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Lovely Bundy vying for back-to-back Cup wins

South Auckland trainers Peter and Vaughan Blanchard are looking forward to heading down the line to Cambridge Raceway on Saturday where they will line-up three runners. 10-win mare Lovely Bundy will be attempting to add her second successive Cup to the mantle when she contests the Harcourts Te Awamutu 2020 Waipa Trotters Cup (2700m). The daughter of Love You was victorious in the Thames/Coromandel Trotters Cup (2700m) at Cambridge Raceway on January 11, but her trainers believe she will ha...

January 17, 2020

Chase Auckland stars at Cambridge

The All Stars juggernaut rolled in to Cambridge on Friday night when Chase Auckland won the Gr.2 McMillian Equine Feeds Flying Mile mobile pace over 1609m.  Driven for just the second time in his career by Mark Purdon, who trains the gelding in partnership with Natalie Rasmussen, Chase Auckland settled back in the field from barrier seven before swooping six-wide at the 200m mark to claim a dominant two-and-a-quarter- length win over the Steve Telfer-trained duo of Check In and Triple Eight...

January 11, 2020

All Stars descend on Cambridge

The All Stars Stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen are expected to feature prominently at Cambridge Raceway on Friday night. The Canterbury trainers will take four of their stable stars to the Waikato track to contest the meeting’s two feature races. Exciting square-gaiter Oscar Bonavena and four-time Group One winner Winterfell will line-up in the Les Harrison Transport Cambridge Flying Stakes (1609m). “It’s nice to have them there supporting the club and it’s only a small...

January 9, 2020

The Eagle returns to Cambridge

Group One performer Eagle Watch will make his raceday return in the Grass Track Meeting @ Rotorua Jan 26th Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. The son of He’s Watching had a solid juvenile season, placing in the Gr.1 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes (1700m) at Alexandra Park and went on to record a win and further three placings. The Matthew White and Mike Berger-trained three-year-old hasn’t been sighted on raceday since the Harness Jewels in June after a virus delayed h...

January 4, 2020

Group One tilt for regally-bred filly

Regally-bred filly Emmber will be looking to add to her future broodmare career when she lines-up in the Gr.1 Alabar Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Championship Mobile Pace (2200m) at Alexandra Park on New Year’s Eve. The daughter of triple Group One winner Lauraella and full-brother to Group One performer Express Stride will head into Tuesday’s assignment off the back of securing her maiden win at Cambridge Raceway on Christmas Eve. “It was a good run. She benefited from a nice trip and did it ...

December 28, 2019

Oscar Bonavena shines in Flying Mile

The star of Oscar Bonavena is rapidly rising in the Australasian trotting ranks, and he furthered his imposing reputation when comfortably winning the Gr.2 Group 1 Turf Bar Trotters Flying Mile (1609m) at Cambridge on Tuesday night. The Majestic Son four-year-old began well from his second gate draw to settle in the trail behind stablemate Enhance Your Calm, where he remained for the majority of the race. Enhance Your Calm broke turning for home, however, Purdon was able to guide his charg...

December 26, 2019

Donnelly duo target local assignments

Cambridge trainer Arna Donnelly will line-up up two runners at her local meeting on Tuesday and she is hoping they can deliver an early Christmas present for their connections. Former Southlander Veneto will have her third start for the stable in the Grass Track Racing At Rotorua Jan 26 Mobile Pace (2200m) and Donnelly is hoping for a bit of luck from their outside frontline draw. “She went well first start and then last week she didn’t get the rub of the green, so fingers crossed we can get...

December 23, 2019

Gershwin to fly local flag

Gershwin will be flying the flag as the only local runner in the Gr.2 Group 1 Turf Bar Trotters Flying Mile (1609m) at Cambridge Raceway on Christmas Eve. The Ross Paynter-trained seven-year-old will come up against a star-studded field, including a number of Inter Dominion contenders and Oscar Bonavena, arguably the most exciting square-gaiter in this part of the world.  “He will be up against it, but his owners were keen to start him in that race, so that’s where he is heading,” Pay...

December 23, 2019

New Year incentives offered at Cambridge Raceway

Cambridge Raceway has announced the running of two racing incentives over their meetings in January. The first incentive is a $5,000 double-up bonus, which will be offered at the club’s January 10 and 11 meetings. The bonus is a great addition to what will be a bumper two days of racing, with the Gr.3 Les Harrison Transport Trotters Flying Stakes (1609m) and Gr.2 McMillans Equine Feeds Flying Mile (1609m) being held on January 10, with all support races being held over the mile distance....

December 20, 2019

Chilcott hoping for continued success

Cambridge trainer Nicky Chilcott secured a winning double at Alexandra Park on Friday night and she is hoping her stable can continue its winning ways at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. Chilcott piloted home Phoebe Imperial to win his mile contest, while Gary Gillies sat behind Madeakillin when he broke through maiden company at the Auckland track. “It was terrific,” Chilcott said. “A little bit more luck and we could almost have won another couple. “Ferritts Sister, she was ...

December 18, 2019

Trevor Follows a mate into racing

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness Racing Club have welcomed the addition of local businessman Trevor Follows to their committee. Follows was elected to the committee at the club’s recent Annual General Meeting and Cambridge Raceway chief executive Dave Branch is delighted to have someone of Follows’ experience join the club’s leadership team. “I am pleased to welcome Trevor to the committee,” Branch said. “His substantial governance and business experience will be a great asset...

December 10, 2019

Trotting enthusiasts back new race

Cambridge Raceway will welcome a new race to their racing calendar in 2020 with the inaugural running of the $30,000 Waikato Trotting Breeders’ Stakes (2700m) on February 21. The race was the brainchild of owner and breeder Ken McGrath and his partner Melanie Barker, who have been supported in their vision by a group of local trotting enthusiasts. “My partner Melanie and I breed and race predominantly trotters and we have a real passion for the trotting gait,” McGrath said. “Wh...

December 7, 2019

Revamped Winner’s Lounge set to be unveiled

Winning connections at The Cambridge Raceway’s Thursday meeting will be able to celebrate their success in a new look Winner’s Lounge. Waikato’s home of harness racing has struck up a partnership with local company Black Dog Furniture to create a stylish space with their trademark rustic-look furniture where the Cambridge Raceway will host winning owners and trainers. “We are thrilled Black Dog Furniture have come on board to refit our Winner’s Lounge,” Cambridge Raceway CEO Dav...

December 5, 2019

Marshall attempts to win his own race

Cambridge trainer Kyle Marshall will attempt to take out his own race when he lines-up debutant Fleeting Major in the Marshall Racing Stables Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge on Thursday. Marshall is heading into the race with reserved expectations after drawing the outside of the second row with the three-year-old gelding. “I quite like the horse, but drawing 12 is not ideal,” he said. “I expect him to go a good race, but he will need luck from there. “If we end up out the back i...

December 4, 2019

Hunter recognised for distinguished service

Inter Dominion Event Committee and Harness Racing Australia representative Michael Taranto presents Charlie with an award for distinguished service. Credit: Supplied...

December 2, 2019

Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness purchase sports bar

Patrons enjoying the view from The Clubhouse deck on Harness Jewels day 2018. ...

November 25, 2019

Cambridge Raceway tempting Aussies with flights

Kyvalley Blur winning the 2017 Gr.2 Group One Turf Bar Flying Mile Trot - the only Australian to have won a Flying Mile feature at Cambridge Raceway....

November 21, 2019

Schumacher scores Auckland victory

Cambridge junior driver Fergus Schumacher was back in the winner’s circle at Alexandra Park on Friday night after piloting home Anditover in the Schweppes Mobile Trot (1609m) for employer Ross Paynter. It was the first run back for the son of Andover Hall, who finished fifth in the Gr.1 Northern Trotting Derby (2700m) in May, and Schumacher was delighted with the victory. “It was a very nice win. Leading into it he had no trial and to produce a win first-up was quite impressive,” he ...

November 18, 2019

About White’s Turn

It may have taken a little longer than he would have liked but Cambridge horseman Matthew White secured his first New Zealand training win with About Turn at Cambridge Raceway on Friday night. White, who trains in partnership with Mike Berger, previously spent 10 years in Australia where he recorded 76 wins in his four seasons of training in Western Australia. “We finally got that first New Zealand win out of the way, so that was great. It’s a bit of a highlight,” White said. It was...

November 9, 2019

Cambridge triumvirate for local trainers

Cambridge trainers Andrew and Lyn Neal will line-up three horses at their local meeting on Friday night. The husband and wife duo will kick-off proceedings with A Better Dancer in the Black Dog Furniture Mobile Pace (2200m), and they are hopeful of a form reversal from their galloping pacemaker. “We thought we would put him into the amateurs race so that he would receive a draw, and just to see where we are at with him,” Lyn Neal said. “He just keeps on drawing number eight and he h...

November 7, 2019

Records fall at Cambridge

Track records fell and bonus’ were earnt at Cambridge Raceway on Tuesday night with the inaugural running of the Melbourne Cup Day 2 Mile Handicap Pace and Trot (3200m) races. Group One winner and Inter Dominion hopeful Temporale lowered the previous track record by more than three seconds when he won the trot in 4.05.8, while eight-win gelding Comic Book Hero set a new mark of 4.04.6 in the pacers race. With their respective times, the pair earnt their connections a $2,500 bonus, and it...

November 7, 2019

Espin’s colours to the fore at Cambridge

The purple and pink colours of Cambridge harness racing identity Bryce Espin made a return to the winner’s circle at Cambridge Raceway on Tuesday, courtesy of his seven-year-old mare Lukyanova. While Espin no longer trains, he remains a staunch follower of the sport and he enjoys watching Lukyanova compete at his home track. The daughter of Pegasus Spur had been out of form prior to Tuesday and trainer Kyle Marshall was delighted to get the win for Espin, who leases her with breeder Luk Chin. ...

November 6, 2019

Talented trotting trio target two mile challenge

A two mile trotting race isn’t a common occurrence at Cambridge Raceway, however, the Waikato track has managed to attract three of the country’s best square-gaiters to contest the Melbourne Cup Day 2 Mile Hanidcap Trot (3200m) on Tuesday. While many of New Zealand’s leading trotters are heading towards Christchurch to tackle New Zealand Cup week spoils, Group One winners Massive Metro, Temporale, and Lemond are staying closer to home in preparation for next month’s Inter Dominion s...

November 4, 2019

Donnelly scores victory for Dad

Cambridge trainer Arna Donnelly dominated early proceedings at Alexandra Park on Friday night, taking out the opening two races of the card, including the quinella in the Downbytheseaside at Woodlands Stud Mobile Pace (1700m). The result was special for Donnelly, with race victor Nun Bettor carrying the colours of Donnelly’s father Brent, who purchased the daughter of Bettor’s Delight as a weanling for $7,000. The three-year-old filly had been in good form prior to Friday, placing in t...

November 2, 2019

Quinella heads South of the Bombays again

The South Of The Bombay series has been very lucrative for Cambridge horseman Kyle Marshall. The young trainer recorded another quinella in the series at Alexandra Park on Friday night, with Pembrook Charlie and Bettor Sensation going one-two in the Bonecrusher Promotions Spring S.O.T.B Vase Mobile Pace (1609m). Last month it was a different story, with Bettor Sensation getting the better of Pembrook Charlie by a neck in the second round of the series, and Marshall said there is very littl...

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