

By Michael Guerin Training legend Barry Purdon has a surprise for punters assessing the final feature race of the season at Alexandra Park tonight. Because while Hug The Wind is likely to start favourite in the main sprint, trainer Purdon thinks his other rep New Years Jay is the better winning chance. The Purdon pair are likely to dominate the ...

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HRW award winners named

By Duane Ranger Papakura horseman Jay Abernethy has had his most successful year as a trainer, conditioning 32 winners – five more than his previous best he achieved in 2013-2014. The 33-year-old also shone brightly at Cambridge Raceway this season and was recently named Harness Racing Waikato’s leading trainer. Two of his team Silver Stream and Our Southern Man also ...

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Making the most of it

By Matt Markham Kim Butt knows how close she came to having her season cut short last weekend, so the talented young horsewoman is keen to make up for it tonight at Addington. Butt was one of three drivers sent to the track in the last race at Rangiora last weekend – her helmet was dislodged on impact with the ...

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Guaranteed $50k F4 For Redcliffe Cup Night

The 2016 Queensland winter carnival comes to end this weekend with the running of the Gr.3 $30,000 Moreton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup. So action heads north of Brisbane this Saturday night. The Redcliffe Gold Cup was first staged back in 1964 and the event is steeped in history with the likes of Paleface Adios, Don’t Retreat and Roma ...

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Fergus’s Aussie Elope pays dividends with city win

The Kiwi-bred horse who shares his name with a famous mare returned to the winners’ list, gifting a first metropolitan Melbourne win to his young New Zealand driver. Fergus Schumacher piloted Lets Elope to victory in the Tabcorp Park Melton Cup’s first heat last Saturday, the 21-year-old’s first Victorian metro win. “It was very pleasing. It is always hard to ...

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McCall eyes off Europe

HE has driven in North America but now Menangle Park horseman Darren McCall has his sights set on Europe. Next week McCall will jet over to Europe with his wife Karina Johnansen who is originally from Denmark. And even though they will both be there for a holiday for a month, McCall is hoping to arrange a drive while he ...

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Wagga News

THE Riverina’s new multi-million dollar harness racing complex is moving closer to a starting date with work expected to commence in September. Harness Racing NSW is finalising the tender process and have narrowed the number to six of which one will take control of building the $6.5 million project at Cartwrights Hill at Wagga “We have been anxiously waiting for ...

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