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An impressive start

By Michael Guerin Gareth Hughes must know how Aramis feels. The pair are only just starting their careers but have both done so with impressive strike rates, which they hope to continue in the first, and best, race at Alexandra Park tonight. Hughes has joined his father Brian, one of the most astute trainers in New Zealand for three decades, ...

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Baquero to debut

NZ HARNESS NEWS Promising three-year-old filly Baquero makes her much-anticipated debut at Alexandra Park on Friday night for Cambridge trainer Arna Donnelly. The daughter of Shadow Play has had clockers rubbing their eyes in recent workouts, running back-to-back sub-27sec second quarters under a hold at Pukekohe. Both times she was driven cold by Scott Phelan and charged home late to ...

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Smith moving to Rangiora

NZ HARNESS NEWS Gavin Smith will be training from Belmont Lodge adjacent to the Rangiora racecourse from the beginning of next month. Smith has for the last two-and-a-half years been at Dancingonmoonlight Farm at Ohoka, the showpiece property owned by his father-in-law Robert Famularo. But that situation hasn’t been ideal due to the multi-purpose nature of the farm. Smith can ...

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Harness Briefs – 22nd September

STABLEMATES WITHDRAWN FROM NZ CUP Canterbury trainer Cran Dalgety has withdrawn 16th-ranked Art Union, and his 23rd-ranked half-brother Alpha Rock from the $800,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup on Tuesday, November 14. Both were not realistic cup hopes. They will target the fast class junior free-for-all on NZ Cup day instead. Cran said Art Union had shown no sign of ...

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Bull’s Big Day

BY ADAM HAMILTON It is D-Day for Chicago Bull. Friday night’s $50,000 Group Two Navy Cup (2130m) is the race, trainer Gary Hall Sr will use, to decide whether his stable star tackles the $200,000 Group One Victoria Cup at Melton on October 14. “I’m just not 100 per cent sure where I’m at with him, but this race will ...

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Guaranteed $50,000 F4 At Albion Park

22 September 2017 The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to another strong 10 race program this Saturday night. Gambling giant UBET are offering several jackpots throughout the program including a guaranteed $50,000 First 4 pool on the opening race plus a $10,000 jackpot. The opening race has attracted an even field of 12 pacers with several in-form runners ...

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Official Art kickstarts his campaign

22 September 2017 | Paul Courts PROMISING pacer Official Art is expected to kick-start his campaign on a high when he heads to Globe Derby on Saturday night. First-up since last March, Official Art is returning from a hairline fracture, with trainer Jonathon Kingston-Mayne confident the five-year-old is ready to make up for lost time. Official Art won six of ...

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Chicago Bull Faces Tough Task Says Hall

21 September 2017 | Ken Casellas Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr holds the whip hand in the $50,000 Navy Cup at Gloucester Park tomorrow night with five of the 12 runners. But he predicts stable star Chicago Bull faces a stern test from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the 2130m feature event. “He will obviously improve on ...

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Bond and Warwick Golden Run to Continue

21 September 2017 | Ken Casellas Trainer Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick have made a flying start to the 2017-18 season and their golden run looks set to continue at full tilt at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They appear likely to dominate proceedings with a powerful line-up of high-quality pacers. Bond’s past 11 starters have produced nine wins, ...

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