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Bublitz vying for more accolades

Kaleb Bublitz is making a pleasing start to the new season. The Cambridge junior driver has placed in two of his five starts in his first season in the sulky and he is racking up awards as he comes to the end of his cadetship. Bublitz was the recipient of the North Island Premier Cadet Award at the North Island Harness Racing Awards late last month and it was a pleasant surprise for the young horseman. “It was brilliant,” he said. “I was stoked, I wasn’t expecting it. It was a rea...

September 10, 2019

Local double for Harrison

Junior driver Alicia Harrison had a night to remember at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night, securing a winning double at her local track. Harrison opened her account on the night behind Mohs Em Down in the Breckon Farms 2019 Te Awamutu Cup (2700m) for trainer Barry Purdon. It was the first time Harrison has donned the famous colours and she duly rewarded the renowned trainer’s faith with a winning result. “It was a real privilege,” Harrison said. “It was really good of Barry and...

September 6, 2019

Cambridge warhorse strikes again

Few horses in the world would have had more starts than Danke, but the 12-year-old trotter continued to defy his age at Cambridge Raceway on Friday night when taking out the Woodlands Stud Handicap Trot (2200m). It was the 13th win for the son of Sundon from an astonishing 276 starts, and he showed his strength of character to get to that mark when serving it up to his younger rivals on Friday. The Geoff Martin-trained and driven gelding sat parked for the majority of the race before kicking cle...

September 2, 2019

Friday Night race-meetings light up the Raceway

The first of seven Friday Nights Under The Lights race-meetings kicked off with a bang at Cambridge Raceway last week.   The newly branded event series has been designed to draw a new crowd to the venue with a Vivid Collective DJ between races, lighting features, dual sulky races and food truck style cuisine.  “We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Friday Nights Under The Lights concept,” Dave Branch, CEO of Cambridge Raceway said.  “We had over 1300 people on-c...

September 2, 2019

Paynter off to a flyer

Ross Paynter is off to a flyer this season, with the Cambridge trainer posting three wins and three placings from nine starts this term. “We have had a really good start to the season,” Paynter said. “We have quite a few in work at the moment (27), so the boys are working hard and everything is going well. “I am lucky to have great staff in Fergus Schumacher and Colin Pruden, it makes my job easier.” Paytner’s third victory of the season came courtesy of a gutsy performance by pro...

August 25, 2019

Hall unlocks another promising trotter

Millionaire trotter Keystone Del didn’t win his first race until he was a five-year-old and Cambridge trainer Tim Hall is hoping that bodes well for his close relation Keystone Cavalier, who secured his maiden victory at the same age in the Horse & Jockey Trot (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. Keystone Cavalier is out of a full-sister (Ronerails Lass) to the 10-time Group One winner, who Hall trained to two victories in New Zealand before he crossed the Tasman to win a further 4...

August 17, 2019

Broodmare paddock beckons Auckland winner

The Nicky Chilcott-trained Juice Brogden made the best possible start to her final season on the track, winning the Thank You Graham Bayley - 37 Years At F'lin Park Hcap Pace (2700m) at Alexandra Park on Friday night. Driven by Chilcott, the six-year-old daughter stepped away well from her 20m handicap and settled midfield before she was sent forward to take the lead at the bell. The Cambridge-based trainer/driver injected pace into the race down the back straight and was able to get a brea...

August 10, 2019

Horses Birthday celebrated in Cambridge

Cambridge commuters saw an unusual sight on their way to work on Thursday morning.  Two miniature horses, Kidz Kartz racers Caramello and Cooper were guests of honour at a Birthday party outside of Homebrew Coffee on Victoria Street.  The party was thrown by Cambridge Raceway to mark the Horses’ Birthday and celebrate the launch of their new racing season.  Each racehorse born in New Zealand has their official birthday on August 1, the day on which the new season of racing begin...

August 3, 2019

Dickson heads premiership after opening night

Hunterville trainer Scott Dickson found himself in an unfamiliar position on Thursday night, leading the National Trainers’ Premiership. The Rangitikei horseman started off on the best foot on the opening night of the season, securing two wins at Cambridge Raceway. “It was definitely good to get on the leaderboard quite quickly,” Dickson said. Dickson’s first victory of the night came by the way of recent stable addition Molly Dooker who had previously been prepared in Canterbury by M...

August 2, 2019

New era for Cambridge trainer

The new season will welcome in a new era for Mike Berger as he gets set to join forces with talented young horseman Matthew White. It will be the third training partnership for the veteran Cambridge conditioner, who had previous stints with Simon Pavlovich and Warren Rich, with the latter partnership producing the quinella in the 2002 Gr.1 New Zealand Trotting Cup (3200m) with Gracious Knight and Facta Non Verba. Berger collected his gold card earlier this season and while he is not retiring, he...

July 28, 2019

Paynter set to realise childhood dream

Ross Paynter has experienced another strong season as a trainer, with 23 wins, equaling his previous best tally, and banking nearly $50,000 more in prizemoney than his previous best term. “It’s really good to back up with another reasonable season, because I thought this season might be a bit quieter,” he said. “We don’t tend to travel. I don’t think I have taken a horse to Manawatu at all this year, so we have stayed pretty close to home and got most of our winners here, I am pret...

July 19, 2019

Marshall rapt with first season

Kyle Marshall is in for a promising career as a trainer if his first season is anything to go by. The Cambridge horseman has recorded 13 wins and 15 placings from only 68 starts this season and he is eager to improve on that mark next term with an exciting, young team behind him. “I’m rapt with the way the season has gone and I am rapt with the help I get from different people,” Marshall said. “It seems to be a system that works, where everyone is relaxed and the horses are happy. ...

July 14, 2019

Liberal Arden secures Horse of the Year crown

Cambridge trainer Arna Donnelly elected to bypass the rich Harness Jewels day at Addington with Liberal Arden last month and that decision has paid off, with the Sir Lincoln gelding taking out the Dunstan Horsefeeds Cambridge Horse of The Year title. Liberal Arden posted four victories this term at Cambridge Raceway and a number of placings to secure the title with 33 points, while the Mike Berger-trained About Turn was close behind in second place with 30 points. It was Liberal Arden’s f...

July 7, 2019

White all grins after Sunday’s win

With only one month to go in the current season Cambridge trainer Les White was able to secure his first win of the term when Hezaluckygrinner took out the Cambridge Equine Hospital Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. Driver Dylan Ferguson sent the six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear forward from gate six to take the early lead before handing up to the Nicky Chilcott-trained and driven Allonblack. Hezaluckygrinner was able to get the better of Allonblack in the homestraight to...

July 1, 2019

Just An Excuse to be honored at Cambridge Raceway

The Stoneleigh Sunday race meeting at Cambridge Raceway, this weekend features a special race, named in honour of back-to-back Gr.1 New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Just An Excuse. Bred by Ollie and Irene Haines, Just An Excuse was born in 1998, he was the sixth foal out of My Excuse, a mare the husband and wife had raced out of John and David Butcher’s stable. “She was a bloody nutter,” Haines said. “I don’t know how the Butchers ever got her to the races. “I can still remember wa...

June 25, 2019

Big future tipped for promising trotter

Promising Waikato trotter Delson gave everyone a glimpse of his potential when winning the ‘Fathers of Football’ Handicap Trot (2700m) in dominant fashion at Alexandra Park on Friday night. The Graeme Rogerson-trained four-year-old began well from his unruly mark on the front row and was able to secure the lead in the hands of driver Dylan Feguson. The pair were able to dictate terms throughout and ran away to a 3-1/2 length victory over Miss Blissful, with M’Lord Mackendon three-quarter...

June 15, 2019

Phelan records 500th driving win

Scott Phelan reached a massive milestone at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night when he recorded his 500th driving win. The South Auckland horseman steered home the Arna Donnelly-trained Bella Roza to win the Liquor Academy Mobile Pace (2200m) and he was delighted to get the victory for one of his biggest supporters. “To reach 500 wins is great,” he said. “It’s a privilege to drive for Arna, so to reach it with one of hers was great.” While Phelan was aware he was nearing the milestone...

June 8, 2019

Jewels day continues standout season for Donnelly

Cambridge trainer Arna Donnelly continued a stellar season at Addington on Saturday where she recorded her first Group One placing as a trainer. Donnelly tipped both Baquero and In The Shadows as top-five chances heading into the Gr.1 4YO Diamond (1980m) and that proved to be the case, with In The Shadows running third, while Baquero was luckless back in fifth. “It was my first Group One placing,” Donnelly said. “It was a super run by that horse (In The Shadows), she is just so brave. Sh...

June 3, 2019

Cambridge runners set to plunder Jewels

Cambridge will have a strong showing at the rich Harness Jewels meeting at Addington on Saturday, with seven representatives from four stables. Trainer Arna Donnelly leads the way with three runners and that could have been four, with Liberal Arden having qualified for the Gr.1 4YO Emerald (1980m), but his connections opted to target him towards a series closer to home. “It’s really awesome (to have three runners),” Donnelly said. “We could have had four, but Liberal Arden is probably be...

May 27, 2019

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 ...

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