Otago Daily Times: Racing News

Looking back at the season's highlights

Looking back at the season's highlights

The 2013-14 season has just a week left before it is consigned to the annals of history, so racing-sports reporter Matt Smith got on the phone and found out from some of the local trainers, drivers, jockeys and administrators what happened to be their memorable moments from the season.

Racing: Syndicates may hold key

Syndicates could be the answer to breaking down the barriers between Forbury Park Trotting Club and the rest of Dunedin.

All the power

All the power

Presidential gets to the line ahead of Miri (9, centre) and Indefinite (inner) in the c0 and faster trot at the Forbury Park trials yesterday.

Forbury Park facing big changes

Forbury Park facing big changes

To use a racing phrase, the Forbury Park Trotting Club is in an awkward - but not hopeless - spot.

Racing: Anzac Star looks hard to beat

Racing: Anzac Star looks hard to beat

Wingatui trainer Paul Richards hit the ground running this week, and hopes his strong team of gallopers do the same at Oamaru tomorrow.

Racing: Double ton for Double D

Racing: Double ton for Double D

Dexter Dunn holds up two fingers after bringing up 200 wins in a season for the third time at Forbury Park on Thursday night.

Racing Matters: An unforgettable feat

Racing Matters: An unforgettable feat

Cramping up ...

My Tuesday night viewing is erratic at best. Home And Away (sadly, I'm not joking), The Crowd Goes Wild, Catfish (a strangely entertaining show on MTV at 8.30pm) and then I tend to surf after that.

Video: Matt Smith's two minute racing tips

Video: Matt Smith's two minute racing tips

ODT racing writer Matt Smith previews the weekend's racing action.

Racing: Emphatic win - finally

Two years since New Years Jay had her maiden win snatched away for galloping too far in a race, she made up for it in the most emphatic fashion at Forbury Park last night.

Racing: Night of remarkable moments

Racing: Night of remarkable moments

It was a night of remarkable moments at Forbury Park last night.

Racing: Kym's Boy a big chance

Racing: Kym's Boy a big chance

Stop me if you think you've heard this one before.

Racing: Boost for Otago meeting

A spate of abandoned meetings this season will have a positive spinoff for the Otago Racing Club's meeting at Wingatui on July 28.

Bigger competition expected

Organisers expect the Oamaru punter of the year competition will be bigger and better this year.

Racing: Predictions close to the mark

About 11 months ago, racing/sports reporter Matt Smith threw his reputation to the racing wolves (now there's a betting idea) by predicting what might happen this season. As the 2013-14 season is just about over, now seemed a good time to look back and see whether he is on-the-money or a questionable clairvoyant. Next season's predictions will be published early next month.

Racing: Lurah takes up the torch

Racing: Lurah takes up the torch

Lurah is finishing off what her mother barely began as she works through the grades in the South Island.

Racing: Form makes for intriguing contest

Racing: Form makes for intriguing contest

The c1 trot grade in Canterbury and Otago is not short of numbers late in the 2013-14 season, and that's reflected by the strong field lining up in race 8 at Oamaru tomorrow. Matt Smith talks to the connections of five of the leading chances.

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