Mark tops 50 training wins for season

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  MARK TOPS 50 TRAINING WINS   Burnham trainer Mark Jones racked up his 50th training win of the season when Skip Bo caused a major upset in a 1-2 win mobile pace at Addington on Friday, July 16. Mark has exceeded all expectations in just his second term as a public trainer. He has also maintained his high profile as a reinsman with 91 driving wins for the term. The Mark Jones stable advanced to 51 training wins when Union Buster justified his favouritism with a maiden victory at Rangiora on Saturday. The stable have won NZ earnings of …

Vict Trot Derby & Redwood results

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JINGLING ALL THE WAY Jingling Silver capped an unforgettable Redwood Carnival for Chris Lang when she became only the third filly in the past 20 runnings to win the Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby (2690m) at Maryborough on Sunday, July 18. The daughter of Conch De Ville joined last year’s winner Arizona Blue and 2003 champion Zesta as the only girls to have upstaged the boys since 1991 when she sprint-laned to victory in the $A75,000 Group 1. It was Lang’s fourth win for the day and ensured the 25th anniversary Redwood Carnival would go down as his …

Lang plots celebration

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  LANG PLOTS CELEBRATION   Every Seelite Windows & Doors Redwood Classic is special, but Sunday’s 2010 edition at Maryborough is particularly significant given it will be the 25th running of the iconic event. And no driver rises to the occasion better when the famed race for two-year-old trotters reaches a milestone than Gavin Lang. The champion Melton horseman won the inaugural Redwood in 1986 aboard Young Trouper and saluted again with Andandon when it celebrated its 15th edition. Lang will be out to keep the trend going when he partners Chateau De Ville in Sunday’s $50,000 Group 1. The …

Victtoria maintain stakes next season

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  HRV MAINTAINS STAKE LEVELS Despite the uncertainty surrounding the racing industry’s wagering revenue, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Board has determined that 2009/10 stakemoney levels will be maintained for the 2010/11 season. However, the Board has determined that the profile of stakemoney will change. Within the stakemoney total of $33.6m, a reallocation of the mix will take place as follows: • Stakemoney for Saturday night career-front racing will increase from $5000 to aminimum of $7000 with effect from November 1, 2010 • The SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup will increase by $25,000 to $425,000 • The BIG6 Hunter Cup will increase …

Rostevarren upsets Kahdon

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ROSTEVARREN UPSETS KAHDON Rostevarren utlised the sprint lane to catch $1.40 favourite Kahdon in the shadows of the post in the first $10,000 Seelite Windows & Doors Victoria Trotters Derby Heat at Bendigo on Saturday, July 3. Kahdon was taken on for the lead early by Razor Face (Michael Marais), who later broke and finished last. The Sundon filly made a good fist of leading virtually all of the way for trainer-driver Mark Jones and will improve with the race _ her first since winning the Victoria Trot Oaks on June 11. However, Rostevarren , a gelded son of Band …

Vict Trot Derby field taking shape

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VICT TROTTERS DERBY TAKING SHAPE This year’s Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby will take further shape on Wednesday night, July 7, when the second heat is run at Geelong.  The $10,000 event showcases the Australian debut of high-profile Kiwi blueblood Miami H, who crosses the Tasman a winner of five of 12 starts, the latest a Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown heat at Auckland on June 22.  The Derek Balle-trained colt, a son of boom stallion Muscles Yankee and former gun mare Martina H, is a leading contender for the $75,000 Group 1 final, but will be tested by some …

Ricky on Jackaroozy

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RICKY ON JACKAROOZY Burnham trainer Mark Jones has picked a driver to suit the diminuitive but competitive Jackaroozy when he shoots for back-to-back Forbury Park wins on Friday, July 2. “Ricky (May) is going to drive him and being the size he is, he should suit the horse,” Mark said. Mark is heading to Melbourne on Friday to drive top 3YO trotter Kahdon in a heat of the Victoria Trotting Derby on Saturday night. “I couldn’t get a flight over on Saturday, so I’m going Friday. Ricky can also drive San Fran Lady at Forbury. The boys here can look …

Ruggari wary in Trot Derby Heat

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RUGGARI NOT SURE WHAT TO EXPECT My High Expectations comes up against Kiwi raider Kahdon in a heat of the Victoria Trotters Derby at Bendigo this Saturday night, with trainer-driver Adam Ruggari expecting the run to provide a significant insight into whether he is a contender for the final. Joining the New South Wales youngster in the first of three Derby qualifiers are arguably the series’ top two seeds – boom Kiwi filly Kahdon and established local star Rostevarren. “They’re probably the two best in it, so we’ll find out how good our guy is,” said Ruggari, who hails from Swayers Gully, west …

Kahdon draws ace in Derby heat

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KAHDON MOST TIGHTLY-ASSESSED IN FIELD Kahdon has drawn the ace barrier in the $A10,000 Seelite Window & Doors Victoria Trotters Derby Heat at Bendigo on Saturday night. The Kiwi-trained Sundon filly is the most tightly assessed 3YO in the field with 6 wins. Rostevarren (5) and My High Expectations (4) are the next best winning squaregaiters in the field. The field is: 10pm (NZ time) SEELITE WINDOWS & DOORS VICTORIA TROTTERS DERBY (HEAT ONE) $10,000, mobile 2650m 1 21121 Kahdon 1 fr M Jones 2  3276 Miss Bullion 2 fr Chris Lang 3 58276 Razor Face 3 fr Michael Marais …

Kahdon smashes them

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  KAHDON SMASHES THEM Several boom Kiwi trotters have crossed the Tasman in recent years and not lived up to the hype, but Kahdon spared herself a spot on that list with a stunning win in the Group 1 Dallas Building Victoria Trotters Oaks at Melton on Friday, June 11. The impressive filly proved a class above a team of rivals that included Group 1-winning locals Good Thanks and Elusive Charm in the $A50,000 event at Melton’s Tabcorp Park. She made it 6 wins and 4 minor placings from 13 starts. The Sundon filly had won the time-honoured Northern Trotting …