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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Machine like performance

By Duane Ranger Joanednobettor upset them in Wednesday’s Te Awamatu (Grass) Cup, but it was a highly regarded 3-year-old taking on the older four to 12-year-old trotters who stole the limelight at the Waipa Racecourse. Unlike Joanednobettor, who was the $8.50 sixth favourite, the Derek Balle trained and driven War Machine was favoured to win the $7,600 Crowe Howarth Ltd ...

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Draw creates challenge

By Adam Hamilton Caretaker trainer Greg Bond is happy with Franco Nelson, but concedes his draw presents “quite a challenge” in the $60,000 Group 2 Village Kid Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park tonight. The classy Kiwi pacer has drawn wide in gate six with major rivals Beaudiene Boaz (two), Mynameiskenny (three), Chicago Bull (four) and Our Jimmy Johnstone (five) all drawn ...

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Bonuses still up for grabs

By Matt Markham Everything is still up for grabs on the West Coast circuit. As everyone packs up their horses and gear this morning and makes the trek through the hills to Reefton, the three major prizes of the annual circuit are still up for contention. The popular West Coast bonus for the best performed horse, which carries a $5,000 ...

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A lady among the men

By Michael Guerin Dream About Me has one glaring weakness heading into tomorrow’s $250,000 Auckland Cup — her sex. The exceptional four-year-old has been the long-time favourite for the great race, even though a second line draw could see her lose that mantle to stablemate Titan Banner on the tote tomorrow. Trainer-driver Mark Purdon isn’t overly worried by her draw, ...

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Owners share limelight

By Mac Henry Canterbury and Southland owners shared the limelight at Winton on Thursday, following Glenferrie Classic’s win in the Aon Insurance Equine Stakes. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight is the fifth foal of Mainland Banner and trained by Mark Jones who won the race last year with Mainland Banner’s fourth foal Rocker Band. He also won the feature for ...

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Lone Ranger at Cambridge

By Duane Ranger He had a bit of a reputation before he even went to the races. He became Sportswriter’s first New Zealand winner at his first start. Then it all starting going to custard for The Lone Ranger. As co-trainer Chris Garlick put it “he blew his only chance at being a colt.’ Garlick was referring to The Lone ...

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Beaudiene Boaz is set to shine

Millionaire star pacer Beaudiene Boaz is poised to notch his twelfth win in a group feature event by proving too strong and speedy for his 11 rivals in the $60,000 Village Kid Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The brilliant New Zealand-bred five-year-old boasts the longest losing sequence (eight) of his magnificent 42-start career, but he is cherry ripe ...

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Howlett ready to strike again

Busselton tree lopping contractor Barry Howlett’s dream run  of successes looks set to continue when he starts Bettor Be Supreme in the $25,000 final of the Coulson Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The big, powerful lightly-raced five-year-old has drawn ideally at the No. 2 barrier on the front line in the 2130m event and Chris Lewis ...

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New World Order a star bet

Prominent breeder and successful owner Robbie Tomlinson has no regrets at his decision to outlay $17,000 to purchase a Rich And Spoilt colt at the 2014 Gloucester Standardbred yearling sale. Now a four-year-old by the name of New World Order is developing into an extremely smart pacer and he looks a star bet on the ten-event program at Gloucester Park ...

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Stick with Ultimate Major

Punters who burnt their fingers when the heavily-supported Ultimate Major finished second to This Time Dylan in the Mount Eden-No Dill Christmas Handicap last Friday night should forgive the six-year-old for his defeat and support him to win the Entertainment With Horsepower Handicap, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ultimate Major, favourite at 9/4, ruined his ...

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