Categories Archives: Thoroughbred

WORRYING SIGNS FOR NEWSPAPERS

By Phillip Quay The decision by the Sunday Star-Times newspaper to change to a “compact” format for yesterday’s issue is another sign that the demise of newspapers is near. There was no racing coverage in yesterday’s Sunday Star-Ti

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RAISING MONEY FOR MAIJA VANCE

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

DANIELLE JOHNSON’S BLOG

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

GUINEAS FAVOURITE ALL CLASS AT ASHBURTON

North Island raider Xpression underlined why she is the favourite to take out next month’s Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) when she handed out a beating to her age group rivals at Ashburton on Saturday. The stylish Showcasing filly

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MORE ROTORUA RICHES FOR PESO

A  year ago Peso, pictured, won a $23,000 R65 race at Rotorua. Twelve months later he returned to Arawa Park today to win  the $50,000 Jakkalberry Classic. That’s what you call progress. From the one gate, Rosie Myers gave Peso a calm ride, made h

Otaki ready for return to action

Hollie Wynyard says the Otaki track should be in  perfect nick for  the first meet there for several months Sunday. The training partner of Johno Benner said they galloped a couple of their team this week and left impressed. “It’s rated a de

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FINAL HIT-OUT FOR XPRESSION AHEAD OF GUINEAS

Group Two-winning filly Xpression will have one final hit-out at Ashburton on Saturday before she contests her main target of the spring, next month’s Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m). The Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen-trained three-yea

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EVAN RAYNER BACK IN THE FOLD

Veteran Wanganui trainer Evan Rayner, pictured, wasn’t going to renew  his trainer’s licence this season. But there he was at the track today, doing what he’s done for decades, applying the spit and polish to his team. Meanwhile, traini

TE AKAU SHARK DOMINATES HASTINGS SPRINT

Hastings racegoers got to witness something special on Saturday when exciting four-year-old Te Akau Shark scorched to victory in the Gr.3 Red Badge Sprint (1400m) at Hastings. Touted as a star of the future following an impressive first-up win on the firs

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MADISON COUNTY TOO GOOD IN GUINEAS

The well-known colours of the powerful China Horse Club were to the fore at Hastings on Saturday when Madison County produced a devastating sprint to capture the Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m). The stylish Pins gelding made it two wins fr

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