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Inter Dominions Begin

The 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion Championships are about to get underway and like last year they will be staged in Perth, Western Australia and will be the last of their three-year tenure there. Last year’s Inter Dominion Champion Smolda is of course absent, having been retired from racing earlier this year, but the reigning NZ […]



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A Day To Remember

Another year and another NZ Cup Day has provided an amazing spectacle of Harness Racing at its absolute best. Two NZ Records were set, one obliterating the previous mark in the feature 3-year-old pace and the other equalling the previous mark in the feature trot. Great Things Happen, a 6-year-old gelding by Love You out […]



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Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Latest

This week as tradition would have it, on the first Tuesday in November we had “the race that stops a nation”, the Melbourne Cup for the galloping code and next week, sticking with tradition, on the second Tuesday in November we will witness the running of the Group 1 $800,000 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup. […]



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Can He Be Beaten?

The question is already being asked, “How are they going to beat him?” Champion pacer and current NZ Trotting Cup holder, Lazarus has gone another step closer to the ideal preparation for his Cup defence. On Monday at Kaikoura, Lazarus lined up for his third race in his three-race lead-up to his defence of the […]



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A Very Rewarding Day

Flying Stakes Day at Ashburton, staged last Monday the 23rd October, is always a pinnacle day on the harness racing calendar, with the feature race to the fore as a critical form race for the upcoming NZ Trotting Cup to be held three weeks later. This year, while the Flying Stakes was certainly a much-anticipated […]



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The Very Exclusive 2000 Club

One of the rarest milestones to be achieved in New Zealand Harness Racing became a reality for trainer Mark Purdon at Addington Raceway last Thursday night, the 12th October. Before the second race on the programme, Mark had achieved 1999 wins as a trainer in New Zealand and was to drive Bettor Trix in this […]



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Grand Circuit Start Shows A Bit Of Bite

Breckon Farms bred or owned horses have made a great start to qualifying for the prestigious NZ Sires Stakes Series, with a win and a 2nd placing in the first two heats staged. Last week in the first heat of the series, King Of Swing (Rocknroll Hanover / Twist And Twirl), bred by Breckon Farms […]



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The Good & Sad of Racing

One of the many Breckon Farms bred achievers in recent times has been Major Star. He was bred by the Ciccio Breeding Syndicate, being by Art Major out of Ciccio Star. Ciccio Star was a 1:58.4, 5-win, $102,499, Soky’s Atom mare who is the dam of 8 winners. Major Star has been her best performer, […]



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NZ Horses & Connections Have Success In Australian Awards

This week, Harness Racing Australia announced the winners of the 2017 Horse of the Year Awards and there is certainly a Kiwi ring about many of the successful equine stars. These awards are voted for by over 60 judges, that include media personnel and administrators right around Australia. In the Vancleve Awards for Trotters, New […]



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Another Milestone

Last Friday, the 8th September, was a memorable occasion at Addington Raceway in Christchurch, for top reinsman Colin DeFilippi. He reached the milestone of driving 2,000 winners in New Zealand. This was in his first drive on the programme and very fittingly achieved on a trotter called Izmok, who Colin shares in the ownership of […]



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