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Debutant Rob Cross sealed the
PDC World Championship title
as 16-time champion Phil Taylor’s
final appearance ended in a 7-2
defeat at Alexandra Palace.
Cross, 27, who only turned
professional at the start of 2017, hit
three sets ahead.
Taylor, 57, who won his last title
in 2013, won 10 legs and had 12
180s in the match, one more than
He had no answer to Cross, who
won the tournament in fantastic
style with a 140 finish.
The pattern of the match was
established in the opening set when
sixth seed Taylor narrowly missed a
147 checkout but then squandered
three more darts as Cross settled
into a lead he never looked like
After his superb 167, Cross
maintained the momentum with a
153 to seal the second.
With the both capacity crowd
and Taylor looking bewildered by
the brilliance of former electrician
Cross, the Stoke veteran finally
put a set on the board when he
recorded his highest finish of the
tournament with a 151 and went
on to take it 3-0.
Taylor then missed double 12 for
a nine-darter and failed to finish
with his next three attempts as
Cross restored a three-set
Only one set from defeat, Taylor,
who had an overall scoring average
of 102, took the eighth set after
an isolated blip from Cross, who
missed with three darts at 30.
Hastings-based Cross had a
match average of 107 and secured
the title in memorable fashion with
two treble 18s and a double 16.
— BB C-RNZ
All bets were refunded after the third
race on the programme at the Reefton
Trotting Club meeting on Saturday
was abandoned when five-year-old
gelding King Size broke and fell and
could not be removed from the track.
The Bernie Stratford Memorial Pace
2500m was abandoned with concern
for the health and safety of both horses
and drivers in the race as the injured
pacer was deemed a hazard to others,
stipendiary stewards chairman Scott
“ Horses came back on King Size,
which caused the horse to break and
falter,” Wallis said.
“ It could happen in 100 races and a
horse may break but not fall, but in this
case it did. The horse was injured and
couldn’t be moved, and as always health
and safety is paramount.”
Driver Dexter Dunn came through
the race unscathed and says things got
a bit tight, causing his horse to gallop.
“ My horse was checked and galloped
and then knuckled over,” D unn said.
“ Normally a horse would stay on its
feet but not today.”
Although the race was abandoned
and all investments were refunded it had
no adverse affect on the overall turnover
which was up in both on and off-
Picnic punters put through $88,822
on-course against $81,170 last year
while on-course TAB investments were
well up at $830,019 compared with
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
The judge took his time before
declaring the finish of the Rosco
Contractors Reefton Cup 3200m
a dead heat, naming both Bailey ’s
Knight and Johnny Eyre as joint
winners of the Reefton Trotting Club
feature race, on Saturday.
Both horses brought winning form
from Westport to Reefton, with the
Mike Brown-owned and trained
Johnny Eyre making it back-to-back
wins in the two miler, having won the
race in impressive fashion last year.
Both horses were sired by
Christian Cullen and produced brave
performances, refusing to flinch over
the concluding stages and fighting all
the way to the line.
“That ’s the fourth win at Reefton
— we just love coming here, he really
thrives here,” Brown said after the joint
“ He has taken a bit longer to come
up this time around but he always
gives his best, and Sam (Ottley) gets
on so well with him.”
Johnny Eyre started from a 20m
handicap but was quick to make up the
leeway after a smart beginning from
“ He definitely made light work of
the handicap and on the last lap I got
on to the back of the favourite, Pats
Dragon, and thought I was following
the right one. We had to come wider
turning into the straight and my horse
has got high speed and fights. I didn’t
know if we had got the call as I knew
it was close. You can’t get any closer
than that,” Ottley said.
“I’ve driven four winners now on the
circuit so it’s been a good trip to the
Bailey ’s Knight was driven by Dexter
Dunn and was allowed to bowl along
for the greater part of the gruelling
Like Ottley, D unn was unsure which
way the judge would call.
“ We got a really good run along in
front and I was on the inside of the
track and thought I may have an edge,
but it’s a deceptive angle here. It was a
good effort by my horse,” D unn said.
Trainer Jack Harrington says he
will give the four-year-old gelding a
short let up now after a busy three-day
circuit on the West Coast.
“It’s the first time at Reefton for
my horse and we will look at possibly
coming back in March,” Harrington
“It’s good to share the win as it’s a lot
better than being beaten by a nose.
“I have 15 horses in work and Bailey ’s
Knight is a real staying type of horse.
He’s raced by five Canterbury owners
and John Tennet, from Greymouth.”
Martin John, after trailing
throughout, was one-and-a-quarter
lengths back in third place, with bonus
contender Pats Dragon finishing down
the track. The impressive dual winner
at Westport was in contention on the
point of the turn but just battled in the
If anyone had asked Greg or Nina Hope
which of the horde of horses they were
taking to Westport was most likely to win
the West Coast harness racing bonus, Asset
Control would not have been the one at the
top of their list.
Yet despite that, Greg Hope admitted to
not being surprised that the up-and-coming
pacer was crowned the best performed horse
over the three days of racing on the West
Coast circuit after he held on for a narrow
victory at Reefton on Saturday in the hands
of the Hopes’ son, Ben.
“He’s always been a nice horse,” Greg
“But his gait has been a major issue in the
past with him and it ’s taken a bit of work to
get him to where he is right now.
“Dave Gaffaney (of Micky Gee fame)
jogs a lot of our horses up for us, but he
was working for us when this horse was in
work last time and he said that he could
see the improvement in him. Getting him
pacing right has been the big reason for the
After running second in the first race on
the opening day of the circuit, Asset Control
then won at Patterson Park on Thursday
before peeling out of the one out one back
spot to win on Saturday.
“He’s a really nice staying type; I actually
think he could win a couple more races
Half an hour prior to Asset Control’s
victory, Midfrew Tarpediem — a nine-year-
old having its 109th race day start — put
its claim on the bonus when it won for
the second time on the circuit for Carl
Markham and his son Jeremy.
The Western Terror gelding won well on
Tuesday before producing on fast-finishing
effort for third behind Baileys Knight, on
Off the speed at Reefton it came home
with a wet sail to cap a memorable week for
junior driver, Jeremy, who claimed three wins
on the circuit and put Midfrew Tarpediem
in front on the bonus leader board before
Asset Control’s win.
The $2000 trainers prize was won by
the Hopes, who finished 20 points clear
of Harrington and Kevin Townley, while
Dexter Dunn leap-frogged Ricky May, who
went pointless on the final day, to win the
drivers’ challenge prize of $2000.
May shared second spot with Blair Orange.
— NZ Harness News
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Johnny Eyre and Bailey’s Knight locked together at the finish of the $14,000 Rosco Contractors Reefton Cup.
PICTURE: Harness Racing
Asset Control at Reefton, with Ben Hope in the sulky and owners Greg and Nina Hope.
Asset Control takes Coast racing bonus
Cup ends in
after horse crashes
has helped guide the
Brisbane Heat to a
win over the Melbourne
Stars in the Australian
The former Black Caps
captain smashed 61
from 30 deliveries at the
MCG as the Heat have
chased down the Stars’
141 for seven with five
overs to spare.
McCullum and Chris
Lynn (63 not out) put
on a 101-run stand in
the victory with both
batsmen hitting three
sixes and seven fours. It
was McCullum’s 46th
fifty in the T20 format.
The Heat are now equal
third in the Big Bash
League, while the Stars
savaged a “putrid”
the Melbourne Stars
following their a third-
With the returning
Kevin Pietersen out for
30, Maxwell top-scored
for the winless Stars
with 50 off 39 balls.
The allrounder made no
secret of his frustration
after the game, calling
on the team’s leaders to
step up and describing
his own failure to score
freely as ‘embarrassing’.
“ We were putrid
today,” he said. “ We’re
lucky it ’s a longer
competition this year
where we’ve got at least
seven more opportunities
.. . mathematically, we
could still finish top, so
I guess that ’s a positive.
But the way we’re going
at the moment, we’re
not looking like going
anywhere but bottom.
“ We’re playing
terrible cricket. We’re
not probably playing
together as a team ... we
haven’t even got close
to putting together a
full game, which is what
you need to do in T20
Skipper John Hastings
was among the Stars’
making a duck and then
dropping a sitter at
mid-off in the first over
to hand master-blaster
Lynn a second life.
The Stars host
on Saturday night and
will be tempted to make
changes to their line-up.
Young spinner Liam
Bowe took the Stars’
only wicket after earning
a call-up against the
Heat, while Seb Gotch
and Jackson Coleman
are among those waiting
in the wings.
Maxwell said Hastings
needed more support
from his team-mates but
added that some change
“I’m not a part of the
with this at all but we
probably have to change
said. “ We’re not winning
games of cricket so you
can’t just keep moseying
along.” — AAP
England darts player, Rob Cross, left, reacts after beating fellow
Englishman Phil Taylor at the PDC World Darts Championship 2018
final yesterday in London.
Cross upsets The Power to win darts title
Heat to win
“Thinking about that next Car?”
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