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Trainer Nigel McGrath, one of New Zealand's most successful nurturers of juvenile pacers in recent seasons, looks to have done it again if Anvil's Best Ever's showing at the Addington trials today is a reliable guide to his potential. The small but perfectly proportioned son of Elsu showed natural and precocious qualities when he impressively sustained front running tactics in his two year old heat.

Elsu just keeps on impressing with his first crop of two year olds. There had been a bit of talk that Nigel McGrath had an exciting Elsu two year old in his stable. The talk proved to be very much on the mark when the two year old, named Anvils Best Ever stepped out at the Addington trials today (Wednesday).

The ex Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan-trained Kamwood Warrior (4g Courage Under Fire-Kamwood Lass) chose the right time to secure his first American win - Meadowlands Pace night on Saturday.

He was only a 2-year-old but Dudinka's Christian dominated the Dunedin City Ford mobile 2200m for all ages of non-winners at Forbury Park tonight (5 June) and his breeding said he should have.

King Charlie was quick to make amends when he responded magnificently to a patient drive by trainer Nigel McGrath when posting his fifth career success from 23 starts at Oamaru today Sunday May 18.

Weedons trainer Nigel McGrath is set for his best season since suspension, recording his 19th training success for the season with Caribbean Stud’s win at the Marlborough dual-code meeting at Waterlea today (April 26).

Stunin Cullen lived up to his name when the athletic Nigel McGrath-trained son of Christian Cullen outclassed his 2 Year Old rivals over 2200 metres mobile at the Banks Peninsula harness trials today.

Capable 4-Year-Old pacer Chilli ensured there were no second string measures to his seventh career success when he thrashed a big and useful field by five lengths at the Banks Peninsula meeting at Motukarara today (February 22).

A 15 percent increase in the average price at the Australasian Classic Standardbred Yearling Sale in Auckland on Monday has been followed by a 10 percent average increase for the first two days of the Premier Sale in Christchurch yesterday and today Wednesday 12 and 13 February.

Any horse that is good enough to win three of its first four starts has to be a cut above average and likely to graduate much further when mature.

A trip across the Southern Alps paid dividends for Weedons trainer/driver Nigel McGrath when 4-Year-Old In The Pocket entire Chilli claimed the Westport Cup over 3200m today (December 26).

Racing fans will get to see something very special at Alexandra Park on Friday – potentially the best three-year-old filly and gelding in New Zealand clash in the same race.

Two-year-old pacers don’t beat the qualifying time by nearly 10 seconds and win by 16 lengths unless they are a good bit above average in terms of natural ability.

2006 Interdominion-winning square-gaiter Delft has flown back to North America to race after a lack of opportunities presented itself for the ‘fit and ready’ son of Sundon.

Longshot Love That Lavros unwound an undeniable late claim to upset the favourites in the $12,000 Joe Hill Memorial Nelson Winter Cup (3000 Metres) at Richmond Park today Sunday 10 June.

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