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Harrison off to a winning start

Cambridge junior driver Alicia Harrison began her season in winning fashion on Thursday night when reining home the Steve and Amanda Telfer-trained Mimi E Coco to win over 1700m at Alexandra Park. The daughter of multiple Group One winner Molly Darling took some solid workout form into her fresh-up assignment and her connections were confident with her chances from the ace draw. “She is a very smart horse and did it pretty easy,” Harrison said. “She was going really well and had a bit of f...

August 8, 2020

Cambridge partnership to dissolve

The training partnership between Cambridge horsemen Mike Berger and Matthew White will come to an end at the close of the season, with Berger electing to wind down his career. The Gr.1 New Zealand Cup (3200m) winning trainer collected his gold card last year and after speaking with former employee and long-time friend White, he convinced the then Australian-based horseman to return home and give training a crack in New Zealand. It wasn’t plain sailing for the pair this term, with White involve...

July 30, 2020

Lovely Bundy crowned Dunstan Cambridge Horse of the Year

Lovely Bundy has stablemate Cyclone S Adams to thank for taking out the Dunstan Horse Feeds Cambridge Horse of the Year competition. While the former Peter and Vaughan Blanchard-trained mare hasn’t raced since winning at Cambridge Raceway in January, she took a two point lead into the last meeting of the season at the Waikato track on Thursday. There were nine horses still in contention heading into the meeting, including Gr.2 NSW Trotting Derby (2400m) winner Xebec. The Benjamin Aubron-traine...

July 25, 2020

Whittaker hoping to get the chocolates this weekend

Luke Whittaker, one member of a determined trio of junior drivers intent on getting this year’s New Zealand Junior Driver Champs off the ground, is looking forward to his hard work coming to fruition this weekend. The Cambridge reinsman banded together with Alicia Harrison and Sheree Tomlinson to ensure the competition was retained after funding came under threat following the COVID-19 lockdown. “Myself, Alicia, and Sheree thought we would try and get some sponsors onboard and we have ended ...

July 23, 2020

Climactic conclusion to Horse of the Year competition

Cambridge Raceway’s meeting on Thursday will prove to be a nail-biting experience for a few owners and trainers. The night will finalise the winner of the 2020 Dunstan Horsefeeds Cambridge Horse of the Year competition and there remain nine horses in contention for top honours. Competition leader Lovely Bundy is the only horse of the nine contenders who will not be lining up on Thursday and Cambridge Raceway chief executive Dave Branch is excited about the large number of horses still in conte...

July 21, 2020

Louie The Horse rebounds from virus

The Andrew and Lyn Neal-trained Louie The Horse returned to winning form at Alexandra Park on Wednesday night. The three-year-old colt’s preparation was hampered by a virus after his first-up unplaced run in May, but he has rebounded in his subsequent two runs, with a placing and a win. “His first start back after COVID-19, on May 31, at Cambridge he raced really below par and we were really disappointed with him,” Cambridge-based Lyn Neal said. “But after running a blood on him we found...

July 19, 2020

Ferguson keeps hope alive

Dylan Ferguson has kept himself in the hunt for the New Zealand Junior Drivers Premiership after scoring a winning double at Cambridge Raceway on Wednesday night. The Waikato horseman reined home Sunset Red to win over 2200m for his employer Graeme Rogerson before steering stablemate Romanee to victory in the following race. “All of our horses have been racing really well, we just needed that bit of luck,” Ferguson said. “Sunset Red got a great trip. They went hard in front and it worked o...

July 9, 2020

Harrison eyeing hat-trick with Silk

Alicia Harrison is building a strong affection for the Steve Telfer-trained Silk. The Cambridge Raceway-based junior driver recorded her second successive win behind the mare at Alexandra Park on Wednesday night and she is looking to make it a hat-trick at Cambridge Raceway this week. “She went really well on Wednesday,” Harrison said. “I thought she was a lot sharper than the week before. “She is a real tough mare, but just lacks that bit of speed, so she really likes to run the gate an...

July 5, 2020

Trotter fires for Weaver at Cambridge

Our Spitfire might be lightyears away from some of the best trotters Frank “Snow” Weaver has been associated with, but her win over 2200m at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday was nonetheless satisfying for her owner. The Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett-trained mare broke badly in her previous outing at the Waikato track and a change of gear has worked wonders for the daughter of Majestic Son. “Two weeks ago when she broke, Bernie couldn’t hang on to her she was galloping that bad,” Weav...

June 27, 2020

Neals unearth another exciting pacer

Andrew Neal may have unearthed another star at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. The Cambridge horseman, who trains in partnership with his wife Lyn, drove Alterior Motif to an emphatic six length victory in his 2200m contest and he believes there is still plenty of improvement left in the son of Sportswriter. “He is still very green, he shied at a few things, but that is only natural for a first starter,” Neal said. “We have had to trial him a few times and taken our time to let him ma...

June 26, 2020

Sefonte hoping for some magic at Cambridge

Our Sunny Whiz took trainer Ken Sefonte to the pinnacle of his career when winning the Gr.1 Rowe Cup (3200m) 12 years ago and he is hoping her daughter Whimsical Whizard has inherited some of her star quality. The three-year-old filly will make her debut in the Host Your Special Event At Cambridge Raceway Trot (2200m) on Thursday and Sefonte is confident of a solid first-up run. The daughter of Majestic Son has finished runner-up in both of her trials to date, including a 2500m hit-out at Pukeko...

June 25, 2020

Form Guide - Jason Teaz

Jason Teaz gives his form comments for the meeting at the Cambridge Raceway on Thursday June 23....

June 23, 2020

Double M Stables set for imminent raceday return

The first half of 2020 has been one to forget for Cambridge Raceway-based horseman Matthew White. It started in the worst possible fashion when he was involved in a horrific race crash at Cambridge Raceway in January. White sustained bleeding on the brain, a concussion, and three fractured vertebrae, which resulted in his absence from the track until the end of March. Just two meetings back the COVID-19 pandemic caused racing and New Zealand to shut down for two months. While frustrated with the...

June 21, 2020

Aubron scores first New Zealand win

Frenchman Benjamin Aubron can now add a New Zealand training victory to his burgeoning racing CV. The 28-year-old trainer has already tasted success in his homeland and Australia, and added New Zealand to the list when Xebec took out the Farmlands Handicap Trot (2700m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. The son of Orlando Vici began well from the 35m mark and under a patient drive from Zachary Butcher he was able to reel in his opposition and run away to a comfortable 3-1/2 length win over Leesa ...

June 12, 2020

Form Comments - Jason Teaz

Jason Teaz provides his picks and form comments for Thursday's (11th June) meeting at the Cambridge Raceway. Race 17 Mister Slick 4 The Batmobile 6 Marianna Bromac 9 EdamfastRace 26 Cee Whatadelight 4 Girls Are Best 9 The Honey Queen 1 Sunset RedRace 37 He's A Ladies Man 1 Russley Rush 10 Betterbebetter 5 Olivia RachelRace 413 The Greenkeeper 2 Johnson Step 6 Hawthornden Hunk 3 Triple FourRace 52 Silk 4 Jive 10 Golden Lace 9 Emmi RoseRace 69 Bar Room Brawl 11 Xebec 12 Delson 2...

June 10, 2020

Betterbebetter vying for back-to-back wins

Trainers Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins are looking for more of the same from Betterbebetter when she lines-up in the Amber Garden Centre Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. The four-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight won first-up at Cambridge Sunday-week ago, which came as a pleasant surprise to her connections. “I was really happy with last start’s run,” Hopkins said. “It surprised us a little bit with how much forward she was, but it was a good effort. “She has...

June 10, 2020

Poutama pumped ahead of Cambridge

South Auckland trainer Andre Poutama is hoping The Batmobile can go one better than last start when he contests the Welcome Back On Course Mobile Pace (1700m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. The four-year-old gelding finished runner-up behind Vespa over 1700m at Cambridge a fortnight ago and it will be take two on Thursday, with amateur driver Frank Phelan once again taking the reins. “He should have improved from his first run back,” Poutama said. “To be able to sit parked and do what h...

June 10, 2020

Butcher family rivalry heats up

The rivalry between Waikato reinsman David Butcher and his sons Zachary and Benjamin is heating up with just two months remaining in the current season. Butcher is currently the leading North Island driver with 44 wins to his name this term, with Zachary trailing by just two wins, with Benjamin also having a strong season with a tally of 32 wins to date. While Butcher has been pleased with the way the season is going, he said he will have his work cut out for him in order to retain his lead. “...

June 6, 2020

Treble for local trainers

Dr Luk Chin’s Tamahere private training property produced a winning treble at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. The Waikato horseman won the Happy 40th Glenn Wallis Handicap Trot (2200m) with Safrakova, while his namesake Chinski took out the Book Event Hire Furniture At Cambridge Raceway Handicap Trot (2200m) for trainer-driver Sean McCaffrey. McCaffrey secured the treble when steering home Bodrum Boy to victory in the Black Dog Furniture Shop Local Mobile Pace (2200m) for trainer John Godfre...

June 1, 2020

Delson gearing up for raceday return

Connections of promising trotter Delson are hoping he can pick-up where he left off when he contests the Happy 40th Glenn Wallis Handicap Trot (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. The Graeme Rogerson-trained gelding overcame his 40m handicap to dominantly win over 2700m at the Waikato track in March, but he will need to draw on all his talents to replicate the result over this weekend’s shorter distance. “That’s (last start) what he is capable of and he did that with a few gears up his ...

May 30, 2020

Warhorse set to resume at Cambridge

Waikato warhorse Danke is set to have his 299th career start at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. Trainer Geoff Martin gave the 12-year-old gelding nearly a month off in the paddock before bringing him back into work during the lockdown period, where he was able to take advantage of his private 700m track on his six hectare Cambridge property. “We gave him a bit of break and he’s been up and down the paddock tearing it up, so I brought him back in,” Martin said. “He is a horse that if he is n...

May 27, 2020

A bitter pill

By Michael Guerin, HRNZDavid Branch knew this week was going to be exciting, just not like this.The young Chief Executive of the Waikato-Bay Of Plenty Harness Club is looking forward to the return of harness racing, make that any form of horse racing, in the north at his Cambridge track on Sunday.But he can’t help but think of what might have been.Because in a cruel irony this was supposed to be the weekend the Cambridge track hosted the Jewels, their biggest moment of every second year and Br...

May 26, 2020

Credit Master rising from the ashes

Late last year Andrew and Lyn Neal thought they had lost their star trotter Credit Master. The nine-win gelding was scratched from the Inter Dominions as a result of a virus and the Cambridge trainers have taken a cautious approach with his return. “He came back from near death,” Andrew Neal said. “He had a massive virus and we had to scratch him out of the Inter Dominions.  “He took two months or more to come right. His temperature was 39 and 40 (degrees) for two weeks. We thought ...

May 23, 2020

Unprecedented times for legendary horseman

Legendary trainer and Cambridge Raceway patron Charlie Hunter has seen plenty of major world events during his lifetime, but he said none quite compare to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The virus has swept across the globe and resulted in New Zealand entering lockdown for the better part of two months from late-March, closing down racing. “I don’t think I have been through anything quite like this,” Hunter said. “As a young boy we went through the war (World War II), but I don’t remember...

May 23, 2020

Marshall duo set for Cambridge return

Cambridge trainer Kyle Marshall is looking forward to potentially having two runners at his home meeting next week, and he has a local equestrian to thank for it. During the Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, Marshall was unable to work any of his horses at Cambridge Raceway, however, he was able to utilise the services of local rider Elle Phillips. “I sent Elle Phillips, of Phillips Equine, three horses to keep ticking over - Pembrook Charlie, Itsthefinalcountdown, and Lukyanova,” Marshall sa...

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