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To win two races in a night and set an age group record you’ve got to be a Bit Of A Legend. But, believe it or not, that’s exactly what the ultra talented son of Bettor’s Delight did last night at Addington Raceway. After winning a non-tote heat of the Breeders Crown in what was nothing more than a bit of pace work followed by a sprint home     (2-38.0, mile rate: 2-10.3, 800m: 61.1, 400m: 27.9), Bit Of A Legend came out two hours later and claimed the feature pace in a super time of 3-15.4, shaving 0.3 seconds off the previous 2600m 3YO record of Samuel James. "It was super really. It was just what we wanted as he'll have 20 days now until the Breeders semi," Dalgety said on his Kentuckiana Lodge website. As well as Bit Of A Legend’s two wins, Dalgety also had success with Safedra, who had a walkover win in a one horse ABC heat, and Abraxas, leaving him just four wins behind Mark Purdon in the premiership. Safedra was driven by John Dunn, leaving him just one shy of a season century. Other highlights at Addington included the return to winning form of Sovereignty and the running of the Darren DeFilippi Memorial Junior Drivers Challenge which was taken out by William Lance, who gave Matthew Williamson his third win in the race. Meanwhile, at Alexandra Park, Mac Tiger remarkably also claimed two wins for the day, although to be fair to Bit Of A Legend, his second win was in a one horse (walk) race. Still, he did win his first race in fine fashion. by Mitchell Robertson

Dr Hook, who was one of the five New Zealand trotters set to contest the $200,000 Glenferrie Farms Trans-Tasman Challenge, sent his Melbourne All Star harness racing handlers into a panic attack yesterday (Wednesday February 13) when he suffered a serious colic attack.

All eyes will be on the clock; as well as the star-studded three-year-old trotting line up that is, when Royal Aspirations and a number of other young talent's contest Saturday's (February 9) harness racing feature for the 3yo trotters-The Group Three Hambletonian Classic ($25,000).

Patumahoe-based harness racing trainer Geoff Small is considering whether to race Zenola Seelster and Jarcullembra close to home at Cambridge on Thursday night (October 11) or head to Christchurch for the Canterbury Classic the following day.

Sovereignty's stand-in driver, Robbie Holmes, believes the 8-year-old is one of the best trotters going around at present and will be tough to beat in next month's Group One Dominion Handicap.

Sir Lincoln. has suffered a minor viral-respiratory complaint and has been scratched from tonight's (October 5) feature harness racing event at Alexandra Park - the Trillian Trust Handicap.

John Dickie's reputation as one of New Zealand's best trainers of trotters was enhanced at northern harness racing headquarters - Alexandra Park - tonight (Friday September 16) when his 6-year-old mare, Great Getaway won fresh up after her Interdominion Grand Final seventh, on April 8.

For Charlie Hunter the most valuable treasure in the trophy cabinets at Alexandra Park has nothing to do with tonight's Interdominions. That great transtasman harness racing series culminates with an $800,000 pacing final and $250,000 final for the trotters, with Cambridge-based Hunter having a rare chance to repeat history.

"It's a conspiracy," joked the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's chief executive officer, Shane Gloury. The former Aussie made that light hearted comment to Harnesslink after all of the Australians - barring four time champion Blacks A Fake - copped bad draws at the 2011 Inter Dominion barrier draw harness racing function held at Alexandra Park tonight (Monday April 4).

Master Clevedon harness racing trainer Barry Purdon has always believed in Raydon and tonight at Alexandra Park (Friday April 1) the 6-year-old gelding duly repaid that faith in the third trotters heat of the 2011 Inter Dominion Championship.

Cambridge harness racing trainer Sean McCaffrey could be New Zealand's secret weapon in the battle to stop an Australian monopoly of the Interdominions. In fact, he is more like a spy. The Cambridge trainer has perhaps New Zealand's best chance of winning either final on Friday week with Sovereignty, the second favourite for the $250,000 Trotting Final.

The changing of the guard took just 90 minutes on the opening night of the Interdominion harness racing carnival at Alexandra Park.

Up and coming Aussie harness racing squaregaiter Let Me Thru finalised the Australian domination at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday March 11) by winning the group Three City Of Sails FFA Trot. The son of Muscles Yankee worked hard outside the leader and stablemate Sundon's Gift, but still proved too good in the hands of Chris Lang JR.

The New Zealand TAB's harness racing bookmaker, Steve Richardson has installed Themightyquinn and Sundons Gift as the two favourites for the 2011 Interdominion Pacing and Trotting Championships at Addington Raceway in Christchurch from March 25 to April 8.

Defending champion Sundon's Gift is the favourite to win harness racing's 2011 Inter Dominion Grand Final at Addington Raceway in Christchurch on Friday April 8. Kiwi squaregaiter I Can Doosit is rated the best of the New Zealand chances.

Sovereignty is back to the peak form that saw him almost unstoppable as a 3-year-old. Now some three years later the ever-improving gelding and his harness racing trainer Sean McCaffrey have both signalled the Cambridge trotter is going to be a major player in the 2011 Interdominion Trotting Championships at Addington Raceway in March and April.

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