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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Sunday, May 31 2020

Te Awamutu trainer Clayton Chipperfield is looking forward to welcoming back a beefed-up Catalyst (NZ) (Darci Brahma) in the coming days, with this season’s Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) winner being readied for a spring campaign.

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Saturday, May 30 2020

Cambridge trainer John Bell is delighted with the condition of his stable star Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace), who again has summer sprint features firmly in his sights.

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Saturday, May 30 2020

Leading Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta is enthusiastic about the prospect of an all-weather track at the busy Palmerston North racecourse.

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Friday, May 29 2020

After the coronavirus pandemic brought their career-best season to a sudden halt, Shaun and Emma Clotworthy are hoping to pick up where they left off.

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Friday, May 29 2020

New Plymouth trainer Warren Bolton has never had a large team in work, but the astute horseman generally has some promising gallopers within his select stable.

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Friday, May 29 2020

Ongoing Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) testing is providing optimism that the discovery of Theileria equi infection is a single, isolated case.

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Thursday, May 21 2020

A Group One assignment in Queensland is in the offing for talented two-year-old Not An Option if he performs well at Randwick on Saturday.

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Thursday, May 21 2020

Leading jockey Lisa Allpress was a step closer to doing what she loves best when riding at the Levin jump-outs on Wednesday.

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Thursday, May 21 2020

Leading apprentice jockey Kozzi Asano has experienced a break-out season and he can’t wait for it to resume in July.

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Wednesday, May 20 2020

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has informed all equine exporters that exports to, or via, Australia are suspended with immediate effect.

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Wednesday, May 20 2020

Despite the uncertain economic climate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand bloodstock agent Stuart Hale is remaining optimistic about the future.

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Wednesday, May 20 2020

Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen are looking to the youth in their stable ahead of spring racing.

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Wednesday, May 20 2020

Matamata trainer Danica Guy’s immediate focus is on educating some of the younger members of her team, but it will soon turn to spring racing where Guy hopes Group Three winner Germanicus (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) can improve even further.

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Tuesday, May 19 2020

Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie is one of many industry participants appreciative of Minister for Racing Winston Peters announcement last week of a $72.5 million COVID-19 emergency support package for the racing industry.

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Tuesday, May 19 2020

White Robe Lodge have announced the 2020 service fees for their three resident stallions.

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Tuesday, May 19 2020

Tauranga horseman Antony Fuller has Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) winner Roger That (NZ) (Shinko King) back ticking over but he isn’t getting ahead of himself as he looks to place his stable star this spring.

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Monday, May 18 2020

There’s nothing like the green pastures of home and leading New Zealand jockey Opie Bosson can attest to that.

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Monday, May 18 2020

Group One-winning filly Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) has returned to the Cambridge stable of Shaune Ritchie and will be a prepared for a campaign in Melbourne in spring.

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Monday, May 18 2020

New Zealand racing lost the patriarch of a racing dynasty with the death last Saturday of Jock (John William) Harris.

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Monday, May 18 2020

Despite the ongoing racetrack and sale ring success achieved by their stallions prgoeny over the last 12 months, Rich Hill Stud have elected to keep their fees largely unchanged for the 2020 breeding season.

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Monday, May 18 2020

Mike Moroney’s already impressive spring team is likely to be bolstered with the addition of a promising young galloper from the trainer’s New Zealand stable.

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Sunday, May 17 2020

While enjoying a return to stable life, trainer Stephen McKee is taking a patient approach as he enters a rebuilding stage with a mainly young team around him.

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Sunday, May 17 2020

Trainer Jamie Richards is enjoying being back in a familiar routine as the Te Akau Racing operation gears up for a return to the racetrack in the coming months.

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Sunday, May 17 2020

Uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic has forced a change in plan for high class racemare Rondinella (NZ) (Ocean Park) who will commence her next campaign from the stable of Sydney-based trainer, John O’Shea.

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Sunday, May 17 2020

Te Akau Racing have confirmed that leading jockey Opie Bosson will remain as their number one retained rider for the upcoming 2020/21 racing season.

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Saturday, May 16 2020

Ruakaka trainer Kenny Rae was meant to be lapping up the sun in Queensland right now, but instead he is back at his sunny Northland property contemplating the future of his home course.

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Saturday, May 16 2020

New Plymouth trainer John Wheeler still has a zest for life and passion for racing that will keep him in the training caper for the foreseeable future.

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Thursday, May 14 2020

Wootton Bassett has been the star of the show since racing got underway in France following a COVID-19-enforced break.

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Thursday, May 14 2020

With New Zealand transitioning to COVID-19 alert level 2 at 11:59pm on Wednesday, restrictions on domestic travel have eased and people are free to once again travel between regions.

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Thursday, May 14 2020

Unlike any other racing nation, the rugged terrain, cool artic environments and mineral-rich soils in the South Island of New Zealand gives the Southern-born and raised thoroughbred strength and stamina, reinforcing their immense staying power.

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Thursday, May 14 2020

2019/2020 has proven to be a breakthrough season both Australia and New Zealand for successful sire Rip Van Winkle.

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Thursday, May 14 2020

Cambridge Stud have announced their 2020 stud fees for popular young sires Almanzor and Embellish. 

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Thursday, May 14 2020

With COVID-19 curtailing the jumps season in New Zealand, Hunterville trainer Ken Duncan has elected to send two of his stable stars across the Tasman to try and nab some Australian spoils.

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Thursday, May 14 2020

The proposed calendar for 2020-21 has been released today by RITA for consultation, as required under the Racing Act, with 10 thoroughbred racing venues proposed not to host racing in the new season.

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Wednesday, May 13 2020

Waikato’s famed Browne’s Hill is back in action after a month-long hiatus.

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Wednesday, May 13 2020

Two of New Zealand’s thoroughbred powerhouses are set to join forces to tackle Melbourne Spring Racing.

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Tuesday, May 12 2020

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike believes the $72.5 million dollar COVID-19 emergency support package for the racing industry announced by Minister for Racing Winston Peters on Tuesday has breathed life back into the $1.6 billion industry which has been halted by coronavirus.

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Tuesday, May 12 2020

Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced a $72.5 million dollar COVID-19 emergency support package for the racing industry.

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Tuesday, May 12 2020

Racing every week at Riccarton. It’s a distinct possibility and something that excites the South Island’s leading trainer Michael Pitman, who trains in partnership with his son Matthew.

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Tuesday, May 12 2020

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by Racing Minister the Rt Hon. Winston Peters of an Emergency Support package for the racing industry.

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Monday, May 11 2020

The announcement of funding for two all-weather tracks in New Zealand has been welcomed by the racing industry.

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Sunday, May 10 2020

Trainer Graham Richardson admits he was suffering from mixed emotions on Friday as his former stable star Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) took the next step on her path to a career in the matron’s paddock.

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Saturday, May 09 2020

It’s fair to say Palmerston North rider Robbie Hannam is a glass half full guy.

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Friday, May 08 2020

Despite a standout season for The Oaks Stud’s flagbearer Darci Brahma, the Cambridge stud farm has elected to keep the service fees unchanged heading into the 2020 breeding season.

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Friday, May 08 2020

Reliable Man filly Annavisto (NZ) is being set on a Classic campaign in Australia after recently being purchased out of Tony Pike’s Cambridge barn by prominent owner Bill Frost.

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Thursday, May 07 2020

The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) confirmed to its staff on Tuesday it would commence consultation about changes to the TAB in response to the impact of COVID-19.

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Thursday, May 07 2020

Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons were in a more fortunate position than most throughout New Zealand’s month-long lockdown, with the husband and wife training combination able to utilise their private training set-up to lightly exercise some of their younger stock.

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Wednesday, May 06 2020

New Zealand’s green pastures have it rated as one of the world’s leading thoroughbred nurseries, though in the last few weeks it has been a few of the country’s racing participants turning a shade of green.

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Wednesday, May 06 2020

David Ellis welcomed an exciting addition to the team this week when a Tavistock yearling colt out of dual New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Bagalollies arrived at Te Akau Stud.

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Tuesday, May 05 2020

It was an emotional day on Saturday for the team at Cambridge Stud.

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Monday, May 04 2020

Valachi Downs’ trainer Stephen Autridge welcomed back 30 horses to his Matamata barn last week and he is excited about the future with his young team.

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Monday, May 04 2020

Exciting three-year-old Holy Mongolemperor (NZ) (More Than Ready) has been sold and will do his future racing in Hong Kong.

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Monday, May 04 2020

In a year where the resilience of breeders is likely to be tested in New Zealand, Westbury Stud have taken a positive approach to the troubled times when announcing their roster and fee structure for the upcoming season. 

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Sunday, May 03 2020

Pukekohe-based trainer Nigel Tiley is happy to take a wait and see approach as the build-up commences for the resumption of racing in New Zealand in early July.

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Sunday, May 03 2020

Bloodstock agent Adrian Clark has high hopes for his latest thoroughbred acquisition when she makes her racetrack return next season.

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Friday, May 01 2020

If you thought a month-long lockdown due to Covid-19 was a bitter pill to swallow, then spare a thought for Central Districts jockey Madan Singh.

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Friday, May 01 2020

Response to NZTA Letter of 22 April

Further to your letter to the Board of RITA last week, the Board discussed the questions contained in the correspondance at its meeting yesterday and herewith provide information to address the relevant points as best we can.

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