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Chilcott chalks up another Oaks win

By Duane Ranger Waikato’s only trainer at this year’s Harness Jewels Final had another successful night at the office at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. Cambridge conditioner Nicky Chilcott won her second Oaks within the space of six days when the Sailesh Abernethy driven Monaro Mia won the richest event at ‘The Raceway’. Monaro Mia followed up her Gr.3 $30,000 Haras des Trotteurs Northern Trotting Oaks victory at Alexandra Park last Friday night with a tough win in the inaugural $1...

May 18, 2018

‘The Godfather’ looking for his first NZ title

By Duane Ranger The ‘Godfather’ of the amateur driving movement in New Zealand – Steve Phillips – sets out on his first New Zealand title quest at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. Phillips and his wife Anne recently relocated to the Waikato and Phillips said he would dearly love to win the first of the three New Zealand Championship heats scheduled for 5.10pm (Race 1). “We were going to have two heats - the same as Rangiora on May 27, but sadly we couldn't get enough horses for ano...

May 17, 2018

Selections: May 17 2018

By Duane Ranger Race 1: Pay Master, Whale Rider, Turbo. Race 2: Lion Rock, Gold Rocks, The Coordinator. Race 3 : Malabar Spur, Need Luck, Billy At Salsa. Race 4: Linc’s Bute Girl, Stand by Me, Changed. Race 5: American Legend, Proud Bromac, Gotta Go Jet Away. Race 6: Sex on Fire, Manaro Mia, Aoraki. Race 7: Forever Pearl, Christanna, Three Kisses. Race 8: Credit Master, CK Spur, Sunset Peak. Race 9: Trojan Banner, Caitlyn Clarke, Our Wicklow. Race 10: Vatican Hill, Littlebitoflove, Saint Miche...

May 17, 2018

Amateurs given a boost for NZ Champs at Cambridge

By Duane Ranger The New Zealand Amateur Driving Championships will receive an extra $2,000 in stakes money added to the two heats to be held at the Cambridge Raceway on May 17. Jeff Darby, president of the North Island branch of the NZ Amateur Drivers Association, said the stakes increase will make up the shortfall from other races as amateur stakes are less than other carded races on the programme. “I just want to thank Waikato-Bay of Plenty, all the owners and trainers, and our sponsors for ...

April 30, 2018

Cambridge’s connection to 2018 USA’s Blue Chip Matchmaker champion

by Duane Ranger The winner of last Saturday night’s (April 22) prestigious Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for Mares at Yonkers Raceway in New York has a strong Cambridge connection. The US$375,000 pace was taken out by a Kiwi bred - Shartin N, a 5-year-old mare whose sire, top Kiwi pacer Tintin In America, was bred by Bee Pears of Cambridge. Shartin N was sent out the $3.80 favourite and driver Tim Tetrick gave nothing else a chance winning the mobile mile by almost five lengths in 1:52.2 (27.2, ...

April 27, 2018

Craig comes up trumps at Cambridge

By Duane Ranger Craig Smith drove his first winner of the season, and first ever in the North Island, at the Cambridge Raceway on Wednesday night. Smith, who now has nine career wins to his credit and has been employed by John and Josh Dickie at Ardmore for just over six months, steered Lagertha to a one-and-a-quarter length victory in the sixth race - the $9,000 The Edge and Sulkies Party Zone Maiden Pace. "It was a real honour to drive this one home for John because he and his partner co-own t...

April 26, 2018

Selections: April 25 2018

Duane Ranger's selections for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness Anzac Day meeting at Cambridge Raceway are: Race 1: Tickle Me Pink, She Reigns, Adele. Race 2: Ceberus, Bubbles O'Leary, Idealistic. Race 3: Linc's Bute Girl, Sly Eleanor, Inforthefight. Race 4: Express Play, Jameson Shard, Shandance. Race 5: Kiwi Tionton, Lynton Creek, Cullen's Caviar. Race 6: Tamara Gold, Ryans Girl, Rock N Shard. Race 7: Caitlin's Surprise, Malabar Spur, Flying Taine. Race 8: Somewhereinbrooklyn, Poppy Drayton, R...

April 25, 2018

Tickle Me Pink aiming for three straight in Trotting Stakes

By Duane Ranger Two-year-old filly Tickle Me Pink has already been rated by her trainer, Tony Herlihy (MNZM) as one of the best juvenile trotters he has conditioned. Herlihy said the Breckon Farms and Perfect Ten-owned bay showed promise from the day he broke her in. “I’ve done quite a bit with her and I soon found out that she is quite sensible and does what you ask of her,” he said.  “She has a lovely gait, has a bit of speed and can stay a bit,” th...

April 25, 2018

HARAS DES TROTTEURS WAIKATO OAKS

The opportunities’ keep on rolling in for the trotting ranks with the announcement today of the Haras des Trotteurs Waikato Trotting Oaks. To be held on May 17th at Cambridge Raceway, the $15,000 race comes hot off the success of the Haras des Trotteurs Southland Trotting Oaks held in March. The North Island opportunity was identified by Haras des Trotteurs and Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness Racing Club with numerous benefits for industry participants stemming from the May event.  Cambridg...

April 23, 2018

Vanhalem upsets them at Cambridge

By Duane Ranger Pukekohe conditioner Craig Sharpe trained $25.50 outsider, Vanhalem, to a three-quarter length victory at 'The Raceway' on Wednesday night. The win in the sixth event - the $8,000 Mitre 10 Mega Cambridge Mobile for the R47 to R52 pacers was Sharpe's second Cambridge winner since training in his own right.Sharpe's first Cambridge victory since splitting with Todd MacFarlane in 2014-2015 came via Rarangi Jewel on September 8, 2016. He has now trained 86 career winners – six of th...

April 20, 2018

New Sponsorship and Corporate Sales rep for Cambridge Raceway

By Duane Ranger Robyn Gurney has been appointed as the Sponsorship and Corporate Sales rep at the Cambridge Raceway. The 28-year-old Waikato University graduate is new to the harness racing industry and that suits ‘The Raceway's’ CEO Dave Branch. "We have a fresh young team working at Cambridge and that excites me. We all have new ideas and it is always encouraging to hear what people from outside the industry think. We welcome Robyn to our team. She has a wonderful CV I'm sure she will of...

April 18, 2018

Selections: Cambridge Raceway 18.04.2018

By Duane Ranger Waikato - Bay Of Plenty Harness selections for Cambridge Raceway (Wednesday April 18) are: Non Tote 2yo Heat: Star Of Montana, Supreme Dominator, Make Way. Race 1: Agincourt, Monarchy Invasion, Flying Taine. Race 2: Caitlyn Clarke, It's Me, Inforthefight. Race 3: Tennyson Inlet, Pay Master, Runcie. Race 4: Drizella, Ryans Gal, Glenn Ford. Race 5: Luck Of The Moment, Malabar Spur, Rave Nation. Race 6: Express Play, Four Starzzz Legend, Idealistic. Race 7: Christanna, Jenora, Afort...

April 17, 2018

Express Play the best of Dickie’s drives

By Duane Ranger Former Cambridge and now Clevedon-based horseman Josh Dickie has four good drives at Cambridge Raceway on Wednesday night and the best of them he said comes in the sixth race. "Express Play is a lovely three-year-old filly trained by Frank Cooney & Tate Hopkins at Taupaki. I've driven her in her last two starts and that has been in stronger company. “She worked hard in the Nevele R Heat and she runs the gate well. From barrier one she looks the one to beat on paper," Dickie sai...

April 17, 2018

Cambridge Raceway launch pre-Jewels events

The 2018 edition of the Harness Jewels on June 2, is set to be the best yet with Cambridge Raceway today announcing two support events in advance of the much anticipated race day.   TAB Trackside’s popular Harness-focused show “The Box Seat” will be filmed in front of a live audience at Cambridge Raceway on Wednesday May 30. Then on Jewels Eve, Australasian racing personalities Michael Guerin, Adam Hamilton and Greg Hayes will host a casual event featuring one of Australia's most...

April 11, 2018

Mark Johnson returns to his homeland

By Duane Ranger Promising junior reinsman, Mark Johnson, has returned to his homeland to further his driving career, in Western Australia. The 21-year-old left New Zealand on Wednesday (March 21) and ‘Cambridge Raceway’ caught up with him while he was holidaying with family in New South Wales. “I’m here visiting my grandmothers, aunts and uncles, other family members and friends in Sydney before I head to Perth on Saturday,” said Johnson. “There are better opportunities for me in Per...

March 23, 2018

McKendry and Shand combine for two wins

By Duane Ranger Trainer/Driver Maurice McKendry MNZM and owner Gerald Shand continued their prosperous association at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. The combination was represented by two maiden winning three-year-olds on the card, both carrying the recognisable Shan name, Shanway and Shandance. “Both three-year-olds won well yesterday,” said Pukekohe-based McKendry.  Shandance is a sister of Shandale, who was also trained by McKendry. He finished third behind Lazarus and Classie Brigad...

March 20, 2018

Selections: Cambridge Raceway Sunday March 18

Selections by Duane Ranger for the Waikato-BOP Harness Racing Club’s meeting at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday (March 18) are: Race 1: Agincourt, Awa Catherine, RaveNation. Race 2: Shandance, Khadeesi Brogden,Womeninleague. Race 3: Helena Ideal, Volando Denario, PoppyDrayton. Race 4: For Tony, Lacey's Last, Pure Carbon. Race 5: Malabar Spur, Aoraki, Swinging. Race 6: Hughies Sister, Racketeer's Boy,Ardent Lustre. Race 7: Gold Orchid, Ideal Lass, Bettor Babe. Race 8: Queen Lostris, Step Up,Somewhe...

March 15, 2018

Gold Orchid has trained on well since Group 1 placing

By Duane Ranger Gold Orchid has trained on well since her gutsy third behind South Islanders Elle Mac and Delight in the $120,000 Gr.1 Pascoes The Jewellers Northern Oaks at Alexandra Park on March 2. And for that reason her trainer/driver Tony Herlihy (MNZM) believes the three-year-old daughter of Bettor’s delight and Honey Rose Falcon, can go close in Sunday’s fifth heat of the Nevele R Fillies Series for three-year-old pacers at the Cambridge Raceway. “She shouldn’t be too far away,...

March 15, 2018

Club steward - Evan Wilson passes away

By Duane Ranger Drivers wore black arm bands in the last event of the Waikato-BOP Harness meeting last Wednesday night as a tribute to Cambridge Raceway’s hard-working ‘behind the scenes’ quiet achiever. Evan Victor Wilson, who was a steward at ‘The Raceway’ for several decades, passed away peacefully at the San Michele Home and Hospital, in Te Awamutu the Monday before the Cambridge meeting (March 5). He was 67. His wife of 43 years, Pat described him as a kind, caring man, who loved ...

March 9, 2018

Third career win behind Willedu for Nate Delany

By Duane Ranger Nate Delany says he will never forget Willedu and the faith the gelding’s trainer Eddie Clarke has put in him. The 18-year-old Pukekohe junior driver nailed his third career win behind Willedu at Cambridge Raceway on Wednesday night – and all three have been with the free-wheeling pace-making 4-year-old brown son of Elsu. “He loves to bowl along in front and doesn’t really like being smothered up in the field. I just want to thank Eddie for keeping me on the horse, becaus...

March 8, 2018

Selections for Waikato Bay of Plenty meeting 07.03.18

Duane Ranger: R1: The Persuader, Poppy Drayton, Scanreco Bay. R2: Ideal Star, The Coordinator, Inforthefight. R3: Sea Of Gold, Helena Ideal, Racketeers Boy. R4: Ally Mae, Rock N Shard, Better Be Donna. R5: Somewhereinbrooklyn, Yasmine Bromac, Queen Lostris. R6: Shay Scott, Malabar Spur, Monseigneur. R7: The C E O, Volando Denario, Idealistic. R8: Awhi Mai, Rave Nation, Flying Taine. Best Bet: Awhi Mai (R8). Longshot: That Girl Of Mine (R8).Rob Lawson:Race 1:   Redmaro, Scanre...

March 7, 2018

‘Punter’s friend’ to oblige again at Cambridge?

By Duane Ranger There's few horsemen or horsewomen that consistently boast a UDR strike-rate of six or more but the ‘punter's friend’ looks likely to increase that even more when she lines up in the first event at Cambridge Raceway on Wednesday night. Sheryl Wigg finished out of the money three times in 16 amateur drives this season, winning seven times, running second on five occasions, and placing third once. That trend looks like it will continue in...

March 6, 2018

Blood And Whisky & ‘Strike Won’ Juniors win Grass Track awards

By Duane Ranger The joint patron of Waikato – Bay Of Plenty Harness, Cliff Thomas, is delighted that Rangioraowner Shane Kirwan is the 2018 winner of the Noreen Thomas Memorial Cup. Kirwan owns the Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett (Waiuku) trained Blood And Whisky, which won the ‘2018 Grass Track Series’ that was contested at Thames (January 13), Te Awamutu (January 20) and Tauranga (January 28) this season. The 5-year-old Pegasus Spur gelding accumulated the most points over the three m...

February 27, 2018

Dead-heat a personal highlight for 'Team Teal' ambassador

By Duane Ranger Lyn Neal has experienced many highs in her 36 years as a driver but she described dead-heating with Samantha Ottley at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night as one of the personal highlights of her career. “It was my first dead-heat and to share it with Sam was such a thrill. We both wore the teal pants and we were both delighted to have been 'Team Teal' ambassadors. “I enjoy raising money and awareness for any people in need, but the Woman’s Cancer Foundation and ovarian can...

February 23, 2018

Selections: Cambridge 22.02.2018

-Duane Ranger: Race 1: Franco Caliph, Poppy Drayton, Redmaro. Race 2: Knights Desire, For Tony, Pocket Miss. Race 3: Christanna, Ruebe Star, Doubledelightbrigade. Race 4: Shandance, Shanway, American Avenue. Race 5: Bar Room Brawl, Caitlin's Surprise, Shay Scott. Race 6: Helena Ideal, Atom Hanover, Gotta Go Jet Away. Race 7: Il Pirata, Luck Of The Moment, Majestic Stride. Race 8: Real Eagle, Makers Mark, Cherokee Warrior. Race 9: Angus Fogg, Rave Nation, Sequoia. Best bet: Bar Room Brawler (R5)....

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