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R1: RUTHLESS SUCCESS (fr, 7, 1950m mobile) Laura McKay -“She is ticking along well and finds a nice race here. Hopefully she puts her best foot forward and may well back up at Rangiora on Sunday, that’s the intention.”

R2: SI SI SENOR (fr, 5, 1950m mobile) Sam Ottley -“He was beaten  by a couple of nice ones last week. I think he might be a bit sharper in behind at this stage, he is still learning and a bit raw. But on ability easily good enough to win his maiden.”

R3: MICHELLE (fr, 1, 1950m mobile) Sam Ottley -“Quite pleased with her last week, even though she had a late gallop. I think we’re making some good progress with her. The mobile start may help, though the way she’s been beginning I’d have preferred a stand. It is just so tough to find the right races for these trotters.”

R4: THE BUS (fr, 6, 1950m mobile) Sam Ottley -“Good to get the maiden win with him down south. I’m not sure I have him dead right just yet and maybe he’ll be a better horse next campaign. He should be competitive in this race with Hail Christian looking the obvious one.”

R6: GLENFERRIE CLASSIC (fr, 5, 1950m mobile) Sam Ottley -“A drop back from the big one last week. Hard to find the right races for her she is in a difficult grade now. Hopefully she can get out and get a spot and she should be running on at the finish.”

R7: EYRE I COME (Ur, 30m, 2600m stand) Blair Orange -“I was pretty pleased with him at the trials, he did all we asked of him. Still a bit short of race fitness obviously, but he’s gone well fresh before so I’m interested to see how he goes.”

R8: JOEY MAGUIRE (fr, 4, 2600m stand) Laura McKay -“Really pleased with him last week, it seems he should have a good chance the way he’s racing at the moment. A tricky little race and the way they all begin and where they settle could tell the tale here. Good eachway chance.”

R9: MANINTHEMIRROR (fr, 3, 1950m mobile) Sam Ottley -“He’s been going OK in better maiden fields than this and should put his hand up this week. Would be nice to grab the win at Addington and tee him up for the multiplier bonus. This looks a solid chance for him to break through.”


R2: FANCY WOMAN (fr, 1, 2600m stand) Sam Ottley -“A nice filly on debut. Inexperience may count against her but I expect her to go a good race if she can step well from one. A filly to follow this season.”

R5: ELEGANT AS (fr,1, 2600m stand, Ricky May) & LETS HUSTLE (fr, 11, Sam Ottley) -“Elegant As is one that should improve a bit more, going fairly at the trials and a chance to place. Lets Hustle has been trialling quite well and he should be in this with a bit of luck.”

R6: RUTHLESS SUCCESS (fr, 9, 2600m stand) Laura McKay -“She will back up all going well through the Addington race.”

Eyre I Come, resumes at Addington.


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R2: MICHELLE (fr. Ur.) 2600m stand, Sam Ottley -“Good to see her show what she can do last start, a bit of a surprise, but a welcome one. It’ll be tricky with barriers up behind her this time and to be honest this field is far from ideal the way it has been rated.”


R3: SI SI SENOR (fr,1) 1950m mobile, Sam Ottley -“Nowhere near his best last start and hopefully we have been able to improve him from that disappointment, I know he is a lot better than that. Gets his chance from the one draw this week and I expect him to go well.”


R5: MANINTHEMIRROR (fr,6) 2600m mobile, Sam Ottley -“He ran on when others were stopping last time to get some money. He should be able to finish top four again here but he needs that right run.”


R7: GLENFERRIE CLASSIC (fr, 1) 2600m stand, Blair Orange -“A tall order against one or two here but I thought I’d help the club out and put her in. She seems to go some of her better races from the standing starts so hopefully she can begin well and be running on at the finish.”


R8: JOEY MAGUIRE (fr,2) 1950m mobile, Laura McKay -“He’s actually racing pretty well. He seems to suit being covered up and running on later in his races and from gate two hopefully he can maintain handy spot and be there to strike.”

Glenferrie Classic. winner of the Alabar Cromwell Cup in January.


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NZ METRO TC, Friday, July 28

Race 3: SAY YOUR PRES (5, Mark), mob 1950m: “Coming in fresh but has had a run at the workouts. With the right luck, she could place.”

Outside drives

Race 5: JODY DIREEN (12), mob. 2600m: “Racing good and a first four show.”

Race 6: SCOTLYNN MACH (10), mob. 2600m: “Has been going ok but looking for luck in a competitive field.”

Race 7: SCOTLYNN JUSTIS (1), mob. 1950m: “Looking for all favours from the good draw.”

Race 9: CULLENMORE (3), mob. 2600m: “Showed some early promise for Mark Purdon so could be an upset chance fresh.”


OAMARU HRC, Sunday, July 30

Race 6: ROCKNROLL NEVIN (6, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2000m: “Bit of a surprise to see her beat Indiana Dreaming in a Breeders Heat two starts ago. Is in the right race and a good each-way chance.”

Race 9: SPOOKY (4, Laura McKay) & JOEY MAGUIRE (5), 2600m std: “Spooky was rather impressive last week. This looks within his range too if he races in the same form.

“Joey Maguire is racing quite well and only needs the right luck to be thereabouts.”

Delightful Memphis spelling

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Class filly Delightful Memphis has ended her season and is in Sydney spelling, a well deserved one after two very big seasons at two-and-three.

Her three-year-old season culiminated in a fourth placing in last Saturday night’s Queensland Oaks, and she headed south afterward with New South Wales horseman Aaron Goadsby to spell alongside his own filly, Takara Truffle.

Betty strides out during her Queensland preparation

“Aaron has all the facilties, great paddocks, and she will do well there,” said Mark.

“The plan is to give her good break, two-to-three-months, and then bring her back to race at Menangle, picking out the races in Aussie for the good mares.

“We can’t be disappointed in her at Albion Park. It has been a big two seasons for her and I guess I felt she may have been coming towards the end of a tough campaign the last week or so.

“But she has done us all proud. Has never run a poor race in her lifetime, and those horses are very hard to find.”

Jones has broken in a full-brother to Delightful Memphis, and he does like the rising two-year-old by Bettor’s Delight, owned by breeder Wayne Higgs, who is the majority shareholder in Delightful Memphis.

“He’s done what has been asked of him so far, is a nice colt on type and at this stage, always too early to really know, he seems to be at a good level.”

Higgs has a full-sister to Delightful Memphis in the paddock, recently weaned from his good breeder, Memphis Melody. Also the dam of former good pacer Harley Earl, she is in foal to Bettor’s Delight again, and will either return to him again in the spring, or possibly to Art Major.

Bettor Under Fire, a strong maiden winner at Addington recently, has been sold to Australian interests and will do his future racing abroad.

He was also part-owned by Higgs, along with Dr Kim Lawson and her husband, Christchurch accountant Hamish Scott.

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Two chances at Addington

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Addington, Friday, July 14

Race 5: SPOOKY (10, Katie Cox), fr, mob. 1950m: “He’s racing well. The draw could be either a good or bad one, it depends how the one in front of us gets out. On recent form he has to be a show, just depends on where he lands in the running from where he starts from.”

Race 6: JOEY MAGUIRE (4, Laura McKay), fr. mob. 2600m: “A pretty good effort from him at Rangiora, making up good ground on them. A handier draw may well help the cause. Not an easy field to beat but if the form is on the improve he’s some chance.”

Laura McKay, drives Joey Maguire

QLD OAKS the season swansong

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ADDINGTON, Friday July 7

Race 9: MANINTHEMIRROR (2, Sam Ottley), fr. mob. 1950m: “He had to be scratched with a minor issue last week but the team say he’s worked well this week. From the draw he should be somewhere handy at the finish with Mistahmistah looking very hard to beat.”

ALBION PARK, Saturday July 8

Race 7: DELIGHTFUL MEMPHIS (4, Mark), fr. mob, 2138m: “A bit disappointed last week to have her fade a bit on her run but she did pull too hard and left nothing in the tank for the end. I have changed some gear and she has worked well during the week so one more big effort from her would be great. A terrific seson from her again, she’s done us proud win, lose, or draw.”

Betty goes through her paces at Logan, Brisbane, this week. (Ashlea Brennan photography) 


Race 10: KOWHAI MONARCH (3, Mark), fr. stand, 3157m: “He didn’t go as well as I thought he might again last week. It’s been a frustrating trip for him, maybe the travel did take the real edge out of him. This week’s extreme distance may bring him more into favour, or count against him. His performance will need to lift, but he could.”

RANGIORA, Sunday July 9

Race 5: ROCKNROLL NEVIN (5, Sam Ottley), fr. mob. 2600m: “She got the nice cosy trip on the markers last week and finished it off well. Any more improvement from her and she could break through and win again soon now she’s into that right grading again.”

Race 8: JOEY MAGUIRE (12, Laura McKay), 7, 10m, 2600m stand: “He actually went pretty good last start and didn’t have any luck. He is a capable horse on his best day and hopefully he can step well and get into midfield early and he could surprise a few.”

DELIGHTFUL MEMPHIS can bounce back

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There’s some bigger things to think of at Albion Park on Saturday night, but for Canterbury trainers Tim Butt and Mark Jones there’s been no shortage of quality entertainment on their trip to the banana state.
Butt, who has Field Marshal in rare form and seeking more glory in the Sunshine Sprint this weekend, and Jones, with classy Queensland Oaks chance Delightful Memphis, have both been well looked after, and they concede the chance to attend the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao fight at Suncorp Stadium last Sunday afternoon was a lifetime experience.
“It was just amazing the atmosphere, and a really great fight, too,” said Butt this week.
“To be there was an absolute privilige – a great day.”
And Jones echoed those words.
“Just a once in a lifetime opportunity to be there and take that all in,” said Jones, who has spent some time in the ring himself.
“It was a great, great fight, and what impressed me was how the Aussies treated Pacquiao like the champion he is. Sometimes, in New Zealand we tend to boo those people – not over here.”
A trip to Suncorp a couple of nights earlier to watch the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm stars go to war was another highlight for the pair.

Betty loves a shower in the warm Queensland sun (Ashlea Brennan)

The $50,000 Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint is well within range believes Butt, saying Field Marshal has thrived since arriving in Queensland following superb Len Smith Mile win at Menangle a fortnight ago.
“He is in a newer environment and it really suits him,” he said.
“He has his problems with breathing and he doesn’t get all sniffly and open to the viral infections that he can get in the cold weather back home. He seems really bright and well and we’re looking forward to the races up here quite confidently.”
Dexter Dunn will head across to drive Field Marshal this week with successful Len Smith Mile driver Anthony Butt to stay in Melbourne for some big drives in the Vicbred Finals on Saturday night, though he may well head to Albion Park next week to drive him in the $200,000 Blacks A Fake Free-For-All.
“He will spell after the races up here and stay in Australia,” said Tim.
“I’m 99 per cent certain he won’t be heading home. We are looking at the Victoria Cup (now run in October) and the Interdoms in Perth, which are just so attractive, a couple of million to be won up there.
“At this stage the New Zealand Cup is not on the radar.”
Mark Jones admits to being a bit disappointed in the run of Delightful Memphis in last week’s Provincial Oaks after fading to fourth, and has plenty of ground to make up on winner Partyon and co this week in the $75,000 Queensland Oaks.
“I won’t use it as an excuse but she just pulled too hard, even in the warm up she got very keen, and down the back the last time she got really racy. I’ll change the bit and a bit of gear this week and see if we can change things.
“We’re still here and in with a chance. The longer trip will suit her.”
Partyon will go out a short favourite to win her second Oaks race in the space of a week. Her return to best form last week after a disappointing three-year-old season signals trouble for her opposition again on Saturday night.  Stu Bailey 

DELIGHTFUL MEMPHIS – Ready for the final race of the season

BETTY WELL AHEAD OF OAKS – Late driver change!

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ADDINGTON, Friday June 30

Race 10: MANINTHEMIRROR (1, Sam Ottley), mob. 2600m: “I was pretty pleased with him first up in a field that was stronger than this. Nice to see him in a rating band that suits him and his competitors. I’d like to think he could go close to winning from the draw, he seems well.”

TIMARU, Sunday, July 2

Race 3: PRINCESS HOLLY (8, Sam Ottley), stand, 2000m: “Very pleased with her first run. A big filly still filling out her big frame and we won’t see the best of her until next season. On what she has shown us though, I think she should be thereabouts again.”

Race 4: BETTOR UNDER FIRE (13, Sam Ottley), mob. 2600m: “I thought he was rather impressive last week and it didn’t surprise me as he has come on a lot in recent weeks. No reason to believe he won’t be very comeptitive again in a field that looks within his range.”

Race 5: SPOOKY (5, Sam Ottley), stand, 2000m: “Extra pleased with him, he’s turned the corner lately and is very bright. A big run last start and nearly won, and I could see him keeping these busy if he jumps away well over 2000 metres.”

ALBION PARK, Saturday, July 1

Race 8: DELIGHTFUL MEMPHIS (2, Mark), mob, 2138m: “Luke McCarthy has jumped onto Dean Braun’s filly so I will drive her this week. She’s very well, pleased with her work all through the week and we get a draw. No definite plan, but I’d imagine we’re going to be using the draw to best advantage.”

Race 10: KOWHAI MONARCH (3, Mark), stand, 2647m: “He’s a lot better now. He was disappointing first time around up here but was probably a bit off with the travel. I’m much happier with him now and could see him going a good race.”



Bettor to fire

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Race 3: BETTOR UNDER FIRE (10, Sam Ottley) stand. 2600m: “He’s racing well. He’ll need to step good from out wide but he looks to have a pretty good show there if he can. He may go out after this. I’d like to spell him and have him back up again next season as he will do a nice job.”


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Delightful Memphis is in good shape for her first Australian start, the $11,500 C2 mobile at Albion Park, Brisbane, on Saturday night (June 17).

Mark reports she has come through the travel well, and he is hopeful she will show her good form in her first look at the track this weekend.

“She’s well, worked along pretty nicely this morning (Thursday),” said Mark.

“When you are not quite sure of the form it is hard to line her up against the opposition. But you’d like to think she’d be more than competitive back in the grade.

“We’ll just have to see what happens when the gate leaves and take it from there. She could land in front, but if I had to sit parked it wouldn’t bother me,” he said.

Kowhai Monarch also contests a trot feature on the card, and Mark will also drive him. His form has been good at Menangle and his Brisbane appearance will be interesting.

Rocker Band will join the duo after she contests $31,800 Frith Stakes (G3) over one mile at Menangle on Saturday night.

Delightful Memphis has her first Australian start on Saturday night at Albion Park.