News Briefs: August 19
1. Trotter Aussie-bound
Gun trotting mare Tailored Elegance has been transferred to Brent Lilley's stables in Victoria. A last start winner in record time at Alexandra Park where she beat Vatican Hill and Winterfell, Tailored Elegance won four from 12 for the All Stars Stables. She will now be set for the Victoria Oaks and ultimately the Breeders Crown.
2. Bev heading south
Another trotter on the move is Bev K's One who has gone from Greg and Nina Hope to the Graeme Anderson-Mike Love barn at Westwood Beach. The four-year-old Love You mare has raced eight times for one win.
3. Junior Drivers COVID casualty
The Junior Drivers race won't go ahead at Alexandra Park on Thursday because of a lack of available drivers. The problem is with Auckland under Alert Level Three junior drivers from outside the district, primarily the Waikato, are not allowed to travel across the border.
4. Johny rocks it at Addington
Johny Rock has sired his first New Zealand winner, with Stephs Boy taking the spoils at Addington last Friday. Before going to stud the 11-year-old won 12 of 46 races mostly in Australia and North America, with four placings from eight starts in this country. He stands at Graham Court's Pinelea Farm just outside Christchurch alongside three-time New Zealand Cup winner Terror to Love.
5. Million dollar purchase wins on debut
Harness racing's highest priced yearling Maverick has won his first ever race in the United States, even if the stake was just $5000. The full brother to 2019 trotter of the year Greenshoe, Maverick is by Father Patrick out of Designed To Be. He sold as a yearling for a world record $US1.1 million and made his winning debut at Lexington's Red Mile, connections reportedly happy that everything went to plan.
6. Kaikoura Trotting Cup Fund-raiser
Thanks to Alabar NZ, the Kaikoura Trotting Club is offering the following stallions for tender.
+ One service to Art Major (valued at $14,000)
+ One service to Majestic Son (valued at $5,000)
Tenders close at 5pm, September 11. For enquiries and copy of tender form contact Geraldine Stanbury 021 351615 or email [email protected]
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