Mr Feelgood firing

Mr Feelgood is set to have his first start in New Zealand at Addington on September 18.

The 7yr-old entire, trained by Tim Butt and Phillip Anderson, finished second to Mr Molly at his first New Zealand trials outing at Ashburton last Tuesday.

The horse will have a trial at Rangiora tomorrow and another at Ashburton today week prior to his race at Addington.

The winner of the Addington race, the Avon City Ford Cup, a 2600m (mobile) with a preferential barrier draw, is automatically guaranteed at start in the $1 million NZ Cup on November 10..

Mr Feelgood has won $2,863,647 in stakes, the result of 21 wins and 18 placings from 61 starts.

He won 18 races in America and four in Australia from seven starts after being purchased by an Australian syndicate in January.

The son of Grinfromeartoear, the sire of talented Smiling Shard, won the $A270,000 Hunter Cup from 10m at Moonee Valley in February and the $A500,000 Interdominion Grand Final at Albion Park the following month for Butt and Anderson who prepared him out of the Melton stable of Gavin Lang.

He was given a two-month spell on arriving in New Zealand after the Interdominions.

Manuel "Billy" Borg, the Queensland horseman, has one drive at Addington today.

Borg (60) will take the reins on the Wayne Higgs-trained Greenstreet Cully in race six.

Zenad, trained by Geoff Small, has returned an irregularity in a drug test after he won at Moonee Valley on February 7, NZPA reports.

Small was disqualified last week for two years following a positive test to tranexamic acid returned by Changeover after his win in the Len Smith Mile at Menangle.

He has been granted a stay of proceedings, enabling him to continue training pending an appeal hearing.

Harness Racing Victoria communications director Shaun Kelly said a positive test had not been declared because HRV is waiting for confirmatory testing at another laboratory.

Christian Fire, a three-quarter brother to the champion Courage Under Fire, is to stand at stud at Eyreton this spring.

A 6yr-old, he is by Christian Cullen from Advance Debra, a race-winning daughter of record-breaking sire Vance Hanover.

His maternal grand-dam, Deborah Dundee, won three races and won the Broodmare Excellence Award, during the 1998-99 season.

Christian Fire won seven races and $62,000, pacing 1.59.6 winning at Addington as a 3yr-old, when trained by Robbie Holmes at Leithfield Beach.

"Christian Fire was a high speed, good-gaited colt.

"He had a great temperament, which made him easy to train, and was a tradesman on race day," Holmes said.

At 15 hands, he is the same height as Courage Under Fire, who won 41 races, 24 in a row, pacing 1.54.2, and winning $1.5 million in stakemoney.

He is now a promising sire.

Christian Fire had his last race in June this year.

He will stand at a fee of $1500 plus GST.

He is owned by the Sandridge Racing Syndicate, comprising his breeder Wally Radford, Wally's partner, Diane Richardson, and his daughter, Fiona Mules, all from Rangiora.

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