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First double for Webber

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Raglan trainer Chris Webber normally wins a couple of races a season, so he was over the moon when he recorded a winning double at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. “It doesn’t happen very often,” he said. “It’s hard enough to get one win, let alone two.” He got off the mark with Bugalugs in the Check Out The Corporate Packages @ Podium Lodge Mobile Pace (2200m). The seven-year-old gelding was given a perfect trip throughout in the one-one by driver Pe...

January 23, 2021

Hot And Treacherous thriving at Cambridge

VIDEO: Hot and Treacherous winning at the Cambridge Raceway earlier this month....

January 21, 2021

Demolition Man a bridesmaid no longer

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Demolition Man has been the perennial bridesmaid for much of his career, but that title was shed at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday when he was victorious in the Kidz Kartz Course Starts Jan 18 Book Today Trot (2200m). The five-year-old entire had finished runner-up in half of his previous 22 starts, but it was lucky number 23 that had his connections celebrating an elusive win. The Majestic Son entire began well from his wide draw and took an early sit behind Ke...

January 15, 2021

Consistent trotter out to demolish maiden field

VIDEO: Demolition Man finishes runner up at his last start at the Cambridge Raceway earlier this month....

January 13, 2021

Copy That takes off at Cambridge

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Trainer Ray Green felt a sense of relief as he watched his pride and joy Copy That take out the Gr.2 McMillian Equine Feeds Flying Mile (1609m) at Cambridge Raceway on Friday night. The exciting pacer has been luckless in his last few starts, but he was finally dealt a good hand in Friday’s feature and he didn’t disappoint. Driver Maurice McKendry launched the son of American Ideal off the gate from his handy draw of three to take an early lead. McKendry ke...

January 9, 2021

Williamson hoping for majestic finish to NZ campaign

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Majestic Man will be out to end his New Zealand summer on a high at Cambridge Raceway on Friday before testing the waters on the other side of the Tasman. The Phil Williamson-trained gelding has been in scintillating form this season, finishing unplaced in just two of his 11 starts, and winning on two occasions, including the Gr.3 Ashburton Flying Mile (1609m) and Gr.2 Trotters Flying Mile (1609m) at Cambridge on Christmas Eve. The son of Majestic Son subsequen...

January 8, 2021

Todd pumped for Friday features

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Regan Todd will be keeping close tabs on two venues on Friday. The Canterbury trainer has runners at both Nelson and Cambridge meetings, and he is particularly excited about the feature races on both cards. At the top of the South Island, Todd will contest the Nelson Pine Industries Nelson Cup (3000m) with in-form pacers Cheezel and That Alexander Guy. Further north, Group One winner Thefixer will be looking to rectify his late break in the Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3...

January 8, 2021

Local double for Donnelly

Cambridge trainer Arna Donnelly closed the year out in perfect style at her home track on Tuesday when recording a winning double, courtesy of New York Minute and Rough and Ready. New York Minute did it tough in the Downbytheseaside At Woodlands Mobile Pace (2200m), sitting parked for the majority of the race, but he was able to out tough his rivals and post a half-head victory over Happy Place in the hands of stable junior driver Alicia Harrison. Donnelly was pleased with the win, particularly ...

December 30, 2020

Gillies’ chances Betterthanyouthink

VIDEO: Ohoka Achilles winning at Cambridge on December 17....

December 29, 2020

Credit Master leading the local charge

Talented but erratic trotter Credit Master will be carrying the hopes of the locals when he contests the Gr.2 Group 1 Turf Bar Trotters Flying Mile Mobile Trot (1609m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. The Cambridge trotter will meet a small but select field on Christmas Eve and will have his work cut out against the likes of Group One winner Sundees Son, Group One performer Majestic Man, and arguably the most exciting square-gaiter in this part of the world, Bolt For Brilliance. Credit Master h...

December 24, 2020

National mile record on line in Cambridge

- By Michael Guerin, NZ HeraldNew Zealand's premier trainer of trotters says the national mile record could be smashed at Cambridge on Thursday night.But Phil Williamson fears while his stable star Majestic Man may set up the record, one of the other two huge names in the race may benefit most in the Gr.2 Group 1 Turf Bar Flying Mile.The sprint sees the first clash of Bolt For Brilliance with Sundees Son and Majestic Man, the latter pair having set national records the last two times they have r...

December 24, 2020

Gold Cup returns to Cambridge

The running of the Cambridge Gold Cup will be returning to Cambridge Raceway, 14 years after it was last run.  The highlight event will be held at The Raceway's feature meeting of 2021 on Waitangi Day, Feb 6th. Established in 1958 and always run for pacers, the upcoming edition will be worth $15,000 and run as the Cambridge Cups Day Bayleys Whitianga Trotters Gold Cup (2700m) and the Farrier Supplies Pacers Gold Cup (2700m).  Each Gold Cup event will be run as the final ...

December 23, 2020

Herbert makes raceday return

Ricki Herbert is well-known for his association with football, coaching the All Whites to an historic World Cup campaign a decade ago, but on Thursday night he made a return to his other passion – harness racing. More than three decades ago Herbert developed a passion for the sport upon his return from playing international football when he started to help out his father Clive at his stable. “I had been overseas playing football and when I got back and wasn’t quite sure where to go or what...

December 3, 2020

Teaz stable armed heading into Cambridge

Megan and Jason Teaz will be hoping for another solid performance from Armed Reactor when he lines-up in the Dunstan Horse Feeds Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. The six-year-old gelding takes a solid form line into the race, with a win and five placings from his last six starts, and his trainers see no reason why he can’t produce a similar result this week. He has drawn barrier five in the six-horse field and Megan Teaz believes it will be a nice hit-out for the son...

December 3, 2020

Landmark moment for Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness

The Annual General Meeting of Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness marked a significant milestone for the club when it’s new board was elected on Monday night. A Special General Meeting was held in October to ask members to support both a new way of appointing the directors and a reduction in the overall board size. Members voted unanimously in favor of the proposal and on Monday night it was brought into action. Instead of the traditional model, where members vote for individual directors, the new p...

December 3, 2020

Cambridge juniors leading the way

Cambridge junior driver Luke Whittaker now sits atop the North Island junior driver points ladder after his victory behind Anam Nunu at Alexandra Park on Friday night. The Greg Shirley-trained mare was taken back from her wide draw by Whittaker to settle towards the rear of the field and with a lap to go Whittaker asked Anam Nunu to improve three-wide to sit outside leader and race favourite Jemma.  The duo kicked clear by several lengths turning for home and Anam Nunu was able to out tough...

November 29, 2020

Group Three status for Waikato Trotting Breeders’ Stakes

A group of Waikato trotting enthusiasts have been rewarded for their innovation, with the race they established this year, the Waikato Trotting Breeders’ Stakes (2700m), given Group Three status. The race was the brainchild of Cambridge Raceway board member Ken McGrath and his partner Melanie Barker, who were supported in the new venture by a group of local trotting enthusiasts. “Melanie, my partner, and I breed mainly trotters. We love the trotting gait,” McGrath said. “The trotting hor...

November 20, 2020

Cup victory for About Turn

Cambridge trainer Mike Berger took three horses south to Manawatu Raceway’s meeting on Tuesday and he was rewarded with a winning double. The night was headlined by About Turn’s gutsy win in the Mad Butcher Wairarapa Cup Mobile Pace (2000m). The five-year-old entire had his work cut out for him after drawing one on the second line, but under a patient drive by stable junior driver Luke Whittaker they bided their time at the rear of the field, Whittaker then launched his charge three-wide wit...

November 18, 2020

Victory was on the cards for Expensive Crumpet

Cambridge trainer Ross Paynter took two horses north to Alexandra Park’s meeting on Friday night and he almost went home with the perfect result. Expensive Crumpet started the night in perfect fashion when winning the Dunstan Speedfeed Summer Series Trot (2200m). The daughter of Quaker Jet made a slow but solid start and driver David Butcher was able to find a handy position four back on the fence before securing the one-one behind Tobruk. Butcher asked her to improve three-wide turning for ho...

November 14, 2020

Refreshed mare scores impressive Cambridge victory

A refreshed Presidential Jewel made an impressive return to Cambridge Raceway on Friday night when taking out the Loveridge Enterprise Builders Handicap Trot (2700m). The Roger Villiger-trained seven-year-old began well from the 20m mark and driver Joshua Dickie sent the mare forward off a sedate pace to take an early lead before handing up to Horace Horse. Horace Horse began to tire with two furlongs to go and Dickie was able to extricate Presidential Jewel from the trail and chase down race fa...

November 8, 2020

Addington test for exciting pacer

Cambridge conditioners Andrew and Lyn Neal have taken a few horses south to compete over New Zealand Cup week over the years, including Group One winner Flight South and Group Two winner Where Eagles Dare, and this year they are particularly excited about the prospects of talented pacer Alterior Motif. The four-year-old son of Sportswriter is undefeated in his two starts to date and his trainers are looking forward to testing him on the sport’s biggest day when he lines-up in the Avon City For...

November 8, 2020

Manners the key with Horace Horse

Clevedon trainers Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan are hoping promising trotter Horace Horse will bring his manners to Cambridge Raceway on Friday. The son of Quaker Jet broke twice in his last start at the Waikato track and his connections have their fingers-crossed that was an anomaly. “It was a bit unfortunate last time, he just threw his toys out of the cot. Hopefully it’s just the one start, he is usually pretty good with his manners,” Phelan said. “We will just forget about last time....

November 6, 2020

Taipo too good at Auckland

The Arna Donnelly-trained Taipo continued his impressive run of form at Alexandra Park on Friday when winning the United Cleaning Services Mobile Pace (1609m). It bolstered the four-year-old gelding’s career tally to two wins and three placings from six starts and Donnelly was rapt with the manner in which he won on Friday. The son of American Ideal was asked to do a fair bit of work in the early stages of the race, pushed forward three wide by driver Todd Mitchell to eventually wrestle the le...

November 1, 2020

Deserved victory for injury-plagued mare

The horse labelled with the biggest heart in Graeme Rogerson’s barn was finally rewarded with a win at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. Splitting Image has gone through plenty of trying times throughout her career and Rogerson’s stable foreman and driver Dylan Ferguson was rapt with her one length victory in the Off Road Sponsors Driver Prize – Nov 6th Trot (2200m). “She has got the biggest heart of any horse we have got and there is no horse in the stable that deserves to win more than...

October 26, 2020

Snow returns to Cambridge

It may be nearing summer, but snow is back - Snow Weaver that is. After a seven year hiatus from the training ranks, the man behind star trotters Petite Evander and Pride of Petite made a winning return at Cambridge Raceway earlier this month with debutant Petitewillshine. Weaver was delighted with the win and said the four-year-old gelding favoured the left-handed way of going at Cambridge. “We had been having trouble getting him to go right-handed and he won two of his first three workouts l...

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