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Toni Street wins on debut

Toni Street will have some bragging rights the next time she hosts Seven Sharp. Regular hosts Hilary Barry and Jeremy Wells both have racehorses who share their names, but it is Street whose namesake has recorded the first win of the trio. Hilary Barry, a four-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare, was unplaced in all of her seven starts in New Zealand before being exported to the United States, while Jeremy Wells, a four-year-old Sweet Lou gelding, is still in search of his maiden victory after 14 s...

October 16, 2020

Trotter set to peak at Cambridge

Brent Mangos is hoping promising trotter Elegant Peak will bring her manners to Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night when she lines-up in the Xmas Packages Are Selling Fast. Book Today Trot (2200m). The four-year-old mare finished runner-up on debut at Alexandra Park in July before breaking on a number of occasions at the Auckland track last start and was eventually pulled up by Mangos. “She hasn’t had a start for a wee while and made a couple of breaks last start,” Mangos said. “She did ...

October 14, 2020

Vale Colin Butler

Harness Racing has lost one of its stalwarts with the passing of Cambridge horseman Colin Butler. The 81-year-old enjoyed a long and successful career in the sport, which began in 1971 and continued up until last year upon the retirement of his Group One-winning trotter Charlemagne. As a driver, Butler saluted the judge on 614 occasions and continued driving well into his sixties, while he recorded 296 victories as a trainer. Many of those were recorded in his own right, but he also enjoyed stin...

October 14, 2020

Memorable treble for Stevens

There would be few people who visit the winner’s circle at Cambridge Raceway more than Jo Stevens, but on Saturday night it was for different reasons. The local trainer is usually busy interviewing drivers post-race for Cambridge Raceway’s Facebook page, however, on Saturday she was delighted to head there to take her place in the winner’s photo, not only once, but three times. It was the first time Stevens had recorded a winning treble and she said it will be a night she will never forget...

October 4, 2020

Cambridge date swap

The large numbers of horses racing in the North Island has prompted a dates change for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Harness Racing Club.Cambridge Raceway’s 10-race meeting, originally earmarked for Tuesday 5 January, will now be held on Sunday 25 October, as a twilight meeting.“The ability to ensure a continued flow of opportunities for as many horses as possible is crucial to the viability of those horses and the ability to generate income for the industry,” said HRNZ Handicapper Andrew Morr...

October 1, 2020

Exciting pacer ready to resume

Exciting pacer Alterior Motif is nearing a raceday return after his eye-catching 6-1/4 length debut victory at Cambridge Raceway in June. His future looked set to be in Sydney after the victory, however, his sale fell through but that did not faze owner and co-trainer Andrew Neal. “They wanted to see him race again. It (the sale) could still be on,” said Neal, who trains in partnership with his wife Lyn. “I wasn’t worried about the sale, it will happen at some stage, meanwhile it’s nic...

September 27, 2020

The Last Gamble pays off

The Thames harness racing community may be small, but they were going off on Sunday after The Last Gamble’s win in the White Star Stables Mobile Trot (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway. The Dale Moore-trained and driven mare is one of only three horses trained at the Thames Raceway and Moore was delighted to get another win representing the Coromandel township. “I have got her and a young unqualified trotter called Mont Blanc who is just about ready to go to the workouts,” he said. “Rachel Hol...

September 20, 2020

Demolition Man a welcome distraction for Phillips

Demolition Man finishing second at Cambridge Raceway on September 10...

September 19, 2020

Standout night for Whittaker

Cambridge horseman Luke Whittaker experienced the biggest night in his burgeoning career at his local track on Thursday. Not only did he record his first win as a trainer with Chalberg, but later in the night he reined home Pull The Other Leg for employer Mike Berger to record his first driving double. “It was a really good night,” Whittaker said. “To get that first training win is something I have always wanted to achieve, especially in Ricki Herbert’s Dad’s colours.” Previously tra...

September 11, 2020

Berger holds strong hand at Cambridge

Cambridge trainer Mike Berger will be well represented at his home meeting on Thursday night when he lines-up seven runners at Cambridge Raceway. His charge will be led by Pull The Other Leg who will be vying for back-to-back victories in the Gregory Equine. Delivery Nationwide Mobile Pace (2200m). The four-year-old son of Sir Lincoln placed on debut before winning over 2200m at Cambridge Raceway last month and Berger is hoping for a similar result. “He has been going really well,” Berger sa...

September 9, 2020

Regally bred filly on song

I Got Music was on song at Alexandra Park on Thursday night when recording her maiden victory in the Lonestar Alex Park Performance Of The Night Handicap Trot (2700m). The daughter of multiple Group One winner Allegro Agitato stepped away well from the front mark and got into a cosy position three back on the pegs. Trainer and driver Kyle Marshall pulled her three-wide turning for home where she was able to gather in Miss Slippers to win by 1-1/2 lengths, with a further neck back to Natty Pagger...

September 6, 2020

White scores first solo training win

Matthew White was delighted to secure his first solo training win in New Zealand on Thursday when Carse O Fern Tom took out the Oktoberfest, 3rd October Mobile Pace (2200m) at Cambridge Raceway.The local horseman had been training in partnership with Mike Berger last season and previously trained in Western Australia, but getting off the mark on his own account in his homeland meant a lot to White.“It’s great to get that first win on the board, especially on the home track,” he said.“I t...

August 30, 2020

Siblings set to shine at Cambridge

Local trainer Kyle Marshall will line-up two daughters of multiple Group One winner Allegro Agitato at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday and he is expecting a bold showing from both mares. I Got Music will attempt to atone for her debut antics when she contests The Clubhouse Open 7 Days Handicap Trot (2200m). “She made a mistake last start, it was quite an ugly gallop,” Marshall said. “She had a trial at Cambridge on Saturday and she won that. “We gave her a few practice runs on Tuesday and ...

August 26, 2020

Successful Auckland mission for Military Man

A decision to send Military Man north to Alexandra Park’s Level 3 restricted meeting on Thursday night paid off for Cambridge trainers Andrew and Lyn Neal. The husband and wife team were the only trainers outside of the Auckland Super City boundary to record a victory on the night, with the four-year-old entire breaking maiden ranks in the Smith & Partners Mobile Pace (2200m). The Neal’s were pleased to get the win after a number of placings. “It was well overdue, but he went super,” Lyn...

August 21, 2020

Cambridge treble for Ferguson

Waikato horseman Dylan Ferguson went home a happy man from Cambridge Raceway on Saturday. The stable foreman for trainer Graeme Rogerson secured a winning treble for his employer, while also reining home a treble himself. “It was a great day, they all raced really well and we managed to bag a few winners,” Ferguson said. Rogerson’s treble was highlighted by She Reigns’ impressive 5-3/4 length victory in the Marcoola Standing At Nevele R Stud Handicap Trot (2700m). The daughter of Monarch...

August 15, 2020

Baker’s dozen for Donnelly

Local trainer Arna Donnelly will take her biggest ever contingent to a race meeting when she heads to Cambridge Raceway on Saturday. She will be represented by 12 of her own runners, but will also line-up debutant Jack Irish for trainers Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan, with the Clevedon-based duo unable to make it to the meeting as a result of COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions in Auckland. While it will prove a busy day for Donnelly, she said she will be ably assisted by a handful of helpers. “I ma...

August 15, 2020

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...

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