Day At The Track

McArdle gelding off to New York

08:52 PM 19 Jun 2015 NZST
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Kippenberger - Comfortably holding off Johnny Fox at Alexandra Park tonight Kippenberger - The McArdle gelding won his last start in New Zealand
Kippenberger - Comfortably holding off Johnny Fox at Alexandra Park tonight
Kippenberger - The McArdle gelding won his last start in New Zealand
Kippenberger

The North Americans have been on a bit of a buying spree of New Zealand harness racing stock in the last few months and that has continued this week with the smart McArdle gelding Kippenberger under offer to New York interests.

Due to be vetted on Monday, Kippenberger has been a model of consistency lately and was rewarded tonight for that consistency with a smart front running win in the Thames Cup prelude.

Away well from his ten metre handicap for co-trainer Josh Dickie, Kippenberger worked his way to the front and from there he controlled the race.

Josh upped the tempo from the 800 metres mark and it was evident a long way from home that Kippenberger was the horse to beat.

Passing the 400 metres Josh pushed the go button a bit harder and the six year old responded in style to scoot home in the chilly conditions in 27 seconds for an easy victory.

Smart intermediate grade pacer Johnny Fox got home well for second in front of Rockn Ruby who went her usual honest race for third.

Co-trainer John Dickie was all smiles post race.

" Kippenberger  is such an under rated horse."

" His record of finishing in the first three in nearly half his races says it all about him."

" He always gives his best and is such an honest horse."

" He has been on the market and is under offer so he won't be back for the Thames Cup in a fortnight which is a shame because I think he would have been a real chance," John said.

Kippenberger is one of those Kiwi horses that looks ideally suited to North American racing and should give a good account of himself in the northern hemisphere.

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