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Pink Ribbon Breakfast a success

Around 100 people attended the Pink Ribbon Breakfast at the Cambridge Raceway on Sunday May 19. The nationwide fundraiser is held at over 3000 locations around the country during the month of May, raising money for Breast Cancer research and patient support. Last year over $2.1m was raised by those hosting and attending Pink Ribbon Breakfast's around New Zealand. The Cambridge Raceway would like to that their generous sponsors who donated food for the occasion. Local eateries Sloth, The Deli, an...

May 20, 2019

Successful return home for White

Local horseman Matthew White may have had his first raceday drive in more than two and a half years, but he showed no signs of rust at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night, recording two wins and a placing from just four starts. He recently returned home from a decade living in Australia and the talented reinsman picked up where he left off, driving home As Free As Air to win the Pro Pack Removals Trot (2700m) for local trainer Ross Paynter, who quinellered the race with Aoraki. “I actually wo...

May 19, 2019

Berger brings up 500 individual wins

Five hundred wins is a massive milestone for any trainer, but Cambridge horseman Mike Berger managed to reach that target for a second time a few weeks ago at his local meeting. Berger, who has trained in partnership with Simon Pavlovich and Warren Rich, reached the milestone back in 2010 and late last month stable junior driver Scott Iremonger reined home Arty Pharty to record Berger’s 644th win, and more importantly his 500th as an individual trainer. With that result, Berger became the fi...

May 15, 2019

New association reaps rewards for Chilcott

Nicky Chilcott's newly found association with Central Otago trainers Geoff and Jude Knight got off to a perfect start on Friday night. The Cambridge trainer was sent Ferritts Sister to train earlier this year and the daughter of Bettor’s Delight didn’t disappoint when first-up for her new stable, winning the Balle Bros Mobile Pace (2700m) at Alexandra Park. Chilcott was delighted with the win and is looking forward to continuing a successful association with the Knight’s. “I was a bit...

May 12, 2019

Donnelly reaches new heights

It has been a month of highs and lows for Cambridge trainer Arna Donnelly. The talented horsewoman underwent surgery late last month after breaking her leg in a float incident and just a few weeks later she is celebrating her most successful season to date as a trainer. Four-year-old mare In The Shadows recorded Donnelly’s 26th win of the season when taking out the Sim Pacific Metals Mobile Pace (2200m) at Alexandra Park last Friday, bettering her previous mark of 25 wins set in 2017. Donnelly...

April 30, 2019

Home treble for Berger

Cambridge trainer Mike Berger had a standout day at his home track on Sunday, recording a treble at Cambridge Raceway. Four-year-old mare Mhai Uptown Girl kicked off proceedings in the Raewyn Trotter Memorial Mobile Pace (2200m), taking the shortest route home to win by 1-1/4 lengths in the hands of Benjamin Butcher. Talented two-year-old Eagle Watch continued Berger’s winning ways in the next on the card, running away to a one length victory, while Art Major gelding Arty Pharty secured the ...

April 30, 2019

Gutsy winning return for Lemond

Group One-winning trotter Lemond has suffered a few setbacks of late but he showed his quality at Alexandra Park on Friday night when winning the Wish 4 Fish Charity Function Friday May 24 Mobile Trot (1609m). The six-year-old son of Love You went to battle with fellow Group One winner Massive Metro down the straight, distancing their rivals by nine lengths at the finishing post, where Lemond was able to get the better of his younger competitor by a nose. Trainer Ross Paynter was delighted wit...

April 14, 2019

Jewels in the crosshairs for talented two-year-old

The Mike Berger-trained Eagle Watch remains on target for a tilt at the Gr.1 Harness Jewels 2YO Emerald at Addington on June 1 after a gritty runner-up performance over 1700m at Alexandra Park on Friday night. The son of He’s Watching currently lies sixth on the Jewels leaderboard and Berger was pleased with how his charge ran home late to finish within a head of Bad To The Bone on Friday. “We were pretty happy with his run,” Berger said. “He did a bit of work in the race and was three...

April 8, 2019

Pleasant surprise for Hall

Cambridge trainer Tim Hall had reserved expectations with 18-start maiden Sarabi heading into Manawatu Raceway’s dual meeting last week, but he was pleasantly surprised when the four-year-old mare recorded a perfect result over the two days. Hall said the daughter of Gotta Go Cullect had been luckless in her previous starts and was delighted with the two victories. “We were hoping rather than anything (heading into Wednesday),” Hall said. “She hasn’t been racing badly, but hasn’t h...

March 31, 2019

The Raceway aiming at hire targets

The Cambridge Raceway is expanding its portfolio and has added furniture and décor hire to the current function room hire service.There are several fantastic spaces available for hire that can accommodate events of varying sizes and styles.  The Taylor Street location is right in the heart of Cambridge with plenty of parking making it ideal for locals and visitors alike.There are six rooms to choose from and catering options. From board meetings to trade fairs the Cambridge Raceway has roo...

March 25, 2019

Memorable night for Donnelly

Local trainer Arna Donnelly had one of her most memorable nights in racing on Thursday after winning almost half of the nine race card at Cambridge Raceway. Her blue and white colours graced the winners circle on four occasions, with Donnelly also recording a further placing on the night. Amateur driver Rodney Frampton kicked off proceedings in the opening race, reining home Liberal Arden before stable junior driver Alicia Harrison notched the stable’s second win of the night when driving We...

March 22, 2019

Butcher clean sweeps the trots

Race replay: David Butcher and Anditover winning the Mish's Delish Graze Handicap Trot ...

March 10, 2019

Alta Leonie takes out Stratford Cup

The Kyle Marshall-trained Alta Leonie recorded her second Country Cups win of the season on Saturday when victorious in the Stratford Cup (2600m). Driven by her trainer, Alta Leonie was settled to the rear of the field after pacing away well from her 30m back mark. Marshall looped the field down the back straight to sit outside pacemaker Red Magic before taking control of the race down the home straight, holding on to win by three-quarters of a length over Forever Pearl, with a further nec...

March 4, 2019

Cambridge young guns active at Karaka

Funny Face, purchased by Kyle Marshall for $12,000. photo: NZB Standardbred...

February 23, 2019

Cool And Calculating at Manawatu

Cambridge trainer Mike Berger travelled down to Manawatu Raceway last week with three-year-old filly Cool And Calculating where she managed to breakthrough for her maiden victory in the Anne McBeth, Kevin & Shirley Farrier Mobile Pace (2000m). The daughter of Art Major sat off the pace for most of the race for driver Andre Poutama before running home late to nab Karl Drogo on the line to win by half a head, with Sport Mental a further 1-1/2 lengths back in third. It was touch and go whether she ...

February 16, 2019

Winning double for Rogerson

Dual code trainer Graeme Rogerson has had a quiet run of late with his standardbreds, but that all changed at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night when he picked up a winning double at the Waikato track. The well-known thoroughbred trainer was pleased with his two victors, High Point and Anna Kate, which were reined home by his newly established foreman, Dylan Ferguson. High Point, who was bred and is co-owned by Rogerson, kicked off proceedings in the third race on the card. The four-year-old d...

February 13, 2019

Marshall bags first Cup win

Five-year-old mare Alta Leonie has come to mean a lot to Cambridge trainer Kyle Marshall. The daughter of Big Jim provided the Waikato horseman with his first training win in September and she has now given him his first Cups win after taking out the Otaki Cup (3000m) on Sunday. Alta Leonie finished runner-up in the Wellington Trotting Cup (2200m) on Friday and was able to go one better in the staying feature at the Horowhenua course, capping off a great weekend for her connections. Marsh...

February 3, 2019

Purdon quinellas Futurity Stakes

Auckland trainer Barry Purdon brought three horses south to contest the Gr.2 JLT Cambridge Futurity Stakes (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night and was duly rewarded, taking out the quinella in the age group feature. Group One winner Jack’s Legend was sent forward off the gate by driver Scott Phelan before handing up the early lead to in-form stablemate On The Cards, who then dictated terms throughout. The duo distanced their rivals in the home straight, with Jack’s legend able t...

January 26, 2019

Harness action Turned Up at centenary meeting

Punters and public enjoyed a fantastic night of harness racing in 1920s theme at the Cambridge Raceway Centenary race meeting on Friday night. The feature race of the evening, the $60,000 Gr.2 McMillian Equine Feeds Waikato Flying Mile was won by last start Auckland Cup winner Turn It Up. He had too much speed for the leader, Star Galleria, up the passing lane, running a 26-second quarter to win in a relatively sedate 1.54.5. Remarkably, it was only the Australian-bred’s 10th career start a...

January 14, 2019

Centenary meeting attracts superstar line-up

There will be no shortage of fire power at Cambridge Raceway’s centenary meeting on Friday evening, with the milestone event attracting the cream of New Zealand harness racing to the Waikato venue. Cambridge Raceway chief executive Dave Branch elected to shift both the Gr.3 Harcourts (Te Awamutu) Cambridge Trotters Flying Stakes (1700m) and Gr.2 McMillans Equine Feeds Waikato Flying Mile (1609m) to the Centenary meeting, and that move looks to have paid dividends, with the meeting attracting s...

January 6, 2019

Herlihy strikes quinella in flying mile

Christmas came a little early for Tony Herlihy this year after he quinellaed the Gr.2 Group 1 Turf Bar Trotters Flying Mile (1609m) at Cambridge Raceway on Monday night. The Papakura horseman brought The Almighty Johnson and Temporale south to contest the feature mile on Christmas Eve, with the pair dominating proceedings. The Almighty Johnson led for the majority of the race after flying the gates from barrier two, while Herlihy applied pressure into the race at the 800m mark when he sent Tem...

December 27, 2018

Teenager gets up at Cambridge

There are few teenagers who experience as much success at Cambridge Raceway as Above The Rest. The thirteen-year-old mare won her third race of the season at the Waikato venue in the Ross Paynter Racing Stable Handicap Trot (2700m) on Thursday night and her trainer Willie Fleming is hoping to add to that tally in the coming weeks. Piloted for the first time by Andre Poutama, the daughter of Sundon was sent to the lead from her ace draw and was never headed, winning by 1-1/2 lengths over Little...

December 24, 2018

Cambridge Croquet Club still swinging

The Cambridge Croquet Club will go on as planned despite Cambridge Raceway’s application for a special liquor license for the area being refused by the Waipa Council District Licensing Committee. The Cambridge Croquet Club was created to provide the Cambridge community with a free immersive and family inclusive entertainment space to enjoy during the summer months. “Cambridge Raceway is proud to have been a part of Cambridge for 100 years and creating positive entertainment options to give b...

December 20, 2018

Munro loves the montes

The addition of Monte races to the northern trotting programme has given a new lease of life for aging Cambridge warhorse Burt Munro. The 12-year-old gelding was all set for retirement until there were whispers earlier this year of the introduction of the tote saddle trot. Trained at Cambridge by his part-owner Susan Branch, the 174 start veteran had been performing well in exhibition monte races and his connections felt compelled to press on with their charge to tackle the inaugural monte tote ...

December 17, 2018

Paynter brings up Century

Ross Paynter brought up a massive milestone at Alexandra Park on Friday night, recording his 100th win as a trainer, and the script couldn’t have been written more perfectly for the Cambridge horseman. The horse that managed to put him over the threshold was Lemond, who has come to mean so much to Paynter. The Cambridge trainer co-bred the son of Love You and sold him at the yearling sales to his first ever boss in the industry, legendary trainer Charlie Hunter. Paynter also picked up anoth...

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