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Thursday, October 24 2019

A pair of bargain buys at the New Zealand Bloodstock May Sale in 2014 could lead to the biggest day in racing for Ashburton trainers Sarah and Matthew Smith.

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Thursday, October 24 2019

The Racing Industry Transition Agency (formerly the New Zealand Racing Board) will hold its Annual General Meeting at 11am on Thursday 14 November.

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Thursday, October 24 2019

Today marks the culmination of two years focus with the publication of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing’s Thoroughbred Welfare Guidelines.

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Thursday, October 24 2019

Secret Allure will attempt to add a fifth stakes victory to her tally when she lines up in the Gr.3 Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.

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Thursday, October 24 2019

A shot at stakes company is on ice for promising filly Neon Moon.

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Wednesday, October 23 2019

Everything has fallen into place for Cambridge trainer Tony Pike in the build-up to Friday’s Gr.1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, where his star sprinter The Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) will chase a third elite Australian victory in the last six months.

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Wednesday, October 23 2019

A better-behaved Long Jack (So You Think) has stamped his claims for a tilt at the Victoria Derby with a strong staying performance to win the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m).

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Wednesday, October 23 2019

Stephen McKee knows what it’s like to make an impression at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.

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Wednesday, October 23 2019

Michael and Matthew Pitman are expecting another bold performance at Riccarton on Saturday from Ohio Showgirl (NZ) (Showcasing), whose debut victory on October 5 delivered early success for a new wave of Pearl Syndicates.

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Wednesday, October 23 2019

Matamata trainer Daniel Miller has a small team of horses campaigning in the south island, including lightly-tried four-year-old Sheezallmine (NZ) (Super Easy), the winner of four of her six starts.

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Wednesday, October 23 2019

Trainer Lance Noble is confident classy filly Bavella (Snitzel) will give Saturday’s Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) a decent shake, as she looks to book her passage to the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November 16.

Posted by: AT 07:25 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 23 2019

Jockey Damian Lane is convinced dual Group One winner The Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) will be better suited at The Valley in the Manikato Stakes than the last time the New Zealand sprinter raced there.

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Tuesday, October 22 2019

The team at NZTR is sad to advise that long-time and much respected racing administrator Campbell Moncur died peacefully this morning after a lengthy battle with illness.

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Tuesday, October 22 2019

Matamata trainer Kylie Fawcett is pleased with last start Listed Matamata Cup (1600m) winner Polly Grey (NZ) (Azamour) and believes the five-year-old can take the next step up in Saturday’s Gr.3 Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham.

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Tuesday, October 22 2019

Go Racing and Marsh Racing have joined forces to purchase the property formerly known as Monovale Farm, near Lake Karapiro just outside of Cambridge.

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Tuesday, October 22 2019

Danielle Johnson will again be missing from the riding ranks for a while after suffering a further injury.

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Tuesday, October 22 2019

Ross McCarroll may have retired his two most proven gallopers, but he showed at Rotorua last Saturday he has another round of ammunition to ensure he maintains a good strike-rate.

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Tuesday, October 22 2019

Awapuni trainer Mark Oulaghan will once again return to New Zealand Cup week at Riccarton next month with Group One winner Shadows Cast (NZ) (Per Incanto).

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Monday, October 21 2019

Group One winner Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel) has been retired to stud following her unplaced run in the Gr.3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera earlier this month.

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Monday, October 21 2019

Levin galloper High Quality (NZ) (Handsome Ransom) will likely head on a cups path over the summer after his win in the Raukawa Cup (2100m) at Otaki on Sunday.

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Monday, October 21 2019

The pressure goes on Long Jack (So You Think) at Geelong on Wednesday to keep alive the Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) prospects for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

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Monday, October 21 2019

Sir Charles Road (Myboycharlie) is in danger of missing out on a start in the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) next month, a race he finished seventh in last year.

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Sunday, October 20 2019

Last season’s New Zealand champion stayer, Glory Days (NZ) (Red Giant) will use the Gr.2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) this Saturday as her final chance to make the field for the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 5.

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Sunday, October 20 2019

Unheralded apprentice Joshua Kam was straight back to his normal Sunday morning routine less than 24 hours after achieving his biggest racetrack triumph when guiding outsider Sweet Treat (NZ) (Ekraar) to victory in the Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua.

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Sunday, October 20 2019

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike has confirmed high-class three-year-old filly Kali (NZ) (Darci Brahma) will head straight to the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton next month after her impressive winning performance at Ashburton on Saturday.

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Saturday, October 19 2019

Cambridge raider Kali (NZ) (Darci Brahma) overcame a wide run in transit to out-gun her three-year-old rivals as she scored a gritty victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton.

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Saturday, October 19 2019

Enigmatic four-year-old Dawn Patrol made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure when he took out the Gr.3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua with a powerful finishing burst.

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Saturday, October 19 2019

Hot favourite Equinox dominated his age-group rivals despite testing track conditions in the Lowe Schollum Jones 3YO (1215m) at Rotorua on Saturday.

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Saturday, October 19 2019

In just his first full season of riding and with just one winner under his belt, 28-year-old apprentice Joshua Kam secured the biggest moment in his fledgling career when he guided $43 outsider Sweet Treat (NZ) (Ekraar) to victory in Saturday’s Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua.

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Friday, October 18 2019

Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Crown Prosecutor has been scratched from the A$5 million Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) with a leg issue.

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Friday, October 18 2019

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will be keeping a close eye on Sydney as he gets his side ready for their quarter final World Cup match against Ireland on Saturday.

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Friday, October 18 2019

Ken Kelso isn’t enamored with the prospect of running Princess Kereru (NZ) (Pins) on a heavy track at Rotorua on Saturday but he’s even less hung up on the alternatives.

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Thursday, October 17 2019

Former Kiwi galloper Gundown (High Chaparral) has come from the rear of the field to land Thursday’s Moe Cup (2050m) in style, relishing the rain-softened conditions.

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Thursday, October 17 2019

New Zealand galloper Crown prosecutor (Medaglia D’Oro) is in doubt for the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) after presenting with lameness when examined on Thursday.

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Thursday, October 17 2019

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman know what it takes to prepare a Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) winner, having put the polish on 2015 victor Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor).

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Thursday, October 17 2019

Danzdanzdance (Mastercraftsman) will don new gear and step through a new routine in Sydney on Saturday.

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Wednesday, October 16 2019

Group Two winner Supera (NZ) (Savabeel) is nearing a return to racing.

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Wednesday, October 16 2019

Saturday’s A$500,000 Bentley St Leger Stakes (2600m) at Randwick could have a major bearing on the 2019 spring campaign for well-performed New Zealand stayer Sir Charles Road (Myboycharlie).

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Wednesday, October 16 2019

The Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Arawa Park on Saturday has been a major aim for Verry Flash (NZ) (Zed) this spring, however, the well-related gelding could miss the Rotorua feature.

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Wednesday, October 16 2019

Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston will use Saturday’s Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton as the litmus test for Miss Federer’s (NZ) (Swiss Ace) Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) prospects.

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Monday, October 14 2019

Group Three winner Concert Hall (NZ) (Savabeel) will head south to Trentham later this month after missing the Listed Matamata Cup (1600m) on Saturday.

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Monday, October 14 2019

The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) faces a major selection dilemma next week when assembling the field for this year’s A$5 million Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m).

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Monday, October 14 2019

Cambridge trainer Roger James had a tough choice to make heading into Caulfield with Rondinella (NZ) (Ocean Park) on Wednesday.

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Monday, October 14 2019

Herbert Power Stakes winner The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) has been given a half-kilogram Melbourne Cup penalty for his victory in the Group Two race.

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Monday, October 14 2019

Stephen Marsh couldn’t be happier with the progress of Crown Prosecutor (Medaglia D’Oro) as he goes into the biggest assignment of his training career this weekend.

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Sunday, October 13 2019

Talented pocket rocket Red Sierra (NZ) (Redwood) put her trademark powerful sprint finish to good effect on Saturday when she dashed home to claim victory in the South Taranaki Club Egmont Cup (2100m) at Hawera.

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Saturday, October 12 2019

Lightly raced three-year-old Travelling Light (NZ) (El Roca) indicated she is on target for some bigger assignments on her immediate horizon as she produced a powerful sprint in difficult conditions to race to a hollow victory at Matamata on Saturday.

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Saturday, October 12 2019

Matamata mare Polly Grey (NZ) (Azamour) scored her biggest career victory when she stormed to a convincing victory in Saturday’s Listed Team Wealleans Matamata Cup (1600m).

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Saturday, October 12 2019

A heady ride by in-form jockey Rosie Myers paved the way for Awapuni galloper Secret Allure (NZ) (Zacinto) to add further black type to a burgeoning pedigree page when she stormed home from near last to capture the Gr.3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera.

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Saturday, October 12 2019

New Zealand stayer The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) has earned a ticket into the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) with a hard-fought victory in the Gr.2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).

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Friday, October 11 2019

Andrew Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker, is welcoming the forecast rain ahead of the Gr.1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday.

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Friday, October 11 2019

There was a big rap on Okay Pal (Dissident) heading into his debut performance at Phar Lap Raceway on Friday and the Michael and Matthew Pitman-trained three-year-old didn’t disappoint.

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Thursday, October 10 2019

Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards enjoyed a good day at Taupo on Wednesday, sending out a trio of winners including impressive three-year-old Burgundy Rose (NZ) (Burgundy).

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Thursday, October 10 2019

Roger James is on weather watch ahead of Saturday’s Listed Team Wealleans Matamata Cup (1600m).

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Thursday, October 10 2019

Wairarapa trainer Grant Nicholson believes defending champ Nymph Monte (NZ) (Tavistock) is going just as well as he was when he won last year’s South Taranaki Club Egmont Cup (2100m) at Hawera.

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Thursday, October 10 2019

Wellfield Lodge stallion Vespa picked up his first win as a sire when Piaggio (NZ) took out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1000m) at Tauherenikau on Thursday.

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Thursday, October 10 2019

Four-year-old gelding Pokuru’s Gift resumed with a win in the PGG Wrightson Maiden (1000m) metres at Tauherenikau on Thursday for owner and breeder Ian Farrelly.

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Wednesday, October 09 2019

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is aiming to secure a spot in the A$14 million The Everest (1200m) on Saturday when his quality sprinter The Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) contests the Gr.2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.

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Wednesday, October 09 2019

Good afternoon, the Board met recently in Auckland for its September meeting – its fourth formal meeting since being appointed to lead the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA).

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Wednesday, October 09 2019

The John Bary-trained Cinzento (NZ) (Dalghar) will be set for a likely tilt at stakes level next up after breaking maiden company at Taupo on Wednesday when winning the Ascot Farm (1300m).

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Wednesday, October 09 2019

The broodmare paddock is beckoning Art Deco (NZ) (Road to Rock), but she will attempt to add a stakes victory to her resume before then when she starts in the Gr.3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ (1400m) at Hawera on Saturday.

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Wednesday, October 09 2019

Trainer Shaune Ritchie has made the call to tip consistent performer Sultan of Swing (NZ) (Bachelor Duke) out for a spell.

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Tuesday, October 08 2019

Tavistock’s hot streak in Australia continued in Victoria on Monday when the well-bred Walking Flying opened her account.

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Tuesday, October 08 2019

Keith Hawtin has made a flying start to his resumption as a trainer, headlined by a treble at Te Rapa on Friday.

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Tuesday, October 08 2019

Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie is looking forward to stepping smart four-year-old Swords Drawn (Camelot) through his grades this spring after the gelding broke maiden ranks over 1400m at Hastings on Saturday.

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Tuesday, October 08 2019

A Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) tilt has been confirmed for Te Akau Shark.

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Tuesday, October 08 2019

Two years after hitting a career high with a placing in the Gr.1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, Wyndspelle (NZ) (Iffraaj) has returned across the Tasman for another shot at Melbourne’s spring riches.

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Monday, October 07 2019

Andrew Calder is looking forward to being reunited with the in-form Back In A Flash (NZ) (Ekraar) in the Gr.3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera on Saturday.

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Monday, October 07 2019

Dick Karreman has certainly confirmed his desire to enjoy racing top-class horses as he chases further Group One success.

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Monday, October 07 2019

Reigning New Zealand Horse of the Year Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) will head across the Tasman in the coming weeks after becoming the first horse to win the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown at Hastings on Saturday.

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Monday, October 07 2019

Madison County (NZ) (Pins) will get his latest chance to post an Australian Group One win in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield.

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Sunday, October 06 2019

Promising filly Karalino (NZ) (Zacinto) ticked the box for stage one of her current racing mission with a comprehensive victory in the Inglewood Stud Guineas Trial (1400m) at Riccarton on the weekend.

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Sunday, October 06 2019

Less than twenty-four hours after producing a history-making Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown winner and two Group One runner-up results in Sydney, Te Akau Racing’s Jamie Richards was finding it difficult to take stock on what had enfolded on a super Saturday for the stable.

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Saturday, October 05 2019

Catalyst (NZ) (Darci Brahma) continued his dominance of spring three-year-old racing with another breathtaking performance in Saturday’s Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m).

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Saturday, October 05 2019

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) earned two slices of New Zealand racing history on Saturday with another commanding performance in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings.

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Saturday, October 05 2019

Talented Cambridge galloper True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) has made the perfect start to a new campaign, scoring a smart first-up win in the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday.

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Friday, October 04 2019

Cambridge trainer Frank Ritchie is heading into the last day of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival in high spirits.

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Friday, October 04 2019

As All Blacks coach Steve Hansen currently plots a path that could see his beloved national team secure the Rugby World Cup’s William Webb Ellis trophy for an unprecedented third consecutive occasion, it was another team of which he is a member that was lifting its own much sought-after trophy at Moonee Valley recently.

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Thursday, October 03 2019

Guy Lowry has a plan to make amends for a Group One that got away.

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Thursday, October 03 2019

Christchurch trainer Neill Ridley will get a tangible assessment of his chances for two of New Zealand Cup week’s major prizes when he produces He Kin Fly (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Far Site (NZ) (Makfi) at Riccarton on Saturday.

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Thursday, October 03 2019

Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan has set her sights on the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton next month with talented four-year-old Vigor Winner (Declaration of War).

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Thursday, October 03 2019

The Andrew Campbell-trained Pimlico (NZ) proved too slick for his rivals when winning over 1200m on debut at Waverley on Thursday and the son of Proisir will now be aimed at a tilt at black-type.

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Wednesday, October 02 2019

Exciting three-year-old Catalyst will take a growing reputation into the Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) and Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) in his next two starts, attempting to follow in the footsteps of his sire Darci Brahma.

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Wednesday, October 02 2019

Talented three-year-old Holy Mongolemperor has gone for a spell and will not contest the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton, for which he is the $8 second favourite behind Catalyst ($1.80).

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Wednesday, October 02 2019

Saturday could become a landmark day in Te Akau’s near 40 year history.

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Wednesday, October 02 2019

Leith Innes is upbeat about his feature race prospects at Hawke’s Bay on Saturday, despite acknowledging the ruling favourites cast a significant shadow.

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Wednesday, October 02 2019

The New Zealand TAB has paid out on champion Melody Belle to win the Hastings Group One triple crown before the final leg has been run.

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Tuesday, October 01 2019
Rising star steeplechaser lands season-ending feature Share on Facebook

Sunday’s National Jumps Day at Te Aroha brought the curtain down on the 2019 New Zealand jumping season, but it also provided an exciting glimpse into the future.

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Tuesday, October 01 2019
Markwood destined for Australia

The Shaun and Emma Clotworthy-trained Markwood will continue his racing career in Australia.

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