New Saturday date for Akaroa Trotting Club

The times are changing for the Akaroa Trotting Club. So often used to having the first Sunday of December on the grass at Motukarara all to themselves this year they will be running their one and only meeting for the year a day earlier, this Saturday. “We are a tenant club and we have to do what’s good for the industry,” says Akaroa Trotting Club President Keith Ballantyne, “and it will be interesting to see how we go on Trackside 2 on a Saturday as opposed to Trackside 1 on…

Who will be Cadet of the Year?

The 2022 SENZ Cadet of the Year winner will soon be crowned. The final stage of the competition is upon us with the four finalists excelling in all of their regional challenges. They will now battle it out for the right to call themselves the SENZ Cadet of the Year. Representing Canterbury is the regional winner Carter Dalgety and runner-up Tom Bamford. Travelling up from the deep south to contest the title is the Southern regional winner Oliver Kite and the Northern regional winner Zev Meredith will also make the…

Dual success just the start for southern trainer

He must train at one of New Zealand’s most remote locations – but Wayne “Ox” McEwan wouldn’t have it any other way. Last week he notched up a first from his Te Anau stable when Kirstin Green drove both Branxholme Lass and Major Fire to victory in Invercargill. “I’ve had quinellas and stuff in the past but that was my first double so that was pretty good.” And it seems that McEwan is only going to increase his involvement in the sport in the years ahead as he pivots away…

Kensington best bets & quaddie tips | December 2, 2022

What Kensington Races Where Royal Randwick Racecourse – Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031 When Friday, December 2, 2022 First Race 3:20pm AEDT Visit Ladbrokes This Friday afternoon we go to Randwick for a rare twilight meeting on the Kensington track, which will host a very competitive seven-race program. The track is currently rated a Good 4, and with good weather and no rain predicted, we should still be a Good 4 on raceday. The rail will be in the 3m position for the entire circuit, and that setup historically favours…

News Briefs : November 30

Bulldog says farewell in style The racing career of one of the all-time greats Bulldog Hanover is over. It was a fitting finale for the world record-holder too as he won at the Meadowlands over the weekend in 1:47.6. “Week after week, he puts those kinds of runs in,” said his driver and 10-time Kiwi champion Dexter Dunn, who gave several fist pumps crossing the finish line. “He’s got all the power. It was an amazing performance tonight and a great way to go out for him.” It was the…

Collett clan looking for a Super Saturday

The Collett surname is already well known in Australian racing thanks to the deeds of brother and sister jockey duo Jason and Alysha, but now dad Richard is muscling in on the action. A successful trainer in New Zealand for many years, Richard Collett left his homeland in August to set up a permanent base in Sydney, along with his wife, his eldest daughter and her family, and 10 horses. A desire to be closer to Jason and Alysha was the main reason for the Collett family’s relocation, although the…

World traveller Neasham set to touchdown in Hong Kong

Annabel Neasham has made a stunning start to her training career. Although just two years into a solo training career seemingly already destined for greatness, Sydney-based Annabel Neasham believes Laws Of Indices is the perfect horse to represent Australia in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin on 11 December. The last horse to fly the Australian flag at the Hong Kong International Races was the Chris Waller-trained Comin’ Through which was unplaced four years ago in the same race as four-year-old colt Laws Of Indices will…

Northerly Stakes preview & betting strategy | December 3, 2022

What 2022 Northerly Stakes Where Ascot Racecourse – 71 Grandstand Rd, Ascot WA 6104 When Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 4:45pm AWST | Race 8 Prizemoney $1,500,000 Distance 1800m Status Group 1 Conditions Weight For Age | 3YO & Up 2021 Winner Regal Power (8) | T: Grant & Alana Williams | J: Patrick Carbery (59kg) Visit Ladbrokes The 2022 Northerly Stakes, formerly known as the Kingston Town Classic, will be the last Group 1 of the Perth Summer Carnival, where a full field of 16 will battle it out…