12 Questions with Brendon Hill

Brendon Hill, trainer and  co-owner of exciting young pacer Dalton Bromac, answers twelve questions from Shelley Caldwell Topp. When Kaiapoi trainer Brendon Hill first saw Dalton Bromac racing from John and David Butcher's Hamilton stable, he liked his style so much  he  decided to buy him. His good friend Noel Bowden joined him in the ownership and the exciting young pacer has given them many thrills since then. Dalton Bromac won his first race for  Brendon and Noel   in July this year (2014) , at Addington, with only  three race starts prior to that for a second, a win and a fifth.  He...
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Premier Racing Back at Addington

Premier harness racing is back at harness headquarters with the next three weeks stacked with Group races at the elite level. Next Friday 20 March sees five Group races. There’s the Group One $100,000 PGG Wrightson NZ Breeders Stakes for fillies and mares, the Group Two $40,000 Vero Flying Stakes for three year old pacers, the Group Two $40,000 Resource Recycling Superstars Championship for four and five year old pacers, the Group Two $25,000 Storer Motors NZ Trotting Oaks for 3 year old trotting fillies and the Group Three $25,000 Lamb & Hayward Four & Five Year Old Trotting Ch...
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Stent unbeatable in thrilling Australian campaign

Five wins from five starts, the last two  on the same night, and he makes it look  so easy. In a thrilling Australian campaign that  began on February 7 this year Stent capped it off  last Saturday night by winning  Australasia's richest race for trotters, the $Aust300,000  Great Southern  Star, run over 1720m, at Melton, in Victoria. Earlier in the night the remarkable Dream Vacation-Belle Galleon six-year-old  gelding also won his qualifying heat for the big race. Stent, who is driven by Colin de Filippi, and trained by him in partnership with his wife, Julie, at Lincoln, near Chr...
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Congratulations Dexter Dunn 2015 World Champion Driver

New Zealand's leading driver since 2008, Dexter Dunn, aged 25,  from West Melton,  won the World Drivers' Championship at Tabcorp Park Menangle, 56 kilometres from Sydney, in New South Wales, on Sunday March 1, 2015. Competing against nine other top harness racing drivers from the world Dexter went into the final event of the competition with an unbeatable lead but also won that race.  He drove five winners in the competition,  finished second six times and third three times, finishing 54 points ahead of the second-placed driver, Tony Le Beller, from France  on 146. Dexter joins five ...
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Stunning Day for Cheviot Harness Racing Club at Addington

The forecast was not looking good at the beginning of the week, but by the time race day rolled around Sunday the weather was stunning for the annual Cheviot Harness race meeting at Addington. With a small field of only 6 runners in the Cheviot Businesses Cheviot Cup, it was no surprise when favourite Tiger Tara stormed home to win by a length over Graduate Under Fire after being 4 lengths behind at the final bend. Tiger Tara is out of Tara's Gold by Bettor's Delight and is trained by Geoff Dunn at West Melton and was driven by Gerard O'Reilly. He is owned by R L Sandford, Mrs J A Sandford,...
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Griffins Syndicate collects another Met Multiplier

The Griffins syndicate, and co-owner David Beckinsale, had 7500 reasons for entering the C4 trotter Monty Python in a C5-OC race up against Group 1 winners King Denny, Vulcan and Royal Aspirations. This was his 15th start in 12 months at Addington Raceway and his 4 wins in that time period meant he was eligible for the Met Multiplier. The Met Multiplier is an initiative introduced by The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club, a.k.a The Met, in 2012 to encourage owners and trainers to support the club. Horses are eligible for the Met Multiplier if they start 15 times in a 12 month perio...
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Locharburn lucky sale purchase

  Wednesday February 11, 2015 By Shelley Topp A chance encounter with a handsome bay colt nobody was bidding on near the end of the first day of the 2012 New Zealand Premier Sale, in Christchurch on March 5, proves that dreams do come true in harness racing. That day Amberley horseman Kevin Chapman was chatting quietly with his aunt, Carol Gordon, as the last few lots came through the  sale ring.  Just a casual  observer  Kevin had no intent of  buy anything on the day. But somehow this colt caught his eye. Lot 169. He checked  the catalogue. By Christian Cullen from the...
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Star of Dionysis has impressive win in the Rangiora Equine Services Amberley Cup

Big star… Amberley Cup winner Star Of Dionysis  with Sandi Curtin and her mother Barb Caldow. Sandi and Barb are part of the Venus Bloodstock Syndicate which owns the gelding. The other  syndicate members are Sandi’s father, Reg Caldow, and her sister, Julia Billings. The American Ideal-Star Of Venus  four-year-old has now had five wins for nearly $50,000 in stakemoney. Star Of Dionysis  is trained by Sandi’s husband Jim Curtin who also drove him in the $20,000 Cup at Rangiora today. The gelding was bred by Reg Caldow
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Ten Minutes with Bruce Barlass

Bruce Barlass,  sales representative at PGG Wrightson Standardbred Division, auctioneers of the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale, at Karaka on Monday February 16, 2015, and the New Zealand Premier Sale in Christchurch on Tuesday February 17 and Wednesday February 18, 2015. Sunday, February 8, 2015 It is a busy time of year for you Bruce. How do you think this year’s Sale Of The Stars catalogue rates compared to other years? “The response has been that this is probably the highest quality ever put forward. Certainly the northern catalogue.” How do you rate the quality of yearlings...
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