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‘like racing Winx’ – Dunn, on Lazarus

NZ HARNESS NEWS Champion driver Dexter Dunn probably summed up the thoughts of all rival New Zealand Cup reinsmen when analysing the record run by superstar pacer Lazarus in the Gr.2 $50,000 Kaikoura Cup. “I’ve raced against Lazarus a few times now and it’s a bit like the Australian jockeys racing against Winx,” he said. Dunn was happy with the ...

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Lazarus simply the best

by Michael Guerin Considering Lazarus won last year’s New Zealand Cup by 10 lengths in race record time, suggesting he might be better now borders on insanity. But judging by what he did in the Kaikoura Cup today there may be some method in that madness. The champion pacer was totally crushing in the $50,000 event, sitting parked outside second ...

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Kaikoura Undercard

NZ HARNESS NEWS Franco Tai takes $50,000 sales race Franco Tai, runner-up to Moonrock in the $50,000 NZ Yearling Sales Series Aged Handicap Pace at Kaikoura 12 months ago, went one better in the 2017 edition at Kaikoura. The five-year-old Lis Mara gelding is raced by Southland’s Robert and Sharon Symon, who also race classy mare Nek Time from the ...

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Lazarus rising from already lofty heights

31 October 2017 | Trots Media – Michael Guerin Considering Lazarus won last year’s New Zealand Cup by 10 lengths in race record time, suggesting he might be better now borders on insanity. But, judging by what he did in the Kaikoura Cup yesterday, there may be some method in that madness. The champion pacer was totally crushing in the ...

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WA Stars Scratched From The TABtouch Inter Dominion Series

Multiple Group One winners Beaudiene Boaz and My Hard Copy have been scratched from the TABtouch Inter Dominion series along with top performer Ideal Tyson. Beaudiene Boaz, who ran third behind Smolda and Hectorjayjay in last year’s TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final, has reportedly suffered a suspensory injury. The Gary Hall trained star has earned over $1.2 million dollars in ...

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What’s in a name?

31 October 2017 | Terry Neil THE late Bill Whittaker, regarded as one of our greatest – ever racing writers, firstly in trotting and later in the gallops, was always a likely choice for an owner choosing a name for a Sportswriter offspring. Bill, a keen student of breeding and himself a breeder of a number of handy pacers, would ...

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All-Stars Set to Shine at Gloucester Park

31 October 2017 | Tanya Cull Mark Purdon declared his hand this morning in an interview with Sky Racing’s Adam Hamilton and Michael Guerin confirming the All-Star Team are gearing up for an assault on Gloucester Park with Perth being their focus over the next month. Stable superstar Lazarus who is being dubbed the harness equivalent to Winx is currently ...

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AUSTRALIAN CLASSIC WINNER PRODUCING MARES

This is the seventeenth of an occasional series of articles reviewing multiple classic producing broodmares with five or more offspring in results information as shown on the Classic Families (CF) database. A number of these mares won classic races, became the dams of classic winners/progeny and contributed to the genetic inheritance of numerous outstanding performers.   MARLEE JAYNE (1992 Comic ...

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Bordeaux warm favourite

NZ HARNESS NEWS Bordeaux will be a warm favourite to repeat in Monday’s G3 $30,000 South Bay Trotters Cup at Kaikoura, but he will have to repel a significant challenge from locals hoping for a hometown success. Paul Nairn has set his locally-bred and owned up-and-coming pair of Ronald J and The Foot Tapper for the race and Ken Ford, ...

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Titan Banner a threat

By Michael Guerin The mindset of just one rival driver could determine whether Lazarus enjoys an effortless New Zealand Cup warm up at Kaikoura today. The country’s best pacer is the $1.18 bookies favourite for the $50,000 Kaikoura Cup, his final race before his New Zealand Cup defence in 15 days. After two wins as as many starts this campaign ...

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