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Winning double breaks drought for Balle

21 July 2020

16 July 2020 , News Derek Balle’s season drought is over. The talented horseman was relieved to record his first wins of the season, as both a trainer and driver, at Alexandra Park on Wednesday night courtesy of Sheffield Sparky and Kimkar Dash. Balle’s stable has been going through a rebuilding phase this term and he…

Trotting great passes away

02 February 2020

23 January 2020 , News By Garrick Knight One of our greatest ever trotting mares has died. Martina H, the last mare to win the Dominion Handicap, was put down after taking ill suddenly at Woodlands Stud on Monday. Her former trainer, Derek Balle, said, it was a sad end for the winner of over $400,000,…

Racing: NZ Get Ready For The Full Monte

29 November 2018

NZ Herald   Tyla Hackett rides Majestic Ali (black, red and white) in a non-tote trial. Photo / Trish DunellTyla Don’t bother asking Michelle Wallis why New Zealand’s leading trotting stable would bother with Monte races, which have their historic first tote event of the modern era at Alexandra Park tomorrow night. Because for Wallis…

Whatever Happened To … Galleons Sunset?

15 November 2018

It’s hard to tell who’s enjoying it more, 17-year-old Neita Balle or the 17-year-old horse she’s riding. But here, at granddad’s place on top of Pukekohe hill, it’s a scene which is often played out when the family gathers for Christmas or Easter or birthdays. It’s one of racing’s best happily-ever-after stories, the daughter of…

Interdominion Trotters Championship – Moonee Valley (Part Five)

09 October 2018

This is the twenty second in a series of articles covering the Interdominion (ID) Trotters Championships conducted over the period 1948 – 2012. These articles will be presented on a track by track basis as opposed to a chronological order with the exception of the first (background and first championship) and last two articles (final…

A Silver Lining

06 July 2018

By Michael Guerin Best bet: Alta Leonie (R7, No.6): Back in lesser grade after $40,000 race, should lead and win. This time: Forever Pearl (R5, No.6): Hasn’t had a lot of luck but in the ideal race tonight. Suited: Puma Road (R2, No.9): Down in grade and Zac Butcher has on tonight. 10m handicap not…

Suzie Pee Jay Surprises Punters and Trainer

22 June 2018

By Garrick Knight It might be hard to believe, but brilliant Alexandra Park winner Suzie Pee Jay was a doubtful starter for most of the week leading up to Friday night’s race. Trainer Derek Balle had been unhappy with her blood after her previous start and says he only made the decision to start on…

Machine Like Performance

30 December 2016

By Duane Ranger Joanednobettor upset them in Wednesday’s Te Awamatu (Grass) Cup, but it was a highly regarded 3-year-old taking on the older four to 12-year-old trotters who stole the limelight at the Waipa Racecourse. Unlike Joanednobettor, who was the $8.50 sixth favourite, the Derek Balle trained and driven War Machine was favoured to win…

Kenrick Hard To Beat at Cambridge Raceway

01 December 2016

By Duane Ranger Franklin trainer Derek Balle will make a hit-and-run attack on Cambridge Raceway on Thursday night (December 1) with the best horse in his 20-strong Pukekohe stable. Kenrick hasn’t raced since June 17 and is Balle’s only starter at the eight-race meeting. Balle thinks with a bit of luck in the running from…

Balle Colts Shine at Franklin Yearling Parade

04 August 2016

By Duane Ranger Pukekohe horseman Derek Balle looks set for a nice juvenile season in 2016-2017 if last Saturday’s annual Franklin Yearling Parade is anything to go by. Yearling colt Cullen’s Caviar (Christian Cullen – Callie O’Malley) was judged the top yearling at the Franklin Trotting Club’s track on Station Road. Balle cleaned up the…