ASHBURTON THURSDAY

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RACE 2 MAHIA (8,fr. 2400m mob) Sam Ottley -“On debut. Tidy trial last week though drawn wider than ideal on debut. An eachway chance in a handy little field.” (Mark). RACE 4 YUKO (7, fr. 1609m mob) Sam Ottley -“A bad draw but she is working well and hoping for luck in transit.” (Benny). RACE 6 SIOUX PRINCESS (10, UR, fr. 2400m stand) Sam Ottley -“We know what to expect. If she trots she can win this. If not, we’ll try again next time.” (Mark). RACE 8 DONEGAL GILBERT (12, fr. 2400m mob) Korbyn Newman -“Rated him a bit unlucky …

Big week ahead for the Elite Racing team

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Mark and Benny will line up 15 runners between Friday and Tuesday, with more to come later in the week at Ashburton and Addington on Show Day. RANGIORA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 RACE 3 MRS WASHINGTON (4, fr. 2000m mob) Ricky May -“She’s got a nice owner, a great guy would like to win one for him. An eachway chance here, didn’t really cop the track at Methven.” (Benny) RACE 4 SIOUX PRINCESS (9, UR 1, 2600m stand) Sam Ottley -“It’s up to her, if she feels like giving it her best crack than anything is possible. Hard to read her …

First runners for Elite Racing

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Mark and Benny send their first runners around together in partnership this weekend, kicking off at Methven, Friday afternoon. The new colours will seen on track after completion around November 7. METHVEN, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 RACE 4 FINE BY ME (1, fr. 1609m mob) Ricky May, & MRS WASHINGTON (8, fr.) Sam Ottley -“Fine By Me may be on her last chance. She needs to offer something from this draw. Mrs Washington is working really well. She has come up nice again, drawn wider, or course,” said Benny. RACE 5 BEAUDIENE OVERTAKE (2, fr. 1609m mob) Korbyn Newman – “Also …

Last week for Mark as trainer on own account

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Mark will officially join forces with Brendon Hill next week and therefore sends the team around on his account for the final time this weekend – can the black and white’s salute? OAMARU HRC, Thursday, October 24Race 6: IMMORTAL CHANGE (10, Samantha Ottley), mob.2000m: Racing OK and not in the toughest field ever. The draw may make it awkward but she’s a place chance.” NZ METRO TC, Friday, October 25Race 1: JAMIES BAD BOY (8, Sheryl Wigg),mob. 2600m: Racing well, a good win last start, nice compensation after the Timaru gallop. Always tougher at Addington but he’s a chance. Race …

Quiet week for Overport

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FORBURY PARK, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 RACE 6 JAMIES BAD BOY (3, fr. 2200m mob) Sam Ottley -“He should have won at Timaru but galloped late, an expensive mistake. Raced good there so in this field from the draw he should be completive again.” ADDINGTON, FRIDAY OCTOBER 18 RACE 2 KOWHAI SUNDOWN (14, UR1. 2600m stand) Mark Jones -“He began as well as he has at Methven but unfortunately had a gallop soon after. Capable on his day but we have to get him trotting all the way. GORE, SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 RACE 8 ORLANDO MAGIC (2, fr. 2700m stand) Sam …

Busy weekend for Overport team

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NZ METRO TC, Thursday, October 10Race 6: RANGER BOMB (4, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: A nice type resuming. Quite happy with him. Does meet a tough bunch first up and tend to think more a place chance without a hard run under the belt. Race 9: DENY EVERYTHING (7, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2600m: Another resuming. A horse with talent, he’s still learning and bit raw yet but one to keep an eye on as he progresses this campaign. GORE HRC, Saturday, October 1 Race 1: ORLANDO MAGIC (5, Samantha Ottley), 2700m std: Very pleased with her at Timaru. Not so …

ADDINGTON, ASCOT PARK & PHAR LAP RUNNERS

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ADDINGTON, FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 RACE 8 PLUTONIUM LADY (11, fr. 1980m mob) Sam Ottley -“Smart win down south last start and good since. A tricky old draw following out a maiden which is just not going to help at all. Good enough to measure up to all of them but plenty of luck needed from where we start from. ASCOT PARK, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 RACE 6 SIOUX PRINCESS (2, fr. 2700m stand) Sam Ottley. -“She is nearing form and if Sam can get her to trot out and get going from the front row she has an eachway chance in …

NZ & AUSTRALIA, Sept 27-29

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NZ METRO TC, Friday, September 27 Race 2: SIOUX PRINCESS (15, Samantha Ottley), 2600m std: “Still on the improve. Back to a stand is a worry but an each-way hope if she trots.” Race 8: WILLISON (5, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “Nice effort fresh-up but faces a big jump in opposition so take on trust.” NEWCASTLE (NSW), Saturday, September 28 Race 5: TAKARA TRUFFLE (10, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Is second-up from a long break so still on the improve.” Race 6: ROCK N JOY (10, Mitch Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Drawn terrible makes it hard.” Race 8: A GIFT FROM …

AUST. & NZ, Sept 19-22

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NEWCASTLE (NSW), Thursday, September 19 Race 1: MY DESIGN (4, Guy Chappie), mob. 2030m: “First-up in Oz, and a winning hope.” Race 4: A GIFT FROM HEAVEN (8, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Is trialling up good and can win.” Race 5: ROCK N JOY (5, Guy Chappie), mob. 2030m: “Is in a tough field and will need luck.” Race 7: TAKARA TRUFFLE (7, Guy Chappie), mob. 2550m: “Fresh off after very long lay off, but won’t be far away.” NZ METRO TC, Thursday, September 19 Race 3: SHE’S A DAGG (8, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2600m: “Has been disappointing so needs …

Just the two this weekend

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With a number of the winter runners spelling and the new stock progressing through their workload at home, Mark Jones has a quiet few weeks ahead with his race team. ADDINGTON, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13 RACE 1 SHE’S A DAGG (6, fr. 1980m mob) Sam Ottley -“Obviously a tough initiation to strike Cardinal Sin and co first up and no real easier here with the All Stars now back. She’s a nice filly but a rough place chance in this field.” METHVEN, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 RACE 5 JAMIES BAD BOY (7, fr, 2400m stand) Sam Ottley -“He galloped late at Winton …