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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Seaside splurge ahead for Smolda

On paper today’s Kaikoura Cup is Smolda’s race to lose. But as the old saying goes, horses don’t race on paper, they race on a track and the Kaikoura track may play a major factor in whether or not the grand gelding can add another feature race to his repertoire. With a short run to the first bend from the ...

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Passing of one of the great Western Australian horsemen

Last Thursday one of the State’s great trainer-drivers in Fred Hough died at the age of 86. Fred Hough was born in 1930 to a family steeped in trotting with his father Arthur a leading Perth trainer and driver and his mother Lella a daughter of legendary dual-code trainer Fred Thomas. Fred drove his first winner Gunplay as a 16yo ...

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Great Southern Star’s Ridgehead Cahore anointed HERO ambassador

Harness Racing Victoria’s HERO Program has made an exciting addition to its ambassador ranks, welcoming widely travelled square-gaiter Ridgehead Cahore. The 12-year-old Swedish-bred gelding joins multiple Group 1 winner Villagem and former smart pacer Franco Heir as official life after racing ambassadors. Ridgehead Cahore made headlines in 2013 when he travelled from Europe to contest the inaugural Great Southern Star ...

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Avonnova wins third consecutive Qld Harness Horse of the Year

Queensland harness heavyweight Avonnova has won the Queensland Harness Horse of the Year title for a record-breaking third time in a row. Announced at the 2016 Queensland Harness Racing Awards at Kedron Wavell Services Club, the 10-year-old gelding also won the 2016 Queensland Pacer of the Year and 2016 Queensland Aged Horse of the Year awards. Owner / Trainer Ian ...

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Breeders Plate dates confirmed

HARNESS Racing New South Wales can confirm that dates for the 2018 MIA Leeton Breeders Plate and future editions have been set.  Following consultation with the Leeton Harness Racing Club and other affected clubs, the juvenile feature series will be conducted on the second (heats) and fourth (final) Friday nights of January, when there are four Fridays in a month. ...

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Cranbourne training centre Open Day November 12

Cranbourne is hosting an open day at its state-of-the-art Training Centre on Saturday, November 12. Starting at 10.30am, the day offers a chance for anybody with an interest in the trots to tour the Centre and witness the facilities in full operation. Resident trainers and club officials will be on hand to answer questions whether they relate to prospective racehorse ...

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MY FIRST NEW ZEALAND CUP WEEK 1981 CUP DAY

Armalight and Bob Negus   The first of a two part article reviewing NZ Cup Week 1981. In this first part, we’ll look at what Cup Week featured in 1981, look specifically at NZ Trotting Cup Day and opening day of the Riccarton galloping carnival. Part two will review Show Day and the second/third days at Riccarton.   I have ...

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Fly Like an eagle for Yirribee

There are many colonial based stallions on stud duties around Australia this season but one that stands out above the others is the son of Mach Three Fly Like An Eagle, who is standing his second season at YirribeePacing Stud. Former New Zealand 2YO of the YearFly Like An Eagle with his foals crop of foals eagerly awaited by breeders, the ...

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Bull better than Boaz

By Adam Hamilton Trainer Gary Hall Sr continues to marvel at pint-sized star Chicago Bull. And he admits it is hard to say, but he rates the former Kiwi pacer better than his megastar four-year-old of last season Beaudiene Boaz at the same time. “I always feel a bit strange saying how good this horse is because he’s absolutely tiny,” ...

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Utmost Delight looking for two straight in Sires Heat

By Duane Ranger Don’t be surprised if Steven Reid and Simon McMullan qualify for their first Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Championship Final at Alexandra Park on December 31. The Pukekohe horsemen have never had a starter in the Group One $150,000 feature pace for the 3-year-old fillies, but after tonight’s sixth event at ‘The Park’ Utmost Delight could change all ...

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