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“THE VIEW FROM THE CLOUDS”, a review by Peter Craig

What is it about race callers that they always have a story or two worth relating?? Think of Keith Haub, George Simon, Reon Murtha ….. Australians John Tapp, our “own” Mark McNamara and to that list I would definitely add John Hunt.   You might say John who?? John Hunt’s second book “The View From The Clouds”, released in late ...

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Harnessbred.com has the great pleasure in announcing the highly respected Peter Craig is joining our Team for NZ. Check out his Bio

BIO NOTES – PETER CRAIG A retired public servant, accountant, born in Auckland with career taking in 23½ years in Wellington with last 19 years living in Christchurch with wife Catharine. A harness racing enthusiast with keen interest in historical matters. Current industry involvement – • Member of Classic Families team (www.calssicfamilies.net) responsible for updating and maintaining the New Zealand ...

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NEW ZEALAND STANDARDBRED SALES – PART ONE

Standardbred auction sales in New Zealand have tended to fall into three main categories – yearling, all age (includes weanlings, yearlings, broodmares, two/three year olds and older horses raced/unraced, sires) and dispersal of part or all of a breeders/horsepersons stock.   The first National Yearling Sales were held at Addington Raceway on Friday 3 November 1944, jointly conducted by Wright ...

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HRNZ’S EXPERIENCED FEMALE YEARLING SALES PREPARER : NATALIE GAMESON

Harness Racing New Zealand’s (HRNZ) proud tradition of employing staff involved with various facets of the industry applies in respect of its female staff (past and present) engaged in yearling sales preparation. This has included in recent years past staff members Aimee Edmonds (now training in partnership with Craig Edmonds), the late Lyn O’Connell and Stacey Markham now employed by ...

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FESTIVE SEASON GREETINGS

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all loyal Harnessbred Facebook followers of my weekly articles compliments of the festive season. Your comments, observations and additional contributions regarding my articlesare much appreciated, adding to my knowledge especially of Australian harness racing history. Special thanks must go to my wife Catharine for her proof reading prowess especially in correcting ...

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REVIEW OF 2017 PERTH INTERDOMINIONS

Maintaining the traditional Interdominion Championships format, Gloucester Park Harness Racing Club (Perth) recently held the third of its three years as host club (24 November – 8 December 2017. Home to the inaugural Interdominion (id) Championship in 1936, Gloucester Park (GP) was holding its sixteenth Interdominion  event, the most times of any Australasian venue. Long term sponsor TABtouch provided the ...

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AUSTRALIAN CLASSIC WINNER PRODUCING MARES

This is the eighteenth and final 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.   GORSE BUSH ...

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PERTH‘S SIXTH INTERDOMINIONS – 1962

Gloucester Park (GP) entertained its sixth Interdominion carnival in 1962, five years after the previous one in 1957. At this stage, Perth had hosted six of the twenty one Interdomnions held since 1936.   These championships were determined over three heats of 12 furlongs, 13 furlongs and 2 miles with the Grand Final over 13 furlongs for a prize of ...

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PERTH‘S FIFTH INTERDOMINIONS – 1957

Gloucester Park (GP) entertained its fifth Interdominion carnival in 1957, just four years after the previous one in 1953.   These championships would be determined over three heats of 12 furlongs, 13 furlongs and 2 miles with the Grand Final over 13 furlongs for a prize of £10,000 and total prize money of £18,800. The Interdominion heats were run on ...

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PERTH‘S FOURTH INTERDOMINIONS – 1953

Gloucester Park (GP) entertained its fourth Interdominion carnival in 1953, six years after the previous one in 1947.   This was the first Perth Interdominion where the winner of the Grand Final would be declared overall champion. In the three previous Perth Interdominions (ID’s), the Grand Champion had been determined by overall points gained through heats and a final. These ...

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