Categories Archives: Thoroughbred

MCCALL GETTING CLOSE UP AND PERSONAL

English-born jockey Eilish McCall will keep her date with group winner Close Up at Ellerslie Saturday. Claimer McCall, 25, was to ride him a month or so back to  take some weight off his ageing back but the horse suffered a stone bruise and was scratched

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DAWN PATROL GUINEAS-BOUND

Unbeaten three-year-old gelding Dawn Patrol will now head to Riccarton next month to contest the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) after pleasing trainer Frank Ritchie in his 1200m trial at Te Aroha on Thursday. “We’ve had

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OTAKI UNDER MICROSCOPE AGAIN

A trials meeting will be held at Otaki next Tuesday to again the test the surface of the upgraded track. Last Sunday’s meet was abandoned after race three when a horse slipped. It was the first meeting in almost 8 months at Otaki. Jockeys gave it th

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FEELAR’S PRICE FALLS

Feelar’s NZ Cup odds were trimmed to $6 after another round of withdrawals Wednesday. Stephen Marsh-trained Feelar will have first run since  early October at Ellerslie Saturday. John Wheeler’s Pentathlon’s Cup quote is down to $10 from

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STIPES BID TO SOLVE OTAKI MYSTERY

Stipe Neil Goodwin will tomorrow attempt to unravel the reason why a horse  slipped, ending race meeting early on Sunday. It was the Otaki-Maori Racing Club’s first meeting for several months, during which repairs were made to improve the track sur

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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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