Premier nights chances at Addington

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A solid team for the better stakes on Friday night, likely led by smart comeback trotter Majestic Lavros who tackles the lesser of two options he could have taken. ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 20 RACE 1 MICHELLE (1, fr. 2600m mob) Robbie Close, and MAJESTIC LAVROS (12) Sam Ottley -“Michelle re-joined the team after her run at Motukarara last week. Higgsy has her going well. Seems bright and the draw could help. Majestic Lavros could have taken on the 4YO & 5YO race later in the night. But I decided to go with this one, he’s not long been back off …

Fillies battle with Memphis in Nevele R

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It was decided Stylish Memphis was to stay on with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen for the remainder of the season after her stint with them in Australia, culminating in a brilliant victory in the $A200,000 NSW Oaks at Menangle. Ironic really, with Mark having two runners in tonight’s Nevele R heat at Addington and the hardest to beat being Stylish Memphis, a filly he knows only too well. “Mark being able to drive her as a continuance of that Aussie trip was the major reason (with Ricky May unavailable until next season), apart from the obvious reason they just …

Lady leads way at Addington

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Benny has been doing much of the work with Plutonium Lady of late and he’s expecting a big run from the classy filly at Addington tonight. ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 RACE 1 PLUTONIUM LADY (4, fr. 1980m mob) Sam Ottley -“A great week with her since her last start, she went really great first up. Good draw and expecting a big run.” (Benny). ORARI, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 RACE 6 SIOUX PRINCESS (13, U4, ft, 2500m stand) Sam Ottley -“She’s had a freshen up and seems well, we all know her, good enough if the top few inches are working properly.” …

Irony in massive Victoria Oaks result

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They were on the same team 19 years ago, but last night Cran Dalgety and Mark Jones went into battle on opposite sides of the fence. And the former boss to world champion driver Jones came out on top, with Dr Susan leading throughout to win the $150,000 Group 1, setting up another super clash in Sydney next month. Dalgety trained Dr Susan’s second dam Sparks A Flyin to win the 2001 New South Wales Oaks (then run before the Victoria Oaks) and Mark Jones, the stable driver at the time, was on board. She went on to finish third …

Lavros Lodge next step in Elite plan

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We are thrilled to announce we have secured a lease agreement with Kypros Kotzikas to move a number of the racehorses to his Yaldhurst property, Lavros Lodge, in the near future. This is the next and exciting phase in our plan and we are very grateful to Kypros for allowing us to utilise his incredible property and facilities. This allows Benny and Mark to work the racehorses together. And we’re very excited about that. We plan to base the racing stock and those building to trial and race day at Lavros Lodge, then utilise our own properties for the young …

Iz it all down to luck?

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After a bold front-running win at Omakau, can Itz Alldown To Luck back up and win the Nugget Final at Ascot Park today? Benny is in Nelson with a team of four, the two day meeting kicking off Friday. ASCOT PARK, THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 RACE 6 ITZ ALLDOWN TO LUCK (12, fr. 2200m mob) Brad Williamson -“Good to see him show his best at Omakau. We thought of spelling him immediately, he definitely will after this. A throw at the stumps but he’s worthy of a crack.” (Mark). NELSON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 RACE 1 MELODY’S MISCHIEF (6, fr. 2400m mob) …

Stylish Memphis to VIC, NSW Oaks – under very good care!

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Star filly Stylish Memphis will contest the Victorian and New South Wales Oaks and leave in a few days – under the care of champion trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Given Purdon and Rasmussen have opted to keep the top filly in the land Amazing Dream at home, it was a decision made easier by all connections, including owner Wayne Higgs. Co-trainer Mark Jones, who developed her for Higgs from yearling stage, is delighted to have the Bettor’s Delight filly under All Stars care. “Benny and I have plenty on at home. And this makes absolute sense. Mark and …

Huge week for the Elite Team

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Mark headed south with a big team on Thursday while Benny is in charge of the Canterbury runners – they’re busy men! ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 RACE 1 SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR (8, fr. 1980m mob) Ricky May -“A gallop last start and onto the all-weather now. I think she’s a chance with a nice run through from the draw.” (Mark). RACE 2 MRS WASHINGTON (11, fr. 1609m mob) Ricky May -“A poor draw for her. She really needed to draw one here. So plenty of luck needed.” (Benny). RACE 3 MICHELLE (1, fr. 1980m mob) Ricky May -“Mobile start and …

Wayne says no to rush for Memphis

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She was almost sold a few months ago and now she’s staying put. Top filly Stylish Memphis was to be well-settled in Perth by now after a sweet deal was agreed to by Western Australian connections, only to fall at a minor vet issue at the eleventh-hour. Owner Wayne Higgs had constructed a deal to sell the filly but would retain the breeding rights at a later date, a good deal for all but ultimately one which did not proceed. Fast forward six months and Stylish Memphis, a full-sister to wonderful race filly and mare Delightful Memphis, successful in three …

Kick-off begins for the holiday season

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The race team will soon be out in force, this week more select numbers led by Stylish Memphis and Lulu Le Mans in the Group 1 $100,000 Peter Breckon Memorial Caduceus Club Stakes at Alex Park on Saturday night. ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 RACE 1 FANCY (8, fr. 1980m mob) Ricky May -“She got back and ran on well last time. Plan A is to go forward and Plan B is to do Plan A well.” (Benny). RACE 2 SIOUX PRINCESS (11, U1, fr. 1980m mob) Sam Ottley -“We know about her – she trots she can win – she …