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A very difficult question

A very good harness racing man and a good mate called me today to ask what he thought was a simple question…who is the best North American stallion available down here, based on his NA data/results? This is almost a ridiculous question (and if it wasn’t a mate asking, l wouldn’t have taken up the challenge) so l should know ...

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Bret Hanover Hall Of Fame No 5.

Check out the clip below from 1965, its got me excited   BRET HANOVER Biography:  The product of Adios out of Brenna Hanover, Bret Hanover earned the adoration of his fans by winning 62 of 68 races and earning $922,616 in his three years of campaigning. His career included a modern day record 35 straight victories as a two- and three-year-old. He ...

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Gotta Go Dali Queen – a chance in an even line-up

By Duane Ranger Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins only have one horse nominated for tonight’s meeting at Alexandra Park – and Gotta Go Dali Queen can win. “She’s got a heap of gate speed but we won’t be asking Maurie (McKendry) to bust her gut. We just want to get her around safely and then head to the Jewels,” said ...

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Jewels draw the major Phactor

By Michael Guerin For many of harness racing’s biggest names the most important goal today isn’t a win at Addington or Alexandra Park. Because while both premier tracks race tonight, the focus for many will be where their stars draw in next week’s Harness Jewels. The draws for the $1.2million day will be conducted just after noon and should be ...

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Family Ties

By Matt Markham As a dam, she’s already considered as being highly successful, but the real calling for Rob The Nest may just come as a grand-dam if this year’s Four-Year-Old Ruby at next week’s Harness Jewels is anything to go by. The dam of super trotters, Sonofthedon and Thedonson, will have three of her descendants contesting the $100,000 4YO ...

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Amateur’s take centre stage

By Matt Markham The best driving talents in the New Zealand amateur driving ranks will take centre stage in Canterbury this weekend as part of the 2017 New Zealand Amateur Driving Championships. The first of three heats to be held over the next three days opens proceedings tonight at Addington Raceway with 12 drivers competing for national glory before heading ...

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Majestic Connies continues owners success

By Tayler Strong Alan Mason and Neville Simpson, life members of the Oamaru Harness Racing Club, have extended their association as owners of Majestic Connies, the 2-year-old trotter who qualified for the Harness Jewels with his win at Invercargill on Saturday. Majestic Connies joined his stablemates Majestic Man and Springbank Lachie among qualifiers for the $100,000  Harness Jewels. The trio ...

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Guaranteed $100,000 Trifecta Jackpot At Albion Park

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to a strong ten race program this Saturday night. And again punters have the chance to win big with gambling giant UBET offering a huge $100,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on the opening race. A jackpot component of $25,000 is also programmed for the opening race. And the opening race has attracted ...

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Ex-jockeys make their trots debut at Bendigo

by Cody Winnell Former gallops jockeys Darren Gauci and Matt Pumpa are eager to face off in a double-seater sulky race at Tabcorp Park Melton after making their trots-track debut at Bendigo’s Harness Racing Training Centre on Tuesday. Gauci and Pumpa, who mentor apprentice jockeys full-time as part of Racing Victoria’s Apprentice Jockey Training Program, were on hand to learn ...

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Gath has high hopes for Van Mara at Melton

by Trots Media Exciting former Kiwi Van Mara (Lis Mara-Van Seraa) can overcome his extreme draw at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night, says trainer Andy Gath. Speaking with Nadia Horne on RSN Friday morning, Gath spoke glowingly of his four-year-old, who is two-for-two since joining the Kate and Andy team. “He had really good form in New Zealand. It tapered ...

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