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Chris Alford and Monty Python

Alford Wins For Williamson


Visiting Australian driver Chris Alford got a bit of a shock today when he drove the Phil Williamson trained Monty Python to win the main handicap trot at Ascot Park.


It was Alford’s first drive on the Invercargill circuit and he found the experience different to what he normally encounters in his home country. The race had to be restarted after the first attempt was declared a false start.

“The start was a bit different. He (the starter) doesn’t give you much warning.....

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Zac Butcher and Torpedo

Torpedo Sinks Opposition 


Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight have always thought a bit of Torpedo but he’
s failed to truly deliver.

 

Today, that all changed thanks to a fresh pair of eyes from Dunedin Vet Peter Gillespie.

“We always thought he had ability but he was sore somewhere. We had different vets go over him but Peter had a look about three weeks ago and found that he had a niggle in his hocks. We always thought the problem...


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Groomsman and Kerryn Manning

Groomsmanning 


The Hamish Hunter trained Groomsman improved on his excellent form by overcoming a wide draw and storming home to win at Ascot Park today.


Since returning to racing this season the four year old entire’s form line has steadily improved and his win today was thanks to a patien
t drive by visiting Australian driver Kerryn Manning.

“The trainer said that he’d run on well. So it was a matter of getting a wee bit of luck. When I went to go they all went so I followed Dexter (Dunn)...


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(Sunday 23rd November 2014)


Bruce Stewart

 

Smart qualifier Tact Major has been sold to West Australia.


The Art Major gelding which qualified at Ascot Park nearly 10 seconds faster than the required time earlier this month has been bought by clients of Gary Hall's Perth stable.

"We intended to keep him under the radar and race him. But the word got out and we sold him for good money which you couldn't make racing him down here. I think he'll do a good job (in Australia) and in the next two years we'll see just how good he is," said trainer Trevor Proctor who owned the gelding with his partner Diane Dynes and her mother Bessie Dynes.


His winning margin when qualifying was four and a half lengths and he ran the 2200 metre mobile in 2-44.5 - a mile rate of 2-00.3.


Tact Major is out of the New York Motoring mare Tact Hayley which has been a great source of racing stock for the Dynes family.

 

She has left quality race horses Tact Hayley Jane (10 wins), Tact Lizzie (10 wins) and Spectactular (8 wins).

"She leaves nice types and most of her foals are like her. They're the boss in the paddock. We don't bred from her every year as she's getting on and we have to look after her. She's due to foal to Auckland Reactor."

 

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Tact Major qualifying in the hands of Brent Barclay at Ascot Park on Wednesday 5th November - Photo Bruce Stewart


Proctor also qualified at the same set of trials McArdle three year old gelding Tact Tate. His time of 2-49.0 when running third was also impressive.

"The Aussies don't like the McArdles so we'll hang onto this fella for a bit longer. He's a different sort (to Tact Major). He's a smaller horse and he just wanted to run. I tried to get him to relax but he just wanted to blaze. Also when he qualified he had a stone bruise so it was a good run too. He's had three weeks off (after qualifying) and he's back in work now."

 

 

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Tact Tate warming up with Nathan Williamson before his qualifying trial - Photo Bruce Stewart

 

Tact Tate is the first foal out of Tact Lizzie. Her next foal is a two year old filly by Art Major called Tact Rousey.

"She's run a mile in 14 (2-14) out in the middle of the track about a month ago. We may look at racing her as a two year old."

 

 

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