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50th Messenger climaxes a dream year

by Duane Ranger One of the greatest years of Trevor Casey’s life is about to come to a slight halt at about 9.25pm at Alexandra Park tonight. That is when the gravy train, that is Lazarus, will pull into the station for the last time in 2016-2017. “It’s all been a dream and a horse like ‘Laz’ is a one-in-a-lifetime ...

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No suprises here

By Michael Guerin Paul Nairn has stopped being surprised by Habibti Ivy. So the training genius won’t raise an eyebrow if his mare competes one of the great comebacks in trotting history in the $150,000 Canam Rowe Cup tonight. The former Oaks winner has returned from the racing wilderness — nearly 22 months sidelined by injury — to won all ...

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Leonne Jones to create Rowe Cup history?

By Duane Ranger The late great Derek Jones achieved the feat with Rewa Scott in 1953. His son Peter did it in 1985 with Tussle, and grandson Mark Jones matched the accomplishment with Master Lavros in 2014. Now Leonne Jones, the wife of Peter, will be attempting to become the first solo female trainer to win the prestigious Rowe Cup ...

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A jewel in the Queen’s crown

By Matt Markham Ben Waldron is going to let the Harness Jewels come to him, as opposed to going out and chasing it. The Ashburton horseman is taking the if it’s meant to, it will happen approach with his star mare Queen Bee Bardon ahead of the Four-Year-Old Diamond in June on his home track because he knows that if ...

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Temporale upsets

By Michael Guerin Sometimes once you break the drought its keep raining. And that was the case on two fronts when Temporale caused one of the biggest upsets of the harness racing season in the $150,000 Canam Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park on Friday night. Group one trotting winners at 34-1 are rare in New Zealand but a fast start ...

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First Alex Park win for Hoffman

By Duane Ranger Waikouaiti trainer Amber Hoffman was ecstatic with her first career win at Alexandra Park last night. The Otago horsewoman trained $5.10 second favourite, Break Dance, to win the 42nd running of the $20,000 North Island Breeders Stakes. The 5-year-old Art Major – Wave Runner (Live Or Die) mare was driven by Jonny Cox in the Powell Transport sponsored time honoured event for ...

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Fiore ready to stride in Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold semi

by APG Media WELL-BRED youngster Fiore Stride will take another step towards matching one of her famous sibling’s feats when she competes at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. Engaged in a Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold semi, the Craig Cross-trained filly is aiming for a berth in next week’s $322,000 Final and ultimately becoming a Group One winner. By Art Major from ...

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Stanaway, Briffa appointed permamently at HRV

by Trots Media Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced Acting Legal Counsel John Briffa and Acting General Manager – Commercial Ryan Stanaway have been appointed to their positions permanently. Stanaway, who has been in the GM Commercial role since November last year, has an extensive industry background in the wagering and racing space. Briffa has been in the General Counsel ...

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Industry leaders share their vision in collaborative club marketing seminar

by Michael Howard Promotions, cup programs and ownership were top of the agenda when representatives of Victoria’s country clubs attended Tabcorp Park Melton today for the 2017 Club Marketing Seminar. More than 30 attendees represented the majority of the country clubs at the seminar, which featured a range of guest speakers. Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs CEO David ...

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2017 TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion dates announced

The TABtouch Inter Dominion will once again return to Gloucester Park Harness Racing (GPHR) in November 2017, for the running of the final series of a three year tenure. Regarded as Australasia’s greatest harness racing event, the Inter Dominion Grand Final is worth $1.1M, making it the richest pacing race in Australasia, and the overall series being worth $1.8M in ...

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