New harness magazine

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THE HARNESS EDGE DOWNUNDER COMING IN AUGUST The harness racing industry in Australia and New Zealand is getting a new publication – The Harness Edge Downunder. The Harness Edge magazine based in Canada is launching a quarterly, online edition for the southern hemisphere.  The publication will be focused on the racing industry in Australasia bringing with it the foremost publishing technology available. “One year ago The Harness Edge became an online only publication free to the world.  The availability of new technology and the simple economics of the racing industry led to the move which resulted in substantial cost savings …

Stallion Station releases Courage fee

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STALLION STATION CONFIRM COURAGE DEAL Stallion Station, one of Australasia’s premier breeding establishments, have confirmed they have secured the ownership of the former champion racehorse and now highly successful sire Courage Under Fire. Burnham trainer Mark Jones has had regular success with the stock of Courage Under Fire, developing many by the former 6-time Derby winner for Courage Under Fire’s former Queensland owner Greg Brodie. For the 2010-11 breeding season, Courage Under Fire only frozen semen will be available to New Zealand breeders at a service fee of $NZ 7000 (plus GST). However, for this season only breeders can secure …

Mark Jones filly kicks off Aus B Crown

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TABCORP AUSTRALASIAN BREEDERS CROWN BEGINS The 2010 Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown has commenced with the first heats of this year’s series run at the Rangiora meeting at Addington on Tuesday, June 15. (The first heat resulted in a ‘walk-over’ win for the Mark Jones-trained Commander Jewel as the only acceptor in the $5000 2YO Trot Heat. The daughter of CR Commando and In De Fence, raced by “Jim” McDonald, credited stable employee Richard Lee with his first official driving win. The 2nd $5000 heat for 3YO trotters was won by the Gerard O’Reilly-trained Endeavour Sunset by 9 lengths over Ali …

Crystal Star _ always a ‘star’

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  THE LATE BILL McDONALD KNEW SHE WOULD BE GOOD Oxford owner “Jim” McDonald can thank his late brother Bill McDonald (of Starship fame) for a final tip _ Crystal Star _ only weeks before he died five years ago. “Bill told me this horse (Crystal Star) was the best of the yearlings he had. He said Crystal Star and Rocket Star, would be real good,” Jim said. “Thats why I bought Crystal Star at the sales. I was going for Rocket Star first, but when I realised my sister’s grandson was putting his hand up, I wouldn’t bid against …

Kahdon untroubled to win Vict Oaks

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EASY FOR KAHDON IN VICTORIA OAKS Mark Jones notched his 2nd Group One training win in feature 3YO trot features for the season when newcomer Kahdon delivered in the $A50,000 Dallas Building Victoria Oaks at Melton on Friday, June 11. The Burnham trainer-driver had only been the official trainer of Kahdon for only six days, but his experience in campaigning horses in Australia, ensured there were no hiccups along the way. Once he had an emergency passport rushed through last week, the rest of the Victoria Oaks mission went without a hitch. The former world champion driver had previously tasted …

Kahdon settles in perfectly for Oaks

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KAHDON HEALTHY FOR VICTORIA OAKS START Kahdon has settled in perfectly at Craig Demmler’s Parwan stables in preparation for the $A50,000 Dallas Building Victoria Trotting Oaks at Melton at 9.42pm (NZ time) on Friday, June 10. New trainer Mark Jones says the Sundon filly hasn’t left an oat since arriving in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon. “I jogged her on the lead on Monday and Tuesday, then worked her over two miles in 4.55 on Wednesday. Hopefully thats all she needs,” Mark said. Kahdon didn’t require much work this week in view of her tough run for second to Vulcan in …

Mark & Kahdon for Melbourne features

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MARK TO TRAIN KAHDON FOR AUST. FEATURES Burnham trainer Mark Jones was Melbourne-bound on Sunday, June 6, with exciting 3YO trot filly Kahdon. The NZ Sires Stakes Trotters Championshp and Northern Trotting Oaks winner joined Mark’s team after her game 2nd to Vulan in the $100,000 3YO Jewels Ruby at Cambridge on Saturday, June 5. The Sundon filly was vetted and her sale confirmed on the Monday before the Jewels by Jakarta-based businessman Peter Chambers, who also has Shezoneofheboyz in the Mark Jones stable. “She’s never ever going to go as good for anyone other than Paul Nairn. Paul’s been …

Mark wins NZ Derby double

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MARK ACHIEVES RARE NZ DERBY DOUBLE Mark Jones completed a rare NZ Trotting and Pacing Derby double in the same season in 2010. He became only the 6th driver to win both blue riband events at Addington in the same term, but only the 4th indvidual driver to achieve the feat. Former maestro Maurice Holmes won both NZ Derbys three times _ 1946 (Acclamation & Free Flight), 1957 (Alight & Tobacco Road) & 1960 (Winterlight & Student Prince). The only others to have won the coveted double are Jack Litten in 1955 (Regal Mile & False Step), and Mark Purdon …