CHRIS ALFORD SETS NEW AUSTRALIAN RECORD

While we’ve just witnessed an outstanding effort on this side of the Tasman this week, with Blair Orange not only beating his main opponent and friend Dexter Dunn, who has dominated the premiership over the last decade, for the 2017/18 NZ Drivers Premiership, but also setting a new NZ Record for a season’s driving with […]

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ORANGE SQUEEZES MORE WINS OUT OF THE SEASON

With four wins on the card at Addington last Friday (20th July) leading driver Blair Orange surpassed the previous NZ Record season’s tally of 229 wins set by Dexter Dunn last season. And just for good measure, Blair also added a further win at Rangiora on Sunday (22nd July) to make it 231 wins for […]

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BUTCHER BOYS MAKE PREMIERSHIP CUT

From the 1960’s the NZ Drivers Premiership has been dominated by North Island drivers, but that was all to change after the appearance of Dexter Dunn in his second year as a Junior Driver in 2008 when he took out the premiership with a record-breaking 146 wins. Dexter has continued to make the premiership his […]

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HARNESS JEWELS WILL COME BACK TO CAMBRIDGE

After a meeting at Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) this week, it has been announced that the 2020 Harness Jewels will be staged once again at Cambridge Raceway. This follows what is understood to be a spirited lobby by the Auckland Trotting Club to follow in the footsteps of Addington Raceway who were successful in […]

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2500 WINS – A HUGE ACHIEVEMENT !!!

Gary Hall Sr reached an amazing milestone on Tuesday (3rd July) night at Gloucester Park, when in Race 1 on the programme his NZ-bred 2-year-old Robbie Easton won and made it 2,500 winners for the astute Western Australia trainer. In some ways it was very fitting that Robbie Easton was the horse to bring up […]

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THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON A STELLAR CAREER

Back in May 2014, a remarkable saga began, when Ken and Karen Breckon purchased Lot 53 at the Autumn Weanling & All Age Sale at Karaka in Auckland. This was a Bettor’s Delight filly, out of the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade, consigned by Woodlands Stud that was unnamed at this point, but soon to […]

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NZB STANDARDBRED ENTER THE MARKET

Last week it was announced that leading Thoroughbred sales, airfreight and insurance company New Zealand Bloodstock had plans to enter the Standardbred market and offer its full compliment of services to this sector of the racing industry in New Zealand. Since 1995 New Zealand Bloodstock, a privately-owned business based at Karaka in Auckland, has provided […]

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DESTREOS ACHIEVES AN AMAZING FEAT

Although it was achieved back on the 20th April, I couldn’t let this opportunity go by without recognising the incredible achievement finally reached by the grand old campaigner Destreos. Destreos has been dubbed harness racing’s modern-day Iron Man, as well as being given the nickname of “King of the Creek” because of his amazing record […]

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HARNESS JEWELS WRAP

The 12th staging of the Harness Jewels at Cambridge Raceway on the 2nd June was once again blessed with good weather and good racing. The all-conquering All Stars Stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen continued on its winning way creating more milestones in the process, with Mark himself saying it was “our greatest Jewels […]

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Four of the Best for Breckon Farms Syndicates

In what will be my last article until June, it is fitting to look forward to the great Harness Jewels raceday, that is shaping to be a boomer. This year the nine Group 1 day of racing is to be staged at the Cambridge Raceway and is set to be held on Saturday, the 2nd […]

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