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Flagship Stallion

YEAR: 2004 Last weekend marked the end of an era for Roydon Lodge Stud with the death of Smooth Fella. The son of Most Happy Fella was a flagship stallion for the Christchurch-based stud during the 1980s, and it was a solemn moment for all when he slipped away peacefully in his yard on Saturday afternoon. “I think it is sad ...

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Harness Jewels mark 70 years breeding horses

By Tayler Strong Keith and Bevan Grice mark 70 years of breeding standardbreds with Dark Horse and Red Hot Poker in the $150,000 Ruby for 4-year-old trotters at the Harness Jewels on their home track at Ashburton on Saturday. The brothers, aged 91 (Keith) and 86 (Bevan) lease out their horses with Dark Horse trained by Nathan Williamson at Ryal ...

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Show jumper wins Monte

By Duane Ranger New Zealand Show jumping champion, 15-year-old Tyla Hackett, is now starting to make a name for herself in harness racing. But the New Zealand Junior Rider-of-the-Year was always destined to be better than average with horses being the oldest daughter of Waiuku standardbred trainers Bernie Hackett and Michelle Wallis. Last Friday night Hackett rode three-win trotter, Majestic ...

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Battle of the fillies

By Michael Guerin One of the hottest favourites of Jewels day could be in for far more of a war than punters expect. Because rival trainer Mark Jones has declared his filly Delightful Memphis will park out $1.25 chance Spanish Armada rather than concede the $150,000 three-year-old fillies final. Delightful Memphis must be sick of the sight of Spanish Armada, ...

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Vale Roy Annear

by Alan Parker Former Gloucester Park Vice-President and leading owner and breeder Roy Annear died last Friday after a long illness. Annear, aged 74, was also a leading Australian Rules administrator and after a period as President of the South Fremantle Football Club and later President of the West Australian Football League. He played a leading role in the entry ...

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Zac’s talented belles set a task by lady luck

by Michael Howard It looked a great card Tuesday morning and a little trickier come the draws, but young gun reinsman Zac Phillips could well churn out another super Saturday at Tabcorp Park Melton. The leader of the Victorian concession drivers’ premiership seems well positioned to continue his trotting success with drives behind Anton Golino’s talented juveniles Une Belle Allure ...

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Junior Rapt in Zach Maguire

by Wayne Currall Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has a very big opinion of Zach Maguire. It’s a lead that should give punters confidence when the showy black horse steps out in Friday night’s Clipsal by Schneider Electric Handicap SS Pace (2503m) at Gloucester Park. “I think he’s doing things wrong in races … over racing early but still sustaining ...

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Miss Sangrial On Song For Diamond

by Wayne Currall Regally bred two-year-old filly Miss Sangrial has improved since her last-start win and Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan expects her to lead all the way in Friday night’s Group 1 $100,000 2YO Diamond Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The Art Major-Christisimo filly, whose name in old French means “royal blood”, recorded a hat-trick of wins when she easily ...

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