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Balle Poised for A Good Night

08 July 2016

By Duane Ranger – Courtesy of HRNZ Pukekohe horseman Derek Balle only has three runners lining up at Alexandra Park tonight and he rated all three good each-way chances. Young Stranger (Balle), Janet Guthrie (James Stormont) and Sir George Grey (David Butcher) will line up in races one, three and six respectively. Balle is just…

War Machine Always Had Them Covered

29 June 2016

by Garrick Knight photo courtesy of : Sharlene Mitchell Derek Balle scoffs at the suggestion his exciting juvenile trotter War Machine “did a thousand things wrong” when winning at Alexandra Park on Friday night. The big, bold son of Pegasus Spur defied his far older opponents with a strong performance with Balle in the sulky.…

Sundon Mare on The BALLE

03 June 2016

Raelene Balle is more than the rock of her Pukekohe family. The mother of three and wife to Group One winning trainer Derek is starting to make her own impression in harness racing. Many times a winning owner, Balle is now starting to make an impact on the breeding scene with her foundation mare, Cool…

Angus Fogg Clears Maidens

26 April 2016

Angus Fogg is starting to lose his “bull at a gate” tendencies and is slowly developing into a nice racehorse. That’s the opinion of the 4-year-old gelding’s trainer Derek Balle after the son of Angus Hall and Sun Isa nailed his first win in 12 starts at Cambridge Raceway yesterday (Monday). Angus Fogg didn’t just…

Guv’nr Rates on Grass

03 April 2016

With his eighth victory back on the 26th of March, five-year old grey Monkey Bones gelding Sir George Grey furthered his fine grass track record to five wins from six starts for Mike and Susan Clegg. This latest grass track success came on the opening day of Hawera’s Easter meeting, settling back in the field,…

Buyers Go On Shopping Spree at Karaka – 91yo McIntosh Among New Buyers and Gets a Trio of Colts

23 February 2016

One name that popped up three times in the pricier lots at Karaka was that of John McIntosh, a sharp-witted 91-year old “just out of nappies” from Pokeno, on the south side of the Bombays. He spent $211,500 on three colts, all to be trained in Pukekohe by Derek Balle. “I’m getting older and it’s…

Dominion an Outside Chance for Cool Cobber

03 February 2015

Derek Balle isn’t too enthusiastic about lining up Cool Cobber in next Friday’s Dominion Handicap, but his hand might be forced if the open class trotter wins at Alexandra Park this evening. “The owner Kenny Baynes is quite keen to go to the Dominion next week but I am not too fussed, non-committal,” he told…


03 January 2015

Kenny Baynes was always destined for a life of harness racing. His father Colin is a Southland legend of the sport, and right from day one Kenneth Charles Baynes was set to follow the family tradition—whether he liked it or not. “Dad named me Charles after one of his top stallions— a U Scott bay…

Balle sticking to his plans with Cool Cobber

03 November 2014

Derek Balle won’t let Cool Cobber’s hot form sway him from his plans. Which means the dark horse of the Dominion Handicap will race once and only once during his southern campaign. The former Southland trotter recorded a monster performance to win at Alexandra Park last Friday, making up five lengths in the straight to…

APTV Talks to winning trainer Derek Balle

02 October 2014