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By Grace Willougby Maija (right)  and I have been friends for about 10-11 years now. We rode together in New Zealand and then I moved to Australia and not long after she came too. She’s one of my oldest and best friends. The reason I decided to start


We’ve come to the end of another busy week. We are really getting into the swing on things for this racing season. I started my week off riding 22 breeze ups for Sam Beatson and Ben Foote. Their magnificent and high-quality drafts for the Ready to Run s


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

Avantage Returns In Great Style

By Phillip Quay Last season’s champion two-year-old Avantage, pictured, returned to the racetrack in brilliant style when she scored a hard-fought win in the Gr. 3 Hawke’s Bay Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings today. In a close tussle over

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