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Jackie bags first training win for Marshall

Alta Leonie’s win in the Natural Habitats Mobile Pace (2200m) at Alexandra Park on Friday night was an emotional one for Cambridge trainer Kyle Marshall.  The victory not only marked his first win as a trainer, but also the ten-year memorial of Alta Leonie’s namesake, Jackie Higgins, the late wife of part-owner Dave Higgins.  “I’m absolutely rapt with the win, it was good to have the family there and it was a good horse to do it on,” Marshall said.  “One of the owners,...

September 23, 2018

Brave northern win for Baquero

Cambridge trainer Arna Donnelly took just one horse north to Alexandra Park on Friday night, but that was enough to secure victory at northern headquarters. Shadow Play mare Baquero made it two wins from just three starts this campaign for Donnelly when she held out the fast-finishing Edamfast to win by a neck in the United Gaming Ltd Mobile Pace (2200m). It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the four-year-old after she paced away roughly from her outside barrier to settle at the tail of the eigh...

September 15, 2018

Matthews scores super start to new season

By Duane Ranger Glenbrook trainer Adrienne Matthews couldn't have wished for a better start to the 2018-2019 harness racing season after nailing two winners and a third from three starters at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. “It was a great night considering we only have about five of our 15 horses racing at the moment. I love training and this is quite rewarding,” she said. The Matthews trained Rainbow Wiri (Jay Abernethy) and Edamfast (Trent Lethaby) won the third and fourth races, whi...

August 3, 2018

Pacer turned trotter can win for Sharpe

By Duane Ranger It’s been almost nearly three years since Andrew Sharpe trained his last winner, but the 35-year-old could go one-for-one on opening night of the 2018-2019 Cambridge Raceway harness racing season on Thursday night. Sharpe, who is employed by Derek Balle in Pukekohe, will line up one of the likely favourites - My Boy Boo in the second event – the $7,500 Toni Swann Band Handicap for the up to R48 maiden trotters. The Franklin horseman said the former pacer, who is having just h...

August 1, 2018

Selections: Cambridge Raceway 02.08.18

Selections for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness first meeting of the season,Thursday August 2, at Cambridge Raceway are: by Duane Ranger Race 1: The CEO, Comic Book Hero, Scanreco Bay, Loud An Proud. Race 2: My Boy Boo, Pretorius, Sir George Bowen, Kimkar Dash. Race 3: Amigo Bromac, Lincoln Street, Rainbow Wiri, Coolie Kid. Race 4: The Big Cheese, The Lone Ranger, Western Delight, Lagertha. Race 5: Real Eagle, Jakira, Jack Bates, Jenora. Race 6: Baquero, New York Rain, Somethingaboutmary, Franc...

August 1, 2018

Cambridge drivers go one-two in NZ Jr Driving Champs

By Duane Ranger Alicia Harrison has been crowned the 2018 McMillion Equine Feeds New Zealand Junior Driving Champion and says her win is both unbelievable and unforgettable. “It’s undoubtedly the highlight of my career. Winning my first drive was something I’ll never forget, but this is even better than that. I have so many people to thank, especially the trainers who let me drive their horses throughout the series,” Harrison said. Harrison is just the third woman after Lauren Pearson (1...

July 17, 2018

Milestones met at last meeting of the season

By Duane Ranger It was an afternoon to remember at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. Nineteen-year-old Morrinsville junior reinsman, Scott Iremonger, not only drove his first winner, but managed to nail it behind his father’s trainee - $48.90 outsider, Atom Hanover. “I’m still buzzing,” Iremonger said several hours after the race. “It’s taken me 13 drives and I’m so proud to have done it on Dad’s horse. He is my inspiration. “Dad has helped me from the day I got into the horses, an...

July 2, 2018

Horse-of-the-Year hopeful primed for a bold run

By Duane Ranger Trainers Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins only have one horse entered at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday and they have every reason to make the 340km return trip from Taupaki. The eight-race programme brings an end to the season at Cambridge Raceway and the Cooney and Hopkins trained Somewhereinbrooklyn has a royal chance of being crowned 2018's Dunstan Feeds Horse-of-the-Year. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has 25 points - just one behind the Andrew and Lynn Neal trained Credit Master. ...

June 29, 2018

SELECTIONS: Cambridge Raceway 01/07/18

Selections for the last meeting of the 2017-2018 season at Cambridge Raceway on Sunday July 1 are: by Duane Ranger Race 1: Spare Change, Redmaro, Whale Rider, A Chance To Dream. Race 2: Mega Queen, Littlebitoflove, Above The Rest, Swinging. Race 3: Downtown Babe, Zip Code, The Peacemaker, Tamara Gold. Race 4: Prime Silver, Sheza Springfield, Helena Ideal, M T Pockets. Race 5: Credit Master, Our Rosa Mortician, Danke. Race 6: Amaro, Rock N Shard, Hunter Red, Master Of Escape. Race 7: Somewhereinb...

June 28, 2018

2018 Dunstan Horse-of-the-Year a cliff hanger

By Duane Ranger Cambridge Raceway’s 2018 Dunstan Horse Feeds Horse of the Year title will come down to the wire at the final Waikato-BOP Harness meeting of the season on Sunday.  “I’m pleased it’s not a one-horse race. It’s great to see that there is just six points covering the first five horses and just one between front-runners Credit Master and Somewhereinbrooklyn,” said Dunstan Director and Founder Dave Smith. “That’s what it’s all about. We want as many people as p...

June 27, 2018

White Star Syndication Opportunity

Nicky Chilcott and White Star stables are excited to be able to offer shares in two cracking weanlings.For more info please click on the link below. ...

June 13, 2018

Special win for Stephen Doody

By Duane Ranger One of Cambridge Raceway’s biggest supporters, who has been travelling the 750km return trip from Palmerston North for nearly 40 years, trained his first winner on the track in almost two-and-a-half years on Thursday night. Manawatu-based horseman Stephen Doody trained Franco Empire, driven by Andre Poutama, to win the Montana Food & Events (2200m) Mobile for the R40 to R51 pacers. Driven by Andre Poutama, it was the four-year-old gelding’s second&nb...

June 8, 2018

Butcher chasing premiership at Cambridge

By Duane Ranger David Butcher was 22 when he won the New Zealand Junior Driving Premiership in the 1985-86 season. His youngest son Benjamin is also 22 and wants to emulate his Dad’s feat - and can go a long way to doing that at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night.The season, which ends on July 31, is about to heat up for Butcher, he currently has 35 wins – two less than pace-maker, Matt Anderson of Christchurch. "If I don't win the premiership this year I may never win it because it’s my ...

June 6, 2018

Selections 07.06.18

Selections for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness meeting Thursday June 7: by Duane Ranger Race 1: Pay Master, Whale Rider, Franco Caliph, Highview Justice. Race 2: El Dente, Colby, Zip Code, CD Express. Race 3: Franco Empire, Hunter Red, Rangi Rangdu, Mrs Zippy. Race 4: Cherokee Warrior, Gotta Go Jetaway, Artanne, Lynton Creek. Race 5: Some Change, Cerberus, Sheza Springfield, Hezaluckygrinner. Race 6: Malabar Spur, Need Luck, Primus Inter Pares, Littlebitoflove. Race 7: Spring Campaign, Bat Out...

June 6, 2018

Astute move brings Jewels joy

by Duane Ranger Westwood Beach trainer Graeme Anderson had some happy times when he resided in Cambridge, but none more so than what he experienced at Cambridge Raceway on Saturday afternoon. Anderson was not only made to feel welcome by the club and his former Waikato mates, but he also witnessed the best horse he has trained win the Group One $150,000 Allied Security Emerald for the 4yo pacing entires and geldings. Anderson trained Eamon Maguire to 20 of his first 24 starts – winning nine ra...

June 3, 2018

Chilcott duo looking to sparkle at Jewels finals

By Duane Ranger Local trainer Nicky Chilcott will line up two runners at the 12th annual Harness Jewels Finals at Cambridge Raceway on Saturday. Juice Brogden contests the Gr.1 $150,000 Woodlands Stud for 4yo pacing mares; and Monaro Mia will start in the Gr.1 $125,000 What The Hill 3yo Ruby Trot. “Juice has never felt this good. She pulled up a bit sick in the Messenger and we have treated her since and she’s literally grown wings. She trialled the best she ever has at Pukekohe two weeks ag...

May 30, 2018

Selections- Harness Jewels Grand Final 2.6.18

Selections for Waikato – BOP Harness Racing’s Harness Jewels Grand Finals – at CambridgeRaceway this Saturday (June 2) are: by Duane Ranger Race 1: Princess Tiffany, Havtime, Kayla Marie, Buzinga. Race 2: Enhance Your Calm, Full Noise, Tickle Me Pink, Oscar Bonavena. Race 3: Shez All Rock, Elle Mac, Bettor Joy, Delight In Me. Race 4: Juice Brogden, Partyon, Utmost Delight, Bonnie Joan. Race 5: Enghien, Dance Craze, Habibi Inta, Musculus. Race 6: Jesse Duke, Another Masterpiece, Petes Big J...

May 29, 2018

Chilcott chalks up another Oaks win

By Duane Ranger Waikato’s only trainer at this year’s Harness Jewels Final had another successful night at the office at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. Cambridge conditioner Nicky Chilcott won her second Oaks within the space of six days when the Sailesh Abernethy driven Monaro Mia won the richest event at ‘The Raceway’. Monaro Mia followed up her Gr.3 $30,000 Haras des Trotteurs Northern Trotting Oaks victory at Alexandra Park last Friday night with a tough win in the inaugural $1...

May 18, 2018

‘The Godfather’ looking for his first NZ title

By Duane Ranger The ‘Godfather’ of the amateur driving movement in New Zealand – Steve Phillips – sets out on his first New Zealand title quest at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night. Phillips and his wife Anne recently relocated to the Waikato and Phillips said he would dearly love to win the first of the three New Zealand Championship heats scheduled for 5.10pm (Race 1). “We were going to have two heats - the same as Rangiora on May 27, but sadly we couldn't get enough horses for ano...

May 17, 2018

Selections: May 17 2018

By Duane Ranger Race 1: Pay Master, Whale Rider, Turbo. Race 2: Lion Rock, Gold Rocks, The Coordinator. Race 3 : Malabar Spur, Need Luck, Billy At Salsa. Race 4: Linc’s Bute Girl, Stand by Me, Changed. Race 5: American Legend, Proud Bromac, Gotta Go Jet Away. Race 6: Sex on Fire, Manaro Mia, Aoraki. Race 7: Forever Pearl, Christanna, Three Kisses. Race 8: Credit Master, CK Spur, Sunset Peak. Race 9: Trojan Banner, Caitlyn Clarke, Our Wicklow. Race 10: Vatican Hill, Littlebitoflove, Saint Miche...

May 17, 2018

Amateurs given a boost for NZ Champs at Cambridge

By Duane Ranger The New Zealand Amateur Driving Championships will receive an extra $2,000 in stakes money added to the two heats to be held at the Cambridge Raceway on May 17. Jeff Darby, president of the North Island branch of the NZ Amateur Drivers Association, said the stakes increase will make up the shortfall from other races as amateur stakes are less than other carded races on the programme. “I just want to thank Waikato-Bay of Plenty, all the owners and trainers, and our sponsors for ...

April 30, 2018

Cambridge’s connection to 2018 USA’s Blue Chip Matchmaker champion

by Duane Ranger The winner of last Saturday night’s (April 22) prestigious Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for Mares at Yonkers Raceway in New York has a strong Cambridge connection. The US$375,000 pace was taken out by a Kiwi bred - Shartin N, a 5-year-old mare whose sire, top Kiwi pacer Tintin In America, was bred by Bee Pears of Cambridge. Shartin N was sent out the $3.80 favourite and driver Tim Tetrick gave nothing else a chance winning the mobile mile by almost five lengths in 1:52.2 (27.2, ...

April 27, 2018

Craig comes up trumps at Cambridge

By Duane Ranger Craig Smith drove his first winner of the season, and first ever in the North Island, at the Cambridge Raceway on Wednesday night. Smith, who now has nine career wins to his credit and has been employed by John and Josh Dickie at Ardmore for just over six months, steered Lagertha to a one-and-a-quarter length victory in the sixth race - the $9,000 The Edge and Sulkies Party Zone Maiden Pace. "It was a real honour to drive this one home for John because he and his partner co-own t...

April 26, 2018

Selections: April 25 2018

Duane Ranger's selections for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Harness Anzac Day meeting at Cambridge Raceway are: Race 1: Tickle Me Pink, She Reigns, Adele. Race 2: Ceberus, Bubbles O'Leary, Idealistic. Race 3: Linc's Bute Girl, Sly Eleanor, Inforthefight. Race 4: Express Play, Jameson Shard, Shandance. Race 5: Kiwi Tionton, Lynton Creek, Cullen's Caviar. Race 6: Tamara Gold, Ryans Girl, Rock N Shard. Race 7: Caitlin's Surprise, Malabar Spur, Flying Taine. Race 8: Somewhereinbrooklyn, Poppy Drayton, R...

April 25, 2018

Tickle Me Pink aiming for three straight in Trotting Stakes

By Duane Ranger Two-year-old filly Tickle Me Pink has already been rated by her trainer, Tony Herlihy (MNZM) as one of the best juvenile trotters he has conditioned. Herlihy said the Breckon Farms and Perfect Ten-owned bay showed promise from the day he broke her in. “I’ve done quite a bit with her and I soon found out that she is quite sensible and does what you ask of her,” he said.  “She has a lovely gait, has a bit of speed and can stay a bit,” th...

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