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Well, we’ve come to the end of another Hawkes Bay Carnival and boy, wasn’t it a doozy! The whole carnival is a credit to Andrew (Butch) Castles. I had the utmost privilege to continue my partnership with Te Akau’s Avantage. What an incredible little

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


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,”

Cox Plate entry for Scott Base

Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard are hoping to kick off a potential Cox Plate programme with Scott Base in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings. Benner confirmed that Scott Base’s name will be in the nominations for the Gr.1 A$5 million Ladbrokes