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Luck of the Irish for Kiwis

Mornington trainer Brett Scott was delighted to pick up a winner at Flemington on Oaks Day with handy middle distance galloper Irish Flame in the Twitter Trophy (1800m). The son of Zed transferred from Scott’s old boss John Wheeler after a Waverley trial in late June and the six-time winner in New Zealand has now[...]
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Wheels to keep on turning

New Plymouth trainer John Wheeler still has a zest for life and passion for racing that will keep him in the training caper for the foreseeable future. The Hall of Fame trainer has excelled with both flat horses and jumpers and is viewed by his peers as a trailblazer among the ranks of New Zealand[...]
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Local scores in New Plymouth feature

Taranaki representative Irish Flame scored provincial bragging rights when he took out the day’s feature race at New Plymouth, the New Plymouth ITM Interprovincial Challenge (1600m). The John Wheeler-trained Zed gelding defied the determined challenge of Scaglioni to score by a neck with gallant pacemaker Centre Attention fighting on doggedly to hold third. The capable[...]
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Fannin jumps at chance to ride Laekeeper

A consensus between a trainer and his first-choice jockey will see talented jumper Laekeeper contest Saturday’s Corson Maize Pakuranga Hunt Hurdle (3350m) at Ellerslie with a new rider. Shaun Fannin will ride topweight Laekeeper for the first time after Morrinsville trainer Simon Rees and regular rider Emily Farr agreed she should ride last-start Riccarton winner[...]
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History Beaudz Well for exciting juvenile

Taranaki trainer John Wheeler believes he has another exciting juvenile by Grangewilliam Stud stallion Zed on his hands, with the athletic prowess to mirror his star-studded ownership, which includes All Black first five-eighth Beauden Barrett. He trained Irish Flame to win the Group 3 2YO Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth two years ago and he[...]
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