Benny hopeful of success today

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Four runners again at Nelson, all on the back-up from Friday, and Benny believes possible success rests with two very good chances. NELSON, SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 RACE 1 MELODY’S MISCHIEF (4, fr. 1609m mob) Blair Orange -“She went a good race Friday, we were pleased with her. Just outsprinted that final bit. Hoping she’ll back up good today and should be hard to beat.” (Benny) RACE 6 ROCKAHULA JOE (7, fr. 1609m mob) Sam Ottley -“Had his chance in front Friday, well driven and every show. Thought he should have run third, not sixth. We’ll drive colder today and see …

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) …

Cromwell caps the southern circuit

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Mark will send three around at Cromwell today and finish the circuit with a winner, hopefully. CROMWELL, MONDAY, JANUARY 6 RACE 2 MAHIA (8, fr. 1800m mob) Mark Jones -“Not his best down here. Hoping he may show some more. But on form a place chance.” (Mark) RACE 4 BRING BACK LEAH (2, fr. 1800m mob) Sam Ottley -“She has gone a couple of handy races down here. Another good draw helps her here. I expect a sound run on the grass track, should suit her.” (Mark). RACE 12 NIRVANA BEACH (7, fr. 1800m mob) Sam Ottley -“He’d want to …

BURNHAM BOY looks for double at Roxburgh

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We ride for Ricky again today at Roxburgh. ROXBURGH, SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 RACE 5 YUKO (2, fr. 2180m mob) Sam Ottley -“Wide for the last 700m at Winton and she stuck well. From the draw a chance if she can get the right run.” (Mark) RACE 8 SHE’S A DAGG (4, fr. 2180m mob) Sam Ottley, and BURNHAM BOY (9) Mark Jones -“She’s A Dagg was really good winning for Ricky at Winton but has to take quite a step forward here. Top three we’d be thrilled. Burnham Boy showed his best at Winton and I’m hopeful again, thinking Just …

BENNY HEADS TO RANGIORA WITH TRIO

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After a winning double at Omakau, Benny looks to add to that with three runners going to Rangiora on Friday. RANGIORA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 RACE 5 SHADOW PHANTASY (6, fr. 2600m stand) Ricky May -“Good win first up, and he didn’t really like the grass track, either. A big jump up for him but an eachway bet.” (Benny) RACE 6 MELODY’S MISCHIEF (14, fr. 2000m mob) Ricky May -“Trialled nice, working really good. A bad draw perhaps but she’s is ticking along well and would be hopeful with a bit of luck.” (Benny). RACE 7 RANGER BOMB (2, fr. 2600m …

Memphis leads the New Year charge

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Quality filly Stylish Memphis will try and go one better in Tuesday’s $150,000 Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Final at Alexandra Park after a slashing second to hot favourite Amazing Dream in the Peter Breckon Memorial earlier in the month. ALEXANDRA PARK, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 RACE 4 STYLISH MEMPHIS (10, fr, 2200m mob) Ricky May -“All things are good with her since the first run up there. We’re obviously really pleased with her effort there. The draw looks OK, hoping she can slot through early.” (Mark). WINTON, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 RACE 2 YUKO (2, fr. 2400m mob) Korbyn Newman, and MAHIA …

Four in quiet week for stable runners

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WESTPORT, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 RACE 10 MICHELLE (8, fr. U1. 2600m stand) Wayne Higgs -“A change in shoeing and I’ve added the half-hopples to see if we can get a change in luck with her. Higgsy is in charge on the Coast and hoping she trots for him.” (Mark) GORE, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 RACE 3 SHE’S A DAGG (8, fr. 2200m mob) Ricky May -“Very pleased with her at Winton from a bad draw and she cops another here. Ricky has got to know her well now and I’m sure she can win one soon.” (Benny) RACE 10 DONEGAL GILBERT …

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 …

Quiet week with Xmas racing ahead

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ADDINGTON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 RACE 1 SMOKE N REACTOR (9, fr. 1980m mob) Laura McKay – “Disappointed us a bit at Motukarara. She had a chance there. Wide gate no help here and we hope for better.” (Mark). RACE 4 RANGER BOMB (3, fr. 1980m mob) Ricky May -“Happy with him, working good a good draw and an eachway chance for sure.” (Benny). METHVEN, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 RACE 1 SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR (1, fr. 2400m stand) Sam Ottley -“Really pleased with her at Oamaru. Did everything right and all but won it. Would have to be a good eachway chance …

Elite step out Memphis and Skippy at Addington

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Another busy week, headlined by Stylish Memphis, Fancy, and Skippys Delight taking on Sires Stakes races at Addington. ADDINGTON, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 RACE 2 MICHELLE (2, fr. 1980m mob) Sam Ottley, & SIOUX PRINCESS (10) Mark Jones – “Michelle has not had a trial and will likely need it. Thought it’s a good opportunity to kick her off in this race. Sioux Princess I’ll drive this week. If she does things right she is definitely a good chance.” (Mark). RACE 4 FANCY (5, fr, 1980m mob) Sam Ottley & STYLISH MEMPHIS (8) Ricky May -“Fancy won really good last start, …