Izzy Dagg sold to Tim Butt stable

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IZZY DAGG SOLD TO RACE IN NEW SOUTH WALES Impressive last-to-first Addington, August 3, maiden winner Izzy Dagg has been sold out of the Mark Jones team to join the Tim Butt stable at Menangle. “It’s sad to see him go as he was going to turn into a lovely horse,” Mark said. The three-year-old A Rocknroll Dance colt had shaped well in five NZ starts for a large group of owners, namely Auric Limited (Pete Summerfield manager), Paul Summerfield, Mark Calcott, Dave Hunt, Gary McCormick, the horse’s namesake Israel Dagg, and wife Daisy, Randell Townsend, Matthew Lowe and Tony …

Robbie Close has first start as trainer

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NZ HARNESS NEWS, August 15, 2018 CLOSE BRANCHES OUT INTO TRAINING Successful young driver Robbie Close will begin a new phase of his career in the harness racing industry this weekend when he lines up his first runner as a trainer. The former Australasian Junior Drivers championship winner will take Majestic Mannequin to Sunday’s Kurow meeting and slip a set of his own colours on for the first time. And while he’s hopeful more than he is confident, Close said it was a good time to get involved in the training side of the industry with the current incentives being …

Some Excusesomewhere wins in Queensland

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SOME EXCUSESOMEWHERE ALL THE WAY Former Overport Lodge pacer Some Excusesomewhere was an impressive all-the-way winner at his Australian debut on Tuesday, August 14. The Somebeachsomewhere-Sarah’s Excuse gelding showed good gate speed from the ace for driver Pete McMullen, in the Mr Feelgood @ Egmont Park Stud Pace at Albion Park, Brisbane. Some Excusesomewhere, now trained by Chantal Turpin, never looked like being headed. He free-wheeled in front and drew clear to win by 6.8 metres in a 1:54.7 rate for the 1660m, with fellow NZ-bred, (Our) Chittybangbang, leading the chase. Some Excusesomewhere, from the same maternal family as two-time …

Whittaker sold to USA interests; The Bus spelling

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WHITTAKER SOLD TO USA INTERESTS Whittaker, a $100,000 winner for the Mark Jones stable, was sold this week to follow the path of Delightful Memphis and do his future racing in North America. The Sportswriter-Anarchy entire leaves New South Wales with a 1:52.9 winning mark (1609m) at Menangle. Now five to NZ and North American time, Whittaker left NZ in October 2017 a winner of four from 12 starts for $31,068. After transferring to Menangle, he extended his earnings to $105,158 and his career record to 32 starts for 10 wins and 10 placings for Gold Coast owner, Greg Brodie. …

Big night out for Overport Lodge

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NZ HARNESS NEWS, August 4, 2018 BIG NIGHT OUT FOR OVERPORT LODGE STAFF AT ADDINGTON Mark Jones and Sam Ottley stole the show on the opening night of the harness racing season at Addington on Friday night, but it was also fitting that with a Super Rugby Final next door 24 hours later that there was a distinct rugby flavour to some of their success. Jones trained three winners on the programme, with Ottley chipping in with three driving wins during the night – the perfect way for our leading female driver to celebrate her birthday. Ottley has a bit of a …

Some Excusesomewere in Queensland

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SOME EXCUSESOMEWHERE TO RACE IN SUNSHINE STATE Some Excusesomewhere, who raced strongly for the Mark Jones stable at Blenheim in June, has been sold to race for the Pete McMullen stable in Queensland. “He will race though the grades there, then come to Sydney,” Mark said of the pacer, who turned five to NZ time this week. Some Excusesomewhere, who firstly raced in the south for Clark Barron, raced only three times for the Overport Lodge team for a win, a second and a luckless first-up run at Oamaru when checked out of the race. He won second-up for the …

‘Betty’ wins 2nd-up in USA

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‘BETTY’ WINS SECOND-UP IN USA Overport Lodge mare Delightful Memphis has become a winner in three countries. The Bettor’s Delight-Memphis Melody mare won second-up in North America on Saturday (NZ time). She settled sixth from the six gate and unwound strongly to win by a length and a quarter in a $14,500 mares pace at Harrahs Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1:51.4 (10ths). Racing as Delightfulmemphisn for the Richard “Nifty” Norman stable, she had finished well for a first-up third at the Meadowlands, New Jersey, on July 20 (race-timed in 1:51). She still holds the NZ 3YO fillies and open mares 2400m …

Tres Vite holds as favourite but spell likely

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TRES VITE SCORES THIRD AUSTRALIAN WIN Tres Vite is likely to head the spelling paddock, despite holding off her rivals convincingly as a $2.60 favourite in a C1-2 pace at Albion Park, Brisbane, on Friday night. Burnham trainer, Mark Jones, in Brisbane to put the finishing touches on Tres Vite and The Bus during the Queensland winter carnival, says Tres Vite is looking for a let-up. “She actually went pretty good but now likely to head back to Aaron Goadsby’s farm for a spell in Sydney and have a month or so off,” Mark said. The big Bettor’s Delight-Tres Bien …

Trans-Tasman wins continue for owners

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ASHBURTON WINTER CUP FOLLOWS QUEENSLAND OAKS SUCCESS Christchurch owners, Hamish Scott and Dr Kim Lawson, followed up their Gr. 2 Queensland Oaks victory on Saturday night with the Andrew Stuart stable, by also sharing in the success of Sunday Ashburton winner, Si Si Senior, for the Mark Jones stable. The owners co-bred and co-race $75,540 Queensland Oaks winner Sociable, who after being run down in front a week ago, was driven with a sit this week by Luke McCarthy. Sociable, a daughter of the unraced Buy Kiwi Made (Presidential Ball-Kiwi Express), a half-brother to top mare Kiwi Ingenuity (1:52.1), charged …

Fancy Woman kicked off top few days for owner

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FANCY WOMAN, CARLAS PIXEL, OUR DREAMLOVER, WIN FOR MARK DENYER Overport Lodge trot filly Fancy Woman, rewarded for consistency with her maiden win at her 13th start at Forbury on July 12, opened a big-winning weekend for Gold Coast owner Mark Denyer. Mr Denyer had a red-letter night at Albion Park, Brisbane, on Saturday night, winning the Gr. 2 2018 Seelite Windows & Doors Queensland Trotters Cup with upset winner, Our Dreamlover, for Victorian trainer-driver, Mattie Craven. Our Dreamlover, who initially won twice in NZ as Dreamlover for the Ken Barron stable, was racking up his 15th win from 49 starts, …