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  • Billy Badger backs up superbly in Winter Cup win
    Having refound his best form on the first day at Nelson on Friday, Billy Badger was accorded some respect in today's Winter Cup, starting second favourite. However, it was the well performed Alpha Rock and Mongolian Hero that dominated the markets. In the end though, it was the Art Major colt that proved too good registering the sixth win of his 29 start career.
    Posted: Sunday 11 June 2017
  • Inter-island hat-trick a good result for a Friday
    While the winners have been a bit hard to come by of late, a hat-trick of wins achieved yesterday - Nelson two, Auckland one - will hopefully be the turnaround in fortunes that we have been looking for.
    Posted: Saturday 10 June 2017
  • The draw gods were not handing out any favours last Friday as the draws for this year's Harness Jewels were confirmed. While the two year olds Sundees Son and Alta Maestro are the best stable chances, both will need luck from their respective draws to feature.
    Posted: Friday 2 June 2017
  • Harness Jewels Qualifiers
    After the last day of qualifying at Oamaru on Sunday, there are four stable runners that will contest various sections in this year's Harness Jewels to be run at Ashburton on 3 June.
    Posted: Tuesday 23 May 2017
  • Sundees Son looking to bring
    The prodigious talent that is Sundees Son looks a massive chance in tomorrow night's Group Two Sires Stakes at Addington. However, his wayward tendencies of late remain a concern and may yet prove his biggest hurdle.
    Posted: Thursday 18 May 2017
  • Alta Maestro looking to go one better in the Sires Stakes
    He was ever so brave in last week's Yearling Sales Pace for the two year olds. This week Alta Maestro looks to go one better as he again locks horns with the Purdon/Rasmussen pair of Spankem and The Devils Own in the Group One Sires Stakes final.
    Posted: Thursday 18 May 2017
  • Alta Maestro game in defeat in defeat in Yearling Sales pace
    Smart colt Alta Maestro made his Addington debut on Friday in the Yearling Sales pace for the two year olds. After leading throughout, he was bombed late in the piece by The Devils Own, but will have lost no followers.
    Posted: Monday 15 May 2017
  • Alta Maestro primed for Addington debut
    Successful in four of his five race starts to date, Alta Maestro debuts at Addington tonight in the PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 2yr old final. He has landed the perfect barrier, drawn in barrier two and looks sure to be the horse that they all have to beat.
    Posted: Friday 12 May 2017
  • While breaks have been costly the last couple of starts, there can be no denying the huge talent that is Sundees Son. Tomorrow he looks to get his campaign back on track, with manners the key ingredient for his success.
    Posted: Saturday 6 May 2017
  • While he has been out of the winners circle since last October, it was a second last week behind Cash N Flow that signalled that Robbie Burns was on his way back to some useful form. Last night at Alexandra Park, he dominated a nice field of intermediate class pacers, leading for the last 1600m and running home far too strongly for any of the chasing pack.
    Posted: Saturday 6 May 2017
  • Sundees Son heads strong field in Trotting Stakes
    While he faces his toughest test tonight at Addington, Sundees Son is a deserving favourite in this year's Trotting Stakes for the two year old trotters. He will be joined in the race by the Westview syndicated Borntobeastar that gives the Robert Dunn stable a strong second hand in the race also.
    Posted: Saturday 15 April 2017
  • Captain Dolmio and Franco Nelson set for big runs in Easter Cup
    While this year's Easter Cup may be a small field numerically, you cannot fault the class of those involved in this year's contest. While the Purdon/Rasmussen trained Heaven Rocks will start a dominating favourite in the race, a strong case can be made for most other runners in the race with Captain Dolmio and Franco Nelson at the forefront of those discussions.
    Posted: Saturday 15 April 2017
  • Addington Preview
    It is the second premier meeting of the autumn following up an unbelievable night of racing last week. The stable are well represented with Billy Badger in the Group One New Zealand Derby and The Brooklyn Brawler in the Group Two Welcome Stakes for the two year olds.
    Posted: Friday 7 April 2017
  • Franco Nelson claims 2600m NZ record in resuming run
    Even though he had performed well in a trial last week, driver John Dunn felt that Franco Nelson was up against it first up especially from his 45m handicap. However, after a brilliant beginning in which Franco Nelson quickly negated his handicap, his winning chances soared and eventually he went on for a win in NZ record time.
    Posted: Sunday 2 April 2017
  • While poor manners had been her undoing in her first three starts, today Bonnie Highlander put it all together, landing a good one-one trip throughout before coasting up to leader Grand Princess at the 100m before going on for an effortless maiden win.
    Posted: Sunday 2 April 2017
  • While she had little luck in her first three race starts, those that retained the belief in the Somebeachsomewhere filly profited handsomely as from a sweet draw of one, she led from go to whoa, booking herself a place in the Sires Stakes final.
    Posted: Monday 27 March 2017
  • Alta Maestro produces New Zealand record in taking Sires Stakes heat
    He had looked the real deal in his first two wins, but a Young Guns third gave some hope to his rivals tonight. However, it was a totally dominant Alta Maestro tonight as he cruised to an emphatic win by four and a quarter lengths in a New Zealand record time of 1.59.9 for a two year old colt or gelding.
    Posted: Thursday 23 March 2017
  • Posted: Friday 10 March 2017
  • The Brooklyn Brawler provides winning tonic for Alan Neumann
    He would much rather have been down at Wyndham yesterday, cheering home The Brooklyn Brawler, but instead part-owner Alan Neumann was sitting in hospital in Auckland with son Vinnie watching the race on the I Pad. But if ever Alan wanted a bit of a pick me up, then his two year colt must have known, as he bloused away a good field in the Group Three Kindergarten Stakes.
    Posted: Sunday 5 March 2017
  • Stable double takes premiership lead to four
    After a couple of wins today - Gotta Go Ya Hu and Crackamoa, the premiership lead is out to four, while John is up to 51 driving wins for the season.
    Posted: Sunday 5 March 2017
  • The Westview Super Seventeen syndicate is a totally new iniative this season for Nigel Armstrong. The "Super" Seventeen is so named because this syndicate bought three lots purchased at last years sales, all well bred and with the goal of racing as two year olds. Tuapeka Trick is one of these and this afternoon at Wyndham will chase group race success for his big band of owners.
    Posted: Saturday 4 March 2017

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