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Sentimental win for Harrison

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk It was a special moment for local reinswoman Alicia Harrison as she saluted the judge following the Revell Douglas Memorial Junior Driver Series Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. Harrison reined home The Sportsman to win the race named in honour of Douglas, who passed away last year. Harrison had driven for the well-liked South Auckland horseman on several occasions and she said it was an honour to win a race named in his memory. “He...

January 21, 2022

Great Southern Star in the offing for Bolt For Brilliance

By Joshua Smith, Harness News DeskA trip across the Tasman could be on the cards for exciting trotter Bolt For Brilliance after his dominant win in the Gr.3 Les Harrison Transport Cambridge Flying Stakes (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. The son of Muscle Hill pressed forward early from his wide barrier and assumed control of the race with a mile to go. He was left unchallenged in front and ran away to a comfortable 4-1/2 length victory over Massive Metro, setting a n...

January 14, 2022

Sacred Mountain the latest trans-Cook winner

By BARRY LICHTER Nicky Chilcott’s rib injuries might have prevented her from driving Sacred Mountain to a dominant win at Cambridge on Thursday night but the call from delighted Melbourne owner Merv Butterworth after the race more than compensated for it. Chilcott, still nursing her injuries from a heavy crash from Monkey Selfie on Christmas Eve, took over the training of the Muscle Hill filly only two months ago, one of two horses Butterworth sent north from Southland under Cambridge’s summ...

January 14, 2022

Cambridge Raceway launch The Race

Cambridge Raceway is excited to announce the details of their highly anticipated slot race, simply named ‘The Race’ to be held on the April 14, 2022. The ground-breaking feature race is New Zealand’s first slot style race, a concept that has proved popular internationally, and Australasia’s first slot race in the harness racing code. The Race will carry a total stake of $900,000 in the first year, making it New Zealand’s richest harness race with prize money expected to surpass $1 mill...

December 22, 2021

Cliff Thomas celebrates 90th birthday

Cliff Thomas has been looking out for Nicky Chilcott from the time she packed her bags and ran away from home at the age of eight. So four decades later, when Cliff celebrated his 90th birthday with a group of long-time friends in Cambridge, the story of how he recognised her walking on the side of the road and took her home wasn’t the only one told over a few beers.Nicky will tell you that nobody has been more supportive of her career than Cliff, co-patron of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness...

December 18, 2021

Cambridge double for Mangos

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Brent Mangos celebrated the Auckland-Waikato border opening with a winning double at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. The Pukekohe horseman opened his account courtesy of juvenile filly Ilovelucy, who broke through for her maiden win in the Ike Unsworth Bayleys Pace (2200m). It was the third start for the daughter of Sweet Lou, having placed on debut at Cambridge last month before finishing eighth at Alexandra Park. “She went a really good race,” said Mangos,...

December 17, 2021

Travel subsidy paying off at Cambridge

Recipients of Cambridge Raceway’s inter-island summer travel subsidy had a rewarding night at the Waikato track on Thursday. Tommysonaroll enjoyed victory in the Dunstan Recovery Mash Mobile Pace (2200m), while Yea You and Prince Envy recorded the quinella in the Merry Christmas From Dunstan Mobile Trot (2200m). All three horses benefited from the travel subsidy, which funds the return travel via TFS Horse Transport of up to two horses per trainer from the South Island to the Waikato to race a...

December 4, 2021

B D Joe continues Cambridge dream run

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk B D Joe continued his golden run at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday when he won the Dunstan Celebrates 35 Years Handicap Pace (2700m). It was the three-year-old’s fourth win from as many starts at the Waikato track, highlighted by his victory in the Gr.1 Harness Jewels 3YO Emerald (1609m) back in June. Beginning from behind the 35m tape B D Joe was tardily away, however, driver David Butcher didn’t have to press his charge too much to catch the field, with Bu...

December 3, 2021

Hall savours success in the sulky

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Tim Hall was celebrating double success at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. Not only did he train Berani to win the O’Connor Warren Mobile Pace (2200m), but he drove the gelding too, breaking a seven-year drought in the sulky. “I haven’t really driven much over the last couple of years, but I thought it would be a good idea this time in to sit behind a few of them,” Hall said. “He went good and was travelling the whole way. I had to hold him around that...

November 26, 2021

Cambridge double for local trainer

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Local trainer Mike Berger had the perfect result at Cambridge Raceway on Friday night, posting two wins from two runners. “It was a good night, we will take it,” Berger said. Juvenile pacer Cos I Can opened Berger’s account when breaking maiden ranks in the Thames Harness Racing Club At Cambridge Mobile Pace (2200m). The son of Always B Miki was taken back early from the mobile by stable junior driver Luke Whittaker before he pounced on the back of Mr Won...

November 13, 2021

Class clown a winner at Cambridge

BY BARRY LICHTER There’s quite a tale behind how class clown Yogi, aka Del Shannon, found the winner’s circle at Cambridge on Sunday. For a time it looked like Yogi’s playful antics would prevent Pete and Di McDermott and a group of their Cambridge friends from ever seeing him run on the racetrack. You see, Yogi didn’t confine his daytime activities to his own paddock, regularly escaping by getting under hot wires. Once he even took on numerous gates and absconded with his paddock mate T...

October 26, 2021

Blameitonthenight to the fore at Cambridge

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Regally-bred colt Blameitonthenight kept his undefeated record intact at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night when taking out the Woodlands Stud Sires’ Stakes Heat 2 Mobile Pace (1700m). The two-year-old colt had won on debut back in May at Alexandra Park and was first-up after a couple of workout placings at Pukekohe, including a third behind race rivals Major Perry and Montana DJ. From his outside draw in the six-horse field, driver Peter Ferguson elected to...

October 15, 2021

Cambridge Raceway launch trans-Cook travel subsidy

Cambridge Raceway have launched a new travel subsidy in the hopes of bolstering their fields over the summer period. From today Waikato-based trainers can apply for the subsidy which covers the return travel on TFS Horse Transport of up to two horses per trainer from the South Island to the Waikato region to race at Cambridge Raceway from late November to early February. Horses accepted to receive the subsidy by Waikato-BOP Harness Incorporated will also be eligible for a special $1,000 bonus fo...

October 14, 2021

Classy line-up for Hamilton barn

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Hamilton trainers Graeme Rogerson and Dylan Ferguson will once again have a strong line-up at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday, headed by Classy Operator in the Woodlands Stud Sires Stakes Heat 2 Mobile Pace (1700m). The son of Bettor’s Delight has drawn well in three, inside of his main dangers, the Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan-trained Montana DJ (4) and Major Perry (5). Classy Operator finished second behind Montana DJ in the Gr.1 Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stak...

October 13, 2021

Cambridge victory for Island-hopping Harrison

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk It’s been a busy week for Waikato reinswoman Alicia Harrison and she was rewarded with a win in the feature race at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. Harrison had been down in Christchurch for most of the week overseeing her employer Arna Donnelly’s trio of southern raiders – Kango, Taipo, and New York Minute – who are vying for spots in the Gr.1 New Zealand Trotting Cup (3200m) in November. “I went down with them on Saturday and arrived late on Su...

October 1, 2021

Cambridge treble for Hamilton barn

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Winning trebles at Cambridge Raceway are starting to become a common occurrence for trainers Graeme Rogerson and Dylan Ferguson. The Hamilton horsemen once again recorded a trio of wins at the Waikato track on Thursday night courtesy of I’llavabubbles, She Reigns, and Classy Operator. All three runners were fresh-up and Ferguson said the stable was expecting a good night at the office. “It was a good night and to be honest it was expected. We did have some ...

October 1, 2021

Australian targets beckon promising trotter

VIDEO REPLAY: High on Love winning at the Cambridge Raceway on September 16....

September 29, 2021

Gelding continues golden run at Cambridge

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Steven Reid’s former top-class pacer Gold Ace hasn’t made the impact he would have liked at stud, but that could change courtesy of promising three-year-old Dressed In Gold. Bred and raced by Reid, the gelding extended his unbeaten record to two at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night when winning the Betavet Prepare Mobile Pace (2200m). Dressed in Gold was launched off the gate by driver Peter Ferguson to secure an early lead where he was able to set the pa...

September 24, 2021

Call Me Trouble returns to The Raceway

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Leading northern reinsman Zachary Butcher is chomping at the bit to get back in the sulky at after more than a month away from the track as a result of Auckland’s COVID-19 enforced lockdown and will get the opportunity at Alexandra Park on Friday night. While he admitted it was nice to watch the first couple of meetings at Cambridge from the comfort of his couch, that experience has soon worn thin. “I cannot wait (to get back driving), it has been pretty bo...

September 23, 2021

Williams answers northern call

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Tim Williams may have only been with Stonewall Stud for a matter of weeks, but he is being well utilised by the dual-Island operation. The Canterbury reinsman has recently joined the burgeoning operation’s South Island team and he said he is enjoying his new role. “I started not long ago and it has been great. I am getting plenty of drives which is awesome,” he said. “It’s (Stonewall Stud) getting bigger and bigger so you couldn’t wish to be in a be...

September 17, 2021

Neal trotter set for Cambridge debut

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Andrew Neal has had a bit of luck with trotters he has selected from the yearling sales, and he is hoping that will continue at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday. The local horseman has had success with previous sale buys including Group Two performer Credit Master and eight-win trotter Lucky Fortune, and $10,000 NZB Standardbred Yearling Sale purchase Winners Time will also don Neal’s light blue, gold and black chequered sash silks. Neal’s original colours, mo...

September 16, 2021

Butcher joins select club

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Waikato horseman David Butcher brought up a special milestone at Cambridge Raceway’s meeting on Thursday, reining home a treble, culminating in his 2500th driving win. Butcher began the night in good form, winning behind the Steve and Amanda Telfer-trained Riverman Sam in the Chanelle Lawson Photography Mobile Pace (2200m), before reining home Hooray Henry, whom he also trains, to victory in the Blue Do Tickets On Sale Now Mobile Pace (2200m). “All the...

September 11, 2021

Treble for locked down trainers

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk South Auckland trainers Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan may be under lockdown but they were able to enjoy watching their stable runners record a treble at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night from the comfort of their living rooms. While their famous silver and blue colours were expected to feature prominently on the night, they enjoyed securing the treble nonetheless. “It was a good night, a few of them went some good races,” Phelan said. Doctor Steve put on ...

September 10, 2021

Bublitz enjoying the ride

REPLAY: Victor Bravo placing third at The Cambridge Raceway on September 3....

September 8, 2021

Girls Are Best rewards patience

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk Girls Are Best rewarded her connections for their patience with her maiden win at Cambridge Raceway on Friday night. While the Brian and Gareth Hughes-trained filly placed as a late two-year-old last year, she was given a year off to develop and her connections are now reaping the rewards. She resumed last month with a third placing at Alexandra Park and was subsequently sent out a $2.10 favourite in the Ike Unsworth Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge on Friday. ...

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