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Penalty for Verry Elleegant

Six-time Group One-winning mare Verry Elleegant has been penalised 0.5kg for her win in the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup on Saturday, taking her weight in the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) to 55.5kg. “Saturday’s Caulfield Cup was an outstanding edition of the 2400m handicap and it was fought out by two world...

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Melody Belle reigns supreme at Hastings

Superstar racemare Melody Belle celebrated being named New Zealand Horse of the Year last Sunday evening when she stormed home to take out her twelfth individual Group One title at Hastings on Saturday. The Jamie Richards-trained six-year-old was in a class of her own as she took out her second...

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Northern spoils beckon Rathbone

The Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) is the pinnacle for many jumping enthusiasts, and Wanganui trainer Jo Rathbone is no different. The race holds a special place for her, having taken out the Ellerslie feature as a jockey in 2005 aboard Just The Man for trainer Davina Waddell. “That (Great Northern...

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Mehrtens delivers special win

Mehrtens added a bright spot to a tough week with an impressive victory at Hawera on Saturday. Ridden by Mereana Hudson, the six-year-old son of Pins raced on the pace throughout in the Carrfields Livestock 1400 and kicked clear of his challengers in the straight to win by three-quarters of...

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Matamata mare reigns supreme at Hawera

Matamata mare Supreme Heights added a second stakes victory to her burgeoning record when she took out Saturday’s Gr.3 Wyndspelle Grangewilliam Stud Taranaki Breeders Stakes (1400m) at Hawera. The Mark Brosnan-trained five-year-old had given an emphatic display of front running when taking out a Group Three contest at New Plymouth...

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Top jockey Rosie Myers in induced coma after fall

Top central districts racing jockey Rosie Myers is in an induced coma in hospital after a fall. Myers was riding at the Foxton trials on Tuesday, but fell off her horse after it won, and it is believed she was kicked by another horse behind her. She was flown to...

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Wiles’ warriors set for battle

Spring prospects for a group of promising Dean Wiles-trained youngsters will become clearer with racing at Ellerslie on Saturday. Wiles, these days training out of Cambridge, has five runners slated for the two and three-year-old races alone at Ellerslie on Saturday and has big targets for the youngsters should they...

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Hawke’s Bay runners provide plenty of optimism for Gerard

Trainer Pam Gerard was delighted with the return of Tokarangi and Pinmedown at Hawke’s Bay on Saturday. Three-year-old filly Tokorangi was one of the runs of the day when finishing fourth in the Gr.3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), while Pinmedown was beaten only four lengths in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy...

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Hastings milestone may be on cards

Alchemia could provide Katrina and Simon Alexander with a memorable milestone at Hastings on Saturday if she lives up to the promise she has shown her Matamata trainers. The daughter of Per Incanto is a one-race maiden set to take on the colts and geldings in the Listed El Roca...

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The Mitigator chasing further Group One success

Matamata trainer Peter McKay recites the old adage that it’s tough at the top as he prepares Group One winner The Mitigator for Saturday’s Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings. But he’s well aware that his Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) winner is himself a tough customer well capable of making...

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Exciting Savabeel three-year-olds emerging

The huge impression created by young unbeaten Sydney galloper Mo’unga with his Rosehill stakes win last Saturday highlighted a significant week for champion New Zealand sire Savabeel, one which also uncovered another two of his possible three-year-old stars. While Group Two winner The Chosen One (a five-year-old son of Savabeel)...

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Tiptronic building nicely

Group One winner Tiptronic (NZ) (O’Reilly) was one of the eye-catching runs at Ellerslie on Saturday, with the O’Reilly seven-year-old lumping 60kgs into a close-up fourth in the Auckland Co-Op Taxis 1600 won by Codecracker (NZ) (Nadeem) and looks set to make an impact deeper into the campaign. The Graham Richardson and...

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Penalty for Verry Elleegant

Six-time Group One-winning mare Verry Elleegant has been penalised 0.5kg for her win in the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup on Saturday, taking her weight in the

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Northern spoils beckon Rathbone

The Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) is the pinnacle for many jumping enthusiasts, and Wanganui trainer Jo Rathbone is no different. The race holds a special

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