THE RECENT running of the New Zealand Free For All came up with an interesting sideline once everything was done and dusted.
Stridemaster had the third placed Krug and the fourth placed Cranbourne running their last mile in 1.49.6.
That’s the quickest Stridemaster has got any pacer over the last 1609m at Addington since its inception.
IT LOOKS LIKE Queensland standardbred purchasers out of New Zealand are not going to have a chance in the near future to fly their New Zealand purchases direct into Brisbane in the New Year.
There's normally a direct Auckland to Brisbane flight each January to coincide with the Magic Million thoroughbred yearling sales but very unlikely in January 2022.
At this point there are no flights in or out planned as there’s a belief if New Zealand buyers can’t get to the Magic Million sales themselves without too much hassle caused by any Covid restrictions then they won’t be buying.
HOW ABOUT the price of the winner Amour Maternal in the Australian Breeders Crown Silver for three-year-old trotters last night at Bendigo.
That daughter of Love You (FR), started officially at 151/1 but on Ubet paid a massive $310.50 for a win and $24.50 for the place.
NOT CERTAIN why race five at the Motukarara meeting wasn’t called a false start.
The starter had to be blind in one eye and couldn’t see out the other not to see the second line horse Kennedy got an unfair advantage at the start.
It basically happened right under his nose !!
THE INTERDOMINIONS start this Saturday night with the first lot of heats to be held at Menangle.
It’s certainly a shame there’s basically no New Zealand trained horses involved, but the ones that have New Zealand based connections, we wish you all the very best.
The reserves being in the draw has certainly caused a lot of dissatisfaction with enthusiasts and participants and no doubt we won’t be seeing that happen in future series.
THE EXPORT LIST on the HRNZ website is unusually light in numbers at present but we can’t say we have been quiet ourselves in the last weeks, sales wise.
In the last few days Leonne Jones' nice trotter Doff Your Cap NZ has been sold to NSW interests and will join the stable of Jarod Alchin, Nathan Williamsons recent Addington 3-year-old place getter Love Lou Longtime NZ is to join the Menangle stable of KerryAnn and Robert Morris and the Graeme Anderson / Mike Love trained Schiavone NZ passed the Vet yesterday and is also NSW bound.
The ex-Trent Yesberg trained Pampelonne NZ has also been sent to New South Wales to do her future racing. She has been sent to the stables of Mathew Rue by her Victorian based owner / breeders where she should prove very competitive.
We wish all concerned all the very best with their new arrivals.
AS TIME is on the wing we will close off for another week – May the winners keep coming !!
Stuart and Marg Valentine