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Dunn’s ‘fastest ever’ Alta Maestro resumes

NZ HARNESS NEWS Gun three-year-old Alta Maestro returns to the track at Alexandra Park on Friday night. It will act as a pipe-opener before next week’s first Sires Stakes Series heat at Cambridge. His trainer, Robert Dunn, speaks incredibly highly of the Art Major colt, who was Group 1-placed as a juvenile last season. “He’s as good as any horse ...

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500 Driving wins for Jonny Cox

NZ HARNESS NEWS Jonny Cox returned to his roots to record his milestone 500th New Zealand driving success today. The former Southlander, now based in Christchurch, piloted Rah De Rah to win at Central Southland Raceway in Winton. Around 15 years and one week ago, he recorded his first win on the very same track. “It was Godet here at ...

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Good enough to take on top age group

NZ HARNESS NEWS NZ’s premier harness racing trainers, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, are likely to have four, and possibly five three-year-olds, in next Friday’s opening southern NRM Sires Stakes Heat. Purdon confirmed Chase Auckland, who produced a sparkling performance to win the night’s opener at Addington on Friday night in a 1:56.5 mile rate for the 1950m, impressed enough ...

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Bookies get stung

NZ HARNESS NEWS The punters love it when their enemies, the bookies, get stung and that was the case at Alexandra Park tonight. Magilligan Point landed a substantial and sustained betting plunge in his first start for new trainer James Stormont. The TAB odds-setters opened him at $28 late yesterday afternoon and he was backed from all angles. An opening ...

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Spring Cup to No Doctor Needed

NZ HARNESS NEWS No Doctor Needed capitalised on a sweet trip in transit to win tonight’s Alexandra Park feature, the $20,000 Spring Cup. It was another fast-class win for Ardmore trainer Steve Telfer, who had already won the two lead-up races in the last month with classy mare Better B Amazed. She had to settle for a narrow second to ...

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Heaven Rocks trials well

by Michael Guerin It could be an advantage to Heaven Rocks for the first major clash of the harness racing season. The biggest names in pacing — Lazarus, Heaven Rocks and Have Faith In Me — trialled at Rangiora on Wednesday, as their final public lead-ups to Addington on Friday week. And the way Heaven Rocks dealt to his two ...

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Winton Preview

NZ HARNESS NEWS Matthew Williamson’s super September could continue at Winton today (Thursday) as the Oamaru-based driver tries to build on his 12 wins for the month. Williamson grabbed a double at Invercargill on Saturday, then drove three winners at Oamaru on Sunday to move to second on the premiership with 15 wins for the new season, nine behind leading ...

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Im Full Of Excuses is a Cup Specialist

28 September 2017 | Ken Casellas Eight-time premier trainer Ross Olivieri is full of confidence that Im Full of Excuses will make a successful return to racing by winning the $25,000 Media Guild Cup over 2536m at Gloucester Park on tomorrow night. The New Zealand-bred six-year-old has excellent prospects of notching his sixth Cup race in the space of 12 ...

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Voak Admires Soho Tribeca

28 September 2017 | Ken Casellas Chris Voak sat behind Soho Tribeca for the first time when the star five-year-old worked with two other pacers at Byford on Tuesday morning and he was left in awe at the stallion’s amazing talent. Voak will now drive Soho Tribeca in the Matt McDermott Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night ...

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Warwick Opts for Idealindiamonds

28 September 2017 | Ken Casellas Ryan Warwick, who has taken an early lead in the drivers’ premiership for the 2017-18 season, has given punters a strong lead by choosing to drive Idealindiamonds in preference to smart stablemates Messi and Bettor Not Bitter in the $25,000 Warwick final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Idealindiamonds, trained at Forrestdale ...

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