Smolda's surprise entry for the Auckland Trotting Cup
has put pacing's young guns back in their place - for a few
weeks at least.
Sunday had not started well for the Dobbs family.
North Taieri's White Robe Lodge is built around long-standing
relationships and Tommy Tucker fits the philosophy perfectly.
Merci Cherie is not the biggest horse going around.
ODT racing writer Matt Smith previews the weekend's racing
Waterloo Sunset has always been a beast of a trotter but the
rest of the game is falling in to place this season as he
heads to Orari tomorrow.
The lack of a claim is not slowing down leading South Island
apprentice jockey Samantha Wynne as she prepares for 14 rides
over the next three days.
Hands up who is excited about the Interdominions, which start
tonight in Perth?
The Australians are coming for a raid of the southern stakes
but a Southland driver has a good mind to stop them.
It is difficult to complain about too much that went on in
Christchurch last week, so here are some extra positives to
An alternative way to source Bettor's Delight-type bloodlines
has paid off for Mosgiel owner-breeders Syd and Shona Brown.
A rare spring grass growth in Roxburgh is behind trainers
Geoff and Jude Knight as they fire up their racing team for
the summer and Forbury Park tonight.
There were few better feel-good stories at the New Zealand
Cup carnival last week than the tale of Spirit Eclipse.
The Te Akau training operation has unlocked the secret to the
southern group 1 races for 3yr-olds - give the precocious
youngsters time to take in their surroundings in the South
There are a few angles you could take with this year's New
Zealand Cup winner Jimmy Mac.
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