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  • For everyone in harness racing, November is like grand final time in racing, with features such as the NZ Cup, Dominion Handicap and Sires Stakes final that all play out. We would be there for all of November's big days, but for Robert, it is 4 November that he will long remember, the day that courtesy of Heisenberg, he trained his 1500th New Zealand winner.
    Posted: Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • In terms of the season's racing, October would have to be our most disappointing. The derailing of Sundees Son's Dominion Handicap campaign and the uncertainty over a start in next month's cup for Henry Hubert definitely put a downer on things. It was the deeds of Dexter over in the USA that kept the spirits high, especially after his two Breeders Crowns at the end of the month.
    Posted: Tuesday 31 March 2020
  • With September signalling the start of spring, some of the big guns were going to be heading back to the track. For our stable, there was huge excitement around the reappearance of Sundees Son and with two starts in September, he did not disappoint, promising a huge season ahead.
    Posted: Monday 30 March 2020
  • The show must go on
    While we live in the most unbelievable of times at present, we are constantly adjusting our lives to the new norm. A premier night of racing will go ahead this evening, albeit with huge restrictions in place in terms of attendance. We have a big team of runners that will go around and are represented in all of the night's feature races, but without John Dunn, who is forced to sit out because of a recent trip to Australia.
    Posted: Friday 20 March 2020
  • Three year olds continue push towards feature events
    We have another big team in at Addington tonight, including smart three year olds Heroes Square, Carlos Bromac and Sugar Loaf. There are also two debutantes to go around in Dolce Vita and Alluring Tyron.
    Posted: Friday 13 March 2020
  • Stars Tonight and Heroes Square shine at Addington
    Stars Tonight has probably been the stable's most consistent horse this campaign and was rewarded for his efforts with a strong win after leading. Heroes Square is one of the real rising stars of the stable, his third win tonight almost guaranteeing that he will be locking horns with the best three year olds in the country come derby night.
    Posted: Friday 13 March 2020
  • Great staff effort the key to massive weekend for the stable
    In terms of wins alone, the weekend has been an incredible result for our stable with 11 victories over four meetings. However, the real success of our weekend has been the massive contribution by all of our staff to achieve the results that we have.
    Posted: Sunday 8 March 2020
  • Group Three victory to Woodstone the highlight of a five win day for the stable
    It had been a long time between drinks - 16 months to be correct - but Robert never lost the faith in open class trotter Woodstone being able to get back to his best form. Last night at Alexandra Park, Woodstone delivered in style, showing toughness over the 2700m trip to outstay favourite and stablemate Pretty Majestic in what was a big run after sitting parked.
    Posted: Saturday 7 March 2020
  • Passion And Power looks to continue winning run in Group Two
    Passion And Power has been the outstanding commodity to date in the two year old filly ranks and will look to stretch her unbeaten run to four wins tonight at Alexandra Park. Her target this evening is the Group Two Delightful Lady Classic for $80,000.
    Posted: Friday 6 March 2020
  • What a night for the Bagries and Dunns at Menangle
    Buoyed no doubt by the success of Kiwi gallopers Probabeel and Te Akau Shark earlier in the afternoon at Randwick, the Bagrie and Dunn families must have driven to Menangle last night with a degree of hope for their respective runners. But to see the dream result where now both of Bettors Heart and Alta Orlando are through to next week's Miracle Mile, would probably have been pushing the levels of optimism.
    Posted: Sunday 1 March 2020
  • Soundslikeart completes perfect weekend for Yabby Dam Racing
    Four year old Art Major mare Soundslikeart has done a great job since coming to New Zealand and was at her best today, registering her first Addington victory. Appearing in a lot of trouble following a fading runner at the 500m, she stormed home up the pylons once the gap appeared, bettering favourite Woman In Gold right on the line.
    Posted: Sunday 1 March 2020
  • New Zealand Record to Pretty Majestic sets up a great night for Diamond Racing
    It was expected to be a big night for the time last night with lots of great chances in both islands. The stable runners did not disappoint producing the four wins and a further two placings. It is hard to single out one winning performance, but the effort of Pretty Majestic in slashing a New Zealand Record that had stood for 23 years is particularly noteworthy.
    Posted: Saturday 29 February 2020
  • Another busy Friday night for the team
    It will be another busy Friday night for the team with 15 runners to go around over both islands. John is up in Auckland tonight driving Need You Now, so Tim Williams, Bob Butt and Gavin Smith will deputise at Addington in his absence.
    Posted: Friday 28 February 2020
  • Good night for the team at Alex Park
    It was a cracking night for the team at Alexandra Park last night with the three winners for just six starters. Resonate gained an overdue win in the intermediate ranks, while Pretty Majestic continued a great run since crossing the Tasman. Passion And Power was much too good for the two year olds in the last despite having to overcome an outside barrier.
    Posted: Saturday 15 February 2020
  • Addington review
    It was just one of those nights where we got close, but no cigar! The highlight of the night was no doubt Pres Da Belle in running second in the Group Three Summer Trotting Free-For-All after putting in a huge run.
    Posted: Saturday 15 February 2020
  • Massive night ahead across both islands
    The late summer action heats up tonight at Addington with our stable represented throughout the night's group races. We also have a handy team engaged this evening at Alexandra Park.
    Posted: Friday 14 February 2020
  • Stars Tonight looks to continue wonderful run of form
    It has been a fantastic season to date for Bettor's Delight 4yo Stars Tonight, with four wins and five placings from just 11 starts, taking his seasonal stake-earnings to just under $50,000. The winner of both the Westport Cup and Marlborough Cup in two of his last five starts, he will look to add to that tally with victory in this afternoon's $20,000 Amberley Cup.
    Posted: Thursday 6 February 2020
  • Fans await the return of their pride and joy at Addington
    It has been three months since top filly Spellbound has been sighted in the South Island. Her return tomorrow evening will be eagerly awaited by her big group of owners, who are sure to turn out in big numbers for the first race at Addington on Friday evening.
    Posted: Thursday 30 January 2020
  • Heisenberg attempts cups treble at Invercargill
    What has already been a stellar season for Heisenberg, can take another step forward as he seeks victory in today's Invercargill Cup. Having ground out tough wins in the Ashburton and Central Otago Cups at his last two starts, he looks one of the main chances today in what appears a very even field.
    Posted: Saturday 25 January 2020
  • The action returns to Addington
    After five weeks away from Addington the action returns to headquarters this evening. We have the four runners that will go around and all appear genuine chances.
    Posted: Friday 24 January 2020
  • John's thoughts on Blenheim Day One and Two
    John was very happy with the two wins on Day One at Blenheim. He looks at the runs from Friday and to today's action, including the cup.
    Posted: Sunday 19 January 2020

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