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McRae brings up 200 training wins

NZ HARNESS NEWS West Melton trainer Steve McRae brought up his 200th training win in style when debutante Nemera Franco recovered with a superlative win at the Akaroa grass meeting at Motukarara on Sunday. His first win came at Forbury on October 31, 2004, with Franco Traveller, after taking up a position with Spreydon Lodge. “You never forget your first one,” ...

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House’s Addington winners under offer

NZ HARNESS NEWS Michael House isn’t expecting to be holding on to his two latest metro winners, Johnny Mac and Voodoo Prince, for much longer. Both were impressive maiden winners at Addington during the course of the double-header meeting over the weekend and both are now under offer to Perth. “You never want to sell horses like those two, but ...

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Purdon suspended

By Adam Hamilton MARK Purdon copped a hefty suspension in the aftermath to his breathtaking Perth Inter Dominion final on Lazarus. The suspension actually came from his winning drive on Ultimate Machete in the Group 1 Golden Nugget on the same night. And, in another twist, Ultimate Machete pulled-up lame and was stood down after the win. The suspension stemmed ...

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Aussie News

By Adam Hamilton TOP local driver Gary Hall Jr had to be content with second in the Inter Dominion aboard Chicago Bull, but still snared a Group 1 win on the night. Hall Jr teamed with his father, Gary Hall Sr, and classy mare Ideal Alice to win the $125,000 Group 1 Mares’ Classic (2536m) at Gloucester Park. And it ...

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The future of the Inter Dominion

By Adam Hamilton THE traditional format of the Inter Dominion will be maintained when Melbourne, Auckland and Sydney host over the next three years. In news which will delight harness diehards, it will soon be formalised that the initial proposal from just two rounds of qualifying rounds into a final has been ditched in favour of the three-heat series Perth ...

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Vale Kevin Harding

11 December 2017 | Graham Fischer Respected harness racing participant Kevin Harding has passed away. Harding, 68, passed away on Sunday, December 3 after a long battle with cancer. A twin brother of top South Australian trainer Les, Kevin Harding was involved in harness racing from the 1970s. He is the father of current trainer-driver Michael Harding. A trainer-driver from ...

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Official Art officially fast!

11 December 2017 | Graham Fischer Brilliant pacer Official Art raced his way into the record book at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Sent out the $2.10 favourite, Official Art gave his rivals a speed lesson leading throughout to win the O’Brien’s Meats Pace (1385m) rating a sizzling 1.53.0 to take 0.1 off the previous best recorded by Metro Mike ...

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Ryan Hryhorec is flying!

11 December 2017 | Graham Fischer South Australia’s leading trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec is flying. Hryhorec opened December with a driving treble and training a winning double at Globe Derby Park, then a week later repeated the effort on ‘Hotshots Night’. He started the night with a win on Addarichone for trainer Errol Johnson, then trained and drove Doubledipofheaven and Hellfire ...

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Winning with Barrow Street

11 December 2017 | Graham Fischer The win of Barrow Street at Globe Derby Park on Saturday was another tick for Port Pirie trainer Waylon Hornhardt as he attempts to build his training career. Sent out at $12.90, Barrow Street, driven by Wayne Hill, scored a one metre win in the O’Brien’s Meats ‘Hotshots Night’ Claiming Pace (1385m) beating Maywyns ...

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Redbelly Jack Lays Down The Challenge

11 December 2017 | Terry Neil REDBELLY Jack will be strongly fancied to complete a clean-sweep of this year‘s Soldiers Saddle Series in Friday’s $15,000 final at Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway, after another outstanding win in last week’s semi-finals. Driver Nathan Xuereb, for father Michael, again allowed the Rock N Roll Heaven four-year-old  to settle at the tail of the ...

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