Monthly Archives: August 2018

Avantage To Return At Hastings

Last season’s Champion Two-Year-Old Avantage, pictured,  is likely to return to racing on Saturday week when she tackles the Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings. “She galloped between races at Hastings the other day a

Plenty Of Activities At Crusoe’s Retreat

When you’re done relaxing at the recently revitalised Crusoe’s Retreat in Fiji, there are no shortage of ways to stay active and entertained, with a bounty of activities and amenities on offer. Water lovers will have endless opportunities to experienc


Marsh Has Reasons To Celebrate

Cambridge-trainer Stephen Marsh had cause for celebration after having a treble of wins, including the feature race at Wanganui on Saturday. Following his unbeaten trial form, Sai Fah started the day off in hard fought fashion to take out the Wanganui Ste

Chocolate Fish Tastes Northern Success

Chocolate Fish (above) proved his credentials as an out and out stayer when he out-toughed his rivals in Sunday’s $125,000 Irvines Great Northern Steeplechase (6300m) at Te Aroha. Traditionally run over the famed Ellerslie hill this year’s edition of

Nelson asking plenty of Perry   

Leading jumps trainer Paul Nelson will have strong chances in each of the two feature jumps races at Te Aroha on Sunday, but he still holds some reservations ahead of the event. Nine-year-old Zed gelding Perry Mason has been in fine form for Nelson over W

Right place at the right time for Somervell

Sometimes in life things simply fall into place and that’s the case with trainer Lee Somervell’s decision to move to Hastings. Somervell has enjoyed great success training from the late Ada Parnwell’s Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge over the past 12 ye


The harness racing industry says the sector shouldn’t be judged by the acts of a few. Three more people were arrested yesterday, as part of a police probe into alleged match-fixing and drug dealing, bringing the total number of arrests to ten. Harne


By CHRIS MCQUAID, JUMPS HISTORIAN It’s only a few days now until what are traditionally the highlights of the jumping season, the Great Northern Hurdles and Steeplechase.  To be run for the first time away from Ellerslie, both races are packed full of

Melody Belle Too Tough In Tarzino

The grit and determination of high-class galloper Melody Belle (pictured below) was plain for all to see at Hastings today as she triumphed in the season’s opening Group One feature, the Tarzino Trophy (1400m). Beautifully handled by Malaysian-born ride


Veteran Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell is hitting the road for a fresh challenge at Hastings. He says “a change of circumstances” at Cambridge Lodge has convinced him to make the move. He did  not  elaborate. He will take his entire team to

Gingernuts Retired With Cult Following

Three-time Group One winner and equine cult-hero Gingernuts has been officially retired.  The chestnut son of Iffraaj captured the imagination of the racing public, thanks to his catchy name, his enthusiastic ownership group and his heroics on the track.



New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has welcomed the findings of the Messara Report into the state of thoroughbred racing in New Zealand. “It’s time for change. We believe this report will create a blueprint for a thriving thoroughbred industry,”

RaceCafe Racing News Launched

It’s an exciting time of the year. The Hastings Spring Racing Carnival gets underway on September 1 and will herald the first Group 1 event of the season, the Tarzino Trophy, in New Zealand and usher in another new season of racing memories. The ann

Melody Belle wins Foxbridge Plate

A nail-biting finish to the Gr.2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) saw former top juvenile Melody Belle provide her trainer Jamie Richards with the perfect birthday present at Te Rapa. Race favourite Julius and Melody Belle set down to a pitched battl