Willison, Deny Everything to the paddock

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Mark will take a mid-season break with impressive Addington winner Willison and maiden graduate Deny Everything, respective winners for the Elite team on Friday and Saturday. Willison, who raced without luck at the Cup meeting, put his best foot forward on Friday with Mark in the sulky, though he’s ready for a break now. “I’d not been as happy with him, and even in the week leading up to Friday night until he worked nice on Wednesday,” said Mark. “He can have as nice break over Christmas now and back for something bigger later – he’s good enough to run …

Dexter gets Whittaker home

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DEXTER DUNN SALUTES AT BIG M WITH WHITTAKER Former champion NZ driver Dexter Dunn warmed up for Sunday’s $2.8 million card at The Meadowlands, New Jersey, with a winning treble on an under-card there on Saturday, including success with former Overport Lodge pacer, Whittaker. Dexter, who topped a staggering $US11 milliion mark in winning driver pursess for the year this week, was able to win from the eight barrier in a $12,500 with Whittaker, these days prepared by Paul Blumenfield. Whttaker settled in midfield improved to challenge turning for home and ran clear by a length and three-quarters in 1:52.2 …

Forty Thieves another useful export

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FORTY THIEVES ADDS TO GOOD JONES SALE RECORD Forty Thieves, who led and won at Melton in a useful 1:54.4 rate (2240m) on Friday night, is another good winner to be sold early days out of the Mark Jones stable. Bred by Hamish Scott, Dr Kim Lawson and Equine Investments Ltd, the Chistian Cullen-Harem Franco gelding only raced twice in NZ at three, with Jones letting him go after winning a $5413 maiden at Forbury in December 2015 in a 1:59.5 rate (2200m). The half-brother to Franco Harrison (1:58.1) and Franco Harrington (1:51.2, US) led throughout Friday’s $20,000 Allied Express …

No boarding pass required for Memphis

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Smart filly will float to Auckland after Alabar heat at Addington Mark and Benny have made the decision to sit and wait for next Friday’s $22,000 Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Heat at Addington and pass by the chance to fly Stylish Memphis to Auckland a few days earlier. A plane will head to Auckland on Monday with a number of Alexandra Park hopefuls for the December carnival and she could have been on it in preference to running in the Auckland heat of the series on December 6. But after the training partners discussed the programme it was felt a …

Mark Jones sold NZ Cup winner

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MARK HITS JACKPOT AS SELLER OF QUALITY BLOODSTOCK Burnham trainer Mark Jones, widely respected as a genuine seller, became part of a rare group to have sold a New Zealand Cup winner. Brendon “Benny” Hill has trained a two-time NZ Cup winner in Monkey King, and on Tuesday, his new training partner became part of a rare group to have sold a New Zealand Cup winner. Mark, a genuine seller from day one, could earn no better respect from industry speculators, than offering up Cruz Bromac and parting with him as a qualified but unraced late three-year-old in July, 2015. …

A Fancy way to head to the Oaks

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After success for Elite Racing at Ashburton today, well-bred filly Fancy will head south next week with a couple of mates to tick off a run in Southland as Benny and Mark chase the Southland Oaks. “I don’t think it’s worth chasing Amazing Dream up north,” said Benny Hill after her Ashburton win. “So she can tag along with Silent Major and Burnham Boy who will head down for the $15,000 Nugget Final next Friday,” he said. The Bettors’ Delight daughter of Regret (by In the Pocket) is a sister to handy pacers Bedtime, Mundaka, Natural, Excellent, and Ragnarr. Birchbrook …

The Elite blueprint is to get back there – Benny

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If you ask Benny Hill or Mark Jones what level they want to be at, the answer is not only obvious, but made rather clear. Benny has tasted success in the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup before, winning twice with Monkey King, the king of Addington. Add a second with Baileys Dream, a fourth with Power Of Tara (behind Monkey King) and Benny knows the kick you get being a headline act in the country’s greatest race. He has Skippys Delight in the $170,000 Sires Stakes Final tomorrow (Tuesday), but as a 101/1 outsider he’s realistic. Just a couple …

STU’S CUP DAY SELECTIONS 2019

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STU’S CUP DAY SELECTIONS RACE 1 (5-10-8-12) Great bet to start the day. GLOBE TREKKER will have to step and think he will from perfect start point for him. Better than them if he puts best foot forward. $9.50 & $3.10 is a very genuine eachway bet. IDLE MOOSE looks favoured at 3200m, a good stayer and in the right form to win this. Must in every bet. MATUA TANA not reliable, but brilliant when caught in the mood. Win or bust type but too smart to leave out. The very genuine OVERZEALOUS will give 110% as always, she will …

Whittaker wins at Big M

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WHITTAKER ADDS TO USA RECORD Former smart Mark Jones-trained pacer Whittaker notched his fifth USA win of the year with a 1:52.1 (ftfth) win at the Meadowlands, New Jersey, on Sunday afternoon (NZ time). Whittaker (6h Sportswriter-Anarchy, by Holmes Hanover-Honey Trap, by OK Bye-Precious Dina) was eased to fouth early from the ace barrier by top USA driver Tim Tetrick, but was out and running to the top at the three-quarters mark. He held in the home stretch by a length and three quarters to take out the $9000 pace for non-winners of $3500 in their last five starts. Whittaker, …

Mark Jones to drive in NZ Cup

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Mark Jones doesn’t drive a whole lot these days – but as they say it’s just like riding a bike. So the call-up to drive Our Uncle Sam in next Tuesday’s $750,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington won’t be a problem for the former World Driving Champion (2003) despite being the veteran of just three race drives this season. Trainer Chris Frisby is staying with Mark on his trip across the Tasman with the gun New South Wales pacer. And though things haven’t gone right so far after two unsuccessful runs at Ashburton and Kaikoura, the white …