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McDonald pleased with top Kiwi jumper

Ballarat trainer Amy McDonald is convinced that one of New Zealand’s best jumpers has what it takes to win on the biggest stage in Australia. McDonald is currently preparing 2018 Grand National Steeplechase (5500m) winner Shamal for his syndicate of owners that includes his New Zealand trainer Ken Duncan. Duncan had intended to take Shamal[...]
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How tough is Shamal?

Only Ken Duncan really knows just how tough Shamal is. And that’s not just the courage the Zabeel eight-year-old gelding showed during his recovery from a tendon injury that threatened his career as a four-year-old. Or the tenacity he displayed in grinding out a win over subsequent Manawatu Steeplechase (4200m) winner Gagarin when he claimed[...]
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Shamal on track for Waikato Steeplechase

Last year’s Grand National Steeplechase (5500m) winner, Shamal, looks like he is right on track to add another coveted jumping prize to his locker after he took out the Ken & Roger Browne Memorial Steeplechase (3900m) at Te Rapa on Saturday. The Te Rapa event is the traditional lead-up to the Signature Homes Waikato Steeplechase[...]
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