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  • John hopeful of another big day in the cart
    It had been a quiet season for Johnny bu his own high standards, until a late double late on cup day got him back on track. A winning treble at Ashburton today has propelled him into the top five in the premiership with 21 wins. He looks to carry this run of form into a big Show Day tomorrow.
    Posted: Thursday 16 November 2017
  • Three year olds finish the day in style
    It took until Race Eleven for a winning effort to be registered, but the day finished strongly with trotter Sundees Son and pacer The Brooklyn Brawler registering a winning double to complete the day, both driven by Johnny.
    Posted: Tuesday 14 November 2017
  • Cup Day Review
    It was never going to be an easy day and so it proved for the first ten races on the programme. But a winning double in the last two races gave much than a pass mark for the day.
    Posted: Tuesday 14 November 2017
  • Sundees Son looking to build on good trial form
    A young trotter that gave us a glimpse of his huge talent as a two year old, John has been pleased with the trial preparation of Sundees Son as he heads into his season debut tomorrow. He starts from the unruly tomorrow in a trot for the R52-R60 trotters and looks set to start a warm favourite.
    Posted: Monday 13 November 2017
  • Luck needed in Group One features
    Cup Day as the name implies is all about the New Zealand Cup when it is all said and done. Tomorrow Robbie Burns will fly the flag for the stable as he looks to bely his outsider status. An already difficult task becomes even more difficult as he has to overcome his unruly draw.
    Posted: Monday 13 November 2017
  • Alta Maestro bigger than Texas in Sires Stakes Heat win
    It was crunch time as far as qualifying for this year's Sires' Stakes final on Cup Day went and top stable three year old Alta Maestro did not disappoint, leading from go to whoa in a superb front-running performance.
    Posted: Saturday 4 November 2017
  • Its a big welcome back to American Tart
    Away from the track for nearly seven months, top race-mare American Tart showed that she has lost none of her speed in a convincing win over favourite Bonnie Joan. It was a top drive from John to position her in the one-one throughout and then her high speed was too much over the last 100m, even for the classy mare Bonnie Joan.
    Posted: Saturday 4 November 2017
  • Last throw of the dice for Sires Stakes aspirants
    Tonight is the fifth and final heat for those runners hoping to gain a start in the NRM Sires' Stakes to be held at Addington on Cup Day. There are three stable chances in the race, in the shape of Alta Maestro, Henry Hubert and The Brooklyn Brawler. In the case of Alta Maestro and Henry Hubert, the draws have panned out perfectly, while for The Brooklyn Brawler, he will be forced to work hard from the outside of the frontline.
    Posted: Friday 3 November 2017
  • Stable eyes success in Listed Pace
    In Bite The Bullet and Robbie Burns, the stable have two huge chances in this afternoon's PGG Listed Sales Aged Handicap. Both horses have been in fine form and are among the better chances in what looks to be a wide open affair.
    Posted: Monday 30 October 2017
  • Robbie Burns produces huge run in PGG Sales Aged Handicap
    Already handicapped as the backmarker in the race, Robbie Burns had another 30m added to his handicap early on as a number of runners played dodgems with each other. His effort to get as close as he did to the winner Franco Tai can only be described as massive, beaten by a half length.
    Posted: Monday 30 October 2017
  • Bite The Bullet looking for another cup win
    The winner of the Kurow Cup at the start of the current season, Bite The Bullet has raced consistently since then. He looms as the main danger to hot favourite Eamon Maguire in today's Tuapeka Cup.
    Posted: Sunday 22 October 2017
  • Draws make things difficult for Sires Stakes pair
    While the stable have been pleased with the progress of both runners ahead of tonight's Sires Stakes heat, the draws have certainly made things more difficult than perhaps they already were. Alta Maestro will need to overcome a wide draw, while The Brooklyn Brawler will be looking for luck from the inside of the second line.
    Posted: Friday 20 October 2017
  • Three year olds represent good chances at Addington
    It is another pair of stable three year olds that represent good chances for the stable at Addington tomorrow evening. Henry Hubert is resuming after his debut run on the track back in February, while The Brooklyn Brawler, a good second first up a fortnight ago will look to go one better after coming up with the ace draw from the mobile.
    Posted: Wednesday 11 October 2017
  • Faster class pacers produce good runs
    On Friday night at Addington, it was the turn of the faster class pacers to shine. Robbie Burns 9in picture) and Bite The Bullet quinellaed their go over the 2600m, while Alta Orlando put in a huge run for third after starting from 30m behind in a 2600m stand.
    Posted: Monday 9 October 2017
  • Robbie Burns looking to make Addington debut a winning one
    While he is a 43 start veteran and started his career on a winning note in the south over three years ago, remarkably tonight's race at Addington will be the first on the track for the well performed Robbie Burns. A nine race winner and with over $100,000 in stake-earnings, Robbie Burns trialled well at Rangiora last week in preparation for tonight's race.
    Posted: Friday 6 October 2017
  • Alta Maesto looking to book Sires Stakes spot
    Having proved himself against the best of his age last season as a two year old, Alta Maestro heads to Cambridge tonight looking to secure a spot in the Sires Stakes final to be held on Cup Day. He meets a small but select field, with the Ray Green trained King Of Swing the toughest to beat from the ace draw.
    Posted: Thursday 5 October 2017
  • Three year olds readying for Sires Stakes
    It is that time of the year when the big names are about to hit the track and in terms of the three year old stars, Sires Stakes Heats are just round the corner. Tonight at Addington and Alexandra Park, it is the turn of The Brooklyn Brawler and Alta Maestro to take the right steps towards these targets.
    Posted: Friday 29 September 2017
  • Spondulicks gets deserved maiden win
    It was a win that had a little bit of luck attached to it, but no-one would begrudge Spondulicks maiden win tonight at start fifteen of his career.
    Posted: Friday 29 September 2017
  • Tuapeka Trick looks to do the business for Westview
    He is the pride and joy of the Westview Super Seventeen syndicate and today at Oamaru, Tuapeka Trick kicks off his three year old campaign. On the back of a good trial win at Rangiora last week, there is a lot of confidence that his reappearance will be a winning one.
    Posted: Sunday 24 September 2017
  • Back to the all weather surface today and on a track that he had performed well at previously, Missinmemate justified the confidence of driver John Dunn getting home by three quarters of a length over favourite Alta Shelby. It was J Dunn at his absolute best as he made a decisive move down the back-straight to take the lead and then kicked too well up the straight to hold off the more favoured runners.
    Posted: Sunday 24 September 2017
  • New Zealand Cup plans over for Captain Dolmio
    A start in this year's New Zealand Cup is off the table for Captain Dolmio. His plans for November's big go have been derailed with an injury to a back fetlock, his Woodend trainer John Dunn confirmed today.
    Posted: Monday 11 September 2017

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