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Tuesday, April 30 2019

Lightly-tried stakes winning sprinter Ardrossan will offer New Zealand breeders a unique opportunity to tap into a high-class source of speed and class when he begins the second phase of his career later this year at Waikato Stud where he will stand at $8,000+GST.

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Tuesday, April 30 2019

Leading South Island trainer Matthew Pitman, who trains in partnership with his father Michael, will line-up six runners in the two stakes races at Riccarton on Saturday and he believes the stable has a solid chance of taking out the two features.

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Tuesday, April 30 2019

Trainer John Sargent will have representatives in three states this weekend, headed by New Zealand import House Of Cartier, a recent addition to the stable that will contest the Gr.1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

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Monday, April 29 2019

Michael Coleman, fresh from Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) success on Supera on Saturday, is looking forward to further black-type Te Rapa success this weekend.

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Sunday, April 28 2019

Morrinsville owner Russell Mead has a big decision to make following the upset deadheat victory of his under-rated three-year-old Speedy Meady at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Sunday, April 28 2019

A successful procedure conducted on Friday to remove the metal rods and screws inserted to stabilise her lumbar region following a horror fall in Singapore last October has talented rider Alysha Collett moving full steam into the final stages of her recovery from the incident that has put her career on hold for the past six months.

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Sunday, April 28 2019

Gritty two-year-old Bronte Beach is likely to head up a three-pronged attack on the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1100m) for trainer Stephen Marsh at Te Rapa next weekend after her impressive victory at Hastings on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 27 2019

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike left Te Rapa racecourse on Saturday evening with a satisfied grin on his face despite winning just the one race on the day.

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Saturday, April 27 2019

In a thrilling finish to the Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) the judge couldn’t separate the pair of Vigor Winner and Speedy Meady who shared victory in the feature Te Rapa contest.

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Saturday, April 27 2019

Consistent mare Supera capped an outstanding season’s work when she dominated her rivals in the closing stages when taking out the Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

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Saturday, April 27 2019

Trainer Tony Pike unleashed another eye-catching youngster from his Cambridge-based team when two-year-old filly Subpoena delivered a winning performance on debut at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Friday, April 26 2019

The South Island Sale will be held at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on Monday 29 April, commencing at 11am.

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Friday, April 26 2019

Group Two winning filly Pinmedown will be back in action at Te Rapa on Saturday when she contests the Maara Grange Rehabilitation And Fencing Premier (1600m). 

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Friday, April 26 2019

Two-year-old gelding Super Pursuit will contest Saturday’s Cambridge Equine Hospital Premier 2YO (1200m) at Te Rapa and trainer Richard Collett is hoping the horse will take improvement from his debut outing at Pukekohe in which he finished second to Ramazzotti in an 800m dash.

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Friday, April 26 2019

Riccarton trainer Michael Pitman is enjoying the build-up to racing at Sha Tin on Sunday as his class sprinter Enzo’s Lad gets set to contest the HK$16 million Gr.1 the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m).

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Thursday, April 25 2019

Progressive four-year-old Rock On Wood remains unbeaten in his current campaign after scoring his biggest career victory in Thursday’s Listed Manawatu ITM Anzac Mile (1600m) at Awapuni.

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Thursday, April 25 2019

Ruakaka galloper Diva Express proved too swift for her two-year-old rivals when she took out the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1200m) at Avondale on Thursday.

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Thursday, April 25 2019

A good percentage of Mark and Cath Lupton's racing team will tackle Saturday's Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

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Thursday, April 25 2019

Former champion Australasian three-year-old and five-time Group One winner Jimmy Choux has been sold to prominent Western Australian owner-breeder Alan MacAlister and will stand next season at Wayne and Tracy Rodwell’s Rosalee Park Stud in Serpentine.

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Thursday, April 25 2019

Westbury Stud have released the fees for their 2019 stallion line-up with Reliable Man and Tarzino heading the roster at $15,000 + GST.

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Thursday, April 25 2019

The Richard Collett-trained Mercy Hill is a good chance of making it three successive victories when she contests the Rating 82 Bruce Amies Pharmacy Governor General's Cup (1600m) at Avondale on Thursday.

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Thursday, April 25 2019

Lightly raced mare Supera will have her final race of the season in the Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at the Cambridge Jockey Club’s meeting at Te Rapa on Saturday. 

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Wednesday, April 24 2019

Jockey Danielle Johnson is back on the horse, so to speak. Johnson has been on the sidelines since mid-November when she sustained three fractures to her collar bone in a race fall at Ruakaka.

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Wednesday, April 24 2019

The JLT Weanling Walk, organised by the Waikato Branch of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association will take place this Sunday 28th April.

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Wednesday, April 24 2019

Three generations will again combine when four-year-old gelding Rock On Wood contests Thursday’s Listed Manawatu ITM Anzac Mile (1600m) at Awapuni.

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Tuesday, April 23 2019

Thursday’s Listed Manawatu ITM Anzac Mile (1600m) at Awapuni looms as the final run for the season for Group One winner Shadows Cast.

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Monday, April 22 2019

A comfortable victory at the Waverley trials earlier this month has confirmed a start in Saturday’s Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) for promising three-year-old Lincoln Falls.

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Monday, April 22 2019

Cambridge trainer John Bell enjoyed a top day out at Rotorua on Monday where he produced a winning race-to-race double.

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Sunday, April 21 2019

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh has confirmed a hit and run mission to Melbourne for Hawke’s Bay Cup winner, Felaar.

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Sunday, April 21 2019

Six-year-old stayer Rock On has arrived in Victoria and has joined the stable of Peter Gelagotis at his Moe base. 

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Sunday, April 21 2019

It’s not often you find the owner of a Group Three winner at Royal Randwick happily ensconced on his tractor cutting grass less than twenty-four hours after such a notable victory.

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Saturday, April 20 2019

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman training partnership set a new record for the most victories at stakes level in a New Zealand season when Quick Thinker took out the Listed Buffalo & Co Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 20 2019

Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have gained a consolation win at the Sydney carnival with The Chosen One's victory in the Gr.3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick.

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Saturday, April 20 2019

A truly run race set up the perfect conditions for Cambridge three-year-old Lord Arthur who stormed to victory in the Gr.2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie.

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Saturday, April 20 2019

Former Australian galloper Endless Drama backed up an eye-catching finish for second at Hastings last week to go one better at Ellerslie on Saturday when he took out the Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m).

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Saturday, April 20 2019

Locally trained mare Lil Miss Swiss caused a major boil-over when she nabbed hot favourite Orepuki Lad in the shadows of the winning post to capture the Listed Carriers Arms Hotel Riverton Cup (2147m) on Saturday.

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Friday, April 19 2019

Venerable Kiwi stayer Sampson has arrived in Victoria and is settling into life on the Mornington Peninsula with trainer Howie Mathews refusing to commit to any plans until the gelding tells him he is the best version of himself.

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Friday, April 19 2019

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is looking forward to his progressive filly Glinda Goodwitch stepping up to 1600m when she tackles Saturday’s Listed Buffalo & Co Champagne Stakes at Ellerslie.

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Thursday, April 18 2019

In an act of generosity, Valachi Downs principals Kevin and Jo Hickman have gifted a regally bred filly to the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust, founded by Little Avondale Stud’s Catriona Williams.

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Thursday, April 18 2019

The Graham and Michael Eade-trained Orepuki Lad has taken out two southern cups this season and the Riverton galloper is being set to add another to the mantle when he contests his home cup on Saturday.

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Thursday, April 18 2019

Nigel Tiley has no expectation that he can repeat his Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) win of last year, despite having twice the hand in Saturday's Ellerslie feature.

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Thursday, April 18 2019

Three-year-old filly Avantage is being sent for a spell following two good performances in Sydney and will likely be sent back across the Tasman in spring.  

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Wednesday, April 17 2019

Windsor Park Stud shuttle stallion Charm Spirit was provided with his third stakes winner when Qatar Racing’s three-year-old colt Kick On lead throughout to land the Listed Feilden Stakes (1800m) at Newmarket. 

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Wednesday, April 17 2019

Racing Minister Winston Peters says the Government will introduce two new pieces of legislation this year to revitalise the domestic racing industry.

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Wednesday, April 17 2019

Trainer Tony Pike has all bases covered with his quintet of runners set to tackle Saturday’s bumper meeting at Ellerslie.

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Wednesday, April 17 2019

Talented two-year-old filly Folk Dress made it back-to-back wins on her home track when successful in the Matamata Glass & Joinery (1000m) on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, April 17 2019

In less than two weeks, 61 southern bred yearlings will make their sale ring appearance at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale – many presented by the same vendors of stakes-winning graduates of the Sale.

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Tuesday, April 16 2019

Cambridge trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood were ecstatic with Rondinella’s Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) fourth-placing at Randwick on Saturday and they are now eyeing spring spoils with their mare, with a potential Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) tilt on the cards.

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Tuesday, April 16 2019

The Chosen One will end his Australian campaign on Saturday, while stablemate Bobby Dee will be endeavouring to secure a trip across the Tasman when he competes at Ellerslie the same day.

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Tuesday, April 16 2019

It has been more than 20 years since Ready Teddy and Blyth Tait set the benchmark of what can be achieved with an off the track thoroughbred.

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Tuesday, April 16 2019

Two additional races have been added to the racing calendar at Yulong Jockey Club exclusively for New Zealand Bloodstock graduates, highlighting the growing relationship between China and New Zealand.

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Tuesday, April 16 2019

Champion New Zealand mare Melody Belle has been the subject of a significant overseas offer to purchase her as a broodmare, but connections of the six-time Group One winner have rejected the offer.

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Tuesday, April 16 2019

Haunui Farm has announced Iffraaj and Belardo will be returning to New Zealand for the 2019 breeding season.

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Tuesday, April 16 2019

The young Fastnet Rock stallion, Highly Recommended, has been relocated to the South Island nursery, Berkley Stud, for the 2019 stud season. 

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Monday, April 15 2019

Makfi mare Moyrabella proved once again her determination to win, adding a fifth victory in superb style at Wingatui last week. 

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Monday, April 15 2019

He’s Eminent is pressing on to Hong Kong despite a shock lack-lustre performance against the world champion Winx at Randwick on Saturday.

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Monday, April 15 2019

Quality New Zealand juvenile Probabeel will not contest Saturday’s Gr.1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick despite finding the line well in the Gr.1 Sires’ Produce (1400m) when beaten less than two lengths by Microphone.

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Monday, April 15 2019

Talented galloper Adrossan recorded two further Group placings in his recent Australian campaign but he has joined the injured list and is returning home to trainer Stephen Marsh’s Cambridge barn for rehabilitation.

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Sunday, April 14 2019

Debutant Kali stamped herself as a filly to follow when she eased to an effortless victory over 1300m at Hastings on Saturday.

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Sunday, April 14 2019

Approaching the home turn in Saturday’s Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m), Waverley trainer Bill Thurlow had the feeling something special was about to unfold in front of him.

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Sunday, April 14 2019

Matamata trainer Jamie Richards arrived back in New Zealand late on Saturday night with the knowledge his class filly Avantage had done all she could to secure her third placing in Saturday’s Gr.2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) at Randwick.

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Sunday, April 14 2019

The result of Sunday’s three-year-old feature at Te Rapa was ultimately decided by the judicial committee after the protest siren sounded shortly after runners crossed the finish line in the 1200m contest

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Sunday, April 14 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale has played a leading part in the recent successes of Group One winners Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) and Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj). Not only has the Sale been a source of top performers, but also a commonplace for the practice of pinhooking.

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Saturday, April 13 2019

Newly-licensed Malaysian apprentice jockey Riduan Abu Bakar got his Singapore riding career off to a flying start with a winner at only his second ride at his first day at the office at Kranji on Friday night.

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Saturday, April 13 2019

Matamata visitor Princess Kereru signed off on an A+ report card for her current campaign when she scored a hollow victory in the Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hastings on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 13 2019

Classy three-year-old Beyond The Fort franked her gritty runner-up effort in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) last month with a comprehensive victory in Saturday’s Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton.

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Saturday, April 13 2019

If on-course patrons at Riccarton thought the noise after Who Dares Wins won last week was at fever pitch it got even louder on Saturday when he backed up to take out the Gr.3 Coca-Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m).

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Saturday, April 13 2019

An inch-perfect ride by Leith Innes saw him guide race-favourite Felaar to a brave victory in Saturday’s Listed Royston Hospital Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings.

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Saturday, April 13 2019

Chris Waller believes the best is still to come for Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed) after she stamped her class on the Group One Australian Oaks with another dominant win.

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Friday, April 12 2019

Cambridge trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood have experienced a stellar first season in partnership and they are hoping to continue that success when they line-up Rondinella in the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

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Friday, April 12 2019

Ruakaka trainers Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley are daring to dream that they can cause a massive upset at Randwick on Saturday when they take on the world’s best racehorse, Winx, in her last raceday appearance.

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Friday, April 12 2019

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is bullish about the prospects of talented stayer Felaar in Saturday’s Listed Royston Hospital Hawke's Bay Cup (2200m). 

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Friday, April 12 2019

The Stephen Autridge-trained Woodcote Lass could be set to tackle black-type company in the near future after her gutsy maiden victory at Arawa Park on Friday.

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Friday, April 12 2019

Matamata trainer Jamie Richards is hoping it will be a successful weekend on both sides of the Tasman for his runners and he is particularly looking forward to watching the performances of two close relations.

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Thursday, April 11 2019

The White Robe Lodge crew will be cheering on their home-bred horses in feature races on both sides of the Tasman on Saturday.

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Thursday, April 11 2019

Following an extensive consultation process New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has reduced the number of racing venues to close from the 2019/20 season to seven.

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Thursday, April 11 2019

The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained Sir Charles Road will be looking to continue his love affair with Sydney on Saturday when he lines up in the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick.

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Thursday, April 11 2019

Having ventured into the thoroughbred breeding industry just 10 years ago, Greg Tomlinson’s Nearco Stud has quickly made its mark with Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation one of a number of high-class gallopers carrying the NS brand.

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Thursday, April 11 2019

Consensus will be attempting to put a ray of sunshine into an emotional week for the family of popular trainer Trevor McKee when she chases a Group One win at Randwick on Saturday.

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Wednesday, April 10 2019

This year's jumps racing season will be without one of its stars after the death of Monarch Chimes.

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Wednesday, April 10 2019

Consistent Horowhenua galloper Dolcetto will tackle 2200m for the first time on Saturday when he lines-up in the Listed Royston Hospital Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m), but his trainer Sylvia Kay doesn’t think it will be an issue for her gelding.

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Wednesday, April 10 2019

The pride of Waverley, Glory Days, has arrived in Sydney ahead of her tilt at Saturday’s A$2 million Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick.

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Wednesday, April 10 2019

Quality New Zealand filly Avantage will contest Saturday’s Gr.2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) at Randwick and trainer Jamie Richards is pleased with the progression of the daughter of Fastnet Rock ahead of the A$1 million event.

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Wednesday, April 10 2019

Central Districts jockey Jonathan Parkes had a day to remember at Otaki on Wednesday, riding home five winners on the eight race card.

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Tuesday, April 09 2019

Matamata trainer Peter McKay will be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast ahead of the Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie later this month.

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Tuesday, April 09 2019

Quality three-year-old Surely Sacred will head to the spelling paddock for a well-deserved break after a rewarding Classic season.

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Tuesday, April 09 2019

The Sir Mark Todd-trained entire He’s Eminent resumed from a lengthy layoff with a gallant front-running display in the Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill three weeks ago and his connections are hoping he can replicate that performance at Randwick on Saturday.

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Tuesday, April 09 2019

Four-year-old mare Marzemino has been a work in progress for Byerley Park trainers Peter and Dawn Williams, but the penny looks to be dropping judging by her strong win over 1200m in rating 82 grade at Te Aroha on Saturday.

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Tuesday, April 09 2019

Group One winner On the Rocks will attempt to add another black-type win to his record at Ellerslie later this month when he contests the Gr.2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m).

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Monday, April 08 2019

Wayne Hillis will be looking to pick up a bit more holiday money when he heads to Sydney on Tuesday with his talented three-year-old filly Imelda Mary.

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Monday, April 08 2019

New Zealand jumper Zed Em created history when winning the A$100,000 Von Doussa Steeplechase (3250m) at Oakbank in South Australia on Sunday in the hands of Steve Pateman.

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Monday, April 08 2019

Goodwood Stud principal William Fell received a late wedding present on Saturday when Nicoletta won the Gr.1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha.

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Monday, April 08 2019

Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards is pleased with the way both Probabeel (Gr.1 Sires’, 1400m) and In A Twinkling (Gr.1 Australian Derby, 2400m) have come through their respective runs for fifth in Sydney on Saturday and consideration will be given to whether the former presses on this campaign. 

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Sunday, April 07 2019

Amidst the aftermath of the celebrations for popular mare Nicoletta scoring her maiden Group One win at Te Aroha on Saturday another milestone slipped under the guard of many people.

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Sunday, April 07 2019

A bold plan to land a Group One came up a neck short for talented mare Supera on Saturday when she finished a gallant runner-up in the Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha.

Supera (middle) charges home to be narrowly beaten at Te Aroha - Trish Dunell

Trainers Ken and Bev Kelso and Mark Donoghue had set the four-year-old Savabeel mare for the race after she finished midfield in the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Group One Classic (1600m) at Otaki in February.

After enjoying a perfect run three-back on the fence throughout, Supera produced a resolute home straight burst to get closest to all-the-way winner Nicoletta.

“She went a top race but just couldn’t quite get to that other mare,” Ken Kelso said.

“She tends to go her best races on the fresh side, so we set her for this race after Otaki where she didn’t get the rub of the green on a surface that was too wet for her.

“She had worked up well leading into Saturday, so we thought she was a good chance, but the winner just got some soft sectionals in front, which can happen at Te Aroha and we couldn’t quite peg her back.”

Kelso reported the mare had pulled up well from her exertions and would now be set for the Gr.2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on April 27.

“While she has been fresh the 1600m has suited her, but we think her future is over 2000m or more,” he said.

“She ate up nicely on Saturday night and was very bright this morning so the plan is to go to the Travis next and then she might head to the paddock after that.

“She’s only lightly raced so there is plenty ahead of her and we think that next season could be her best.”

The Kelso/Donoghue team didn’t leave Te Aroha empty-handed though, as promising three-year-old Ginger King broke his maiden status with a convincing victory over 1200m earlier in the day.

The O’Reilly gelding had finished runner-up at his first start and that experience stood him in good stead as he produced a sharp home-straight sprint to score comfortably.

“He’s a promising type who made good improvement from his debut run where he ran into a smart type on the day,” Kelso said.

“That was a decent maiden field on the weekend and he did it in a manner to suggest there might be more in store for him.

“He doesn’t mind a little cut in the track, so we will press on with him until the really deep winter tracks take over.”

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Sunday, April 07 2019

Canterbury trainer Lance Robinson has suffered a major loss after stable star Boots ‘N’ All passed away during the week after suffering an adverse reaction to an antibiotic.

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Sunday, April 07 2019

Showcasing filly Intrigue provided her connections with plenty to think about when she dominated her three-year-old rivals when scoring over 2100m in the second race of the day.

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Sunday, April 07 2019

After enjoying a successful day at Te Aroha on Saturday with Group One winner Nicoletta and promising three-year-old Santa Catarina, owner Lib Petagna and his familiar lime, blue and gold colours were to the fore again on Sunday when speedy two-year-old Ramazzotti scored over 800m on debut at Pukekohe.

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Saturday, April 06 2019

A potential trip to the Queensland Winter Carnival is in line for promising three-year-old Riding The Wave after he produced a stunning display at Te Aroha on Saturday.

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Saturday, April 06 2019

Local runner Who Dares Wins upset the favourites when he produced a bold finishing burst to capture his first win at stakes level when scoring in the Listed Christchurch Casino Easter Cup (1600m).

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Saturday, April 06 2019

Consistent filly Secret Allure made a successful return to Riccarton on Saturday when she stormed home to capture the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1600m).

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Saturday, April 06 2019

Gritty mare Nicoletta is no longer a bridesmaid at the elite level after claiming her maiden Group One title in Saturday’s Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha.

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Friday, April 05 2019

The Brian and Shane Anderton-trained Gallant Boy will head into the Listed Christchurch Casino Easter Cup (1600m) in a freshened state and his connections believe he is ready to make it back-to-back stakes victories on Saturday

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Friday, April 05 2019

Popular Australian jockey Tommy Berry will have plenty of New Zealand race fans cheering him on this Saturday when the first day of The Championships gets underway at Royal Randwick.

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Friday, April 05 2019

Trainer Jamie Richards is delighted with the condition of quality Kiwi filly Probabeel as she prepares to tackle a hot line-up in the Gr.1 Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday, which includes the first two placegetters from the Gr.1 Golden Slipper (1200m) and highly-touted juvenile Castelvecchio.

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Friday, April 05 2019

Cambridge galloper Fiscal Fantasy had to call on all her reserves on Friday to take out the Gr.3 Property Brokers Arohanui Hospice Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes (2000m) at Awapuni.

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Friday, April 05 2019

Former thoroughbred trainer Trevor McKee (ONZM) has passed away at the age of 81, triggering an outpouring of tributes for the much-loved member of the New Zealand racing fraternity. 

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Friday, April 05 2019

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller will line-up two New Zealand-bred fillies in the Gr.3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday and believes both runners will be competitive in the race.

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Thursday, April 04 2019

Allan Sharrock will chase black-type at two venues this week with family members of one of his best racehorses, Shez Sinsational.

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Thursday, April 04 2019

Talented jumper Macklemore proved far too good for the opposition when winning the Ray Stevens & Heather Tasker Memorial Jumpers Highweight 2050 at Wanganui on Thursday and is in the frame for a trip across the Tasman.

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Thursday, April 04 2019

Matamata trainer Graham Richardson is grateful that Volpe Veloce has the ability to match her good looks.

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Thursday, April 04 2019

Cambridge trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood haven’t completely closed the door on quality mare Rondinella lining up in the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 13.

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Thursday, April 04 2019

Resident Little Avondale Stud stallion Per Incanto has already recorded two Group One wins as a sire this year and the Wairarapa farm has subsequently increased his service fee to $17,500+GST for the forthcoming breeding season.

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Thursday, April 04 2019

Waverley trainer Bill Thurlow took Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner Glory Days to Wanganui for a gallop between races on Thursday and was not entirely pleased with the hit-out.

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Thursday, April 04 2019

Experienced racing administrator and Chief Executive Cameron George is to join the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Board.

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Wednesday, April 03 2019

Just over two years ago, Jacksstar suffered a tendon injury when finishing third in the Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m). For most five-year-old geldings that would have been the end of their career, but not for “Jack”, the recent winner of the Gr.2 City of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m).

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Wednesday, April 03 2019

Group Three-winning mare Supera will have her second tilt at Group One glory at Te Aroha on Saturday when she contests the Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).

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Wednesday, April 03 2019

The Ken and Bev Kelso and Mark Donoghue-trained Princess Kereru will have one final assignment to cap off what has been an outstanding season for the five-year-old sprinter.

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Wednesday, April 03 2019

Jockey Jonathan Riddell will cover plenty of territory this weekend in search of a Trans-Tasman Group race double.

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Wednesday, April 03 2019

Hard on the heels of announcing the acquisition of top rated three-year-old Almanzor last year, Cambridge Stud has acquired the southern hemisphere breeding rights to World Champion three-year-old Roaring Lion.

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Tuesday, April 02 2019

Waikato Stud’s resident sire Savabeel headed the list for number of mares covered during the 2018 breeding season. The four-time champion New Zealand sire covered 182 mares which was up on last year’s tally of 167.

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Tuesday, April 02 2019

Tony Pike will be honouring a promise to Golden Slipper-winning jockey Damian Lane at Randwick on Saturday.

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Tuesday, April 02 2019

While Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman didn’t take out the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni last Saturday, they are excited for the future with talented two-year-olds Aretha and Holy Mongolemperor.

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Tuesday, April 02 2019

A holiday in Rarotonga has Awapuni jockey Tim Johnson keen to resume his riding career.

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Tuesday, April 02 2019

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have two contenders for the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in Zacada and Vin De Dance, but the pair will have to perform this weekend to warrant a start in the two-mile feature.

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Tuesday, April 02 2019

Handy stayer Big Mike was back in action at the Avondale trials on Tuesday and impressed his trainers ahead of a campaign that is likely to include another trip across the Tasman.

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Monday, April 01 2019

Grangewilliam Stud principal Mark Corcoran experienced one of his biggest moments in racing on the weekend when Verry Elleegant secured Group One glory in the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.

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Monday, April 01 2019

Even being brought down to the earth with a thud in the final event at Ellerslie on Saturday didn’t dampen a memorable day for the Japanese-born apprentice Taiki Yanagida.

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Monday, April 01 2019

Quality Te Akau two-year-olds Yourdeel and Equinox may have just entered their spelling paddocks, but trainer Jamie Richards is already looking forward to their return and is eyeing some rich Classic spoils in the spring with the pair.

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Monday, April 01 2019

Injured jockey Tony Allan will have a better idea of a possible return to race riding after a specialist appointment on April 15.

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